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Laperriere reaches Ironman goal, after all


His concussion symptoms returned a couple weeks ago, but that didn’t stop Ian Laperriere from scratching that competitive itch on Sunday.

The former NHL tough guy fought off the effects of a bike crash to complete in Quebec’s Ironman North American Championship. Wayne Fish reports that he finished the event in 12 hours, 11 minutes and 55 seconds.

All he did was take on a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and ran a marathon [26.2 miles]. “Lappy” is really taking it easy with hockey behind him, eh?

The Philadelphia Courier-Post’s Dave Isaac tweeted this heroic pose:


The event’s official Twitter feed shared this, as well:


Even for a guy as tough as Laperriere, this is a surprising feat, but new Edmonton Oilers coach Dallas Eakins isn’t surprised he gutted it out.

congrats to @dooda1414 Never a doubt that he would complete @IMMontTremblant #FitterInHisRetirementYears

— Dallas Eakins (@dallaseakins) August 19, 2013

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