POLITICAL FiINISH: The former Prime Minister of Finland, Alexander Stubb, celebrates finishing © Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images for IRONMAN

ON THE LONESOME SIDE: Out on their own, underan unforgiving and relentless sun and surrounded barren lava fields, a lone athlete makes his way along the 112-mile bike course. © Tom Pentington/Getty Images for IRONMAN

EXTREME AERODYNAMICS: German athlete Boris Stein maximises aerodynamics as he cycles. © Tom Pentington/Getty Images for IRONMAN)

ROAD OF LOVE: Messages of encouragement for the athletes as they pound the hot pavement on the marathon course. © Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images for IRONMAN


FINISH LINE: After a phenomenal marathon that saw him beat Mark Allen’s run course record of 37 years, Patrick Lange of Germany takes 3rd place and completes the all-German podium.  © Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images for IRONMAN