COEUR D’ALENE – The signature start of one big splash of more than 2,000 athletes entering the water for Ironman Coeur d’Alene went away in 2013 in exchange for a safer, staggered start. The race organizers called the new start a success and will use the same method in 2014.
The rolling start has athletes enter the water in waves, based on their projected swim finish time. That allows the swimmers more space, and in turn, a more continuous flow of athletes as they are better spaced out throughout the entire course.
Ironman Coeur d’Alene athletes will begin entering the water at 6:35 a.m. on Sunday, June 29.