When Barb Penney of Carbonear learned her youngest son, Roger, was training to take part in what is widely regarded as the most difficult one-day sporting event in the world, she immediately started to worry.
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Carbonear native Roger Penney crosses the finish line at the 2014 Subaru Ironman North American Championship, held Aug. 17 in Mont-Tremblant, Que.
But now that the Subaru Ironman North American Championship, held Aug. 17 in Mont-Tremblant, Que., is in the books, Barb couldn't be more proud of her son, who lives with his young family in Huntsville, Ont.
"I'm proud as a peacock, if I had feathers," she quipped. "You got to admire anybody who does something like that."
The Mont-Tremblant race attracted some 2,289 participants this year. Roger, competing in the male ages 45-49 division, placed 645th overall, with a time of 11 hours, 51 minutes and 19 seconds.
It's an event that very few athletes can say they have completed, and now Roger Penney is one of them.
He has an interesting story to tell, but to read it in full, you'll have to pick up a Sept. 2, 2014 print edition of The Compass.