Local 793 member and Baffinland ore haul truck mechanic, Dan Walton, showed his mettle on the weekend as he completed his first Ironman in Florida’s Panama City Beach, part of the VinFast Ironman North America Series.

Dan was sponsored by IUOE Local 793 and proudly wore a specially designed suit emblazoned with the Union’s logo.

He completed the 3.9km swim, 180.2km cycle and 42.2km run in a rapid 12:50:47, placing him 48th in the 55-59 age group and 855th overall out of 1,789 competitors. The pro race was won by American Rudy von Berg in 7:34:41.

After crossing the finish line, Dan said, “I was very happy with my performance and didn’t stop once due to fatigue. I had a good swim, a blistering bike ride and a great run.”

You can read a full account of Dan’s journey from iron mine to Ironman in December’s Making Tracks magazine.

Congratulations Dan on your terrific achievement!

Dan Walton Ironman Florida competitor
Dan Walton celebrates completing the Ironman event in Florida.
Dan Walton emerges from ocean
Dan emerges from the ocean after a 3.9km swim.
Dan Walton on bike.
The Baffinland mechanic completed a 180.2km bike ride.
Dan Walton runs a marathon
The Ironman event concluded with Dan running a marathon.