September 29, 2012
Starting at 7:30am- 3,466 People from all walks of life, such as-Students, Police Officers, Business People, Flight Attendants and unemployed male and female’s ranging in ages from 18-72 years old began at the sound of cannon fire. These competitor's started by swimming 1.2 miles in the Savannah River then Biking 56 miles through the hills of Georgia and South Carolina and finishing by running 13.1 miles through Downtown Augusta.
They came from places such as the USA, Brazil, Canada, Great Britain, China, Spain, Mexico, Columbia, Costa Rica, and the Netherlands. From Amateurs to Pro’s, they gathered and in there designated groups entered the water awaiting the sound to release them on their way from start to finish.
I came to see, support and even photograph a competitor that bears no physical resemblance to my wife even though they are indisputably brother and sister. A man that has overcome significant personal trials and tribulations to find himself here ready to persevere regardless of what hardships have paved his way to this moment. Ray Gogarty is a Police Officer, a father, a son, a brother and a friend that has trained long and hard. He hoped to A- Finish the event and B- If he finished it, to do it under 6 hours. Ray not only completed his first Half Ironman, but completed it in 5 hours 42 Minutes. His family was in attendance and felt an overwhelming sense of pride in him. All of the athletes that did compete that day for whatever reasons did so with exceptional courage, as was scene thru my lense. Good Job to all and Congratulations to Ray J. Gogarty... Coming soon-2013 Kentucky-Full Ironman!!!!!!!
To enjoy all photo's from this event please click on the following Link- http://www.flickr.com/photos/88645768@N04/