Letters to the Editor

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By The Staff

Ironman competitor grateful to La Grange

On Aug. 30, 2009 I witnessed one of the most exciting and outrageous moments in my Ironman career. Aside from the finish chute, flying through La Grange was second to none. 

Your community support should be the envy of cities across America. I made it a point to hold my right hand out to slap as many screaming fans as I could even at the risk of crashing at 23 mph. That was how important it was for me to show my appreciation to your community at that moment. 

As I cleared the city limits, I made myself a promise, when I returned home I would let the folks of La Grange know how much they meant to me on that day. 

You guys are an Iron City.

Lastly, I want to thank the local church supporters. My faith in a real God throughout my life is always exampled during my Ironman competitions. Through dedication, commitment and determination, I received my crown after 14 hours and 23 minutes. 

That is what Paul writes when he speaks of the Race of Faith. Run the race, at the end we shall receive our crown. That is the message of Ironman. 

Sorry to any who were inconvenienced. That was not the intent, rather to illustrate the intangible benefits of success through sacrifice. 

Cpt. Chris Swanson, Flint, Mich.


Board is proud of successful event

To the editor:

The Board of Discover Downtown La Grange wishes to express our sincere thanks to many people who made the La Grange Ironman possible. First, Craig and Nancy Basler and the congregation at Cornerstone Family Church for their outstanding volunteer efforts again this year.  

Both years they have given much time and effort in recruiting and organizing our crowd control, parking and clean-up volunteers. 

Additionally they have provided breakfast and lunch for all volunteers, police and EMS, mostly at their own expense, and have refused all offers of reimbursement. They truly embrace this day as one of service to their community, fellow citizens, the athletes and their families. 

We want to thank Red Pepper Deli, Delizie Italiane, Serendipity, Irish Rover and Big R’s BBQ for donating boxed lunches. 

We also wish to thank Chief Kevin Collett and the La Grange Police Department for their hard work and guidance in planning this event. And to all the volunteers we owe a huge debt of gratitude for donating their time and energy to making this day possible.

Discover Downtown La Grange wishes to apologize for the placement of the Port-a-potties at the La Grange Ironman Festival. There was no disrespect intended and to all active and retired military and police officers we are truly sorry. We simply were looking for a shady area and we didn’t notice of the proximity to the memorial. As with all events we learn many lessons each year and we promise this will not happen in the years to come.

Ann Zimlich, board member Discover Downtown La Grange