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Sand Key FL through Clearwater to Clearwater Beach - Ford Ironman 70.3 Miles of Pure Determination

Clearwater Florida Hosts Ford Ironman 70.3 Again

everyone thinking biking today in ClearwaterClearwater Florida - As luck would have it the 2007 Clearwater Ironman 70.3 Race past several popular Clearwater neighborhoods  (Grovewood, Morningside, The Meadows) off Belcher Road this past Saturday.

 What a site to behold. It was inspirational to all who watched it.

Several of the Clearwater neighborhood kids got their bikes out - dreaming...dreaming of racing like that one day. If only they understood what the almost 1500 racers signed up for. It's hard to believe that this is actually only half a triathalon.

We even saw one participant, Maj. David Rozelle, an Iraq war veteran who is an amputee complete the race with one leg - it was so inspirational, especially in light of Monday being Veteran's Day. All I could think was.."Thank you!"  

We watched like cheerleaders at a high school game - swept up by the excitement of the challenge they'd undertaken and what these determined men and women were accomplishing. 

They had already completed the the 1.2 mile swim and 50 of the 56 miles of biking through Clearwater. We heard their wheels literally whiz by as the cheering crowd rang cowbells and encouraged them on. We were watching from the 50 mile mark - the racers just had 6 more miles to go to get back to Pier 60 on Clearwater Beach - then they had to finish a 13.1 mile run.

Clearwater Florida - Ford Ironman 70.3 Race - November 10, 2007

clearwater florida home to ironman 70.3 nov 2007 cycling

clearwater florida cycling passes grovewood subdivisionclearwater florida off belcher road as the ironman cyclists approach
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1500 racers make it past the 50 mile mark at Morningside in Clearwater Floridathe clearwater neighborhoods of grovewood, morningside and the meadows cheers the triatheletesthey are finishing the last 6 miles to Clearwater Beach and Pier 60
  The winner, Andy Potts won by completing the 70.3 mile course in an amazing 3 hours 42 minutes and 33 seconds - that's impressive.   While they say the view only changes for the lead this case, each man and woman, regardless of place, achieved their own personal, on a beautiful Clearwater day of 78 degrees, tenacity won over fatigue.    This is the second year in a row that the Ford Ironman 70.3 World Championship was held in Clearwater Florida and it's easy to see why. Clearwater in November is the ideal place for all kinds of activities outside - just another example of why we love living here, in paradise!   For more info on the race: City of Clearwater Ironman Info Posts   

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Comment balloon 10 commentsCyndee Haydon • November 12 2007 02:45PM


WOW!!  That great... I bet it was a site to see go by.  My mother is currently training for a marathon and that will be the first one I actually get to watch.  You got some really great shots....looks like you were right in the middle of the action.
Posted by Kimberly Grant, Real Estate Agent - Huntsville Alabama (Exit Leon Crawford Realty) about 11 years ago
This stuff always impresses me Cyndee, the sheer stamina is amazing.  But what David did is even more amazing, what a great story.  I hope that gets a ton of press and is another reminder of how brave our Troops really are.
Posted by Jason Sardi, Your Agent for Life (Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina) about 11 years ago
Cyndee, I admire people with this kind of determination and goal. And what a weather to reach their personal triumph.
Posted by Mana Tulberg, Real Estate Agent - Camarillo CA (805 County Real Estate) about 11 years ago
What a great post about a fantastic event in Clearwater!  This just goes to show why Florida is such a great place to live year around....our gorgeous weather!
Posted by Leah Ross, Tampa, Florida Mortgage (Your Tampa Bay Mortgage Source) about 11 years ago


I just loved this, thanks for sharing, this is right up my alley.  I'm a big fan of tri-athalons myself, I went to Kona, HI two years ago to see the HI/Ironman. Your mention of the Iraq vet with one leg is amazing. I've seen that first-hand myself.

To this point I've finished 10 marathons myself, (last one was in March of this year) once passed by a girl with one leg at mile 25, (later I saw her at the Ironman and she finished, then went on to last seasons Amazing Race) I couldn't believe my eyes as she sailed past. 

Thanks again, I love this!

Posted by Lynda Eisenmann, Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co (Preferred Home Brokers) about 11 years ago
Cyndee-   Thank you for sharing, especially about Maj. David Rozelle-- it gave me goosebumps, and a swift kick to not be such a wimp on my morning runs  (ok.... walks!)
Posted by Sandi Bauman, Chico CA Realtor (Chico Homes Real Estate) about 11 years ago

Cyndee--Wow! It makes me tired just to think about this... :)


Posted by Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro (Boardman Realty) about 11 years ago


I feel so out of shape reading your blog post... to the gym I say!

Posted by Katrina Madewell, Tampa FL Homes for sale | Tampa Bay - (813) 777-1196 (Charles Rutenberg Rlty- More than 5,000 agents(813) 777-1196) about 11 years ago

Hey guys thanks for stopping by - I'm with Katrina - it made me realize I need to hit the gym!

Lynda - I've always admired you - now one more reason - wow is all I can say!!!  

Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) about 11 years ago

Hi Cyndee,this is an amazing story.Thanks for taking time in sharing this to us.Hope to read more awesome stories like this.Best wishes to you and Stay an amazing Clearwater Beach Short Sale Agent.


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