Ironman triathlon

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A First for Ironman Competition

Chris Nikic has Down Syndrome, says his goal for 2021 will be even bigger

(Newser) - For the first time, a competitor with Down syndrome has completed an Ironman triathlon. Chris Nikic achieved the impressive physical feat Saturday in Florida, CNN reports. The event consists of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-marathon run; Nikic completed the course in 16 hours,... More »

Triathlete Was Rocking a Virtual Race. In Came Her 'Idiot' Husband

Tim O'Donnell trips over power cord, unplugs Mirinda Carfrae's bike during Ironman competition

(Newser) - The very first Ironman VR Pro Challenge took place over the weekend—a weekly competition being held during the coronavirus pandemic, per the South China Morning Post —and former Ironman champ Mirinda Carfrae of Australia was kicking butt from her living room in Boulder, Colo. The Washington Post notes... More »

'Tragic Coincidence' at a Wisconsin Ironman Race

2 men die after being pulled from lake

(Newser) - The mayor of Madison, Wisconsin, expressed her condolences Wednesday following what she called a "tragic coincidence": the deaths of two Wisconsin men who were competing in an Ironman event held in the city. The Ironman 70.3, held Sunday, combines a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride, and 13.... More »

Senator: I 'Briefly Collapsed' After Latest Physical Feat

Kyrsten Sinema bested her own time in New Zealand triathlon with a 12:59:57 finish

(Newser) - From a rough childhood—including a stint when she was homeless —to a seat in the US Senate, Kyrsten Sinema has long exhibited nerves of steel. The 42-year-old's latest feat is completing the New Zealand Ironman, and in so doing she beat her personal best time in the... More »

Ironman Is Worth a Staggering Amount. He Wanted His Piece

Inside the financial fight over the storied triathlon

(Newser) - The Ironman sports empire is owned by China's Dalian Wanda Group, which purchased it in 2015 for $650 million. Writing for the New York Times , John Branch flags an odd financial fact: "None of the people there at the creation of the event made any money from its... More »

Ironman Competitor Dies During Race

Heart attack suspected in 39-year-old's death

(Newser) - Officials said a 39-year-old male competitor died today after being pulled unconscious from the swim portion of an Ironman event on Queensland's Sunshine Coast north of Brisbane. Ironman Asia Pacific chief executive Geoff Meyer confirmed the man from Victoria state suffered a suspected heart attack during the 1.2-mile... More »

Congress Finally Gets an Ironman

Kyrsten Sinema completes 140.6-mile triathlon

(Newser) - Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, the first openly bisexual member of Congress , has another first to her name: first sitting member of Congress to complete an Ironman triathlon, according to Triathlete magazine. The Arizona Democrat completed the grueling race (a 26.2-mile run, 112-mile bike ride, and 2.4-mile swim) in just... More »

Triathlete Dies in NYC Ironman

43-year-old died in initial swim portion of grueling race

(Newser) - A 43-year-old man competing in the first New York City Iron Man triathlon died yesterday, after experiencing "distress" during the 2.4-mile swimming portion, reports DNA Info . He was pulled from the water and taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead. "On behalf of all... More »

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