Juneau duo of Bursell and Rivera conquer world's toughest triathlon

Local athletes each finish the Hawaii Ironman race in less than 11 hours

Posted: Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Juneau's Tracy Rivera and John Bursell more than held their own Saturday at the 2007 Ironman World Championships triathlon in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

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The duo each completed the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bicycle race and 26.2-mile run in under 11 hours. It was the first Hawaii Ironman race for both of them.

Rivera, a 40-year-old Juneau-Douglas High School physical education teacher, finished 118th out of 250 competitors in his men's open 40-44 age group. Rivera completed the arduous course in 10 hours, 49 minutes and 47 seconds.

He completed the swim in 1:06:33, the bike race in 5:34:10 and the marathon in 3:51:04. He finished in 716th place overall.

Rivera was also the fastest Alaskan in the race.

Bursell, a 43-year-old physician, finished 138th in the same age group in 10:56:21.

He finished the swim in 1:13:58, the bike race in 5:35:30 and the marathon in 3:25:34. Bursell took 781st place overall.

Eagle River's Katy Rosane, a 44-year-old nurse, finished the course in 11:39:46 while Anchorage's Ellyn Brown, a 55-year-old teacher, finished in 16:08:25.

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