Posted by: Heart of America News | June 2, 2014

Pigman Sprint 2014 – Blasting Off

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Heather Lendway demolished the Pigman Sprint course record to claim the Women’s Division crown on a beautiful Iowa morning on June 1. In addition to the $600 first place prize, Lendway also claimed a $750 bonus by being the first person to cross the finish line. Her blistering time of 1:06:53 knocked nearly two minutes off the previous course record, set in 2012 by Claire Bootsma.

Lendway has only been racing a few years, but she is making a huge splash on the triathlon scene. A water-polo star in college, she took up running in the off-season and only added cycling to her repertoire when she started commuting by bike to work. A win at the 2013 USA Triathlon Olympic Championships in August 2013 brought her to the national stage. The Pigman is her third championship in the young 2014 season, with wins at Blaine and Chain of Lakes already this year.

Three previous Pigman champs battled for the Men’s title. Daniel Bretscher, pro racer and coach from Mount Vernon, Iowa bested David Thompson and Dan Hedgecock to win, with a time of 1:01:30.

The Pigman once again boasted a huge field of racers, over 800 participating, and many were first timers. As always, the race welcomed both newcomers and veterans.

“Pigman is such a positive experience. You run into so many friends. And everyone there, especially my Midwest Extreme Triathlon Club gives so much support on and off the course, says Julia Winkel of Cedar Rapids, a first-timer at the Pigman.

Keith Kenel has raced Pigman for ten years, and says it’s a great way to start the season. “I see what kind of shape I’m really in. Always a good time!”

Finishers video and full results for the Pigman Sprint Triathlon are posted at Click on the searchable results link to view finisher video, print finisher certificate or to post results on Facebook or Twitter.

The Pigman Long, on August 17, is still open for registration. Don’t forget there is now an Olympic distance race as a part of that event, if the Half-Iron race is not for you. Details and registration at


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