COEUR D'ALENE -- Coeur d'Alene will soon host thousands of Iron men and women. A small army of people are making sure the course is set for the triathlon on June 26.
Truck loads of race essentials are showing up about a week and a half before the race starts. About 75 pallets full of water bottles arrived this week. Shipments will come in all week including more water bottles, merchandise, and a boat for the swimming leg of the race.
The pieces are finally falling into place for 3,000 racers swimming 2.4 miles, biking 112 miles, and running 26.2 miles.
"If you show up in Coeur d'Alene Tuesday or Wednesday, you'll start feeling the energy bubble to the surface. They get excited. You see the semi's without the logos show up. Downtown activity picks up and people start saying the race is coming this week," said Ironman Race Director Mac Cavasar.
About 60 staff members should start showing up next week. The big race kicks off Sunday, June 26 rain or shine. This will be the 9th year for the event. Talks are already in the works for a five year extension.