RALEIGH, N.C. – Normally known for its world famous barbeque, the City of Raleigh, N.C. was host to the annual Raleigh IRONMAN 70.3 competition on June 5. The triathlon event consisted of a 1.2 mile swim, a 56 mile bike ride and a 13.1 mile run for a total of 70.3 miles. Local athletes Susan Miller (Paintsville), David Sellards (Paintsville), Brent Graden (Prestonsburg) and Jason Rice (Prestonsburg) completed the event.
It was Miller’s first IRONMAN 70.3 event.
For Sellards, it was his fourth IRONMAN 70.3.
It was Graden’s fifth IRONMAN 70.3. He is also a three-time IRONMAN 140.6 finisher.
For Rice, it was his second IRONMAN 70.3.
“There is a lot of local interest in triathlons as as well as traditional road races – 5k, 10k, half marathons, full marathons, ultra races,” Graden said. “Every year we put on a sprint triathlon (.25 mile swim, 9 mile bike, 5k run) and an Olympic triathlon (.5 mile swim, 26 mile bike, 10k run), so the natural next step is to take on the big boy 0 IRONMAN 70.3 and IRONMAN 140.6. It started out in Kona, Hawaii as a 140.6 mile event to test the physical and mental limits of athletes under grueling conditions. Today, there are multiple distance events in many places around the globe. The running family that you develop along the way truly helps you not only in this race but in every aspect that you do in life. If you can do an IRONMAN, you also will be doing it all!”
Graden offers to help train and motivate other like-minded individuals. He can be contacted via email at [email protected]