By Ron Adkins
Heart of America Triathlon News
The 2014 Quad Cities Triathlon kept up its tradition of excellence.
Triathletes from as far away as Arizona and Washington State gathered June 14th at West Lake Park near Davenport, Iowa. Nearly 600 competitors geared up for the sold out, 15th annual event. Nearly one-third of the field were first-timers to either the Quad Cities Tri or to triathlon in general.
Lake, weather, and course conditions couldn’t have been better. Water temperature at race time was a balmy 72 degrees. Clear skies and cool breezes made the 15k run a pleasure, and the roads for the bike course were in great shape.
According to race director Eric Sarno, the Quad Cities Tri, thanks to cooperation from local law enforcement, is one of only a few triathlons in the country where the course is completely closed to traffic. Having a closed course, Sarno believes, allows triathletes to race safer and post some impressive times.
The first female across the line was Jen Paul of Leclaire, Iowa with a 1:12:27. Paul is now a two-time winner at Quad Cities, coming in first last year, as well. Top local female was Deanna Shepherd of Bettendorf, Iowa, with a 1:24:36.
First place male honors went to 19-year-old Cole Bunn of Bettendorf, Iowa, posting a 1:01:49. Bunn was also the top local male finisher.
Quad Cities is unique in that it gives special honors to excellent area triathletes. It’s just one reason this race, believes Sarno, that sell-out numbers of triathletes (first-timers and repeat racers alike) keep crowding the course every June. Case in point, Fred Hemsath, first place finisher in the 70-74 age group, has traveled from St. Joseph, Michigan to compete in all 15 Quad Cities Tri’s.
For whatever reason brings them to the Quad Cities Tri Sprint, Sarno welcomes them back next year, when it will all go down again.
For complete results, visit www.qctriathlon.com.