COEUR D'ALENE -- It takes a ton of work and a lot of volunteers to put on an Ironman competition. 3,000 volunteers are helping out this year to make sure things run smoothly.
Thousand of people backed into the downtown area and it can get a little chaotic. That is where the volunteers come in. Many of them were busy directing traffic to make sure those crossing the finish line have a clear path. One volunteer says keeping the foot traffic under control is no small job.
"You gotta put your hands out and stop them from running you over. That's what you do and wait for the poor guys to come by here," said Traffic Director volunteer Gary Lasher.
The triathletes are not the only ones getting in shape. Lasher said he did 50 push-ups Saturday night so he could deal with his traffic directing job.
The traffic volunteers plan to be out until midnight to make sure things flow smoothly.