Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Wellner, Tucker finish Ironman Coeur d’Alene

140.6-mile endurance test in northern Idaho


Matt Wellner competes in the bicycle portion of the June 26 Ford Ironman Triathlon in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Courtesy photo

It was another fine finish for Ketchum's Scott Tucker, and a first-time 140.6-mile outing for Scott USA comptroller Matt Wellner, when the Ford Ironman Coeur d'Alene was staged June 26 in northern Idaho.

The event featured 2,187 finishers doing the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bicycle ride and 26.2-mile marathon run.

Tucker, 49, now living in Utah, finished a heady 96th overall and seventh in the Men's 45-49 division in 10.13:00 just 10 months after finishing his first Ironman—up in Canada last Aug. 29 followed by his first Ironman Triathlon World Championship last Oct. 9 at Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

His splits at Coeur d'Alene were 1.09:33 swim, 5.25:55 bike and 3.31:17 run.

The men's winner was Australian Craig Alexander, 38, in 8.19:48. For Tucker at the Hawaii Ironman last October, his final time was 11.18:30 (1.10:36 swim, 5.41:46 bike, 4.17:19 run). At British Columbia in August, his finish was 9.57:32.

Wellner, 34, completed his first-ever Ironman at Coeur d'Alene in 11.54:47 with splits of 1.15:26 swim, 5.55:10 bike and 4.32:02 run. The husband of Ketchum native Kathy Flickinger Wellner placed 596th out of the 2,187 triathletes.

In June 2010, Wellner had completed the Boise 70.3 Half-Ironman with a time of 5.51:51. So doing a Full Ironman meant spending twice as long out there on the course.




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