The race favorites face off. Michael Weiss (left) was third here last year. Marino Vanhoenacker won his fifth title in a row and is looking for a sixth on Sunday.
Some of the pros competing on Sunday.
The defending champions: Marino Vanhoenacker and Eva Dollinger.
They're off! The start of the IronGirl run.
The octocopter has been taking some great arial shots from around the race site.
Eva Dollinger, last year's champion, returns to Klagenfurt in search of a second Ironman title. She's had a tough go at Ironman races so far in 2011 - she was still dealing with a stress fracture when she raced at Ironman South Africa in April, and struggled with stomach issues at Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas in May. She appears to be fit and ready for tomorrow's race, though, and certainly enjoys the home-field advantage.
Erika Csomor hasn't competed here in Klagenfurt since she won here in 2004. She's back now, though, and is one of the many Ironman champions who will be on the start line in the morning with a legitimate shot at the title.
Italy's Edith Niederfriniger lives just a few hours away from Klagenfurt, so she is very much at home here at Karnten Ironman Austria. She won here in 2007.
Austria's Michael Weiss was third here last year. he's clearly the country's hope to unseat the five-time champion, Marino Vanhoenaker here in Klagenfurt. Back problems forced him out of Ford Ironman St. George in May, so he wasn't able to defend his title there. He came back two weeks later with a runner-up finish at Ironman 70.3 St. Polten. Earlier this week, though, he cut his foot, so he'll be competing with a few stitches tomorrow.
Marino Vanhoenacker arrives in Klagenfurt as the clear favorite. He's won five times in a row, and followed his win here last year with a third place finish at the Ford Ironman World Championship in Kona. (He also won Ironman Malaysia last year.) A broken rib forced him off the course in South Africa, but he arrives in Klagenfurt fit and ready to go. Last year his 7:52 finish was just 98 seconds off the world-best time held by his countryman Luc van Lierde. Vanhoenacker appears to be incredibly relaxed as he heads into tomorrow's race - he says that he and his family all feel very comfortable here in Klagenfurt.
Warming up for this morning's IronGirl run - a shot from the Octocopter.
Caught getting a shot of the octocopter!
Christian Troger (AUT), a handicapped athlete, will be competing here tomorrow.
Check out the video of the press conference of the Kärnten IRONMAN Austria
Christian Troger's legs are waiting in transition for him.
One of the supporters of the over 100 Canadians who will be competing here today. You can read more about them at ironman.com
I caught up with Adrian Hayes earlier this week. The UK adventurer managed to get to the top of Everest and the north and south poles faster than any of the other 14 men who have also achieved that feat - he did it all in 19 months. He's doing his first Ironman today. Read more at ironman.com