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Athletes check- in and check out Ironman Village

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AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

Signing up and stretching out, the spirit of Ironman is in the air, and taking over Augusta's Downtown Marriott Hotel.

"It's been a great process. Augusta is awesome to visit and work with. The Sports Council has been awesome, the city has been awesome," said Michael Lynn Turtle, who works with Ironman. 

Athletes are checking in, and checking out the Ironman Village, ahead of Sunday's 70.3 mile triathlon race.

Athletes like Scott Rigsby, a man who has competed and triumphed in many tough battles.

"Very difficult. I mean I have to swim without my legs so I lose 25% propulsion," said Rigsby about competing in the Ironman race.

Rigsby lost his legs in a car accident when he was 18 years old and was the first double amputee to complete the Hawaiian Ironman.

"I was very proud and very exhausted, but it was a sense of accomplishment, I'm on a mission," said Rigsby. 

A sense of accomplishment Rigsby says he will feel this Sunday when he crosses the finish line.

"It should be a good race. Hopefully the Mayor will open the flood gates, the dam will open up and we will have a very fast swim," said Rigsby. 

The big day, on the mind of all the athletes as they spend time in the village, trying to make sure they are ready for whatever comes their way.

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