Professional triathlete Heather Jackson took first place in the women’s category for the second consecutive year Sunday at Chattanooga’s Ironman 70.3.

“I love this town; it’s awesome,” Jackson said after her race. “The fans were incredible again. Thank you so, so much.”

Nearly 3,000 professional and age-group athletes participated in the event, which drew spectators from around the world.


Sarah True and Jackie Hering took second and third places, respectively.

Matthew Russell placed first for the men, with Adam Otstot andAntoine Jolicoeur Desroches coming in second and third places, respectively.

The professionals finished the 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride and 13.1-mile run in about four hours (click here for exact times), and other triathletes continued throughout the day.

The official race finish is at about 4:30 p.m., which is about eight hours and 30 minutes after the final athlete started the swim portion.