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This year’s race featured one of the most beautiful sunrises we’ve seen at the race.
Media and Ironman VIPs line the pier to watch the swim action.
Three-time Ironman world champion Mirinda Carfrae takes a moment before the start.
The age-group men get ready to file into Kailua Bay.
The mass start is always a spectacular sight.
Great Britain’s Harry Wiltshire was the first man out of the water.
Eventual champion Jan Frodeno was toward the front all day.
American Tim O’Donnell climbs up the hill before getting his feet secured in his cycling shoes.
Germany’s Sebastian Kienle started the bike with just over minutes to make up to the front.
American Heather Jackson minimized her losses out of the swim and quickly went to work to find the front of the race.
Defending champion Daniela Ryf was strong from start to finish.
Hoffman at last year’s Ironman World Championship. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
Ryf leads a long line of female cyclists onto the bike course.
Carfrae came out of the water with a group at about six minutes back.
Kienle leads a long line of cyclists including Michael Weiss and Jesse Thomas.
Michael Weiss rode on the highly-anticipated Andean from Diamondback.
Germany’s Patrick Lange got a penalty on the bike and had to sit in the penalty tent for five minutes.
The long train up to Hawi.
Mirinda Carfrae kept the losses to a minimum early in the ride but had some tough spots and lost a bit of time.
American Heather Jackson turned in a 5:00:31 bike split.
Ryf leads Anja Beranek
American Ben Hoffman at last year’s Ironman World Championship.
Eventual winner Jan Frodeno
Jan Frodeno starts the run with Sebastian Kienle chasing close behind.
Kienle and Frodeno ran close together for the majority of the run.
Patrick Lange was impressive on the run, running his way from 23rd off of the bike to third at the finish line.
The helicopter chases Jan Frodeno
Germany’s Anja Beranek came off the bike in second and then turned in a steady marathon to finish fourth.
Jan Frodeno starts to get a slight edge on Sebastian Kienle.
Water, water and more water for Jan Frodeno.
Heather Jackson backed up her strong bike ride with an impressive marathon.
Patrick Lange works to cool off.
Mirinda Carfrae looked strong on the marathon, but the lead up to a strong-running Daniela Ryf was too much.
Daniela Ryf ran strong throughout the entire marathon and even picked up her pace in the end.
Jan Frodeno capped off his day with a 2:45:34 marathon.
Jan Frodeno in the Energy Lab
Ben Hoffman in the Energy Lab
Carfrae on her way to second place at the 2016 Ironman World Championship. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
Jan Frodeno celebrate his victory
Jan Frodene said this is the first major title that he has been able to successfully defend.
Ironman legends Dave Scott and Mark Allen greeted Jan Frodeno at the finish line at the 2016 race. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
The finish line scene
An ecstatic Patrick Lange finishes third thanks to a run course record time of 2:39:45.
Ben Hoffman said that he was satisfied with the effort because he gave it everything he had.
Patrick Lange celebrates his podium finish.
Boecherer was the fourth German across the line, finishing fifth overall.
Daniela Ryf takes a moment to celebrate her victory.
A unique view of Daniela Ryf crossing the finish line.
Mirinda Carfrae finishes second
Mirinda Carfrae acknowledges the crowd
Heather Jackson gets her first Kona podium
Heather Jackson is the first American female to finish on the podium in 10 years.
Heather Jacksons grabs a GoPro to grab a photo of the podium.
Paul Phillips (
@Compimagephoto) was on the Big Island to cover the 2016 Ironman World Championship with a team of talented photographers. After processing all of the images gathered from the big race, Phillips compiled his favorite snaps to share with the Triathlete.com audience. Photos by Paul Phillips, Nick Morales and Bob Kupbens.
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