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Letter to the Editor: All locals should have been mentioned

Thanks for the coverage of some of the locals who participated in the Sept. 2 epic Lake Tahoe Ironman. I do have to say that I am a very disappointed that not all locals were recognized.

Granted, you apologized, but I think that is a cop out. “Editor’s note: ‘Aside from the Tahoe-area residents listed in the article, there likely were other locals who competed as well. The Sun apologizes for any omissions.’”

You have had two days to go through the results and sort out who is local with a click of a mouse. I am sure Ironman (WTC) would have been happy to supply you with a spreadsheet of entrants that included their hometown. I am sorry, but I think if you are going to congratulate “the local” athletes, extra efforts should be made to make sure you absolutely can acknowledge them all; after all you are a local paper representing the local community.

It is very disappointing when you open the paper to read about the race and see some locals’ names mentioned but it doesn’t include a loved one or a friend or even one’s own. This is a big lifetime event. Not everyone can train and finish an Ironman, so when one does get called “You are an Ironman” as they cross the finish line after dedicating so much time and energy to the journey to get to the start, as well as enduring the epic day itself and they don’t get recognized with the few locals who did, it is disheartening, not only for them, the athlete, but for those of us that are proud of the athlete’s accomplishment.

Another reason I don’t think one should be omitted is that it may give the impression that one did not finish. I do want to mention one of the omitted Ironman triathletes, my loved one, Joe Pace, 10th in 55-59, 13:34. Joe has actually finished three Ironmans in the last four years.

I will end with an Authors note: “Aside from the omitted athlete mentioned in this opinion, there are likely more local athletes who were also omitted from the article. The author apologizes for not searching for those omitted locals, that is the local journalist’s job.”

Colleen Conners-Pace

Tahoe City

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