Coeur d'Alene -- A Colorado man crossed the finish line first in the elite men's group. Andy Potts finished the race in eight hours, 24 minutes and 14 seconds. The Colorado Springs man has only competed in three total Ironmans.
A new course record was set for the second straight year in the elite women's race. Linsey Corbin of Missoula finished her run in nine hours, 17 minutes, and 54 seconds.
Earlier today, thousands of athletes streamed into Lake Coeur d'Alene with the starting gun at 7 a.m.
They are all competing for 72 slots in the 2010 Ford Ironman World Championship, and swimming in the 67 degree water is just the beginning.
In order to complete the race, each athlete must swim 2.4 miles, peel off their wetsuits and hop on a bicycle. They will bike a total of 112 miles, but they aren't done yet. The race ends with a 26.2 mile run.
The race route loops through Lake Coeur d'Alene, then through rural North Idaho and takes competitors right back where they started, City Park in downtown Coeur d'Alene.
Athletes have 17 hours to complete the race, which means they must cross the finish line before 12 a.m. It's a grueling, all day test of endurance.