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Trainer turns locals into ironman athletes

by MICHELLE NOLAN – THE BELLINGHAM HERALD Lora Olinger said it all when she said, “Everyone finished with a smile.” Or, as Jeanette Crooks put it, “Others kept telling me, ‘great smile, great smile!” ” “Everyone” was Bellingham trainer Daryl Smith’s team of nine first-time Ironman triathlon participants from Whatcom County. They all finished well under the 17-hour limit in high heat during the recent Ironman Canada at Penticton, B.C. “Daryl is just an amazing trainer,” said Gina Crosswhite, recalling Smith’s 10-month…

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