by Dennis Green
Hey, it’s not pitch dark when I walk out of work anymore! That can only mean that triathlon season is just around the corner.
2017 brings some new opportunities in the Heart of America triathlon series, a location change for one race, and two races have new dates.
First off, we’ve added two popular races to the series:
The Copper Creek Triathlon is in its eleventh year, and takes off on June 25 in Pleasant Creek, near Des Moines. The race has just been a sprint up until now, but this year is adding an Olympic Race. Copper Creek is known for its fun and challenging course, and some of the best swag around!
On July 8, the Heart of America series will be in Cedar Falls for the Accel Triathlon. Accel also offers both sprint and Olympic distances, and last year rolled out a new bike course.
2017 brings a big change to the Camp Courageous race. The lake at Central Park in Jones County is being dredged, so the race will move to Cedar Rapids this year. It will take place at Prairie Park Fishery. The sand-filtered lake is one of the clearest in the area, popular for scuba training. The bike will wind through the neighborhood, mixing fast flats with a some challenging hills. The run will be spectator-friendly, two loops around the lake.
It’s not too early to start putting dates on your race calendar, because you can often save money by registering early. Entry fee for the Pigman goes up $10 on February 11. This race often sells out, so signing up early not only saves you money, but guarantees you a spot. The Quad Cities race also often fills up by February or March, and is another where the wise racer registers early.
Don’t forget that you accrue points with every Heart of America race you participate in. Those with the most total points in the season get to race in a special Champions Wave at Cyman to earn free entries in next year’s series.
Here is the complete list of Heart of America series events for 2017, with registration links: