Midday temperatures that reached 90 degrees in the White Mountains were a test of stamina and determination for the trio of Rim Country residents who ran, swam and rode their way through the grueling Seventh Annual Deuces Wild Ironman Festival Triathlon.
The event was held June 5 near Show Low and drew athletes of all ages from around Arizona and surrounding states.
Carolyn Fruth and Ken Boyes represented Payson in the half-marathon event and Cynthia Boyes, Ken’s wife, competed in the Olympic Triathlon.
Fruth finished 26th among the female entrants and third in the 45-49 age division covering the course in 6:37.05.
Ken Boyes was first in the Clydesdale division and 85th among the men in 7:06.43.
Cynthia Boyes was ninth in the 45-49 women’s age division and 72nd overall in 3:51.10.
The half-marathon, in which Ken Boyes and Fruth competed, included a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride and a 13.1-mile run.
The Olympic Triathlon, which Cynthia entered, included a .93-mile swim, 24.8-mile bike ride and 6.2-mile run.
Both Ken and Cynthia Boyes entered the Show Low event as training for an upcoming Ironman Triathlon and Fruth is a continual competitor on the circuit, having entered previous competitions in Flagstaff and the Valley.
Ken Boyes said finishing the triathlon turned into a test of endurance mostly because he was slowed by “medical issues” that prevented him from reaching his goal of six hours flat.
Fruth, competing in the 45-49 age division, also felt like she didn’t turn in her best showing due to rising temperatures.
“(The heat) hit me just as we were transitioning from bike to run,” she said. “And running should have been my strongest (event).”
She ran the 13.1 miles in 2:27:33, which ranked 20th among the women competitors.
In the swim, which was in the 150-acre Fools Hollow Lake Park west of Show Low, she turned in an ET of 41:36. Her bike clocking was 3:21.24.
The Show Low triathlon is a regular stop on the HalfMax National Championship Series and all proceeds benefit charities including the Challenged Athletes Foundation and the Show Low Youth Recreation and Sports Foundation.