Views of a triathlete swimming in the water warming up leading up to the Isuzu IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship at Hobie Beach in Port Elizabeth, South Africa on August 30, 2018. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images for IRONMAN).

Top Images From Thursday at Ironman 70.3 World Championship

Event week for the 2018 Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa was in full go Thursday with various activities including official swim access to Kings Beach, the Ndlovu 5K Fun Run and Professional Pre-Race Press Conference in the morning.

Festivities continued through the afternoon when more than 100 countries represented at the 2018 Ironman 70.3 World Championship marched in the Parade of Nations to Hobie Beach. The pre-race events surrounding the Isuzu IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship continue Friday with the IRONKIDS Fun Run before the Women take to the course on Saturday, Sept. 1 and the Men on Sunday, Sept. 2.

Singers perform during the parade of Nations leading up to the Isuzu IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship at Hobie Beach in Port Elizabeth, South Africa on August 30, 2018. Over 5 thousand athletes from 118 countries will be represented in this years 70.3 World Championship. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images for IRONMAN).

 

The coastline and part of the race course leading up to the Isuzu IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Port Elizabeth, South Africa on August 30, 2018. Over 5 thousand athletes from 118 countries will be represented in this years 70.3 World Championship. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images for IRONMAN).

 

The South African flag and athletes lines up on the beach during the parade of Nations leading up to the Isuzu IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship at Hobie Beach in Port Elizabeth, South Africa on August 30, 2018. Over 5 thousand athletes from 118 countries will be represented in this years 70.3 World Championship. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images for IRONMAN).

 

Competitors finishing during the Ndlovu 5K Fun Run leading up to the Isuzu IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship at Hobie Beach in Port Elizabeth, South Africa on August 30, 2018. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images for IRONMAN).

 

(L-R) Six-time IRONMAN World Champion Dave Scott, Race Director of the IRONMAN World Championship Diana Bertsch, IRONMAN CEO Andrew Messick, 8-Time IRONMAN World Champion Paula Newby-Fraser, and Six-time IRONMAN World Champion Mark Allen pose for a photo during the parade of Nations leading up to the Isuzu IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship at Hobie Beach in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Over 5 thousand athletes from 118 countries will be represented in this year’s 70.3 World Championship. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images for IRONMAN).

 

Competitors during the Ndlovu 5K Fun Run leading up to the Isuzu IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship at Hobie Beach in Port Elizabeth, South Africa on August 30, 2018. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images for IRONMAN).

 

The water warming up leading up to the Isuzu IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship at Hobie Beach in Port Elizabeth, South Africa on August 30, 2018. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images for IRONMAN).

 

A general view of the Professional Athlete Press Conference leading up to the Isuzu IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship at Hobie Beach in Port Elizabeth, South Africa on August 30, 2018. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images for IRONMAN).

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