An estimated 3,000 people participated in the New York City Triathlon today, in 91-degree temperatures.


The annual race began with a 1,500-meter swim in the Hudson River at 5:50 a.m., followed by biking 40 kilometers up the West Side Highway, and then a 10k run through Central Park. Participants streamed across the finish line in Central Park from 7:30 to noon today.


Last year, two people died during and after the swim portion of the grueling event. This year, participants had to sign a form stating they had completed a half-mile open water practice swim to prepare them for what the rough river waters would be like.


Jordan Jones, 31, of Golden, CO, came in first for the men in the grueling race, finishing in 1 hour, 45 minutes and four seconds. Amy Bevilacqua, 39, of Wilton, CT, came in at 2:00:04.