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Augusta's Ironman Challenge 70.3 is largest Ironman Challenge in the world

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

Biking, Swimming, Running, you name it. The Ironman Challenge 70.3 is here and this year breaking records.

"It's the largest Ironman 70.3 in the world," said Augusta Sports Council, CEO Brinsley Thigpen.

That's right, based upon the number of athletes registered. Having more than 3,000 participants made this year's challenge very beneficial to the area.

"We estimated that this event brings over 4 million dollars just this weekend to the Augusta area," said Thigpen. "We have a lot of people here that are traveling for the event not only the athletes, but they bring friends and families with them."

This year's winner, Veteran Canadian athlete, Brent McMahon made his way to the finish line with a time of 3 hours, 43 minutes and 3 seconds. And I was right there to catch the moment that he considers to be one of the most successful triathlons in his career.

"I'm so blessed and so fortunate enough to have such a great career," said Brent McMahon. "I've tried all sorts of disciplines. I went to the Olympics twice, I've done all four triathlons for a couple of years, I'm doing the half marathon stuff. I think just switching it up keeps me interested and wanting to do more in the sport."

As for next year's Ironman Challenge planning.

"Tomorrow, or maybe even tonight. We'll start planning for next year hopefully," said Thigpen.

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