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Local athletes try hand at Ironman competition

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By Karen Price

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, 10:06 p.m.

Hines Ward may have been the most famous athlete with Pittsburgh ties to complete the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, over the weekend, but he wasn't the only one.

Kim Schwabenbauer, 34, competed in the women's professional category and finished in 9 hours, 45 minutes, 8 seconds. Only the best 35 women in the world qualify in the category. Schwabenbauer, of Verona, had competed in previous Ironman races as an amateur.

Belle Vernon native Eric McElvenny, who was Ward's teammate, finished in 11:54:29.

McElvenny, a 2001 graduate of Belle Vernon, was serving with the United States Marine Corps in Afghanistan when he was wounded by an improvised explosive device. His right leg is amputated below the knee.

Colin Gundling qualified in the men's 25-29 age group and finished in 12:38:42. David Vest, of Cranberry, was a first-time competitor in the men's 45-49 age group and finished in 9:59:11.

Hopewell's Ted Breault qualified in the men's 40-44 group and finished in 9:51:39. Eric Wilkins competed in the 55-59 age group and finished in 11:12:32.

Dr. Joseph Maroon, an Ironman veteran and neurosurgeon at UPMC, competed in the men's 70-74 category and finished in 16:03:48.

Karen Price is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach her at kprice@tribweb.com or via Twitter @KarenPrice_Trib.

 

 

 
 


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