Susan Dickson of Grand Junction Colorado was in Tempe Town Lake Park, less than a 1/4 mile from the finish when midnight struck. She doesn't get to call herself an Ironman (unless she was one already) and she is considered DNF or DID NOT FINISH.
This is her turning the corner on Rio Salado Blvd and heading toward the finish line. I heard Mike Riley say over the loud speaker, "We have one more runner. She's not officially an Ironman, but we know she is."
Her story is one of thousands of great one's on this day. I watched the final 3-4 hours at the finish line and it was truly amazing. I took a bunch of pictures that you can see on my Facebook page. I cheered, gave high fives and marveled at what these total strangers did the entire time I was there. If you get a chance to see an Ironman event live, I would encourage you to do so. It's amazing.
So, like so many people do while watching these athletes. I made a vowel. Next year. I am going to be back in the stands with as many friends as I can find, cheering these athletes on to victory. It was more fun than any pro sports event.
What? You think I'm crazy enough to want to swim, bike and run for 140.6 miles?