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Monday, June 23, 2008

He Ain't Heavy...

There are as many inspirational stories as there are athletes when Ironman comes to Coeur d'Alene every year. Throughout the day I noticed two runners connected by a tether. As they did the turnaround at the top of Bennett Bay Hill, I happened to be standing with Bryan Ogle, an Ironman himself, and asked if he knew why they would be running with a tether. He did. Seems Robert Plaskon, #1729, is blind. The Floridian has finished multiple Ironman competitions, including Hawaii. Competing in the 60-64 age division he finished in 15 hours, 33 minutes and 29 seconds on Sunday. The communication with his companion runner was subtle as I noticed when a slight rise in the trail was coming up. With a touch of the hand and a few words of caution, the pair ran safely past.

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