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Wounded warriors ready to 'battle' Augusta Ironman

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 A sea of bicycles hang on racks at the Augusta Riverfront, ready for the more than 3,400 athletes who will ride them Sunday morning.

"The day before a race I'm just trying to stay as calm as possible. You want to stay relaxed, preserve as much energy as possible for the next day," said Brian McPherson, a wounded marine competing in the Ironman triathlon. 

Staying calm is something McPherson and another wounded marine, Ben McCrosky say will not be a problem during the race.

"For me, my injuries are like a scratch to me," said McCrosky, who lost his left leg and damaged his right leg while overseas. 

"Just about getting you physically active again because in the marines, that's all they are. You are physically active your whole career," said McPherson. 

Being physically active will come in handy for all those taking part in the race, each on their own mission.

"You know everybody has their own obstacle. Some people are out here for cancer awareness, so I don't want to take away that we're the only ones fighting a hard fight here," said McPherson. 

So the marines and all the athletes set up their bikes and gear up for the race.

"Stay off my leg for a while, do some stretching, maybe jump on an elliptical for like ten minutes or so," said McCrosky. 

Sunday morning athletes will be at the Riverfront to set up their transition area, the space where they will change between their swim, their bike and their run.

"You can come this far and you can show America that this is not going to slow you down and that's what it's all about," said McPherson. 

Whether completing the race for themselves or to inspire others, all the athletes have one common goal; crossing the finish line.

The race will start Sunday at 7:30 in the morning at the Fifth Street Marina downtown. The finish line will be on Broad Street in front of the Augusta Common. An award ceremony will follow. There will be several road closures. For more information, click here.

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