2010 Ironman World Champs in Pictures

Building the finish

After closing the roads in town, the stands are built the day before the race

Gel-tastic

A bullet-proof nutrition strategy?

Marshals paddling out before the swim start

6am in Kailua Bay. Half an hour until the pros start

Just before the elite start at 6.30am

No danger of forgetting that the 2010 Ironman World Championships are sponsored by Ford

And they're off

The elite men and women start

The age groupers

The age groupers start to enter Kailua Bay. Their race started 30 minutes after the pros at 7am

The mass start

Around 1,800 age groupers started the 2010 Ironman World Championships

The first pro comes into view

Andy Potts finished the 2.4-mile swim way ahead of the other pros

The swim exit

Even the pros were unsteady on their feet as they climbed the steps out of the non-wetsuit swim

Hitting the showers

Washing off the salt water after the swim

Out onto the bike

The 112-mile bike course started with a hill out of the town of Kailua-Kona

And the 2010 Ironman World Champion is... Chris McCormack

Australian Chris 'Macca' McCormack becomes the 2010 Ironman World Champion after battling it out on the run with German Andraes Raelert, who finished 90 seconds back

Aussie Mirinda Carfrae win's the women's race

After coming second last year, Carfrae becomes the 2010 Ironman World Champion. Her 2:53:32 marathon split sped her to the fourth fastest women's time ever at Kona

Almost midnight

Waiting for the last finishers just before midnight - the 17 hour cut off

The massive finish-line crowd

It may be almost midnight but no one's going home until the last finisher has been cheered across the finish line

2010 Ironman World Champ Mirinda Carfrae

Carfrae waits at the finish line with her boyfriend to congratulate the last finisher