UPDATE: Area men complete Ironman Triathlon in Idaho

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

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