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Ironman 2010

| June 28, 2010 9:51 PM

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BEN BREWER/Press Matt Mattison, right, of Coeur d'Alene passes alongside Daniel Gregory, left, of Portland Oregon on Fourth Street nearby Coeur d'Alene High School during Sunday's Ford Ironman triathlon.

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SHAWN GUST/Press Andy Potts twists his body in celebration as he approaches the finish line as the leader of Sunday's Ironman.

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BEN BREWER/Press Feet thundered around the first turnaround halfway through the swim portion of Sunday's Ironman competition in Coeur d'Alene as sand quickly turned to soggy mud along the shore.

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JEROME A. POLLOS/Press James Hanley, from Leonardtown, Md., pedals up Dodd Road during the 112-mile bicycle course.

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JEROME A. POLLOS/Press A mass of Ford Coeur d'Alene Ironman participants race down the City Beach and into the water after the starting cannon was shot Sunday.

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JEROME A. POLLOS/Press Robby Astin, 19, from Hayden, motivates triathletes with his vuvuzela and his antler helmet as they ascend English Point Road.

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BEN BREWER/Press Mario Naranjo Gasteazoro of Panama speeds around the corner at the intersection of Northwest Boulevard and Government Way during the 112-mile bike of Sunday's Ironman Competition in Coeur d'Alene.

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BEN BREWER/Press Chris Onufer of Tetonia, Idaho takes a deep breath coming out of the water during a quick warm-up swim before the 2010 Ironman competition in Coeur d'Alene on Sunday.

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BEN BREWER/Press Security volunteer Maia Pickering of Seattle, Washington, frantically directs pedestrian traffic during the bike portion of Sunday's Ford Ironman competition at the intersection of Fourth Street and Lakeside Avenue.

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BEN BREWER/Press Professional Ironman competitor John Flanagan turns out of the water and gets guided to the first transition zone by volunteer workers.

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JEROME A. POLLOS/Press Georgia Henkle, 10, spritzes Cameron Hjeltness, from Post Falls, with a water as he pedals along Dodd Road.

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SHAWN GUST/Press The 2010 Ford Ironman Coeur d'Alene women's champion, Linsey Corbin, raises the finish tape in celebration on Sunday.

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SHAWN GUST/Press Jacob Donovan, 7, hands a cup of water to Ironman competitor Chad Bustos Sunday at an aid station where the Coeur d'Alene child was volunteering with the five other members of his family.

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JEROME A. POLLOS/Press Tracey Waller, from Cumberland, Ontario, recomposes herself after crashing at the merger of Lakeside Avenue and Northwest Blvd. Waller was able to return to the race after a few minutes.

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BEN BREWER/Press Professional Kelly Williamson begins to rip her wetsuit off as she crosses the finishing line for the swim section of Sunday's Ironman competition.

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JEROME A. POLLOS/Press Hundreds of triathletes converge at a turning point of the 2.4-mile swim during Sunday's Ford Coeur d'Alene Ironman.

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BEN BREWER/Press Arthur Shoenstadt of Issaquah, Washington struggles during a tough climb along the backstretch of the 112 mile bike section in the Hayden area.

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JEROME A. POLLOS/Press Hundreds of triathletes converge at a turning point of the 2.4-mile swim during Sunday's Ford Coeur d'Alene Ironman.

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BEN BREWER/Press The first row of professional competitors barrel into the beach near Independence Point beginning their quest to take home the fifty thousand dollar prize for first place.

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SHAWN GUST/Press Kelly Williamson, of Austin, Texas, raises her hands as she finishes third in the women's division during Sunday's Ironman.

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JEROME A. POLLOS/Press Robby Astin, 19, from Hayden, motivates triathletes with his vuvuzela and his antler helmet as they ascend English Point Road.

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SHAWN GUST/Press Chris McDonald waves an Australian flag overhead Sunday as he completes the 2010 Ford Ironman Coeur d'Alene in fifth place with a time of 08:48:30.

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JEROME A. POLLOS/Press Robert Dauchot, from Nolensville, Tenn., splashes his way around a buoy marker during the first lap of the 2.4-mile swim.

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BEN BREWER/Press An Ironman competitor rounds the corner of the first lap of swimming and is directed back into the water by volunteers during Sunday's Ford Ironman in Coeur d'Alene.

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SHAWN GUST/Press Molly Obetz, of Coeur d'Alene, shows her appreciation to the crowd as she completes the 2010 Ford Ironman Coeur d'Alene in front of other local female competitors.

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BEN BREWER/Press An Ironman hopeful eyes the swimming course just after the singing of the national anthem along the beach of Lake Coeur d'Alene on Sunday.

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JEROME A. POLLOS/Press Hundreds of spectators watch as the professional Ironman competitors make their way toward the beach as the athletes finish their first lap of the swim portion.

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SHAWN GUST/Press Andy Potts celebrates as he crosses the finish line as the champion of the 2010 Ford Ironman Coeur d'Alene.

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SHAWN GUST/Press Courtney Ogden celebrates a second place finish in the 2010 Ford Ironman Coeur d'Alene on Sunday.

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JEROME A. POLLOS/Press A Ford Ironman Coeur d'Alene competitor makes her way back toward the pack of swimmers during the first leg of Sunday's event.

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BEN BREWER/Press Jemani Francis reaches for his wetsuit zipper running off the beach during the swim portion of Sunday's Ironman competition as other swimmers behind bear down on him.

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BEN BREWER/Press Matt Gallo of Healdsburg California pedals furiously up the hill at the intersection of Dodd Road and Rimrock Road in Hayden on Sunday afternoon.

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JEROME A. POLLOS/Press Kendall Combs, from Hollister, Mo., swims his way back toward the course during the 2.4-mile swim portion of the Ford Coeur d'Alene Ironman.

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BEN BREWER/Press Christopher Thorpe of Las Vegas, NV takes a moment of respite before the hectic mass start of the swim portion of Sunday's Ford Ironman competition.

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SHAWN GUST/Press Deborah Battaglia, of Salt Lake City, celebrates prior to crossing the finish line of the Ironman Coeur d'Alene on Sunday.

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SHAWN GUST/Press Brian Hadley, of Coeur d'Alene, cheers as he leads all other local triathletes to the finish in Sunday's Ironman.

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SHAWN GUST/Press Meredith Kessler, of San Francisco, receives a hug from champion and training partner Linsey Corbin. Kessler finished in second place with a time of 09:23:52.

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JEROME A. POLLOS/Press Barbara Fagan, from Milwaukee, Wis., makes the climb up Hayden Lake Road with a pack of several other Ironman competitors.

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SHAWN GUST/Press Third place finisher Michael Lovato dances to music being played over loud speakers Sunday during the 2010 Ironman in Coeur d'Alene.

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JEROME A. POLLOS/Press Tom Romary, from Mercer Island, Wash., pedals past an aide station on Coeur d'Alene Lake Drive as volunteers offer snacks and hydration items.

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BEN BREWER/Press Professional triathlete Andy Potts of Colorado Springs, CO, spits out a mouthful of Lake Coeur d'Alene water during his warm-up for the 2.4 mile swim.

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JEROME A. POLLOS/Press Chic Burge watches as Ironman competitors warm-up near the City Beach before the start of the Ford Coeur d'Alene Ironman.

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JEROME A. POLLOS/Press Erik Hilaski rests against the bow of a kayak before resuming his 2.4-mile swim.

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JEROME A. POLLOS/Press Megan Motley, from Sherman Oaks, Calif., pedals up Dodd Road during the 112-mile bicycle course.

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BEN BREWER/Press Tim Inall of Ridgefield, CT grimaces in pain in the transition tent following the swim portion of the Ford Ironman Coeur d'Alene due to a muscle cramp.

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JEROME A. POLLOS/Press Dylan Hanrahan, from Urbandale, Iowa, waits along Lakeside Avenue to cheer for his father, Mark Hanrahan, during Sunday's Ford Ironman Coeur d'Alene.

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SHAWN GUST/Press Linsey Corbin receives a barrage of high-fives as she approaches the finish line of the 2010 Ford Ironman Coeur d'Alene on Sunday. Corbin was the top woman to finish with a time of 09:17:54.

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JEROME A. POLLOS/Press Kelly Lynch helps Thomas Wood, from Pacific Palasades, Calif., retrieve snacks and beverages from his supply bag at an aide station at Higgens Point along the 112-mile bicycle route.

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BEN BREWER/Press Brad Miller of Fairview, NC waves to the screaming crowds coming around the first turnaround on the beach in Sunday's Ford Ironman competition.

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BEN BREWER/Press Brad Brenner of Austin, TX watches as volunteers rip the wetsuit off his feet during the transition stage.

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SHAWN GUST/Press The 2010 Ford Ironman champion, Andy Potts, hugs his wife Lisa and three-month-old daughter Sloan following Sunday's victory.

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