Ironman Clearwater 2009

November 14, 2009 by USA Post 

Erin Crum is one of eight local triathletes competing in the Ironman 70.3 World Championships, and the 31-year-old couldn’t be prouder to represent the Treasure Valley.

“I think the neatest thing about Boise is all of the closet phenomenal athletes, and I am definitely proud to be part of the athletic community,” Crum said.

At the top of that list, at least in terms of triathletes, is 41-year-old Kristin Smith of Boise.

Smith, a mother of children ages 5, 3 and 2, won a national championship last year when she completed the 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run in 4 hours, 28 minutes and 7 seconds. She’s back to try to defend her title. Smith won her age group at Boise’s Ironman 70.3 race earlier this year.

Crum, who has 1-year-old child, doesn’t expect to compete for a title. She started to become competitive again after the birth of her daughter and earned a spot after finishing the Boise race in 5:09:11.

“To be honest, it was a shock for me to do so well at Boise,” said Crum, who also was the second woman to cross the finish line at the 2009 Race to Robie Creek.

Like many triathletes, Crum has met other like-minded athletes, including Decker Rolph, who is making his first appearance at the worlds.

Rolph, 33, moved to Boise in 2006, and said the Boise Y Tri-Club has been pivotal to his success and helped him transition from the Olympic distance to the 70.3 distance. The former rower for Brown University and the U.S. national team has high goals for Clearwater.

“I’d love to be in the top 10 of my age group, but I really don’t know how to handicap that,” said Rolph, who finished the Boise race in 4:19.07 to take third in his age group.

The five other local triathletes in the field are David Hocking, 24, Mountain Home; Derek Hudson, 29, Boise; Bryan Shiflett, 37, Boise; Rachel Corey, 28, Boise; and Natalie Shiflett, 37, Boise

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