COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho-- The crowd erupted, cheering for the final finisher of Ironman Coeur d’Alene Sunday.
The athlete, Kevin Marcus of Ritzville, finished with less than ten seconds to spare before the race cut-off time.
Marcus said the marathon portion of the race was the most difficult for him. Members of the crowd jumped to their feet screaming and rooting him on as he approached the finish line.
Marcus said he was weak and in pain, but all of the support helped him finish strong.
“I was just trying not to stop. It was amazing, all the cheering going on,” Marcus said. “No more breaks!”
The triathlon was Marcus’ first Ironman, but doubtfully his last.
Another man in his 70s passed the finish line just after midnight. He also received plenty of cheering and support from the crowd, despite missing the cut-off time.