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Whalen family reunites for triathlon

At most family reunions, the hard work is getting there. After thousands of air miles, the Whalen brothers haven’t even warmed up. But Pat, Mike and Chris Whalen had no …


Scott Roy embodied his mantra: ‘enjoy the journey’

Team Blaze triathlon coach Scott Roy often told his athletes to “enjoy the journey.” A race, even an Ironman, doesn’t last long compared to the hours of training it takes …


Valley woman beats the odds with husband at her side

The diagnosis, of course, was shocking: cervical cancer. I’ll miss a whole season of training was Rachel Johnson’s first thought. Not Rachel, her new husband Eric thought. She’s too careful …


Cancer survivor prepares for first triathlon

The day before Thanksgiving 2006, Susie Leonard Weller had a colonoscopy to check out a few troubling symptoms. When she woke up to the words “colorectal cancer” she was stunned …


A true inspiration

Two years ago, Tom Aylward couldn’t ride a bike. On Sunday, he rode 112 miles in 8 ½ hours. Two years ago, the 62-year-old couldn’t swim more than 25 yards. …


Aylward doesn’t finish, still proud

Tom Aylward of Spirit Lake did not finish the 2011 Ironman Coeur d’Alene on Sunday, but felt proud that he gave it his all. “I don’t feel bad. I did …


Two-time world champ to make first CdA start

Craig Alexander was so sick for a week that his coughing injured his rib cage. That’s good for those interested in watching Ironman Coeur d’Alene on Sunday.


Ironman in training is already a winner

Tom Aylward’s two years of training for the 2011 Ford Ironman Coeur d’Alene has always been a journey fueled in part by grief. When the Spirit Lake man’s wife died …


A two-time world champ to compete in his first CdA Ironman

Instead of opening this season in his native Australia, Craig Alexander, a two-time Ironman world champion, was forced to take four weeks off and start his season with his first …


Triathlon winner puts fitness first

Ron Hill isn’t your average grandpa. Married to wife Bobbi for 46 years and the father of two sons, who have produced seven grandchildren, the able-bodied Hayden resident is a …


Full commitment for Ironcouple

Little did Heather Wurtele know when she won the Ford Ironman Coeur d’Alene last year it would cost her her home. With Coeur d’Alene as the cherry on top of …


Triathlon support system

Can a woman without the use of her legs participate in a triathlon? Jan Whitcomb, of Coeur d’Alene, did – and she finished. Whitcomb, 40, and her sisters Mary Monroe, …