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Ironman World Championship Kona

Ironman World Championship Kona

The Ironman World Championship is the ultimate test of mind, body and spirit. Only the best triathletes converge on Kailua-Kona, HI, to embark on this 146.6-mile journey. Officially, there are 63 half-Ironman triathlons and 31 full-Ironman triathlons held around the world -- the biggest competitions are the Ironman World Championship, Ironman European Champion, Ironman US Championship and Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship. 960 1280

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Ironman Lake Tahoe

Ironman Lake Tahoe

In California, Lake Tahoe’s Ironman competition begins with a 2-loop swim at historic Kings Beach. Athletes hop on their bikes and then finish competition with a run along one of the most scenic stretches in the world. 960 1280

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Ironman New Zealand

Ironman New Zealand

Head to Taupo, a 45-minute flight or an easy 3 to 4 hour drive from Auckland, New Zealand. This Ironman competition attracts international athletes from more than 35 countries. Taupo has become an increasingly popular venue for sporting events because of the town’s compact size, clean environment, central location and friendly community. 960 1280

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Ironman UK

Ironman UK

In the summer, hundreds of athletes head to Bolton, England, to challenge themselves in the Ironman UK. Triathletes must embark on a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and run 26.2 miles to the finish line. In case you didn’t know, Bolton is located 10 miles northwest of Manchester. 960 1280

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Ironman 70.3 Panama

Ironman 70.3 Panama

Before running 13.1 miles through the Panama City’s Amador Causeway, triathletes must swim 1.2 miles in the Pacific Ocean -- at the entrance to the Panama Canal -- and bike 56 miles, crossing the Bridge of the Americas en route to the Pan-American Highway. 960 1280

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Ironman Lake Placid

Ironman Lake Placid

Ironman Lake Placid is the 2nd oldest Ironman competition in North America. It’s usually held mid-summer in the Olympic Village of Lake Placid, NY, where more than 20,000 people converge on the town. Athletes take a 2.4-mile swim in Mirror Lake, a challenging 112-mile bike ride through the Adirondacks Mountains and a 26.2-mile run, circling the downtown area 4 times. 960 1280

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Ironman Melbourne

Ironman Melbourne

The Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship in Melbourne -- the sporting capital of Australia -- is usually held in March. With the spectacular city as the backdrop, athletes take a 2.4-mile swim in Frankston, a 117-mile bike ride on the EastLink Tollway and a 26-mile run along Port Philip Bay to finish the grueling challenge. 960 1280

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Ironman 70.3 Racine

Ironman 70.3 Racine

If a full Ironman is too much, then head to Racine, WI -- located 30 miles south of Milwaukee -- to participate in the half Ironman. Triathletes must swim 1.2-mile along North Beach in Lake Michigan, bike 56 miles through the rolling countryside of Racine County and run 13.1 miles through the Zoo and surrounding Lake Michigan coastline. 960 1280

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Ironman Los Cabos

Ironman Los Cabos

Los Cabos -- located at the tip of the Baja Peninsula in Baja California, Mexico -- is known as a great place to relax and unwind, but on March 17, 2013, athletes will converge on the resort town for its first Ironman competition. Nearly 1,500 participants from more than 50 countries are expected for the inaugural event. The course will include a swim in the Sea of Cortes, and then a bike ride and run along a 20-mile corridor between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. 960 1280

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Ironman Wisconsin

Ironman Wisconsin

In Madison, WI, more than 45,000 spectators line the Ironman course through Wisconsin farm land and the downtown streets of state capital. The finish line is the most recognizable of all the US Ironman events; it is located in front of the Wisconsin state capitol in the heart of Madison. 960 1280

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Ironman Cozumel

Ironman Cozumel

Cozumel -- located in Quintana Roo, Mexico -- is often a port of call for many cruise lines, but this fun travel destination is also host to the Ironman Cozumel and Ironman 70.3 Cozumel. Like many Ironman competitions, the Cozumel Ironman awards a predetermined number of slots that will allow athletes to participate in the “granddaddy” of all Ironman challenges, the Ironman World Championship in Kona, HI. 960 1280

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Ironman Arizona

Ironman Arizona

Ironman Arizona, set in Tempe, begins with a swim in the Tempe Town Lake, followed by a challenging 3-loop bike course through the Sonoran Desert and then competition wraps up with a spectator-friendly run around Tempe Town Lake and Papago Park. 960 1280

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Ironman Coeur d'Alene

Ironman Coeur d'Alene

Welcome to Coeur d’Alene, the 2nd largest metropolitan area in Idaho. While wiping the sweat from their brow, athletes take a dip in beautiful Lake Coeur d’Alene and a become eyewitnesses to spectacular views of rural northern Idaho by bike and on foot. 960 1280

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Ironman Louisville

Ironman Louisville

In August, the Ironman Louisville, KY, takes triathletes on a course through some of the city’s most scenic areas, including Waterfront Park, Oldham and Henry Counties and the city of LaGrange. Their journey ends with a finish line celebration at Fourth Street Live, an exciting entertainment and retail district in downtown Louisville. 960 1280

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Ironman Western Australia

Ironman Western Australia

Busselton -- a 2.5-hour drive from Perth, Australia -- hosts 2 Ironman competitions, Ironman 70.3 Busselton and Ironman Western Australia. Ironman 70.3 Busselton is held in October as part of a big festival, which includes the Kids Triathlon. Ironman Western Australia is held in December, when athletes swim Busselton Jetty, bike through Tuart Forest and run along Geographe Bay and through the heart of Busselton Township. 960 1280

  

Ironman Switzerland

Ironman Switzerland

More than 2,000 athletes compete in the waters of Lake Zurich during the swimming leg of the Ironman Switzerland Triathlon in Zurich. In the 2nd leg of the race participants hit a challenging bike course with a breathtaking view of the Swiss Alps before ending the competition with a run on the shore of the lake. 960 1280

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William T. Young Library in Kentucky

William T. Young Library in Kentucky

Campus vs. Campus
The William T. Young Library on the campus of the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY.
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Strong Hall on Kansas Campus

Strong Hall on Kansas Campus

Campus vs. Campus
The Jayhawk statue outside of Strong Hall on the campus of the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS.
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Rupp Arena in Kentucky

Rupp Arena in Kentucky

Venue vs. Venue
Rupp Arena plays host to the Kentucky Wilcats men's basketball team.
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Phog Allen Fieldhouse

Phog Allen Fieldhouse

Venue vs. Venue
Phog Allen fieldhouse plays host to the Kansas Jayhawks basketball team.
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The Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington

The Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington

Landmark vs. Landmark
The Kentucky Horse Park boasts over 1,220 acres of rolling greens and plenty of beautiful horses.
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Douglas County COurthouse in Lawrence

Douglas County COurthouse in Lawrence

Landmark vs. Landmark
Douglas County Courthouse sits on the south end of downtown Lawrence.
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Downtown Lexington

Downtown Lexington

Skyline vs. Skyline
Downtown Lexington, KY.
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Downtown Lawrence

Downtown Lawrence

Skyline vs. Skyline
Downtown Lawrence, KS.
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The Woodford Reserve Distillery

The Woodford Reserve Distillery

Iconic Food or Drink vs. Iconic Food or Drink
According to the Kentucky Distillers Association, 95% of bourbon, America's only native spirit, is produced in Kentucky.
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Kansas is Known for Their Ribs

Kansas is Known for Their Ribs

Iconic Food or Drink vs. Iconic Food or Drink
Kansas is known for their barbecue, especially their ribs.
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Lextran in Lexington

Lextran in Lexington

Transportation vs. Transportation
Lextran.
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KU on Wheels

KU on Wheels

Transportation vs. Transportation
KU on Wheels.
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Wimbledon Tennis Tournament

Wimbledon Tennis Tournament

Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world and attracts more than 450,000 spectators every year. 960 1280

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Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova of Russia serves to Sabine Lisicki of Germany during their singles match at the 2012 Wimbledon tennis championships. 960 1280

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Serena Williams

Serena Williams

American Serena Williams celebrates after defeating Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan in the 2012 singles tournament at Wimbledon. 960 1280

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All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club

All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club

A woman crosses a footbridge to enter the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London, where the Wimbledon tournament takes place. 960 1280

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Tennis Fans

Tennis Fans

Spectators swarm the courts to get a view of their favorite tennis players in action. 960 1280

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Wimbledon Spectators of All Ages

Wimbledon Spectators of All Ages

A crowd watches a tennis match on a big television screen outside the stadium. 960 1280

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Murray Mound

Murray Mound

Fans sit on Murray Mound — also known as Henman Hill — to watch the 2012 men's singles match between Britain’s Andy Murray and Cyprus’ Marcos Baghdatis on a giant TV screen. 960 1280

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Heather Watson

Heather Watson

British tennis player Heather Watson serves the ball during her third-round match against Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland at the 2012 Wimbledon Championships. 960 1280

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Men’s Doubles Match

Men’s Doubles Match

Eric Butorac and Jamie Murray thank the chair umpire after their second-round doubles match against Michael Llodra and Arnaud Clement in 2012. 960 1280

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Camping Out

Camping Out

People arrive to camp out so they can get a good spot in the line to enter the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club for the Wimbledon matches. 960 1280

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Crowd Celebrates Win

Crowd Celebrates Win

Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic celebrates with his trophy on the clubhouse balcony in front of a bank of fans after winning the singles final against Switzerland’s Roger Federer on July 6, 2014, in London. 960 1280

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Murray Mount Crowd

Murray Mount Crowd

Spectators watch a giant TV screen showing Andy Murray during his 2013 men's semifinal match against Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz. 960 1280

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Kvitova vs. Safarova

Kvitova vs. Safarova

The Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova (foreground) returns the ball to fellow Czech Lucie Safarova during their semifinal on July 3, 2014. 960 1280

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Court 3

Court 3

Court 3 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club — which was formerly Court No. 2 — was rebuilt starting after the 2009 championships, and the first match was played on the new court during the 2011 tournament. 960 1280

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Fred Perry Statue

Fred Perry Statue

A statue was erected to commemorate Fred Perry, a British tennis player who won 16 tennis titles, including 3 consecutive singles Wimbledon championships in 1934-36. 960 1280

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Singles Competition Trophies

Singles Competition Trophies

Lucky tennis players get to walk away with one of these trophies after several arduous matches. In the photo above, these prestigious awards are on display during the Wimbledon Championships 2012 winners’ ball at the InterContinental Park Lane Hotel. 960 1280

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