Racine hosts hot Half-Ironman competition
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RACINE - It was a hot Sunday in Racine for the ultimate test of fitness and endurance.
The top finisher, Marko Albert of Estonia, did it in less than four hours to nab a $3,000 prize.
"I always push myself to the limit," Racine Ironman Champion Marko Albert says.
"I see where my limit is that day. Today I was a little bit better than the other guys."
A monstorous athletic feat that starts with a 1.2-mile swim in Lake Michigan, then a grueling 56-mile bike ride and capped off by a half marathon at 13.1 miles.
"The average Ironman athlete trains roughly 20 hours a week on this, so it is truly something that is part of their lifestyle," Race Director Ryan Richards says. "It's not just something you do and sign up for on Friday night."
There are athletes from across the country and around the world. Shanon Stallard is from New Zealand.
"You know it's hot on the run and I think a lot of guys must have worked too hard on the bike and they were dropping," Stallard says. "I guess that's what triathalon is, it's a three-sport."
This is the third time Racine has hosted one of these Ironman events. We're told they've signed up to come back again.