Ironman More Fun For Racers Than For Motorists

Once Again the race gums up traffic

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The third edition of the International Triathalon Ironman race was won in a time of 8 hours, 26 minutes and 15 seconds by Italian Daniel Fontana. The babe division was won by American Linsey Corbin in 9 hours, 16 minutes and 43 seconds.

The 2.4 mile swim,112 mile bike ride, and 26.2 mile run started on the Palmilla Beach.

 2000 athletes representing 42 countries were chasing a purse of close to $50,000. There were 40 categories counting gender and age separations.

All the athletes who trained so hard and tried their best were winners. The losers were  the motorists who were caught up in a giant traffic snarl for the third year in a row. They didn’t shut down the fourlane completely, but they took it down to two lanes, which was crowded enough with the nearly 1000 Bisbee fishermen going home, that it took twice the time for people to get to the airport. This year, following two years of chaos and gripes, when hundreds of people missed their planes while arriving tourists couldn’t get out of the airport because taxis couldn’t get to the airport to pick them up, race officials finally notified hotels to advise their departing guests to start for the airport early.

Sadly, that didn’t help anyone who wasn’t staying in a hotel.

And why didn’t we alert our precious readers? Because when we alerted you last week that the bike race up the West Coast could impact traffic, and it was best to stay away, we were roundly criticized by people working in Cerritos, who accused us of being insensitive to their needs.

We already know we can’t win, so why did we even think we could?

Is this where we say we’re sorry we warned you about the bike race last week and sorry we didn’t warn you about the triathalon this week? Or is this where we say we’re sorry we took this job? Sigh.