Two men die competing in IronMan 70.3 triathlon

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Two men die competing in IronMan 70.3 triathlon

Two men, including a firefighter, died after the swimming leg of an Iron Man 70.3 triathlon in Madison, Wisconsin, over the weekend, according to authorities.

Todd Mahoney, 38, an apparatus engineer with the Madison Fire Department, and Michael McCulloch, 61, were both found unresponsive in the water, according to the Madison Fire Department.

The Iron Man 70.3 is a grueling three-part athletic competition where participants swim 1.2 miles, bike 56 miles and run 13.1 miles.
 

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Two men die competing in IronMan 70.3 triathlon

Two men, including a firefighter, died after the swimming leg of an Iron Man 70.3 triathlon in Madison, Wisconsin, over the weekend, according to authorities.

Todd Mahoney, 38, an apparatus engineer with the Madison Fire Department, and Michael McCulloch, 61, were both found unresponsive in the water, according to the Madison Fire Department.

The Iron Man 70.3 is a grueling three-part athletic competition where participants swim 1.2 miles, bike 56 miles and run 13.1 miles.
Well that sucks.

The good news is, long-course triathlon isn’t actually any more dangerous than anything else people do for fun.

ETA: for clarity, USA Triathlon did a study in 2012 of the years 2003-2011; the fatality rate for participants in USAT-sanctioned races was 1:76000 for that time period (43 deaths out of ~3.3mil participants). 30 of the 43 occurred during the swim, 8 on the bike including 5 crashes, three during the run, and two post-race.
 
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I think that is a half ironman
It was a half.

They swim really close together. I wonder if they are got a heal to the chin and knockout
Sudden Cardiac Death/Arrest is the apparent cause of death in *most* tri related deaths; one of the news articles I read indicated that one of these guys drowned following a “medical episode”.
 

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Sad. I now know multiple people who have been hospitalized or died running marathons or similar events. I’ll never understand the push it to the limit crowd. I Know another guy that barely escaped a mountain climb. His best friend is still up there. I hope the view was worth it. RIP.
 
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I was a competitive triathlete in the late 80's and early 90's, competed in many triathlons all over the country, including 2 full Ironman distance triathlons and never heard of a single death back then.
 

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I was a competitive triathlete in the late 80's and early 90's, competed in many triathlons all over the country, including 2 full Ironman distance triathlons and never heard of a single death back then.
They happen, and as multisport becomes more popular, the number that happens each year increases....but the incidence rate is 1:76000, or 1.3:100000.

Ass-cancer, on the other hand, kills people at about 11:100000.
 
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How about hypothermia?
Generally they have wet suits to combat any cold and it makes you a tad faster.
I’d have to look at the course but if they were slow perhaps they were trailing way in the back, lost course, and couldn’t wade anymore...
 
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