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UPDATE: Channel 3 reporters complete Ironman 70.3

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Channel 3 reporters Kelly McCarthy and Dan Kennedy speak with fellow reporter Megan Brantley Sunday prior to the Ironman start. Channel 3 reporters Kelly McCarthy and Dan Kennedy speak with fellow reporter Megan Brantley Sunday prior to the Ironman start.
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - UPDATE: Over 2,000 competitors raced against the clock during Sunday's Ironman 70.3, and if you were watching from the sidelines, you may have seen a few people you recognize, like Channel 3's Kelly McCarthy and Dan Kennedy. 

"Here we are, the day is finally here. We never thought it would come six or seven months ago when we signed up for it," said Dan Kennedy. "This is like one long training day."

After months of preparation, it all comes down to this. "This has been a very long testing time to see how dedicated we really are, because really the training is on our own. If we didn't make the schedules and get up early, no one would be holding us accountable," said Kelly McCarthy.

Thousands lined up, eager to jump into the water and get started. McCarthy and Kennedy were no exception. "It's going to be the most physically testing day of our lives, but also the most rewarding," said Kennedy.

They're ready for whatever comes their way, but secretly are hoping no tacks end up in their tires from this competition. "I'm going to think positive and say no one is going to sabotage this course," said McCarthy.

However, McCarthy says the wet roads may be more of a worry, with a higher chance of a flat tire. "If I get a flat, I'm just going to hope someone stops and helps me.”

McCarthy and Kennedy reached their goal of $2,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

McCarthy's finishing time was at 6:17 and Kennedy's finishing time was at 6:20, they both reached their goal of under 6 hours and 30 minutes.

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Channel 3 producer Lindsay Murray trained with McCarthy and Kennedy, but suffered a broken arm from a bike training ride crash a few weeks ago.

She'll be cheering her co-workers (and her husband) on, but from the sidelines.

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Athletes will be lining up on the start line in five weeks and you may recognize three of them.

Channel 3's Dan Kennedy, Kelly McCarthy and Lindsay Murray are trading their microphones for bikes, running shoes, and goggles.

"The furthest I've ever done is a 10k. I didn't really realize what I was getting myself into,” said Murray. "You're sore every single day."

It's proved to be a challenge. "We thought we had more time and here we are almost a month out," said Murray.

The countdown to the start line is on and they're pushing themselves to make sure they're ready in time. "Slowly we've been progressing each week, adding a few more miles to our run, a few more yards in the swimming pool and a few more miles on the bike too," said Kennedy.

They're not letting a second go by without at least one workout. "Before work, every day I do a swim or a run. After work I try and do a bike or a run," said McCarthy.

While you could call all three of them natural athletes, there is one area they all seem to be focusing on. "The swimming comes naturally to me. It's the biking and running that are a whole new world," said Kennedy. "We're gonna do 40 miles this weekend and keep adding as we get closer to that date."

Adding a few miles each time may sound easy, but when you add the transitions from one event to the next. "Once you get off the bike your legs are gonna be straight jello. So, I don't know exactly what to expect."

At the end of the day, though, no matter how sore, their friendships keep them going.

"I think it's going to be one of the hardest things I've ever done," said McCarthy. "I definitely don't think I'd be anywhere near as prepared if I wasn't doing it with these 2 others."

"I think mentally we're ready, it's all we think about. Physically, we still have some more work to do," said Kennedy.

Kelly and Dan are raising money by doing the Ironman, they're raising it for team in training, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. 

If someone wants to donate they can go to Team In Training and click donate to participants. 

They're $1,500 into their $2,000 goal.

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