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Dave Holden of North Hudson competed Oct. 11 in Ironman Hawaii, known to have legendary, harsh racing conditions. He completed the events in 10 hours, 53 minutes, 16 seconds. Submitted photo

Triathlon club athletes go to Ironman World event

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Dave Holden from North Hudson completed the Ironman World Championship Triathlon in Kona-Kilahua, Hawaii, Oct. 11.

The 39-year-old finished the 2.4-mile ocean swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2 marathon run in 10 hours, 53 minutes, 16 seconds. This was Holden's second time at Ironman Hawaii, meeting his goal this year of breaking 11 hours. He has competed in a total of seven Ironman distance triathlons, the first in 1997. Holden qualified for this year's IM Hawaii at last year's Ironman Wisconsin.

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Holden is a member of the locally based Wild River Triathlon Club. The club has over 70 members from up and down the St. Croix River Valley. Fellow club members John Sosniecki, River Falls, and Mike Colaizy, Osceola, also competed in the Ironman World Championship. This was their first trip to Hawaii for the Ironman.

Earlier this fall in Madison (Sept. 11), another Wild River Triathlon Club member and Hudson resident, Dominic Siwik, completed his first Ironman distance race. Siwik finished Ironman Wisconsin in 11 hours, 30 minutes and 46 seconds.

Other club members racing at IM Wisconsin this year were Jim Kelley of Centuria, Cindy Tiedke of River Falls, Eric Olson of Luck, Monty and Suzann Mouw of White Bear Lake, Minn.

Wild River Triathlon Club is locally based and has members of all skill levels and experience. The club has men and women members ranging in age from 8 to 65. Members are primarily from towns in western Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota. For more information about the club, visit www.wildrivertriclub.org.

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