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Kennewick swim coach competes in Ironman World Championships

Kennewick swim coach competes in Ironman World Championships

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KENNEWICK, Wash -- Kennewick girls swim coach Erin Holmes competed in the Ironman triathlon in Hawaii Saturday. It was a dream that came sooner than expected. Erin didn't think she would be competing in the Ironman for another two years. Competing in the Ironman, the world's most grueling triathlon, was a dream come true for the Kennewick swim coach.

"It was so surreal and getting up on the starting line for the swim I was like I could not believe the sun is coming up and this is it right now. It was totally amazing," said Homes.

Erin finished the 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and 26.2 mile run in 12 hours, 30 minutes, and 19 seconds. That was good for 61st among all women. Her team was pretty impressed.

"She just makes us so proud to be able to know that that is our coach and to just everyday be able to come here and see such an awesome woman," said Alexis Clippart, a senior on the swim team.

 "She was afraid to go but we were like we're really excited and she works so hard, she totally deserves it," said Hailey Murphy, a junior on the swim team.

The former Kamiakin swimmer hopes to one day turn professional. Erin offers this advice to anyone hoping to follow in her footsteps:

"Never doubt yourself. That is my number one thing. I cannot even imagine how many people have come up to me since Ironman and said 'you are an inspiration, I went and bought my first bike," said Holmes. "I look at them and say you can so do it."

After competing Saturday and flying home from Hawaii, Erin says she is already gearing to go for her next triathlon.

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