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Just one week following a fifth place at IRONMAN Lake Placid, Lucas Pozzetta (middle) won in Boston for the second straight year. He narrowly beat Spencer Ralston (left) and Matt Alford (right).
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Sonja Kent topped the women's field.
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The race starts and finishes on Carson Beach in Southie with the downtown skyline offering a stunning backdrop.
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The swim takes place in Dorchester Bay.
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It appeared most of the kids were far braver than the adults.
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Then again, they did have free ice cream waiting at the finish.
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Unlikely racers noticed the skyline but impossible to miss as a photographer or spectator.
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A flat and fast bike course on closed roads awaited athletes. All along the shoreline in Southie.
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Then onto the run route.
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The Red Sox have not clinched the pennant, this guy is simply happy to be racing a triathlon.
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Angela Naeth won the women's race last year but opted to do the swim leg in a relay this time around. Likely so she could be on hand at the finish to encourage athletes on her Race Like a Girl age-group team.
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Race Director Mike O'Neil offered a price break for half off the entry fee to spur on younger athletes, including those in college, to get out and race.
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Athletes giving it their all down the finish chute.
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Opening up the sport to make it a more welcoming race environment across gender, age, race and ethnic backgrounds is a major goal of the event producers.
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O'Neil has also crafted a Corporate Relay division to spur Boston based companies, like their title sponsor Columbia Threadneedle Investments, to get employees involved in triathlon.
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Local celebrities like Boston Marathon Race Director Dave McGillivray get involved in the race weekend.
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And once across the finish line...
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