Posted by: Dennis Green | September 10, 2014

Best Damn Tri 2014 Is Set and Ready

By Ron Adkins

Heart of America Triathlon News

2013-09-08 09.24.06Iowa’s Best Dam Triathlon 2014 is set to live up to its reputation, says Race Director Michael Considine.

The IBDT, says Considine, is a popular race for collegiate triathletes, competitors in the Heart of America series, and newcomers to the sport. Considine expects to see lots of inter-collegiate racers from around the Midwest return to represent their schools. The Best Dam Tri is also the second-to-last race in the Heart of America series and the final chance for HOA competitors to move up in the standings. With such a strong field at all levels, expect some seriously fast times.

Racers take to the course Sunday, September 14 at Coralville Reservoir near Iowa City, Iowa. Start time is set for 8:00am for both the Sprint (500-yard swim, 10-mile bike, 5k run) and Olympic (1.5k swim, 40k bike, 10k run) distances. The bike course is especially scenic, crossing the Coralville dam which gives the race its name.

According to Considine, race conditions look very good. “The lake is in great shape,” he says. “I was a little concerned about the bike course for a while. Last week they’d put down new surface on a section of the road.” But, he explains, as traffic continues to compact the new tarmac, that stretch of the course is looking better and better. “Everything is coming together nicely,” says Considine.

Late-season races always come with the worry of unpredictable weather. Considine, though, is confident that the current weather patterns will hold out. At last check, he says, the forecast calls for a beautifully sunny, 67-degree day.

This is Considine’s first year as race director of Iowa’s Best Dam Triathlon. And while new to this race, he is no novice to the sport. He’s currently the president of the TriHawks Triathlon Club and comes to the race with an impressive resume of numerous other events, including the Warrior Challenge a four-mile urban obstacle race held each spring in Iowa City.

“It’s a little different putting together a triathlon,” Considine says, “but I feel really good.”

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