Wichita man dies in swim leg of Boulder Ironman triathlon

August 07, 2018 - 6:34 pm

An athlete died a day after he was pulled from the water during the Boulder Ironman 70.3 triathlon in Colorado. It was the third death in four years of Ironman competitions in Boulder.

A witness, physician Donald Cain from Wisconsin, told the Daily Camera in Boulder that a man was pulled from the water on Saturday, and Ironman officials say the athlete died Sunday. The Boulder County coroner identified the man as Scott Michaelis, 50, of Wichita, Kansas.

A 70.3 triathlon, or half Ironman, involves swimming 1.2 miles, biking 56 miles and running 13.1 miles.

Michelle Walters, 34, of McCook, Nebraska, died after being struck by a vehicle during the 2016 race, and Brian Godlove, 40, of Fairfax, Virginia, died three days after a 2015 race from dehydration and muscle tissue breakdown.

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