John Brees, son of Ernie and Jane Brees of Corydon, completed the Ironman Competition on Aug. 24 in Louisville, Kentucky. He swam 2.4 miles, biked 112 miles and then ran a marathon in just under 13 hours. 3,000 people competed, and around a third dropped out during the race. Brees’ main goal was to finish the race—but not only did he complete the competition, he finished in the top third of all participants.
According to www.ironman.com, “Athletes begin their day with a rolling swim start, a unique feature for a full-distance ironman. After lining up along the banks of the Ohio River… competitors jump in one at a time to start the first leg of their 140.6-mile race.
A mixture of rolling hills and flat pastures characterizes the Louisville bike course, and riders can expect to be challenged as they traverse the Louisville Metro area and Oldham County. As part of the two-loop portion of the course, La Grange gives athletes a boost of energy: They can expect to be greeted here by thousands of cheering spectators and volunteers.
After finishing the bike, athletes only have one thing separating them from their memorable finish: 26.2 miles of flat running. Passing Churchill Downs, home of the famous Kentucky Derby, and the University of Louisville, there’s no shortage of distractions. The two-loop run course comes to a close with Fourth Street Live’s energetic welcome. Spectators and volunteers bring each athlete in to realize their dream of becoming an ironman.