ESi Ironman 70.3 Expo and Registration

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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Participants from Virginia arrive for registration for the 2012 ESi Ironman 70.3 competition in downtown Augusta on Friday, September 28, 2012.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Participants from Virginia arrive for registration at the Marriott Hotel for the 2012 ESi Ironman 70.3 competition in downtown Augusta on Friday, September 28, 2012.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Chiropractor Tara Koff does an active release technique on Jim Traver, of Tampa, Fla., to see how his muscles are working during the 2012 Ironman 70.3 expo at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Augusta on Friday, September 28, 2012.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Chiropractors and licensed massage therapists work on active release techniques on athlete's muscles during the 2012 Ironman 70.3 expo at the Augusta Marriott on Friday, September 28, 2012.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Brent Perkins and Helen Johansen, both of North Hamptonshire, United Kingdom, inspect the water two days before competing in their first Ironman 70.3 competition in Augusta on Friday, September 28, 2012.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Barbara, 57, and Nick Vetere, 55, of Pennsburg, Pa., prepare for a ride after registering for their first Ironman 70.3 competition at the Augusta Marriott on Friday, September 28, 2012. "It's phenomenal to be doing stuff like this at our age," Nick Vetere said.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Participants and their families arrive for the 2012 Ironman 70.3 competition registration at the Augusta Marriott on Friday, Sepemtber 28, 2012.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Scott Rigsby, of Atlanta, Ga., speaks during the Ironman 70.3 registration and expo at the Augusta Marriott on Friday, September 28, 2012. Rigsby became the first man to complete the Hawaiian Ironman competition with prosthetic legs in 2007.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Fred Mehrer, of Newnan, Ga., tattooed the Ironman logo on his right calf after completing his first full Ironman competition in Louisville, Ky., in 2011. Mehrer is competing in his third Augusta half Ironman this weekend. "It's like a part time job, training 15 to 18 hours a week," Mehrer said. "It's hard to juggle a full time job, family, and training."
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Fred Mehrer of Newnan, Ga., takes a video of the 2012 Ironman 70.0 expo for his girlfriend at the Augusta Marriott on Friday, September 28, 2012. Mehrer is competing in his third Augusta half Ironman this Sunday.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Jason Suhy, 31, of Johnson City, Tenn., tries on compression gear during the 2012 Augusta Ironman 70.3 registration expo at the Augusta Marriott on Friday, September 28, 2012.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Jason Suhy, 31, of Johnson City, Tenn., tries on compression gear during the 2012 Augusta Ironman 70.3 registration expo at the Augusta Marriott on Friday, September 28, 2012.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Bumper stickers and other merchandise promoting the Ironman 70.3 competition are available at the expo at the Augusta Marriott.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Robert Wilson, 39, left, of Atlanta, takes a photo of friends Brenda Tran, 35, Ashley Johnston, 29, and Fidie Ramli, 36, as they register for the 2012 Ironman 70.3 competition at the Augusta Marriott on Friday, September 28, 2012.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Ironman 70.3 competitors shop for Ironman apparel during the expo held at the Augusta Marriott on Friday, September 28, 2012.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Ironman 70.3 participants register at the Augusta Marriott on Friday, September 28, 2012.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Participants of the 2012 Augusta Ironman 70.3 register at the downtown Marriott on Friday, September 28, 2012.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Participants of the 2012 Augusta Ironman 70.3 register at the downtown Marriott on Friday, September 28, 2012.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Participants of the 2012 Augusta Ironman 70.3 register at the downtown Marriott on Friday, September 28, 2012.

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