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Sun, Sand, and Smiles: 2,600 Compete at Ironman 70.3 Oceanside

Though much of the country is still battling its way through winter-like conditions, last weekend 2,600 athletes descended upon sunny Oceanside, Calif.

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Though much of the country is still battling its way through winter-like conditions, last weekend 2,600 athletes descended upon sunny Oceanside, Calif. in the in San Diego area to compete in the 70.3 event. Athletes began their day with a beach swim start that took them through the surf, then headed north and into the Oceanside Harbor. Once out of the water, participants embarked upon a single-loop bike course that ventured through Camp Pendleton and San Onofre Bluffs State Park. Athletes then ascended San Mateo hill followed by two more hills, only to come upon a flat but windy road back to the Oceanside Harbor. The double-loop run course wound 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.

Enjoy these images from photographer Paul Phillips, and check out some snaps from the pro race here.