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October 16, 2013

Triathlons

If you can swim, bike, and run, then you can compete in a triathlon. This past weekend the Ironman World Championship event was held in Kona, Hawaii, where the sport's top athletes had to swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, and run a full marathon in less that 17 hours. It was the 35th anniversary for the event, which started when a group of athletes wanted to determine who was the fittest in the three disciplines. Triathlons are now held all over the world at various distances, and today's post looks at a few of them since the start of the year. -- Lloyd Young ( 34 photos )

Amateur triathletes start the 2.4 mile swim portion during the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, on Oct. 12. (Hugh Gentry/Reuters)

Brandon Marsh of the United States in action during the cycling leg of the Ironman World Championships. (Bruce Omori/European Pressphoto Agency) #

Mirinda Carfrae, of Australia, crosses the finish line to place first in the Ironman World Championship Triathlon on Oct. 12. (Chris Stewart/Associated Press) #

Athletes board a ferry prior to the start of the Norseman Xtreme Triathlon swim in the Hardangerfjorden on Aug. 3 in Eodfjord, Norway. The race which was first held in 2003 runs point to point and is considered among many as the ultimate tri1 in the world. Owners and organizers Hardangervidda Triathlon Club limit the number of competitors to 250 they make their way through some of Norway's most beautiful scenery during the course of the race. (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images) #

Athletes jump from a ferry into the Hardangerfjorden for the start of the Norseman Xtreme Triathlon on Aug. 3. (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images) #

Graham O'Grady of New Zealand gets a massage after the Men's professional group during the 2013 Beijing International Triathlon at Qinglong lake park Fengtai District on Sept. 21 in Beijing, China. (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images) #

France's David Hauss jumps onto his bicycle during the transition from swimming to the cycling leg of the men's race in the ITU World Triathlon Series, at Hyde Park in London on Sept. 15. (Luke Macgregor/Reuters) #

Britain's Non Stanford, right, holds the flag of Wales as she is congratulated by teammate Jodie Stimpson after winning the women's race in the ITU World Triathlon Series, at Hyde Park in London. Stanford was crowned the world triathlon champion after she overcame a 15-second penalty to win a dramatic grand final in London on Saturday. The 24-year-old Welsh athlete, who was third in the standings at the start of the event, was penalized for not placing her wetsuit in the box during the transition between the swimming and bike legs. (Luke Macgregor/Reuters) #

An athlete makes their way up Gaustatoppen, at 1,850m above sea level towards the finish line during the Norseman Xtreme Triathlon on Aug. 3 in Eodfjord, Norway. (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images) #

A triathlete takes refreshment as they cycle across the Hardangervidda mountain plateau during the Norseman Xtreme Triathlon on Aug. 3. (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images) #

Caroline Steffen celebrates after winning the 12th edition of the Datev Challenge Roth Triathlon in Roth, southern Germany, on July 14. Around 3,000 individual participants and 650 relay teams from 62 nations took part in the 3.8km swim in the Main-Donau-Canal, and continued with a 180km bike race and the final 42km marathon run. (Daniel Karmann/European Pressphoto Agency) #

Athletes compete during the swimming leg of the Ironman Zurich Switzerland Triathlon in the waters of Lake Zurich on July 28. (Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters) #

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Formula 1 driver Jenson Button cycles during the Ironman 70.3 on June 16 in Berlin, Germany. (Boris Streubel/Bongarts/Getty Images) #

An athlete competes in the running stage of the 2013 Beijing International Triathlon at Qinglong lake park Fengtai District on Sept. 21. (Zhang/Getty Images) #

A triathlete cycles across the Hardangervidda mountain plateau during the Norseman Xtreme Triathlon on Aug. 3 in Eodfjord, Norway. (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images) #

Spain's Xavier Gomez beats Britain's Jonathan Brownlee to win the men's race in the ITU World Triathlon Series, at Hyde Park in London on Sept. 15. (Luke Macgregor/Reuters) #

Javier Gomez, right, of Spain celebrates his win over Jonathan Brownlee of Great Britain winning the Elite Men's PruHealth World Triathlon Grand Final London and the ITU World Championships Series at Hyde Park on Sept. 15. (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images) #

Competitors wait before the start of the swimming event during the 30th edition of the Embrunman Triathlon on Aug.15 in Embrun, southeastern France. The Embrunman is considered as one of the hardest triathlon events with a swim of 3.8km followed by a 188km cycle ride and a 42km marathon. (Jean-Perre Clatot/AFP/Getty Images) #

Laura Bennett, left, of the United States jumps into the water during the swimming stage of the 2013 Beijing International Triathlon at Qinglong lake park Fengtai District on Sept. 21. (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images) #

Competitors are seen during the run phase of the London Triathlon in East London on July 28. (Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images) #

Competitors prepare for the swim stage during the Ironman Wales Triathlon on Sept. 8 in Tenby, Wales. (Nigel Roddis/Getty Images) #

An amateur triathlete starts the 2.4 miles (3.86 km) swim portion during the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, on Oct. 12. (Hugh Gentry/Reuters) #

Super Bowl Champion Hines Ward, center, reacts with his coach, eight time Ironman World Champion Paula Newby Fraser, after crossing the finish line at the 2013 GoPro Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. (Marco Garcia/Associated Press for GoPro Ironman) #

Lucy Gossage of Great Britain celebrates winning the women's race at Ironman Wales Triathlon on Sept. 8 in Tenby, Wales. (Nigel Roddis/Getty Images) #

Courtney Ogden of Australia celebrates after winning the Meta Man Iron Distance Triathlon on Aug. 31 in Bintan Island, Indonesia. (Yuli Seperi/Getty Images) #

Amateur male triathlete Robert Hurley of Australia waits for the start of the 2.4 miles (3.86 km) swim portion during the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. (Hugh Gentry/Reuters) #

Ricarda Lisk of Germany finishes the swimming stage during the 2013 Beijing International Triathlon at Qinglong lake park Fengtai District on Sept. 21 in Beijing, China. (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images) #

A swimmer passes a temporary floating sculpture as he trains on the Serpentine Lake at Hyde Park in London on Sept. 11. Ennis-Hill launched the upcoming World Triathlon Grand Final which takes place this coming weekend. (Toby Melville/Reuters) #

Professional male triathlete Frederik Van Lierde of Belgium celebrates after winning the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, on Oct. 12. (Hugh Gentry/Reuters) #

Amateur competitors compete in the early morning 2.4 mile swim in Kailua Bay during the Ironman World Championship Triathlon on Oct. 12 in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. (Chris Stewart/Associated Press) #

A racked bike prior to the Challenge Family Triathlon Barcelona on May 18 in Barcelona, Spain. (Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images) #

Mirinda Carfrae, center, of Australia celebrates after winning the Ironman World Championships 2013 in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, on Oct. 12. Carfrae won with a time of 08:52:14 ahead of second placed Rachel Joyce, left. and third placed Liz Blatchford, right, both of Britain. (Bruce Omori/European Pressphoto Agency) #

Matthew Russell of the Unithed States reacts after taking 19th place at the Ironman World Championships 2013 in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, on Oct. 12. Russell, who finished with a time of 08:39:59, honored Jon Blais by doing the Blazeman Roll on the finish line, a symbolic tribute to his battle with ALS. (Bruce Omori/European Pressphoto Agency) #




 
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