Posted by: Dennis Green | May 19, 2012

Pigman 2012 Preview – Can You Beat DKT?

by Ron Adkins
Heart of America Triathlon News

The 21st Pigman Sprint takes off running Sunday, June 3, with a full roster of triathletes scheduled to compete.

Race director John Snitko reports that there is still a considerable waiting list, but he’s trying to fit as many into the event as possible.

Conditions in and around Palo, Iowa’s Pleasant Creek State Park are expected to be in excellent shape for the race. “Usually this time of year, the water can be so cold we’re having to decide whether or not we can even do the swim,” says Snitko. This year, given the unusually warm off-season weather, that’s not a concern.

The Pigman will again use a time-trial, gender-equalizing start. Racers in each wave will line up single-file and hit the water for the .5K swim at 3-second intervals. The elite females will enter first, followed by the elite males. This type of start, introduced to the Pigman last year, proved very popular with the competitors and provided some exciting competition.

The 25K bike leg takes racers through Palo, while the 5K run follows the out-and-back route through Pleasant Creek State Park.

Total prize purse for this year’s race is close to $5000, plus thousands of dollars in free gifts, giveaways, and raffle drawings.

Sweetening the pot for racers this year is the DKT Challenge. Gear West Bike and Triathlon of Long Lake, Minnesota, a major sponsor of the Pigman, challenges the race’s relay teams to compete against professional triathlete David Thompson. The winning relay team with a faster official finishing time than Thompson’s wins a treasure chest of tri goodies, including wetsuits, bike gear and running shoes. The winning team also scores free entry into next year’s Pigman. More details on the DKT Challenge can be found at their website,

The Pigman Sprint is a legendary favorite among area triathletes. Whether competitors are pros, amateurs, or first-timers, it is considered a perfect race to start the season. Snitko says he looks forward to seeing many of the midwest’s top triathletes return to the Pigman year after year. Many past winners and traditionally top competitors are registered for 2012.

The almost-nonexistent Iowa winter made it possible for triathletes to step up their off-season training. “It seems like it’s going to be a very competitive season,” he says.

Visit the Pigman’s official website,, for more details and the latest updates on this year’s race



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