LAWRENCE, Kan. (WIBW)-More than 1,400 athletes from around the globe came out to Lawrence, Kansas to compete in the 70.3 Ironman race.
Athletes tested their endurance skills at Clinton Lake Campgrounds with a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride and 13.1 mile run. Contestants say its tough, but they enjoy the challenge
"I do this because I always want to see what I'm capable of doing," said 8th place Ironman winner, Adam Bocha.
Race participants were both amateurs and professionals. Three-time Ironman World Champion and two-time Ironman 70.3 World Champion Craig Alexander finished in first place in 3 hours and 51 minutes.
"Every race you win, it's an honor to be honest. It's never the same old and it's never boring to win. It's always great to win," said Alexander.
Competitors ranged in age from 18 to 66, among them was 52-year-old Randall Rasmussen who finished 2nd in his age group.
"It's always hard, you know, you think Kansas is flat. I mean, it's not! There's a couple places where you think 'what the world is going on here'", said Rasmussen.
The female Ironman champion says this race makes her strive to be an even better athlete.
"I don't want to be a good athlete, I want to be a great athlete and part of my move to the U.S. helped. I want to be one of the greats!" said Emma-Kate Lidbury, female Ironman Champion who finished in 4 hours and 20 minutes.
Young and old, each race participant can now call themselves an Ironman.
"Glad its over! Ready for next year!"said Rasmussen.
Alexander also took home a $15,000 professional prize purse.