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Ironman 70.3

Saturday, June 7

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If you're a recreational cyclist, your gear probably includes a bike, a helmet and a pair of shorts. Maybe a water bottle. A triathlete's kit, by comparison, is prolific: aerobars (handlebars designed to make the rider aerodynamic); goopy, high-energy foods stashed in a bento box; a teardrop helmet; and wheels with carbon fiber blades instead of spokes.

Triathletes need all this gear because the bicycle leg of a triathlon is, arguably, the easy part. Sure, riders are going fast, but a bike makes a great hideaway for the food and drink that will get athletes across the finish line. Being a triathlete involves planning, pacing and strategy.

Join world-class athletes Saturday, June 7, for Ironman 70.3, beginning at noon at Lucky Peak Reservoir. There, participants will swim a 1.2-mile loop, followed by a 56-mile bike ride back into the City of Trees. Finally, they'll run 13.1 miles along the Boise River, with the finish line in Julia Davis Park. The contest features 40 qualifying slots for the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec.