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Photos: Nick Morales
The city of Panama City Beach provided a scenic beach town backdrop for athletes as they swam 2.4 miles, biked 112 miles and ran 26.2 miles at the 2015 Ironman Florida triathlon. With no pro field at this year’s race, Daniel Stubleski (M35-39) from Washington, Mich. and Jessica Demello (F30-34) from New Orleans, La. took the top honors with finishing times of 8:36:06 and 9:54:44, respectively.
Overall, more than 2,800 athletes representing 45 countries and 49 states start the race. Competitors ranged in age from 18 to 81. The two-loop swim took place in the Gulf of Mexico, while the one-loop bike course was flat and fast. Athletes then took on a flat, two-loop run course which paralleled the shoreline through local neighborhoods to the turnaround in St. Andrew’s State Park.