Photo Gallery: Ironman World Championship & More!
The traditional fire dance marks the end of the 2012 Ironman World Championship race.
The last finisher: 77-year old Harriet Anderson crossed the finish-line with only 20 seconds to spare.
The voice of Ironman: Mike Reilly. Athletes from all over the world race to hear Reilly say, "You are an IRONMAN!"
Top 3 Women: Caroline Steffen (2nd), Leanda Cave (1st) and Mirinda Carfrae (3rd).
Andreas Raelert (2nd), Peter Jacobs (1st), and Frederik Van Lierde (3rd) make up the Men's Top 3.
An exhausted Mirinda Carfrae finished in third place for the women.
Caroline Steffen earned second place, finishing a mere 64 seconds after Cave.
Leanda Cave won the Ironman World Championship Women's title with a time of 9:15:54.
Leanda Cave's family watches the jumbotron, hoping she will keep her lead to win the title.
Americans Andy Potts and Tim O'Donnell finished in 7th and 8th place proudly displaying the red, white and blue.
Jacobs celebrated his victory with his family after crossing the finish line.
Peter Jacobs captured the 2012 Ironman World Championship Men's title with a finish time of 8:18:37.
Three-time Ironman World Champion Craig "Crowie" Alexander fought hard to gain on his competition. He finished 12th this year.
To end the bike portion, athletes come around the "hot corner" on Palani Drive before setting out on the run course. Here's Caroline Steffen blazing the street in the lead women's spot.
Athletes transitioned from the swim onto the 112-mile bike course.
Karen Adyelott was an Ironman athlete before losing her leg in a car accident while riding her bike. After the accident, she is still an Ironman competitor.
Nothing says determination like an athlete who overcomes adversity to chase down a dream.
Athletes thrash forward as quickly as possible in hopes of starting the day out with a fast swim split.
Race morning = a sea of swim caps anxiously awaiting the cannon shot signaling the beginning of the race.
The Welcome Banquet featured a tropical band and fierce warrior decor.
Over 1,000 athletes took part in the famous Underpants Run this year. There's nothing like running in your underwear to ease the approaching race-day nerves.
More than 40 countries were represented at the 2012 Parade of Nations.
Six-time Ironman World Championship Natascha Badmann was escorted in style at the Parade of Nations.
Future Ironman World Champions.
Kids participate in the "Keiki Dip-n-Dash" race a few days before the adult race.
The Ironman Foundation helps athletes achieve dreams. Some of the featured athletes include a 4-time cancer survivor, a man living with cerebral palsy, and two breast cancer survivors.
Not a bad back drop for a race expo, right?
During the week leading up to the race, athletes can swim the course and stop by the "coffee boat" for a mid-swim jolt of caffeine.
A local race, benefiting PATH (People's Advocacy for Trails Hawai'i) brings runners down the famous Ali'i Drive one week before the big finish of the Ironman World Championship.
Here's a breathtaking sunset above the clouds on the top of Muana Kai at 13,796 feet elevation.
Check out this rescue helicopter in Waipio Valley collecting water to put out a nearby fire.
Not too shabby. The treacherous drive is worth it in the end. Waipio Valley, HI
A short drive to Waipio Valley (and a four-wheel-drive vehicle) down this steep, winding road results in an unbelievable view.
Pololu Valley features a beautiful black sand beach.
Located about an hour outside of Kailua-Kona, Pololu Valley offers adventure seekers a rewarding hike.
Lava tunnels mark areas where the hot magma once free flowed through the land.
No wonder Lava Java packs a crowd! Check out the size of that sticky bun!
Athletes line Ali'i Drive (the same road where the finish line sits) for a chance to dine at the famed Lava Java.
The "Big Island" of Hawai'i is known for desert-like lava fields melting into turquoise water.