This is Sharon Mcnary, KPCC's indispensible Public Insight Specialist:
Sharon just found out she's on her way to Hawaii to compete in this year's Ironman World Championship--a once in a lifetime event. And it wasn't easy to get into: among the thousands who entered the lottery for this year's race, only 200 were selected. Says Sharon, modestly: "I'm thrilled! The truth of it is, I'm a really good athelete, but I'm slow. So there's no way I could get into this race other than through the lottery."
(For the record, Sharon ran her 89th marathon last weekend in England, and a week before that did a half iron man in Oceanside. I'd say she's qualified.)