Several of the top pros who competed in Ironman Hawaii just three weeks earlier were on hand in Panama City Beach, Florida on Saturday November 2, 2013 for a re-match.
When the athletes began the 2.4-mile swim at Panama City Beach it was anyone's guess who would come out on top.
Much depended on how well the race favorites recovered from their efforts in the World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.
Tim O'donnell came into the race after a fourth place finish in the World Championships and was one of the favorites along with Ironman Florida 2012 defending champion Andrew Starykowicz.
In his 2012 win Starykowicz had almost a 20 minute lead after the bike leg and this year was almost a carbon copy of that effort.
After finishing the 2.4-mile swim within striking distance of the top swimmers, Starykowicz wasted little time taking over the lead on the bike course. By the 72 mile mark his lead was 13 minutes.
By the time he reached the bike/run transition area and began the 26.2-mile marathon his lead had grown to 18 minutes.
In the process he set a new world record for the Ironman 112-mile bike leg with a clocking of 4:02:17.
It became a question of holding off the rest of the field for 26.2 miles if he was to successfully defend the Ironman Florida title he won in 2012.
However it was not to be as his lead faded quickly when Victor Del Corral of Spain came charging. By the nine mile mark almost half the lead that Starykowicz had when he left the bike/run transition had evaporated.
With three miles left to the finish the lead was down to 1:10. With less than two miles to go Del Corral had the lead and ran his way to victory in a course record time.
The race for top spot among the pro women also promised to be an exciting one.
Mirinda Carfrae won Ironman Hawaii 2013 for the pro women and was crowned World Champion.
She went into Ironman Florida in order to complete her qualification for the 2014 Ironman World Championship.
In her own words she stated that she intended to take it easy in the race in Florida and was not out to compete for a podium spot.
Yvonne Van Vlerken who was fourth in Hawaii was a major favorite to win in Florida with Dede Griesbauer also highly regarded for a podium finish.
The major players were all in contention after the swim and by mile 70 of the 112-mile bike course it was Van Vlerken and Griesbauer at the front of the pack along with Lisa Huetthaler.
Early on in the run it was Van Vlerken in the lead with Huetthaler, Griesbauer and Mareen Hufe all in the hunt close behind her.
The race is still in progress.
It was another sold out field for Ironman Florida and there were 50 qualifying spots up for grabs for the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii in the Fall of 2014.
For a look at how the race unfolded and all the top pro and age-group results be sure to visit IronStruck.com.