Michelle Walters, who was 34 years old, was hit by a vehicle and did not survive her injuries. The two-lane highway was not closed to vehicles during the cycling leg, but cones marked vehicle and cycling areas.
Ironman Boulder officials released the following statement:
“We are deeply saddened to confirm the death of one of our athletes at Ironman Boulder. We are working with the Colorado State Patrol to gather all of the details regarding the incident that occurred on (U.S.) 36 just north of Broadway. Our condolences go out to the athlete’s family and friends, whom we will continue to support.”
The incident is under investigation but State Patrol officials said alcohol and speed are not believed to be contributing factors.