All five of the area men competing in Sunday’s Ironman Triathlon in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, completed the course.
The men were profiled in the Sunday Journal.
Clay Curtis, 35, a fireman from Plantersville, was the 467th overall finisher in a total time of 11 hours, 26 minutes. He was closely followed by Mark Bresee, 36, of Tupelo (496th, 11:31:05).
Also completing the course were Mark Shepherd, 49, of Saltillo (562nd, 11:41:57), Johnny Miles, 48, of Tupelo (952nd, 12:38:07) and Gene Pierce, 43, of Amory (1037th, 12:49.20).
For Miles, it was his first attempt at the distance – a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile run. The others had all completed at least one race at that distance.
Two former area men also completed the course: Jay Gibson, 29, of Beaufort, S.C. (454th, 11:23:13) and Roger Weldon, 43, of Bossier City, La. (1,036th, 12:49:14).
The winner, Francisco Pontano, 35, of Spain, completed the course in 8:32:12 and won by 10 minutes. The women’s winner was Tyler Stewart, 31, of Novato, Calif., in 9:23:21 – good for 16th overall in the field of more than 2,000.
John L. Pitts, NEMS Daily Journal