COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho--The soggy weather washed away usual summer weather Thursday in the Lake City. The upcoming Ironman competition traditionally brings a spike in Coeur d’Alene business. Yet, shop owners said three straight days of rain is taking a toll.
“It's a bit of a bummer its not sunny and warm,” said Cricket’s owner Rich Ciccone. “The lunch shift is slow, if you walk down the sidewalk you can see the businesses are slow.”
Athletes in the Ironman Villiage said they arrived and expected 75 degree weather and sun. Instead they arrived Thursday to find rain. However, store owners expect an increase in traffic as long as athletes show.
“It hasn't been slow,” said an employee at Tiffany Blue. “Rain or shine it hasn't stopped the tourists.”