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Her family is her biggest supporter as she heads to her second Coeur d'Alene race Sunday, as shown at last year's competition (below). Husband Doug wears a shirt reading, ‘Swim, Marcella, Swim,' son Blaz has a shirt reading ‘Bike, Mom, Bike,' and daughter Makena's shirt reads ‘Run, Mom, Run.'

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Walla Walla mom to again swim, cycle and run in Coeur d'Alene

Walla Walla mom Marcella Rietz is competing in her second Ironman this Sunday in Coeur d'Alene.

WALLA WALLA — Chaos surrounded Marcella Rietz when she dove into Lake Coeur d'Alene in 2009. Cold, churning water matched the grey sky. Around her, bodies thrashed, hands grabbed, feet kicked. Her goggles were smashed into her face, and daylight was far a


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