Photos: Ironman Hosts First U.S. Event of 2021 at 70.3 Texas

Racing is back! Photographer Paul Higgins shares images from the weekend's Ironman 70.3 Texas event out of Galveston.

On Sunday, April 11, triathletes from around the world took on the 2021 Ironman 70.3 Texas triathlon out of Galveston, Texas. The event marked the first Ironman-produced event on U.S. soil for 2021. Ironman was able to put on a few U.S. based events in 2020, including Ironman 70.3 Arizona and Ironman Florida, where they tested and implemented their Safe Return to Racing operating principles. Most of those same operations were in place for the 70.3 Texas event, with many athletes taking advantage of the opportunity to race for the first time in well over a year.

The course took athletes on a 1.2-mile one-loop saltwater swim in the Offatts Bayou, on a 56-mile out-and-back bike course along the Texas Gulf Coast, and the finished with a 13.1-mile, four-loop half-marathon through Moody Gardens and along the water. In addition to hundreds of age-group athletes, a strong pro field showed up eager for the chance to test the racing skills and potentially earn a paycheck. Ultimately it was Canada’s Lionel Sanders (3:42:20) and the United States’ Skye Moench (4:10:01) who earned the victories. Enjoy images from photographer Paul Higgins below.