The bikes are racked and the athletes are ready to race! Check out these pre-race images from photographer Paul Phillips.

Pre-Race from 2017 Ironman 70.3 St. George
The winter rains have been good to the St. George area. The Sand Hallow Reservoir is at its highest levels in 10 years and almost 15 feet about the 2016 level.
Pre-Race from 2017 Ironman 70.3 St. George
The winter rains have been good to the St. George area. The Sand Hallow Reservoir is at its highest levels in 10 years and almost 15 feet about the 2016 level.
Pre-Race from 2017 Ironman 70.3 St. George
Working out the final kinks, age-group athletes were out for an early morning swim at the reservoir.
Pre-Race from 2017 Ironman 70.3 St. George
Working out the final kinks, age-group athletes were out for an early morning swim at the reservoir.
Pre-Race from 2017 Ironman 70.3 St. George
Not racing this year, but he proudly announced that he will be when he is older.
Pre-Race from 2017 Ironman 70.3 St. George
The outdoor expo has a great park environment.
Pre-Race from 2017 Ironman 70.3 St. George
The outdoor expo has a great park environment.
Pre-Race from 2017 Ironman 70.3 St. George
The outdoor expo has a great park environment.
Pre-Race from 2017 Ironman 70.3 St. George
The outdoor expo has a great park environment.
Pre-Race from 2017 Ironman 70.3 St. George
The 70.3 North American Pro Championship always welcomes a top field. Here, Aussie pro Ellie Salthouse smiles at the expo.
Pre-Race from 2017 Ironman 70.3 St. George
American Matt Chariot will work to improve on his 16th place finish from 2016.
Pre-Race from 2017 Ironman 70.3 St. George
The pros gather for the all-important pre-race pro meeting.
Pre-Race from 2017 Ironman 70.3 St. George
Defending Ironman 70.3 world champion Holly Lawrence signs in.
Pre-Race from 2017 Ironman 70.3 St. George
Canadian Lionel Sanders is fresh off of a strong performance at 70.3 Oceanside and will look to defend his title.
Pre-Race from 2017 Ironman 70.3 St. George
Brent McMahon is back after an early-season broken thumb. He’ll look to reclaim the title that was his in 2013.
Pre-Race from 2017 Ironman 70.3 St. George
Olympian Ben Kanute is moving up to 70.3 and will face a tough field on Saturday.
Pre-Race from 2017 Ironman 70.3 St. George
Sebastian Kienle, a two-time 70.3 world champion, and Alistair Brownlee, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, will be going head to head in St. George. Kienle was one of the first ones to notice Brownlee on the start list and Tweeted his excitement.
Pre-Race from 2017 Ironman 70.3 St. George
Alistair and his former Olympic teammate, Stuart Hayes.
Pre-Race from 2017 Ironman 70.3 St. George
Pro Jackie Hering
Pre-Race from 2017 Ironman 70.3 St. George
Rachel Joyce is smiling and ready to go.

Photos: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto

The bikes are racked and the athletes are ready to race! Check out these pre-race images from photographer Paul Phillips.