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Ironman 70.3 California kicked off the 2016 U.S. 70.3 Series on Saturday in Oceanside, Calif. The popular race welcomed 2,400 athletes from 28 countries and 42 states, ranging in age from 18 to 77. Athletes began their day with a single-loop 1.2-mile swim in the calm and protected waters of Oceanside Harbor. Once out of the water, participants embarked upon a single-loop 56-mile bike course along the California coastline to San Clemente before dropping down into the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and then swinging back to Oceanside Pier. The double-loop 13.1-mile run course continued along the Oceanside Pier and then out to Oceanside’s flat beachfront path known as “The Strand,” where miles of sandy beaches provided beautiful views. Age-groupers were competing for the 30 spots available to this year’s Ironman 70.3 World Championship, set to take place in Sunshine Coast Queensland, Australia on Sept. 4, 2016.