2023 IRONMAN™ World Championship Photo Essay

Photos © Tony Svensson/IRONMAN™

“In ancient Hawaiian mythology, sea turtles were venerated as a powerful symbol of strength, fertility, longevity and wisdom” ©Iruka Hawaii. Just off the pier, this buddy stretched their neck to check out the early morning commotion.

Multiple IRONMAN finisher and mom of twins Jacqui Giuliano of Illinois, prepares her gear with a smile.

A wave start with the rising sun. Upper left is the dormant Hualālai volcano, and below Moku‘aikaua Church and Hulihe‘e Palace.

Lucy Charles-Barclay from Great Britain led the swim, the bike and the run. Previously, only one woman and one man have this distinction, Lyn Lemaire and Dave Scott. She would win the race in a new course record of 8:24:31 (49:36, 4:32:29, 2:57:38).

Germany’s Anne Haug in T1. She would end up second, three minutes behind Lucy and with a new run record of 2:48:23.

This year, my shot list was IRONMAN Ambassadors. Here’s Annie Brooks from Great Britain.

The view from Kawaihae shows near-perfect conditions, if you like sun & heat.

Ambassador Yuliya Azzopardi of Ukraine on her way back from Kawaihae showing great cycling form.

Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway in all its glory.

Ambassador Lucy Bartholomew from Australia. In the span of six weeks, she finished the UTMB World Series and the IRONMAN.

Lucy coming out of the Natural Energy Lab (NELHA)

Olympic Silver Medalist Lisa Nordén from Sweden on Queen K having just escaped NELHA.

Stockholm-Sweden’s Emma Åberg.

Australia’s Kayla Morton celebrating life.

They kept coming and they kept smiling. This race had more smiles than I have ever seen.

A perfect NELHA sunset.

Brazil’s Fernanda Keller at 60 in her twenty-second Kona finish. Clearly, IRONMAN is a youth elixir.

70-74 Age Group Winner Missy LeStrange (now with 18 in Kona) flanked by two retirees, CEO Andrew Messick and Cherie Gruenfeld (with 14 age group wins in Kona).

Yolanda Iribarren (60-64) of Mexico shows how it’s getting done.

The ART team was behind many of the athlete race day smiles and successes.

2023 IRONMAN World Champion Lucy Charles-Barclay gives her victory speech.