For the first time the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship was staged over two days.
Today was ALL WOMEN! And what a day it was. It started with the National Anthem played bluegrass in classic Chattanooga style.
The Tennessee River had the flow reduced with a series of dams but even so, it ended up giving the swimmers a bit of "uphill" on the way to the turn around buoy.
This is certainly not garbage! It's priceless cargo that each woman competing today would need for the ride.
Going out onto the bike was a moment of concern for most. The course had significant climbs in the first 23 miles and was never really flat. Time to just put your head down and go for it!
Dominant beyond belief on one of the toughest courses ever was reigning IRONMAN World Champion Daniela Ryf. She obliterated the field on the bike today starting the run with a lead of over 8-minutes on the chase pack.
The rest were just as World Class and not giving up. But in reality heading out onto the half marathon they were battling for second honors.
In the end it was all Ryf. Daniela added a third IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship title to her mantle and is clearly poised to do the same next month in Kona!
The top three: Champion Daniela Ryf, Emma Pallant in second and Laura Philipp finishing third.
A moment of official recognition and then...
Time to celebrate!
We'll see you tomorrow at the Men's IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship race.
IRONMAN Champions Mark Allen (6-Time), Greg Welch (1-Time) and Dave Scott (6-time)
IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship 2017, Chattanooga, TN