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Triathletes Swim, Bike, and Run For Ironman Florida

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Over 2800 triathletes from 49 states and 50 countries swam, biked, and ran at this year's Ironman Florida. The first leg of the race is a 2.4 mile swim in the Gulf of Mexico, followed by a 112 mile bike ride, and capped up by a 26.2 mile run.

Finishing first is Victor Del Corral, setting a course record, and more importantly, a North American record at 7:53:11. Yvonne Van Vlerken repeats as the women's winner. Her time was 8:43:07, and also a course record.

Race director Ben Rausa saying the blazing times were indicative of Saturday's beautiful weather.

"Little bit of rough water probably hit them a little bit, but fantastic conditions today," he said. "Weather wise, the wind was light. It was perfect conditions. I was just told by the Kona champion that the run course is incredible with fans out there. We have a lot of great support. The community really does wrap their arms around this event for it's Superbowl."

Local triathlete David Shearon one of the top local finishers, finishing 139th overall with a time of 9:41:39, and after the race saying none of his success would be possible without all the help at home.

"I got my wife, she has let me train for 12 years at an elite level. I've accomplished a lot. You have to have support to do well in this sport."

Today's Ironman was Shearon's 9th overall, and fifth in Florida.