Benzie County

Annual Ironman 70.3 Triathlon Returns in Frankfort


After a 12 months break on account of COVID-19, the Ironman 70.3 Triathlon returned for the second time in Northern Michigan.

The occasion occurred on Sunday in Frankfort, the place athletes from all around the nation put their our bodies to the last word take a look at.

The triathlon consisted of a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike journey and 13.1 mile run, including as much as 70.3 miles of bodily train.

Benzie County was flooded the whole weekend with hundreds of buddies, households and rivals.

Spectator Cindy Graves determined to shock her greatest buddies on the end line with a home made signal.

“I’m right here supporting Leslie Ross and Devin Dempsey,” stated Graves. “They’re buddies and good buddies of mine and Leslie, I really simply noticed her, she was tremendous excited, she had no thought I used to be right here—she began crying.”

Andrew Gibson got here to assist his mom Sue, a brand new triathlete.

“It’s her first Ironman,” stated Gibson. “She began this 12 months, began biking this 12 months, so it’s actually thrilling.”

The President of Traverse Metropolis Tourism Trevor Tkach, had been planning this Ironman course for over a 12 months.

He believes Frankfort offered a contemporary and thrilling new location for the returning occasion.

“I’m delighted with that we’ve provide you with,” stated Tkach. “I feel that is only a lovely course. We’ve gotten a number of nice suggestions, not solely from the individuals, however from the locals and the enterprise neighborhood, that that is only a stellar occasion.”

The town skilled a surge in enterprise with the massive wave of latest guests this weekend.

 “Persons are coming from throughout America to compete, so it’s very thrilling,” stated Tkach. “A number of constructive vitality and some huge cash being infused into our economic system.”

James Burke was the primary place winner within the skilled males’s division, ending the race in simply 4 hours and two minutes.

Olivia Dietzel completed first place within the skilled ladies’s division in a complete time of 4 hours and fifty minutes.

For a whole record of the race outcomes, go to https://www.ironman.com/im703-michigan.



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