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Evans wins 2008 Ironman Triathlon; Wurtele wins womens' division

Tom Evans is the 2008 Ironman Triathlon winner, finishing with a time of 8 hours, 34 minutes and 22 seconds. Tom Evans is the 2008 Ironman Triathlon winner, finishing with a time of 8 hours, 34 minutes and 22 seconds.
Victor Zyemtsev came in second place with a time of 8 hours, 43 minutes and  56 seconds. Victor Zyemtsev came in second place with a time of 8 hours, 43 minutes and 56 seconds.
Michael Lovato finished in third place with a time of 8 hours, 48 minutes and 22 seconds. Michael Lovato finished in third place with a time of 8 hours, 48 minutes and 22 seconds.
28-year old Heather Wurtele finished first place in the pro womens' division with a time of 9 hours, 38 minutes and 58 seconds. 28-year old Heather Wurtele finished first place in the pro womens' division with a time of 9 hours, 38 minutes and 58 seconds.
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    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Athletes and fans from around the country gathered once again in Coeur d'Alene for the 2008 Ironman Triathlon. Competitors swam 2.4 miles, rode 112 miles, and ran a marathon.>>
    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Athletes and fans from around the country gathered once again in Coeur d'Alene for the 2008 Ironman Triathlon. It's the ultimate test of endurance as athletes swam 2.4 miles, rode 112 miles, and ran a marathon. >>INSIDE: Race Details| Traffic | History | Video>>

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - 39-year old Tom Evans of Penticton, B.C., who finished last year's Ironman in second place, is the 2008 Ironman Triathlon winner, finishing with a time of 8 hours, 34 minutes and 22 seconds.

28-year old Heather Wurtele of Victoria B.C., finished first place in the pro womens' division with a time of 9 hours, 38 minutes and 58 seconds.

35-year old Victor Zyemtsev of Dade City , Florida, who finished last year's race in first place, came in second with a time of 8 hours, 43 minutes and  56 seconds.

34-year old Michael Lovato of Boulder, Colorado, finsished in third place with a time of 8 hours, 48 minutes and 22 seconds.

Athletes and fans from around the country gathered in Coeur d'Alene for the 2008 Ironman Triathlon, the ultimate test of endurance. Competitors swam 2.4 miles, biked 112 miles, and ran a marathon.

The race promised to be a big boost to the Coeur d'Alene economy. The city estimates that the triathlon brings in around $7,000,000 in business to the area.

The hotels were full and the restaurants were packed as the town was flooded with people now instead of water.

Prior to the race business owners said they're just happy Ironman was finally here to jumpstart the tourism season. Organizers said there were 2,480 competitors this year, an increase from 2007.

History
The legendary Ironman Triathlon started in 1978, because of a fight.

Competitors in a Hawaii race started arguing about which athletes were more fit, runners, swimmers, or bikers. The logical and only way to settle the dispute was to see who could do all three fastest.

So they combined the three famous events, a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile run.  The first winner Gordon Haller won the competition with a time of 11 hours, 46 minutes and 58 seconds.

Shout Out:
We're proud to tell you a member of the KHQ family is participating in the race this year. KHQ photojournalist Dave Somers is currently riding the cycling section of his first ever Ironman Triathlon.

Good luck Dave! We're still cheering for you.

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