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Thousands Of City Triathlon Competitors Brave Sweltering Heat

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More than 3,000 athletes ran, swam and pedaled their way along the West Side of Manhattan Sunday, for the 13th annual Aquaphor New York City triathlon.

The race is the only Olympic-distance triathlon in the five boroughs.

Participants swam almost a mile in the Hudson River and biked nearly 25 miles on the West Side Highway, before running over six miles to the finish in Central Park.

They said the race was a challenge, especially in the hot weather.

"It's my first time and I find it very challenging here in New York City," said one participant.

"I love this course. It's where I trained, so you just can't beat it. I know everything about it," said another.

"It feels great. It's a really, really hot and humid day. It's tough out there," said a third.

Jordan Jones was the first man to cross the finish line, pulling off his second win in a row.

Jenna Parker placed first for the women.

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