Last full Ironman in CDA brings mixed economic feedback

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho –The economic impact of this year being the last full Ironman triathlon in Coeur d’Alene has mixed results.

A 2011 study put the economic impact of Ironman at $7.5 million.

Local leaders said they were footing a significant portion on the bill for the race. According to public records, that included $50 thousand from the Chamber of Commerce to host the race.

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While the economic benefit seems to outweigh the cost, chamber president Steve Wilson told KREM 2 in an interview last week those numbers have been “debated.”

Wilson said that while some businesses benefited, others suffered due to either traffic problems or locals being driven away.

According to public documents, moving forward, though, the chamber will likely only pay $25,000 to host just the half race as opposed to the $50,000 it was paying before.