Canadian Cody Beals won the Little Debbie IRONMAN competition on Sunday, with a finishing time of 7 hours, 10 minutes, and 22 seconds.
IRONMAN says Matt Russell of Sarasota, Florida (USA) finished strong passing Kirill Kotsegarov, Tallinn (EST) in the final stretch for second place. They rounded out the podium finishing in 7:21:55 and 7:23:06 respectively.
This year's competition was a truncated one; heavy rains from earlier in the week forced IRONMAN organizers to cancel the swimming portion of the competition, citing the high & dangerous waters of the Tennessee River that contained all that rain runoff.
2,100 athletes representing 36 countries and all 50 states took park in the competition. The athletes ranged in age from 18 to 79 years old.
The biking portion of the competition went down into Chickamauga, in Walker County. Joe Legge of Walker County shared the below video of athletes passing through, and bystanders cheering them on. The majority of the IRONMAN bicycle portion takes place in Walker County.
The event offered a professional prize purse of $40,000 and 40 coveted age group qualifying slots to the 2019 IRONMAN World Championship, taking place on October 12 in Kailua Kona, Hawai`i.
An awards ceremony will be held at IRONMAN village Monday morning at 9:30 a.m. near Ross's Landing.