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HITS Triathlon and half triathlon 2012

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Scott Anderson, of Sarasota, sheds his wetsuit after getting out of the Gulf, during the inaugural HITS Triathlon and Half Triathlon Series held in North Naples on Jan. 8, 2012.

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Greg Kahn/Staff Scott Anderson, of Sarasota, sheds his wetsuit after getting out of the Gulf, during the inaugural HITS Triathlon and Half Triathlon Series held in North Naples on Jan. 8, 2012.

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Participants run into the Gulf at the start of the inaugural HITS Triathlon and Half Triathlon Series held in North Naples on Jan. 8, 2012.
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Nick La Cava, center, listens to last minute instructions before the start of the inaugural HITS Triathlon and Half Triathlon Series held in North Naples on Jan. 8, 2012.
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Dolphins swim near competitiors during the inaugural HITS Triathlon Naples held in North Naples on Jan. 8, 2012.
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Participants get acclimated to the water before the start of the inaugural HITS Triathlon and Half Triathlon Series held in North Naples on Jan. 8, 2012.
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Mary Puchades of Coral Gables turns back at the start of the half triathlon because the water was too cold for her without a wetsuit at the inaugural HITS Triathlon Naples held in North Naples on Jan. 8, 2012. Puchades was able to borrow a wetsuit and return to the race.
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The first two competitors greet each other after making the halfway turn in the swimming portion during the inaugural HITS Triathlon and Half Triathlon Series held in North Naples on Jan. 8, 2012.
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Participants get acclimated to the water before the start of the inaugural HITS Triathlon and Half Triathlon Series held in North Naples on Jan. 8, 2012.
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Competitors finish the swimming portion during the inaugural HITS Triathlon and Half Triathlon Series held in North Naples on Jan. 8, 2012.
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Participants get acclimated to the water before the start of the inaugural HITS Triathlon and Half Triathlon Series held in North Naples on Jan. 8, 2012.
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Competitors make the turn on the first half of the swim during the inaugural HITS Triathlon and Half Triathlon Series held in North Naples on Jan. 8, 2012.
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The moon sets as staff members prepare for the inaugural HITS Triathlon Naples held in North Naples on Jan. 8, 2012.
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The moon sets as staff members prepare for the inaugural HITS Triathlon Naples held in North Naples on Jan. 8, 2012.
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Scenes during the inaugural HITS Triathlon and Half Triathlon Series held in North Naples on Jan. 8, 2012.
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Jeff Arciere, of Bonita Springs, carries his son Thibault, 3, across the finish line as his daughter, Melissa, 7, waits during the inaugural HITS Triathlon and Half Triathlon Series held in North Naples on Jan. 8, 2012.
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James Lawrence is greeted as he changes into his running shoes in the full triathlon during the inaugural HITS Triathlon and Half Triathlon Series held in North Naples on Jan. 8, 2012.
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Karen Tamson of Naples finishes as the first place female in the half triathlon during the inaugural HITS Triathlon and Half Triathlon Series held in North Naples on Jan. 8, 2012.
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Scott Anderson is greeted by his mother, Fanny, after he finished first in the half triathlon during the inaugural HITS Triathlon and Half Triathlon Series held in North Naples on Jan. 8, 2012.
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Scott Anderson, of Sarasota, holds up the banner after finishing first in the half triathlon during the inaugural HITS Triathlon and Half Triathlon Series held in North Naples on Jan. 8, 2012.
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Scenes during the inaugural HITS Triathlon and Half Triathlon Series held in North Naples on Jan. 8, 2012.
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Supporters watch as runners start their half marathon during the inaugural HITS Triathlon and Half Triathlon Series held in North Naples on Jan. 8, 2012.
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Troy Weaver shows his appreciation for fan support during the inaugural HITS Triathlon and Half Triathlon Series held in North Naples on Jan. 8, 2012.
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Scenes during the inaugural HITS Triathlon and Half Triathlon Series held in North Naples on Jan. 8, 2012.
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Scenes during the inaugural HITS Triathlon and Half Triathlon Series held in North Naples on Jan. 8, 2012.
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Brad Scholtz is greeted after finishing the inaugural HITS Triathlon and Half Triathlon Series held in North Naples on Jan. 8, 2012.
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Brad Scholtz gets a high-five from his mother Jane, as he finishes the half triathlon during the inaugural HITS Triathlon and Half Triathlon Series held in North Naples on Jan. 8, 2012.
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Scott Anderson, of Sarasota, sheds his wetsuit after getting out of the Gulf, during the inaugural HITS Triathlon and Half Triathlon Series held in North Naples on Jan. 8, 2012.
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Participants put on their wetsuits before the inaugural HITS Triathlon Naples held in North Naples on Jan. 8, 2012.
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Participants prepare before sunrise for the inaugural HITS Triathlon Naples held in North Naples on Jan. 8, 2012.
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Scenes during the inaugural HITS Triathlon and Half Triathlon Series held in North Naples on Jan. 8, 2012.
  • Scott Anderson gains a big lead on the bicycle during the inaugural HITS Triathlon and Half Triathlon Series held in North Naples on Jan. 8, 2012.
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Scenes during the inaugural HITS Triathlon and Half Triathlon Series held in North Naples on Jan. 8, 2012.
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Scenes during the inaugural HITS Triathlon and Half Triathlon Series held in North Naples on Jan. 8, 2012.
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Scenes during the inaugural HITS Triathlon and Half Triathlon Series held in North Naples on Jan. 8, 2012.
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A tattoo of the Ironman logo on a competitor's leg during the inaugural HITS Triathlon and Half Triathlon Series held in North Naples on Jan. 8, 2012.
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Deborah Battaglia, of Salt Lake City, Utah, celebrates finishing first place in the women's division and second place overall with a personal best time of 10:59:22 in the inaugural HITS Triathlon in North Naples on Sunday evening.
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Deborah Battaglia, of Salt Lake City, Utah, runs towards the finish line to secure first place in the women's division and second place overall with a personal best time of 10:59:22 in the inaugural HITS Triathlon in North Naples on Sunday evening.
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James Lawrence, of Lindon, Utah, collapses in the grass after winning the inaugural HITS Triathlon in North Naples with a time of 10:27:46 on Sunday evening. Lawrence is trying to break a world record by competing in two full triathlons per month in 2012 in an attempt to raise money and awareness for building 1,000 water retention systems throughout Northern Kenya to relieve drought and fight famine.
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James Lawrence, right, of Lindon, Utah, celebrates winning the inaugural HITS Triathlon in North Naples with a time of 10:27:46 on Sunday evening. Lawrence is trying to break a world record by competing in two full triathlons per month in 2012 in an attempt to raise money and awareness for building 1,000 water retention systems throughout Northern Kenya to relieve drought and fight famine.
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Deborah Battaglia, of Salt Lake City, Utah, celebrates finishing first place in the women's division and second place overall with a personal best time of 10:59:22 in the inaugural HITS Triathlon in North Naples on Sunday evening.
  • Tristan Spinski/Staff
James Lawrence, of Lindon, Utah, celebrates winning the inaugural HITS Triathlon in North Naples with a time of 10:27:46 on Sunday evening. Lawrence is trying to break a world record by competing in two full triathlons per month in 2012 in an attempt to raise money and awareness for building 1,000 water retention systems throughout Northern Kenya to relieve drought and fight famine.

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