Posted by: Heart of America News | August 17, 2012

Hickory Grove 2012 – Thanks for Ten Great Years

By Dennis Green

Heart of America News

The Hickory Grove Triathlon went out in style.

After ten years, race officials were forced to end the race.

“We got tired of fighting the park,” explained race co-director Alex Syhlman. “Up until two years ago, the park ranger fenced off the beach so geese couldn’t sleep and ‘poop’ there.”

Two years ago, that policy changed, however, and the change was detrimental to the race, as the animal waste raised e coli levels to dangerous levels. The swim had to be cancelled each year since geese were allowed to nest on the beach.

After the second consecutive year of having to switch to a duathlon, and with no return to the previous policy in sight, Alex and co-director Steve Karsjen made the difficult decision to end the race with the 2012 running.

But, spirits were high on race day. For a normal triathlon, air temps in the low 60s make for a chilly warmup and swim. For a run-bike-run event, though, it’s just about a perfect. The periodic showers stayed away during race time for the most part, so the run and bike routes stayed pretty dry.

The men’s race was won by 2008 Hickory Grove champion Nathan White in . The women’s crown went to Jennifer Groos.

Full results here.

As word circulated through the participants that this would be the final edition of the race, Steve and Alex received many thanks for their work over the years, including some offers to help organize a new race to replace Hickory Grove. There are no plans at this time to start anything new, but should that change, Heart of America News will have the first word.

Thanks and congratulations to Steve and his family, Alex, Liz, Kristy and all the volunteers, as well as the 209 2012 participants who were a part of history!



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