Posted by: Heart of America News | August 18, 2014

Pigman Long 2014-Come for the Competition, Stay for the Carbs

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By Ron Adkins

Heart of America Triathlon News

Everyone brought their “A” game to the Pigman Long Course and Olympic Triathlon.

Athletes came from across the country to test themselves against the signature race of the Heart of America Triathlon Series.

Thick morning fog threatened to delay the Sunday, August 17 start at Pleasant Creek State Park near Palo, Iowa. But as the sun rose, so did the haze, and swimmers hit the wetsuit-legal, 72-degree lake right on time.

Daniel Bretscher of Mt. Vernon, Iowa, beat perennial champion David Thompson of Long Lake, Minnesota, earlier this season at the Pigman Sprint, and the Olympic race was something of a rematch.

But Thompson was not to be denied, shattering Bretscher’s 2013 course record by nearly four minutes, posting, posting a 1:54:56. Bretscher was second at 2:02:11.

Both men now hold the distinction of being the only people to have won all three Pigman races Sprint, Olympic and Long Course. And Thompson now holds course records for all three.

Lesley Smith of Coralville, Iowa, took top Olympic female honors with a 2:11:26.

The Long Course competition came down to a horse race between two Wisconsans. Adam Bohach of La Crosse and Thomas Gerlach of Madison came off the bike at virtually the same time, leaving transition just 1.3 seconds apart. Bohach pulled ahead on the run, however, and never looked back, carding a 3.57.21 for the win.

Morgan Chaffin of Elkhorn, Nebraska, won the women’s crown with a time of 4:36:25. nearly six minutes ahead of the rest of the pack.

Full results at

If you leave the Pigman hungry, don’t blame race director John Snitko. He pulls out all the stops with sponsors supplying tons of treats. In addition to the usual fresh fruit and cookies post-race, athletes also feasted on pizza, spaghetti and artisan bread.

The intense level of competition brought to every Pigman has earned the race its reputation as on of the Midwest’s best. Hundreds of out-of-state triathletes drive long hours to run the Big Pig. They do this knowing that top-level triathletes will be out to set course records and capture top honors.

Strong competition fuels everyone to conquer personal goals.


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