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Last Ironman Standing

It took Jeff Schmidt almost eighteen hours to complete the 2012 Kona Ironman. And that wasn't even the tough part.

By Garvin Thomas
|  Thursday, Nov 29, 2012  |  Updated 1:36 PM PDT
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It took Jeff Schmidt more than seventeen hours to reach the finish line of the Kona 2012 Ironman World Championships. And that wasn't even the tough part.

It took Jeff Schmidt more than seventeen hours to reach the finish line of the Kona 2012 Ironman World Championships. And that wasn't even the tough part.

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More than 17 hours after the starter's pistol had fired, and a half hour after the finish line had officially closed, Jeff Schmidt of San Jose emerged from the darkness and approached the end of the Kona 2012 Ironman World Championships.

Jeff was, by far, the last competitor to finish the race.

Race officials had told him hours earlier he wouldn't get to the finish line before it closed, but Jeff ignored their warnings and kept running. He says he had come too far, not just in this race, but in life to quit now.

Watch Jeff's amazing journey, above.

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