On Saturday March 2, 2013, 1300 age-group athletes from all over the world were on hand for the 29th edition of Ironman New Zealand.
Some were 18-year-olds and some were in their 70's like Garth Barfoot who competed in the 75-79 age category.
Some had a score to settle with the course because the Ironman distance was cancelled in 2012 because of bad weather.
The fastest time of the day for any age-group athlete was posted by Matt Lewis of the 40-44 category with a sensational time of 09:13:10.
Rob Creasy and Daniel Plews fought it out in the 30-34 age-group and posted times of 09:21:57 and 09:23:15 respectively to round out the top three finishers.
The race for top spot among the age-group women was remarkably close.
The first one to cross the line was Kira Flanagan in an excellent time of 09:55:41.
Erin Furness was less than a minute behind with her 09:56:30 finish time. Dimity-lee Duke was in the 30-34 category along with Erin and was third over-all with a time of 10:08:41.
There were 40 Ironman Hawaii 2013 qualifying spots available to be won.
The race will be in progress for many more hours as the triathletes have 17 hours to complete the course in order to be considered an official finisher.
For a look at the top finishers in all the age-group categories as they become available, visit IronSruck.com.