LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The competitors rose with the summer sun, faced with a grueling task, but after nearly 140 miles of swimming, biking and running, one man and one woman emerged as winners in Sunday's Louisville Ironman triathlon.
After 8 hours, 42 minutes and 22 seconds of brutal competition, Patrick Evoe jogged across the finish line on Sunday.
The top five men’s results:
1. Patrick Evoe USA 8:42:22
2. Chris McDonald AUS 8:52:59
3. Thomas Gerlach USA 9:02:42
4. Jason Shortis AUS 9:21:24
5. Thomas Maliszewski USA 9:28:50
In the women's race, winner Bree Wee arrived at the finish line with a smile on her face as she high-fived bystanders.
The top five women’s results:
1. Bree Wee USA 9:36:27
2. Jackie Arendt USA 9:38:14
3. Terra Castro USA 9:53:27
4. Heather Gollnick USA 9:55:25
5. April Gellatly USA 10:09:41
The Ironman Louisville started at the Waterfront with a 2.4 mile swim, followed by a 112 mile bike that took riders through Oldham County and then finish with a 26.2 mile run. More than 2,500 athletes are competing in the full marathon that ends at Fourth Street.
“Anything can happen out there so you try to just focus on the moment,” said participant Ed Donner.
Donner is from Florida and this is his ninth Ironman competition. His training is almost a full time job.
“A basic week is 25 to 30 hours,” said Donner.
Volunteers were also in for a long day.
“Swim start all the way to chip retrieval tonight. So, 4:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.,” said Rachel Hardin.
Supporters lined the course to cheer on participants. Carolyn Swartz showed up for her brother.
“We have a really tall sign that we carry around everywhere we go and we have our shirts all matching,” said Swartz.
Participants have 17 hours to complete the race in order to be called an Ironman finisher. They have until midnight.