The inaugural Ironman U.S. Championship was held today in New Jersey and New York City.

Americans Jordan Rapp and Mary Beth Ellis (lower photo far left) were the winners with times of 8:11:18 and 9:02:48 respectively. There were 2500 athletes at the start of the race from 47 states and 46 countries. It was reported that one person died during the swim portion of the race.

Regarding the heat and humidity, Mr. Rapp said his head was near “redline” the whole way. Commenting on the condition of the Hudson river, Ms. Ellis said she has been in worse (dirtier) water.

Photographs: Stephen Wise