UPDATE (WKOW) -- IRONMAN Wisconsin athletes wrapped up the race in Madison Sunday.
More than 2,800 people took part. The event started with a 2.4 mile swim in Lake Monona, then a 112 mile bike and more than 26 mile run. It's an experience of a lifetime for many of the athletes as large crowds waited to greet them at the finish line downtown.
"The crowds and the volunteers are best of any race I've ever done. Granted, it's my first time, but I've done the Chicago Marathon, great crowds there, but this is just a great experience," Chicago-native Tom Perotti told 27 News after finishing the race.
People from all over the world came to compete. Including the Pease brothers from Atlanta. Kyle Pease has Cerebral Palsy so his brother Brent pulls, pedals and pushes Kyle through the race.
"It's one of the strongest bonds I've ever seen. They're really, really close, and just them doing this together brings them even closer," caretaker and family friend Sam Harrison said.
MADISON (WKOW) -- More than 2,800 athletes are competing in the 2013 IRONMAN Wisconsin triathlon today.
The event started at 7 a.m. Sunday, September 8th. The participants have 17 hours after the final swim wave to finish. They have to swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, and run a marathon.
According to IRONMAN Wisconsin's official website, the athletes range from 18 to 74 years old. People from 23 countries will be represented. Also, 49 states will be represented.
The swim takes place in Lake Monona. After that, the participants bike around Madison and surrounding areas. Then, the competitors run a marathon through downtown. Both the bike ride and run are hilly.
IRONMAN Wisconsin offers a $25,000 professional prize purse. Also, there will be 50 age group qualifying slots for the 2014 IRONMAN World Championship. The World Championship in October 2014 at Kailua Kona, Hawaii.
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