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For local athletes, path to Ironman World Championships paved with long hours, deep belief
For local athletes, path to Ironman World Championships paved with long hours, deep belief

Rick Armiger is well aware of the grueling hardships that come with running in Ironman Triathlon races. "Sometimes, while you're racing, you wonder why you were so stupid to sign up for this," the 43-year-old Sparks resident said. For Armiger, it's the memory of his son, Emerson, who died in 1996 of severe heart complications just three weeks after his birth, that inspires him to continue racing. Armiger is one of nine Marylanders who will be competing in the Ironman World Championship on Saturday in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. The race consists of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile run. Then, a chance to exhale. Athletes gain entry into the Ironman...

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