North Idaho

Sunday sees big Ironman winners in Coeur d'Alene

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Ironman took over North Idaho once again this weekend. This is the twelfth year the event has taken place in Coeur d'Alene.

More than 40 different countries were represented, with U.S. competitors from 46 different states.

Athletes started the day Sunday with a 2.4 mile swim in Lake Coeur d'Alene. The next stage was the bike, followed by a 26.2 mile run, finishing in the heart of Coeur d'Alene.

This year's winner was Andy Potts. His first every Ironman win was in 2010 in Coeur d'Alene.

He says he's happy to win again.

"We had five Ironman Champions in the field here today. Victor has won here before, Ben has one here. Just really happy with my day, for sure," Said Potts.

Last year the first professional woman to cross the finish line did so in nine hours, 16 minutes and two seconds.

Once again Heather Wurele won, giving her back-to-back wins, despite some obstacles along the way.

"I got a flat tire on the bike which is always a bummer, and I got one last year too. I don't know what it is with me not paying attention and hitting stuff on this course, but I'm getting better at changing those quickly, and staying calm and collected. So it's always a learning experience," said Wertele.

More than 2,300 people competed in Sunday's event.

The Ironman Coeur d'Alene race offers 50 qualifying slots for amateurs for the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii. Pros reach that race by earning points throughout the year.

The cutoff for Sunday's competition was midnight.