SWAG: The IRONMAN merchandise store has been a popular destination for the masses to pick up a gift for family and friends or as a keepsake item for themselves to commemorate their participation in the 2018 Isuzu IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship triathlon in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa (Photo by Craig Muller/IRONMAN)

Top Images From Friday at Ironman 70.3 World Championship

As final preparations for the 2018 Ironman 70.3 World Championship took place on Friday in Nelson Mandela Bay, Port Elizabeth, the excitement continued to build with additional race week activities including the IRONKIDS ½ Mile and 1-Mile Fun Run. Race weekend begins tomorrow, Saturday, September 1 with the professional and age-group women. The professional and age-group men follow with race day for them on Sunday, September 2.

MARCHING THROUGH THE ARCH: IRONKIDS athletes make their way through the finish arch after completing either a 1/2 mile or 1 mile Fun Run course. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images for IRONMAN)
STRETCH IT OUT: A group of IRONKIDS partake in a stretch before Saturday mornings IRONKIDS 1/2 Mile and 1-Mile Fun Run that had children finishing down the same chute as 2018 Isuzu IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images for IRONMAN)
A HIGH FIVE FEELING: This adorable youngster finished the IRONKIDS 1/2 mile Fun Run with the support of a cheering and high fiving crowd. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images for IRONMAN)
MEDALS FOR MILES: A IRONKIDS participant proudly shows off her newly earned finisher medal.(Photo by Craig Muller/IRONMAN)
SWEET CHARIOT: The newly released IRONMAN by Ventum 2018 Edition Bicycle was on display for athletes at the merchandise store. (Photo by Craig Muller/IRONMAN)
LEAVING A MARK: An IRONMAN 70.3 athlete makes their mark on the 40 Years of Dreams signing wall that is on site to celebrate IRONMAN’s 40th Anniversary. (Photo by Craig Muller/IRONMAN)
UTHANDO (LOVE): IRONMAN Foundation Ambassador Athletes, Volunteers and IRONMAN Staff visited one of four IRONMAN Foundation Legacy Projects in partnership with the local IRONMAN 4 the Kidz Charity Trust, the brand-new Early Birds Day Care Centre in Walmer creche. Children ages 3-5 sang songs for the visitors and were presented with backpacks packed by athletes inside the Isuzu IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship race expo. (Photo by Richard Huggard for FinisherPix)

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