COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho—A teenager from Coeur d’Alene was running after her dreams of becoming an Ironman on Sunday. She was competing in her very first Ironman competition in June and was not able to finish. She was determined to finish the rest of the course one week later.
Haley Jackson, 18, started her journey around noon on Sunday. Jackson was 80-miles into her bike ride when she crashed the first time around. Zane Graser and Connie Price decided to join Jackson on her journey and finish the race with her.
"I'm feeling so blessed to have all these people behind me. And to get a second chance. I'm feeling good, it's really hot but I think I can get through it. I know I can get through it,” said Jackson.
Graser, who is deaf, was on the road to his first Ironman when he encountered a problem.
"My glasses broke in transition and it made me take a little longer,” said Graser.
Graser missed the cut off time by just a few minutes.
"I saw the last biker coming down before I got pulled off the course,” said Graser.
Price could not go on after 92 miles on the bike. Her blood sugar got too low. Price had previously finished seven Ironman’s but wanted to join Graser and Jackson on Sunday to provide support.
"We weren't going to let her do it alone. We're going to prove that slogan of Ironman-anything is possible,” said Price.
The Coeur d’Alene Fire Department provided a paramedic for the trio on Sunday.
The crew finished the race around 8:00 p.m. on Sunday night.