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Triathlon moments that mattered

From the "Iron War" to an Olympic debut, 30 moments that truly defined the sport

Updated: June 12, 2013, 3:08 PM ET
By Holly Bennett, Aaron Hersh and Bob Babbitt | Triathlete.com

At 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 1974, the first triathlon was held on Mission Bay's Fiesta Island in San Diego. Forty-six athletes dared to toe the line for this wacky new run-bike-swim-run sporting adventure, including Navy Commander John Collins -- who would go on to found something called the Ironman four years later. Those pioneering participants ponied up $1 apiece for entry, and many of them finished after dark with car headlights illuminating their way.

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