Athlete reflects on meaning of Ironman as check-in begins

KREM 2's Rob Harris talks to an Ironman athlete about what it means to be an Ironman.

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho-- Athletes are checking in for the last Ironman triathlon in Coeur d'Alene.

Aaron Pendergraft said Sunday's triathlon will be his eighth triathlon. He said he drove more than 13 hours to get to Coeur d'Alene to check-in.

He said the Ironman is special and competitors are there to cheer each other on.

"You see people wearing their finisher's medal and their finisher's hats coming back to cheer on the last finishers," Pendergraft said. "We know what it means. I am getting teared up just thinking about it. It means a lot to come across that line and have them call your name and have someone tell you that you are an Ironman. No matter where you go in life, no matter what you do, that is something that nobody will ever be able to take away from you."

The triathlon is Sunday. It is the last full triathlon of 140.6 miles in Coeur d'Alene. 

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