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Pre-dawn preparation is standard when transition opens at 4:30 a.m.
Anne Jackson of Hudson, Wisc. is back to try to repeat her podium finish from 2016.
Time to take a moment and reflect on the day of racing ahead.
With the race serving as the Ironman 70.3 Pan American Tri Club Championship, you can find teammates to motivate and celebrate with at every turn.
The 40-44 age group women get ready to start their day.
Jennifer Lesser seems at home in the tropics of Puerto Rico.
Liz Nyitray is focused on the road ahead.
Vallee Onayon is clearly having fun on the course.
Age group athletes on their first bike lap.
San Juan triathlete Carla Coira is accustomed to the roads and the climate that may prove tougher for others.
While the athletes work hard on course, it is a party atmosphere for the family, friends and other spectators.
Melisa Christian was strong in all three disciplines to win the 40-44 age group. She’ll be headed to Chattanooga for the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in September!
The course features spectacular views.
Most of the views on the run course are of the Atlantic ocean.
The run takes athletes through the old city of San Juan.
The two-lap run course features several challenges for the athletes.
Hills and heat make up the majority of the half-marathon course.
Several triathletes traveled to Puerto Rico just to cheer on their teammates.
James Crumlin from Nashville is enjoying every step of his run.
Some athletes are more enthusiastic than others on the hot and hilly run course.
Athletes return from one of the toughest parts of the run course.
The course is in the shadow of the Puerto Rican Capitol Building.
Peter Bang finishes strong a Sunday’s race.
Jennifer Hinton is ready to be done after a long day of racing.
Athletes celebrate the end to a long, hot day in San Juan.
Even after his crash, Andy Potts hangs out to hand out medals to the age-group athletes in San Juan.
Pierna Luncio won her age group with an impressive 4:52 and is headed to Chattanooga in September. Her husband is 2012 U.S. Olympian Manny Huerta.
Photos: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/
While many of us on the U.S. mainland are still hoping for warmer temperatures, several age-group athletes headed to the beautiful island of Puerto Rico to take on one of the first 70.3 events in the Northern Hemisphere for 2017 in beautiful San Juan, Puerto Rico. Athletes were treated to a hot, tough course and a fun party-like atmosphere. See images from the pro race here.