Posted by: Dennis Green | September 19, 2011

TriHawks 2011 – Hot Chocolate: Great Idea!

Despite a chilly and rainy day, over 300 participants turned out for the seventh running of the TriHawks Triathlon. Race time air temperature was 61 degrees, not terribly cold. But a stiff breeze and light rain that began just as the first wave took off caused race director Pasha Korsakov and his team to combine later waves to decrease wait time on the beach. Participants were grateful for the opportunity to get started sooner.

The less-than-ideal weather conditions were also blamed for two separate accidents during the bike, resulting in three racers being taken to University Hospitals.

Despite the weather and concern for those were injured, the after-race attitude was upbeat, as participants chowed down on the traditional post-race snacks, with the welcome and wise addition of hot chocolate.

Justin Metzler won the men’s race in 1:11:26. Metzler also won the collegiate division.  Women’s winner was Joanna Hall in 1:16:43. The collegiate division women’s crown went to Joy Carroll.

TriHawks is also the Heart of America Championship race.  Heart of America points winners in each age group got to race in the first wave. Series champs were then crowned using the U.S. Track  & Field formula to equalize for age.

HOA Division winners Connie Mann and John Grice

After all the numbers were crunched, triathlon vet Connie Mann of Muscatine was crowned Women’s HOA champ, and John Grice of Kewanee, IL won the men’s division.  Connie and John will each receive free registrations to every HOA race in 2012.  The remainder of the TriHawks HOA top five male and female participants receive free race registrations as well:

2nd place, winning four free entries to HOA races in 2012, went to Elaina Mertens and Gary McKibben.

3rd place, winning three free entries next year, Ann Vestle and Jim Hagelie.

4th place, winning two free entries, Trina Dunham and Guy Olson.

5th place, winning one free entry, Allison Kindig and Fred Hemsath.

Full results from the HOA wave are here.

All of the HOA champs, whether they were able to race at TriHawks or not, will receive a commemorative T-shirt.  Here’s the full list of 2011 series point totals.

TriHawks results are here.

Everyone who raced TriHawks gets a head start on HOA 2012, as those points count for next year.  Remember, Heart of America is for everyone, not just elite athletes. Participation is just as important as speed. The more races you participate in, the more points you get.

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