Wichita man dies in Colorado triathlon

August 08, 2018 - 4:51 am

A Wichita man died competing in a triathlon in Colorado over the weekend.  50-year-old Scott Michaelis was pulled from the water on Saturday at the Boulder Ironman 70.3 triathlon.  Race officials say Michaelis died on Sunday.  

A 70.3 triathlon, or half Ironman, involves swimming 1.2 miles (1.9 kilometers), biking 56 miles (90 kilometers) and running 13.1 miles (21 kilometers).

It was the third death in four years of Ironman competitions in Boulder. Thirty-four-year-old Michelle Walters, of McCook, Nebraska, died after being struck by a vehicle during the 2016 race, and 40-year-old Brian Godlove of Fairfax, Virginia, died three days after a 2015 race from dehydration and muscle tissue breakdown.

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