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2011 Ironman New Zealand

Yesterday I was down in Taupo shooting the 2011 Ironman NZ competition and man, what an epic day it was. I started at 5:30am to get to the event site for a 7:00am start and didn’t stop shooting until about 4:30pm and it rained the whole day. I am so glad that I invested in the Think Tank Hydrophobia bag cover or else my camera surely would have drowned.

To go to an Ironman event is to be truly inspired, sure the pros go fast and make it seem do able (3.8 km swim, 180 km bike and finally a 42 km run) not exactly easy but they do seem to cruise through it. What is truly inspirational are the age group athletes who make it seem like the superhuman effort it really is. I will be posting another gallery later with more images of the age group athletes and the struggles they went through, but here are some images that I quickly grabbed from the day…..

For anyone who is interested, Cameron Brown (Bib #1) won the men’s pro event in 8:31:07 and Sam Warriner won the women’s pro event in 09:28:24.

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