2010 IM Hawaii Part 1

Madame Pele and the World Triathlon Corporation presented some of the biggest surprises - Chrissie Wellington's last minute scratch due to illness. And great racing -- the duel between Chris McCormack and Andreas Raelert . And new records - Mirinda Carfrae's sizzling 2:53:32 marathon and Karin Thuerig's 4:48: 22 bike.

But most of all the race presented a traditional aerobic passion play in Kailua Bay, along the Queen K, into the Energy Lab and arriving home on Alii Drive.

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All images are Timothy Carlson / slowtwitch.com

Intense focus just before the opening cannon.

Craig Alexander relaxes in transition a half hour before the battle for his third Ironman win. Just short - 4th place.

Leanda Cave -- 10th place - warms up before the swim.

Elites bob together before the 6:30 AM start.

Six time Ironman Hawaii third place finisher Fernanda Keller of Brazil offers her stand up paddling services to guide the swimmers.

The age group swim is an aquatic cavalry charge at 7 AM.

Off they go!

The elite swim wave has its own SUP (stand up paddle) entourage

One of the first elite swimmers hustles up the stairs at Dig Me Beach.

Julie Dibens was surprised that Rachel Joyce beat her out of the water and up Palani Hill on the bike. When the ride was done, Dibens finished in 4:55:27 and had a substantial lead.

Belgium's Tine Deckers rides up Palani Hill.

Hilary Biscay and Joszef Major ride early on the Queen K.

Sofie Goos reaches for - would that be a gu? -- on the Queen K.

Three time IMH third place finisher Kate Major of Australia rides past a tourist bus on the Queen K.

Belinda Granger charges the bike.

Local Kona resident pro Bree Wee rides the rolling hills of the Queen K.

Age group men line up on the Queen K.

Tricia Downing races her handcycle on the Queen K.

Age grouper Sandi Wiebe rides past a lava wall on the Queen K.

Virginia Berasategui rode 5:05:36 and ran on an injured ankle to 4th place woman.