Posted by: Heart of America News | August 12, 2014

2014 Pigman Long Preview

By Dennis Green

Heart of America Triathlon News

2013-08-18 10.11.10Over 600 athletes are tapering this week in anticipation of the signature races of the Heart of America series, The Pigman Long and Olympic Races.

The cool, low-humidity weather for summer 2014 has been perfect for training and racing, and we anticipate a fast field for the Pigman races.

The Pigman Long has been run since 2000, and is the standard half-iron distance, 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and half-marathon run. David Thompson holds the long-course record, and is planning to be in the field once again.

This is the third year for the Olympic distance, 1500 meter swim, 40K bike and 10K run.

The Pigman Long is a favorite of many of the triathletes in the region. For some, it’s the capper on their season. Others use the race as a tuneup for a fall Ironman. And the Olympic distance gives an opportunity for those not interested in the Half distance, to participate.

Katie Thatcher comes all the way from the Chicago area to do the race each year. “Pigman Triathlon is one of my favorite races.  The rolling bike course is enjoyable but also challenging.  The run is a sufferfest in the heat that I love to complain about but still love the challenge of it.  The venue is family friendly and a good course for spectators.  I love the small, local feel of the race, especially after, as we all sit around under the trees and catch up on our seasons.”

One of the strengths of the Pigman is its volunteers. Matt Smolsky has been helping with the race for years and is enthused for 2014. “This is one of the best organized races in the nation, and the Midwest’s oldest long course triathlon. As always, triathletes can expect plenty of course support (food, drink and experienced volunteers), and second-to-none post race activities.”

Nearly $7,000 in cash prizes will be awarded between the two races. Plus, hundreds of dollars in door prizes, and enough food to satisfy… well, all the triathletes who race!

Race director John Snitko says he can accept last-minute entries through Friday, Aug. 15, so there is still time to get signed up at www.pigmantri.com.

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