Posted by: Heart of America News | August 10, 2014

Bluff Creek 2014 – Great Racing At All Levels

by Ron Adkins

Heart of America Triathlon News

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Grey skies cleared just in time for the start of the 2014 Bluff Creek Triathlon on August 10. Over 220 triathletes made their way to Don Williams County Park near Boone, Iowa on yet another perfect Sunday morning.

Bluff Creek plays host to both a sprint and an Olympic distance race. Collegiate triathletes from schools around the Midwest race also compete to qualify for the Collegiate National Championship later in the year.

Bluff Creek also marks the home stretch of the Heart of America Triathlon Series, which wraps up with the Cy-Man Triathlon on September 21 near Bondurant, Iowa. Several racers currently high in the standings pushed hard at Bluff Creek to increase their position in the point standings.

Race Director Alex Syhlman was impressed with the times posted by this year’s competitors. Racers were fast out of the water and made smooth transitions to the bike and run. Excellent course conditions and good, cool weather were big factors.

First across the finish line for the Sprint males was Reed Rinderknecht of Clive, Iowa, posting a 1:06:46. Reed is a five-time Ironman finisher and a 2008 Kona qualifier. First female sprint finisher was Zoe Sirotiak of Ames, Iowa, with a 1:17:52.

In the Olympic, Adam Kassem of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was first across for the men at 2:17:44. Jennifer Vande Vegte of Sioux Center, Iowa, was at the head of the pack for the Olympic women with a 2:28:56. Collegiate qualifiers were the University of Minnesota’s Jacob Folz of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, at 2:23:23, and Anna Moynihan of Woodbury, Minnesota, with a 2:37:33.

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Before the race, competitors paid tribute to the memory of Timothy Jenks, an exceptional young man and outstanding triathlete who died in a June training accident. Timothy was a veteran of the Bluff Creek Tri and a popular competitor at the race.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Jenks family. Anyone wishing to contribute to the memorial scholarship fund in Timothy’s honor may do so by contacting Bike World in Ames, Iowa, at 515-232-3669.


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