All eight South Sound athletes who qualified for the Ironman World Championship, finished the grueling triathlon Saturday.
An Ironman triathlon is a 2.4-mile swim, 112 mile bike and a marathon run in succession.
Elizabeth Thiel, 30, of DuPont and Caroline White, 23, of Lakewood had the best performances of the locals. Thiel’s time of 11 hours, 12 minutes, 36 seconds was best of the South Sound competitors. Thiel finished 24th in her age group.
White had the best finish of locals, taking 12th in her age group in 11:36:08.
Nancy Larson, 57, of Kent and Jennifer Block, 47, of Puyallup each finished 30th in their age groups.
Gary Tucci, 52, of Puyallup paid $55,100 in an online auction for a spot in the race, but proved he fit in as well as those who qualified. Tucci finished 76th of 99 competitors in his age group with a time of 13:11:07. Tucci raised much of the money he paid for his spot in the race. The money went to several charities including the American Cancer Society. Tucci’s brother, Joey, died of cancer in 2000.
SOUTH SOUND IRONMAN FINISHERS
* – Place in age group ** – Total time include transitions between