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SRPMIC Members Set to Compete in Ironman Arizona

Doran Dalton (center) with his brother and mother moments before beginning a long bike ride as part of training for Ironman Arizona. The family biked along Beeline Highway in the southeastern edge of the Community.

At least 12 Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community members are up to the Ironman Arizona triathlon challenge, and three plan to attempt the entire race.

The athletes have put in countless hours of preparation and training to be ready for this single event, which takes place November 19.

SRPMIC member Doran Dalton trains for Ironman Arizona on a bike ride along Beeline Highway during the summer morning hours.
Rueben Malin is the 2017 SRPMIC-sponsored athlete, and previous Community-sponsored athletes Rachel Seepie and Darren Dalton are also gearing up to complete all three phases of the race: swimming, biking and running. Nine other Community athletes are competing in the Ironman on three-person relay teams:

SRPMIC Team 1:
Tamar Gonzales, Letitia Dalton, Jason Seepie
SRPMIC Team 2:
Ki-Ana Reina, Suomva
Puhuyesva, Angela Reina
SRPMIC Team 3:
Melissa Rave, Kyle Dallas,
Lysette Hernandez

Ironman Arizona, in its 14th year, is an all-day event. It starts with a 2.4-mile loop swim in Tempe Town Lake shortly before 7 a.m., continues with a 112-mile, three-loop bike course, followed by a 26.2-mile run around the lake and nearby Papago Park.
The route for the biking portion of the race travels through the southeastern edge of the Community, along McKellips Road and Beeline Highway. The race officially ends 17 hours after the last athlete enters the water.

Ironman Arizona
November 19
Tempe and SRPMIC
Race start: 6:20 a.m. MST, Tempe Town Lake

“A flat, fast, spectator-friendly course that brings urban charms and desert vistas together.”
Twitter/Instagram hashtag: #IM703Arizona

How to Watch
An Ironman-sponsored Community-member viewing area will be set up on the north side of the Mesa Drive/Beeline Highway intersection. Bring your own chairs. Breakfast burros and drinks will be available at 8:30 a.m. Signs are welcome to cheer on the athletes, especially Community participants.