I appreciate the response to my original post. Some have suggested a Friday evening dinner would work better for them. In looking at the IM CDA website schedule of events, it offers the following for Friday evening:
5:30PM - 7:30PM - Ford Ironman Coeur d’Alene Welcome Dinner - Banquet Tent
7:30PM - 8:30PM - Mandatory Athlete Meeting - Banquet Tent
That is what headed me in the direction of Thursday evening. Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated.