After 140.6 miles of hell, the Kona finish line is heaven for Ironman triathletes.
All photographs ® Timothy Carlson
After winning his second straight $120,000 title at the Ironman World Championship in blazing heat, Jan Frodeno had an immediate, primal need - water.
Six-time Kona winners Dave Scott and Mark Allen congratulate the newest member of the Kona two-win club.
As if his 3:32 margin of victory over his rival wasn't enough punishment, Jan Frodeno power sprayed Sebastian Kienle with champagne on the podium.
Ben Hoffman gave it his all. He was 6:23 faster than his 2nd place Kona finish in 2014 but against this year's field his 8:13:00 time only brought him 4th place.
Patrick Lange of Germany looks to be weeping in the presence of The Man, Dave Scott. They should be tears of joy as Lange broke Mark Allen's 27-year-old Kona run record with a 2:39:45 split to bring him 3rd place in his Kona debut.
Daniela Ryf had plenty of time to bask in the cheers at the Kona finish line. She was 23:44 ahead of runner-up Mirinda Carfrae - the largest women's margin of victory since Paula Newby-Fraser topped JulieAnne White by 26:12 in 1992.
Kona podium newcomer Heather Jackson shares a hug with Ironman runner-up Mirinda Carfrae as Daniela Ryf congratulates them both.
Daniela Ryf pours water on her face to cool down after her red-hot performance.
Rinny Carfrae acknowledges the cheers of the crowd.
Heather Jackson looks to the heavens, grateful for her 3rd place finish. She is the first American woman to make the Kona podium since Desiree Ficker took 2nd in 2006.
Anja Beranek of Germany appears to be in shock at her 4th place finish in 9:14:26.
Kaisa Lehtonen became the first Finnish woman to make the top 5 at Kona.
Daniela Ryf stands atop the Kona women's podium in a Hawaiian tableau.
Andi Bocherer of Germany garners hugs for his 5th place finish in 8:13:25.
Frederik Van Lierde of Belgium, the 2013 Kona champion, looks spent after his 10th place finish.
Matt Russell of the U.S. celebrated his 12th place finish with a Blazeman Roll in honor of the late Jon Blais, who finished the 2005 Ironman World Championship despite suffering from ALS.
William Clarke (right) and Joe Skipper (left) of Great Britain shake hands after placing 124th and 125th in equal 9:25:07 finish times.
Boris Stein of Germany improved from 10th in 2015 to 7th this year with an 8:13:25 finish, which featured a race-best 4:23:04 bike split - 52 seconds better than countryman Sebastian Kienle.
Maarten Seghers of Belgium exults after finishing 3rd in the men's 30-34 age group and 41st overall in a time of 9:00:42.
Timo Bracht of Germany finished 28th overall in a time of 8:43:37 at the age of 41.