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The Front Row with MARK NELKE June 27, 2010

| June 27, 2010 9:00 PM

Someone sent me a list of some of the occupations for the entrants in today’s Ironman Coeur d’Alene.

Not the usual occupations — doctor, lawyer, office worker, coach, etc.

Nope, this list features some of the more off-the-wall occupations.

Apprentice to Kurt Egli, the Goat Herder.

Bone Crusher.

Boom Chaka Laka.

Bootylicious Tribabe.

Bubble Blower.

In searching of occupations of budding Ironman finishers in past years, some of these looked familiar.

Beer Taster.

Body Double for The Rock.

Lou Ferrigno’s Stunt Double.

Retired Cowtipper.

Wine Guy.

Slimy Cell Phone Salesman.

If Burger Flipper is who we think it is, he’ll be running past his place of business as he approaches the finish line.

Bull Fighter.

Cabin Boy.

Cat Herder.

Crash Test Dummy.

Cult Leader (he’ll be the guy with the large following).

Here are some occupations that weren’t on the list — but if they were, they might pique some interest.

Brett Favre’s backup.

Portland Trail Blazers GM.

Retired Broncos quarterback (actually, at least a couple of them are indeed familiar with this town).

Vuvuzela soloist.

Possesser of Tiger Woods’ cell phone.

Referee from the U.S.-Slovenia World Cup match.

LeBron James’ conscience.

Former Mariners outfielder/DH.

BACK TO the list of “real” Ironman occupations.

Wandering soul.


Wife’s boat driver.

Professional frog juggler.

Retired teacher who loves his wife (now that should get him some brownie points while he spends all that time away training).

Javelin catcher (I saw someone catch a javelin in their leg, but that’s for another column).

And for any first-time entrants, if they can finish before midnight tonight, they can add another occupation of sorts — Ironman.

Mark Nelke is sports editor of The Press. He can be reached at 664-8176, Ext. 2019, or via e-mail at

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