LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- After months of preparation, thousands of IronMan athletes crossed the finish line Sunday morning after a grueling 140-mile triathlon. 

Lisa Roberts finished first for females at just over nine hours, while Andrew Starykowicz finished first for the males at just over eight hours.

The athletes completed a 2.4 mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile run, all in a matter of hours. 

Even the champions say they couldn't do it without a strong support system. 

"I feel ecstatic! This was awesome. My first IronMan win, I'll take it," Roberts said. 

About 3,000 athletes competed in this year's IronMan. The race route was also lined with hundreds of medical professionals, fans, and family members. 

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