After very thoughtful consideration, 2017 will be the sunset year for IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene. In consultation with the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce, we have decided that 2017 will be the final year for this race—a part of our race portfolio since 2003.
If you were thinking of racing IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene at some point in the future, we encourage you to register for the 2017 edition, to which we’ve added 10 Kona slots to commemorate its last year. It has been a marvelous 14 years and we want to make August 27th a celebration of all the memories that have been made on this course….
COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho – Triathletes who cross the finish line at IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene in August will do so for the last time. The Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce confirms 2017 will be the last year the city hosts IRONMAN 140.6.
The Chamber of Commerce and IRONMAN have agreed to amend the current contract for “the mutual benefit of all,” according to a press release. IRONMAN 70.3, or the half-IRONMAN, will continue in Coeur d’Alene for years to come.
“We look forward to continuing a great relationship with IRONMAN and firmly believe this new agreement is a win-win for everyone,” Steve Wilson, Chamber President, said.
The announcement comes amid speculation that the chamber, a major sponsor of the race, was looking to reduce the two races during the summer season to just one. The new agreement is “aimed at cutting down on event fatigue and will ease the strain on the recruitment and steep number of volunteers needed for multiple events.”
The World Triathlon Corporation, which owns the IRONMAN franchise, said because of athlete concerns over the challenging nature of the course and the move of the event to August, 2017 will be the “sunset year” for IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene…
The last IRONMAN 140.6 is August 27. Registration is still open. IRONMAN 70.3 is scheduled for June 25.
Friends & Family 5k Event Series presented by IRONMAN to coincide with select 2017 IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 events across North America
TAMPA, Fla. (June 1, 2017) — IRONMAN, a Wanda Sports Holdings company, announced today the addition of its new Friends & Family 5k Event Series presented by IRONMAN. The 5k events which will be available alongside select events across IRONMAN® and IRONMAN® 70.3® triathlons in 2017. The creation of the series comes on the heels of a successful pilot in 2016 in which both IRONMAN Louisville and IRONMAN Arizona hosted 5k events during race week.
IRONMAN competitors, supporters and spectators will now be able to enjoy a fun run side-by-side as part of race week festivities by participating in one of the nine 5k events at the following 2017 event locations: IRONMAN 70.3 Syracuse, IRONMAN 70.3 Racine, Subaru IRONMAN Canada/IRONMAN 70.3 Canada, IRONMAN 70.3 Boulder, IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene, IRONMAN Wisconsin, IRONMAN 70.3 Superfrog, IRONMAN Louisville presented by Norton Sports Health and IRONMAN Arizona. The Friends & Family 5k Event Series presented by IRONMAN will take place up to three days before each IRONMAN or IRONMAN 70.3 event with the exception of IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene, which will take place on race day.
“The creation of this new series gives our athletes and their supporters of all skill levels an opportunity to really enjoy the beautiful scenery of our race locations and take part in the environment that is created during race week,” said Shane Facteau, Chief Operating Officer at IRONMAN. “Holding a 5k race around the already robust IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 events further strengthens an already exciting schedule of the race week activities and we look forward to bringing this to additional cities in the future.”
Program focuses on introducing proper cycling techniques and education for athletes of all backgrounds
TAMPA, Fla. (June 8, 2017) – As part of its ongoing efforts to improve athletes’ race experience, IRONMAN, a Wanda Sports Holdings company, announced today the launch of the CycleSmart™ Initiative in conjunction with the IRONMAN Foundation®. The goal of the program is to provide cyclists basic and easily digestible information on how to prepare for cycling outdoors and within a competitive atmosphere in order to have the safest and best race-day experience possible.
“We want our athletes to enjoy training and racing. To be fully prepared, it’s important that athletes arrive on event day healthy, fit, and equipped with the proper gear and training to have a successful and enjoyable race experience,” said Shane Facteau, Chief Operating Officer for IRONMAN.
“We think it is critical for athletes to be educated on proper techniques for both training and racing environments. Fitness can be built indoors through trainers, but competing with a group requires athletes to learn how to ride safely and competently outdoors. Following basic cycling habits can assist athletes in becoming lifelong cyclists. Whether you have been training for decades or just starting in the sport, these guidelines apply to all levels of athletes.”
The CycleSmart™ Checklist and video provides guidelines for athletes to follow and includes two major focuses – Before you Ride and During the Ride. These guidelines include the following:
Before you Ride
It Starts with your Bike
Learn the Basics
Be Prepared to Ride
During the Ride
Obey the Law
To view the CycleSmart video tutorial, please visit https://youtu.be/s4z46cDky28. To view the checklist, click here.
The CycleSmart program builds on IRONMAN’s SwimSmart™ initiative launched in 2013. Guidelines from the CycleSmart™ program will be included in athlete guides for IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 races in North America as a pilot program before expanding to other regions across the globe.
To learn more about the CycleSmart™ initiative, please visit here.
Mile High Endurance is your weekly connection to coaches, experts and pro athletes to help you reach your endurance and triathlon goals. In this episode, Rich Soares offers an Ironman Boulder recap and 303Triathlon race day interviews including Rachel Joyce, Timothy O’Donnell, Mike Reilly and more. Also, this week’s feature interview is with Todd Plymale-Mallory on cycling safety and how to avoid getting hit. Check out the Cycling Magazine article This Has Got To Stop on fatal auto & cyclist accidents.
IRONMAN Boulder week is such a special week. There are so many activities and events. So much excitement and energy. Hard to imagine that in the scope of life, it was over in the blink of an eye.
In case you didn’t have a chance to ‘see it all,’ 303Triathlon had you covered. Here’s a recap of pre-race events, race-day coverage from predawn bag check and bus loading at Boulder High School to the last athlete crossing the finish line at about midnight Sunday night.
Shortly after the 2016 IRONMAN Boulder race was put to rest, we learned that the 2017 race would have a new Race Director. We knew that Dave Christen would not let just anyone take over the event. Tim Brosious was announced as the new race director. I think we would all agree that Tim did an outstanding job.
So, here’s how the week went.
Paradox Sports in Eldorado Canyon
IRONMAN Staff loving their jobs
Boulder Stroke & Stride
Pease Brothers at Big Ring Cycles
Storytime with Mike Reilly at Colorado Multi Sport
We have such a great time on these big race days cheering for friends we know and friends in triathlon. So proud of everyone who toed the line and crossed the finish to Mike Reilly’s voice bellowing ” Your Are An IRONMAN!”
Changes for the 2018 IRONMAN Boulder, including lower pricing, and ‘When Can I Register for Next Year?’ HERE
More and more women are joining the ranks of triathletes and IRONMAN finishers… in this video, womens of all kinds, including mothers, business owners, former smokers, and pros talk about why the sport of triathlon is so appealing… And, pro Heather Jackson answers the question, “Do you think you can win Kona?”
About 20 minutes after the last person crossed the finish line at IRONMAN Boulder, it hit me. That feeling of wow, what a great day. The next day at the awards ceremony it bowled me over just what had happened. The epic nature and vibe of an IRONMAN comes down to thousands of moments, some inspiring, others mesmerizing and many simply beautiful that causes the ultimate appreciation and respect for the race and the athletes. At some point it just becomes overwhelming if you let it–in a good way.
I was walking with 73 year old Warren Mine of California (the oldest to complete IM Boulder in 2017) to help him retrieve his bike talking about his race (his 20th+ IRONMAN) when champion Tim O’Donnell walked by on his way to get his bike. I kind of shook my head in disbelief and reflected. What a crazy sport I thought. Here is one of the top athletes in the world, having just won the race, simply going to pick up his bike, limping a bit and commenting how his legs hurt–like everyone else’s. When LeBron finishes a game I’m guessing he doesn’t even pick up his basketball shoes. The mingling of pro’s and amateurs all aiming for the same goal, with the same vulnerabilities, the same dedication and similar dreams and hopes sets triathlon apart. It endears all of us triathletes. It builds bonds and communities and lasts a lifetime.
To spectate IRONMAN Boulder for the first time convinced me more than ever that through this endeavor lives are changed. Relationships begin, are cemented, and are celebrated by a common event experienced uniquely for everyone. I parked myself for over two hours photographing hundreds of Colorado athletes as they entered the run course from T2. The relief and smiles to be on the run leg permeated most, and their hopeful gaze for a good run was greeted by hundreds of cheering people lining Boulder Creek. Hours passed. I walked miles, taking more pictures, cheering and remembering my runs on this creek for the past three IRONMAN Boulders. All I could think about was the love and support I always felt and that was the only thing I missed about not racing. It’s addictive and appreciated. I thought how lucky all these people were to experience it–especially first timers. They will never forget it.
Later that night, during the last hour of the race, I simply sat a few feet from finishers who were greeted by Tim O’Donnell and his wife and three time IRONMAN World Champion, Mirinda Carfrae. The unofficial triathlon king and queen of Boulder graciously medaled each of the final age groupers. Most gazed in disbelief or were too dazed and confused to grasp the significance–but once they understood who was putting their arms around them, the smiles beamed.
To witness the tears, the joy, the pain, the end, and really the beginning of a new journey for so many sticks in my mind. Tears came to my eyes many times.
But no race is complete without recognizing those who win and rise above. Those who persevere the most, overcome amazing challenges and earn one of the toughest and most coveted entries in all of sport–a chance to compete in Kona. A spot reserved for the top 2%. The dreams of the athletes, their families and coaches hang in the balance of getting a spot.
It’s not as clear cut as you might think. Going into the awards all that is known is that 40 spots are awarded. They are then divided among all age groups proportional to how many people raced in the age group.
Some age groups have one entry, others as many as three of four. But not every athlete chooses to go or some have an entry from
an earlier race so their spot rolls down. Each time an athlete’s name is called and there is no response, some athlete hoping and waiting erupts in emotion–some show it more than others and it is wonderful to witness (you must be present to claim a spot). The tension can be thick.
In the female 30 to 34 age group, local athlete, Team Vixxen Racing member, Elizabeth West, was third in her age group with two spots up for grabs. She is coached by Eric Kenney of EK Endurance. I knew how anxious Eric was, hoping to see her dream come true. If you know Eric, you know he wears his heart on his sleeve.
As Mike Reilly began to announce that age group I was nervous. My personal connection and empathy for Liz and knowing how close she has been in past years and remembering how I felt missing a spot by one place two years ago, put a lump in my throat in anticipation. Mike called the first name. Silence. He called it again. More silence.
Tears swelled in my eyes and I gazed not at Liz, but at Eric a few feet away, standing alone to the side. He crumpled to a knee and couldn’t fight the tears. That moment will last a lifetime. Liz hugged many and tears came to her as well and her mom sat crying; it was simply beautiful.
Ironman Boulder is over, dreams are cast and inspiring stories will be told for a long long time.
Two top male pros missed the run turnaround today, causing devastating disqualifications.
Justin Daerr told 303Triathlon, “Thank you for the support and the kind words.”
An excerpt from the recap he shared with his followers:
During the race, I came within 30-50 meters of the actual turnaround, but I misunderstood the way the run course had been marked, as did the biker accompanying me. The actual turnaround was just above a rise on the path so I could not see it as I turned around prematurely. I’ve since learned that another pro made the same mistake. (Read the full entry)
Top five professional men’s results:
SWIM BIKE RUN FINISH
Tim O’Donnell USA 00:49:2004:24:2502:53:5508:13:30
Matt Chrabot USA 00:50:2504:30:3303:07:4208:34:36
Patrick McKeon USA 00:57:0804:35:1503:03:4008:42:24
Jarrod Shoemaker HUN 00:50:1804:50:2502:59:2108:45:38
Jozsef Major USA 01:03:2004:31:1003:10:5708:51:35
Top five professional women’s results:
SWIM BIKE RUN FINISH
Rachel Joyce GBR 00:54:5904:56:0903:16:0109:13:32
Heather Jackson USA 00:59:5104:49:0603:26:0909:20:42
Danielle Mack USA 01:04:4605:11:0203:20:2409:42:16
Kelly Williamson USA 00:54:5605:26:1503:16:3509:44:08