Ironman athletes agree: Cd’A top host city

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Ironman 70.3 athletes have given Coeur d’Alene honors as the top overall host city experience in the 2018 Athlete Choice Awards.

The awards were announced Wednesday by the international triathlete organization.

Of the 105 Ironman 70.3 (half Ironman) events that took place last year, Coeur d’Alene ranked in the top 10 in multiple categories.

Ironman 70.3 Coeur d’Alene was selected 10th in overall bike, tied for ninth in overall swim, seventh in overall Ironman village and expo experience, and tied for first in “will recommend to a friend” and overall host city.

“Coeur d’Alene is an outstanding resort community so this distinction is not surprising,” said Steve Wilson, president and CEO of the Greater Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce. “We will undoubtedly put this on our list of the many accolades the city has received over the years.”

Coeur d’Alene’s contract with Ironman 70.3 ends next year, which will mark the 15th year Ironman events have been held in the Lake City.

“Hopefully this will help as we look to the future in terms of bringing back the full Ironman or a continued half Ironman,” Wilson said.

Mayor Steve Widmyer said the top billing from Ironman athletes exemplifies the city’s commitment to the event.

“The city of Coeur d’Alene has had a long and successful partnership with Ironman and we look forward to continuing this great event,” Widmyer said.

— Keith Erickson

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