SACRAMENTO, Cali. (KTXL) — The Ironman competition returned to Sacramento Sunday after previously getting canceled due to bad weather in 2021.

Around 3,000 people from around the world competed in the race, which takes around 17 hours to complete.

“Competing from 30 different countries and 45 different states,” explained Ironman Regional Director, Tim Brosious. “We’ve got a global presence here in Sacramento.”

At least 500 of the athletes are from Sacramento.

The race itself began with 2.4 miles of swimming in the chilly river water, then 112 miles of biking before hitting the pavement for a full marathon of 26.2 miles which is the only full-distance Ironman in the state.

Organizers say 1,500 volunteers helped make the Ironman happen along with Kaiser staff.

It was the fourth large athletic event to occur in Sacramento over the weekend, when home games for the Sacramento Kings, Sacramento Republic FC, and Sacramento State football made for a sports-filled night on Saturday.