Posted by: Heart of America News | July 19, 2015

Bluff Creek 2015-Warm But Fun

More Bluff Creek photos

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By Dennis Green, Heart of America News

Typical July weather greeted nearly 300 participants in the 2015 Bluff Creek Triathlon. But since temperatures had soared into the 90s the day before, a race time temperature of 72 with a breeze was definitely a relief. The only downside was the thousands of mosquitos who streamed into Don Williams Park for an early morning buffet.

2014 champion Zoe Sirotiak made it two in a row, capturing the women’s sprint crown in 1:14:15. David Roney of North Liberty topped the men with a 1:07:54.

Evan Cuthbert and Charity Fluharty won the Olympic races in 2:05:37 and 2:19:53.

It was an especially good day for the members of the Midwest Xtreme Tri Club. The racing Goldsmith brothers, Craig and Chad, won their age groups in the Sprint; as did Dave Steines, Katy Cater, Guy Olson, and Nancy Fox. Brita Loynachan topped her age group in the Olympic race.

Warm temperatures precluded wetsuits for the swim, which sometimes can add to the stress for racers who aren’t totally confident in the water. Age Group champ Roney said swimming without a suit wasn’t a problem for him.

“Not at all. In fact it may even have helped, as long as I can keep up with this guy,” he joked, jerking a thumb at teammate Guy Olson.

Ben Trnka of LaCrescent, Minnesota raced the Olympic distance in his first appearance at Bluff Creek, and said he loved the course.

“Especially that hill,” referring to a pretty steep incline cyclists hit first thing out of the park, but that provides a fast end to the Olympic bike.

Full results are at this link.



  1. Was really happy to see more aquabike options! We’ve added a race report from a competitor in the Olympic aquabike to our blog. Trying to build enthusiasm for this race format…

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