COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho — When the announcement was made on Monday that the full Ironman race would be leaving Coeur d’Alene after this year, it was a surprise to some and expected from others.
In the past, Ironman officials have reported the Coeur d’Alene Ironman was the 10th best race in the world, out of 40 events around the globe. That same survey also ranked the swim portion of the triathlon as the third best in the world.
One Ironman competitor, Megan Leary, has raced Ironman Coeur d'Alene four times and directs a local triathlon team. She said the race is similar to others she’s competed in.
"Difficulty wise, I think it's comparable to a bunch of other ones,” Leary said.
The triathlete also said she is not too shocked at the announcement.
"I was not surprised. I had anticipated this,” Leary said. “Some of the older triathletes from around here hate to see it go but it's not sustainable at this point."
Previously, Ironman organizers said it was the athletes and their complaints of the swim portion of the race that was behind the change.
Leary does not agree.
"Water temperature for a lot of people I don't think is a huge factor,” Leary said.
Reasoning for these changes aside, Leary said she knows for sure that the full race this August will have a little extra meaning.
"I think the energy will be fantastic, and it will remind people what the race used to be like,” Leary said.
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