2,600 Take on Epic Day at 2019 Ironman Arizona Triathlon

Tempe provided yet another picturesque desert backdrop for athletes from around the world at the 2019 Ironman Arizona triathlon. Sarah Crowley (AUS) battled a competitive field to claim victory in the women’s-only professional race with a winning time of 8:49:37. Heather Jackson (USA) finished second with a time of 8:55:49 and Meredith Kessler (USA) finished third with a total time of 9:05:35. Recap more from the weekend of racing here, and enjoy images from the 2019 Ironman Arizona triathlon below.

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Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) prepares for her race. She finished in 11:54:09. Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images
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Athletes enter the water at the east end of Tempe Town Lake. Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images
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Athletes get ready to enter the water. With the new rolling-start format, athletes entered the water five at a time, five seconds apart. Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images
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After a week of rain, athletes were welcomed with gorgeous weather on Sunday. Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images
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Age-group athlete Jan Vobecky takes on the first of the three-lap bike course. Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images
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Three-time XTERRA world champ Melanie McQuaid of Canada heads out onto the bike. She went on to finish fourth. Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images
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American Heather Jackson won this race in 2018, but came here with the main goal of qualifying for Kona 2020. Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images
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The three-loop bike course did get a tad crowded with nearly 3,000 athletes competing. Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images
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Age-group athlete Chad Fondren competes on the bike. Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images
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Ashley Paulson passes by the scenic desert on the bike. Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images
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Athletes leave Tempe and head toward the Beeline Highway. Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images
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Meredith Kessler has competed at Ironman Arizona more than any other athlete. She walked away with third place and a Kona qualification. Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images
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Australia’s Sarah Crowley came off of the bike in first place and then turned in a 3:03:36 marathon to earn the victory and validate her Kona spot for 2020. Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images
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Heather Jackson on her way to a second-place finish. Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images
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A quiet moment on the run course before the majority of athletes come off of the bike. Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images
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Heather Jackson finished her day with a 3:04:08 marathon. Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images
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Age-group athlete Jan Stepinski was the first athlete across the line in 8:42:38. Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images
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Crowley finished in 8:49:37. Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images
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Heather Jackson honors Sean English, who passed away last week after a long battle with cancer. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The podium: Heather Jackson (2nd), Sarah Crowley (1st), and Meredith Kessler (3rd). Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images
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Marco Duenas hugs his sight guide Alin Lupas after finishing the race. Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images
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The celebration after a long day on course. Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images