June 9-10 was a big weekend for both hard-core competitors and being really wet (and rather cold).
In fact, the cold, rainy, windy weather actually forced the officials of the Ironman 70.3 Boise to cut the epic race short, reducing the length of the bike ride from more than 50 miles to just 12 out of fear that a cold swim and miserable weather would put competitors at risk for hypothermia.
Boise Weekly intern Emily Anderson reported that while some of racers were disappointed with the cut, others who came to the finish line with blue-tinged lips weren't too upset by the decision.
"I've never been so cold in my life," said A.J. Baucco, a veteran Ironmanner from Ohio, who finished 24th. "I've done a lot of these: New Orleans, Kansas, Mexico, fuck, you name it. And that sucked."
Despite the cuts, the real drama came at the finish line when two New Zealanders--Callum Millward and Matty Reed--made Ironman history when they tied, crossing the finish line in 2 hours, 13 minutes and 18 seconds. After three hours of deliberation, both were awarded $10,000 checks. In the women's race, Jodie Swallow of Great Britain finished at the head of the pack, with a time of 2 hours, 29 minutes.
Speed and water were also the focus a bit further north at the inaugural North Fork Championship. The kayaking race held on the North Fork of the Payette River attracted top talent from around the world and across the country, who all wanted to try their skills on the Jacob's Ladder rapid.
More than 30 racers tried to make it through the three-quarter-mile-long rapid as quickly as possible, but in the end, it was an Idahoan who came out on top.
Hailey resident Ryan Casey, 35, showed a field of younger competitors what 20 years of paddling will get you--a first-place finish, a check for $4,000, and a trip to the Whitewater Grand Prix in Chile in December.
BW intern Jessica Murri was on hand to watch Casey claim the title with a time of 2 minutes, 17 seconds. According to Murri, the win was a surprise even for Casey.
"It's anybody's ballgame with the course we had today. Could have gone to anybody," Casey said. "I feel really lucky."
Second place went to Tyler Brandt from Missoula, Mont., who won $2,000, and third place went to Canadian Mikkel St. Jean-Duncan.