Posted by: Heart of America News | September 9, 2015

The Clones, The Hawks, and The Conch

Screenshot 2015-09-09 14.13.05The Heart of America Triathlon Series wraps up on the home turf of Iowa’s largest universities again this year. Iowa’s Best Dam Triathlon(IBDT) will take place Sept. 12 at the Coralville Reservoir. Cyman will once again be the championship race for the Heart of America series at Lake Bondurant on Sept. 19.

If your race season tends to wind down when school starts, you are missing some of the most pleasant race conditions of the season. Generally, the water is still pretty warm into mid-September, and the sun not as intense.

Both races will feature Sprint as well as Olympic distances, and are very popular among collegiate triathlon teams around the Midwest. IBDT will serve as the championship race for the Midwest Collegiate Triathlon Conference. The Cyclones pride themselves on being one of the biggest collegiate teams in the Midwest, both in numbers and in team spirit. Last year, they started each race by blowing a large conch shell, which rapidly became famous throughout the conference. Hopefully, we’ll see the conch this year as well.

IBDT will be the Heart of America series racers’ last chance to pile up points in the hopes of qualifying for the Heart of America Championship wave at Cyman.

The 2014 IBDT men’s champions at both distances, Josh Madsen for the Sprint, and Adam Kassem in the Olympic, will return to defend their titles. On the women’s side, Kim Sprenger, 2014 IBDT runner-up, sits in the top 4 of the overall Heart of America standings, and will be looking to move up with a strong race.

Both races are still open for registration. Sign up for IBDT at and Cyman at


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