Posted by: Heart of America News | September 14, 2015

Best Dam Tri 2015: Cool Weather, Hot Race

by Ron Adkins

Heart of America Triathlon News

IBDT women's start

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That collective chattering of teeth you heard echoing off the Coralville Reservoir were from the 230 triathletes huddled together for the 2015 Iowa’s Best Dam Tri. Sunday morning, September 13, started out brisk, but as the sun rose over Coralville Lake, the day promised near-perfect race conditions.

High levels of e coli bacteria in the lake water proved to be the only glitch. Race Director Leah Dematta switched a duathlon. All participants ran 1 mile, then split into the normal bike and run distances for Sprint and Olympic. Competitors took the changes in stride, and Dematta was pleased that the race began so smoothly.

“Nature is the only thing we can’t control,” she said, shrugging her shoulders.

The triathletes, however, were in complete control of their performances, posting some amazing times. Joanna Hall of Coralville, came in first for the females in the Sprint division with a 1:03:15. Josh Madsen of North Liberty made it two in a row. The 2014 champ crossed the line first for the men with a 58:55:96.

The infectious enthusiasm of several collegiate teams kept all the competitors pumped. Spectators who weren’t there to cheer on a team member found themselves cheering on an alma mater or just a favorite school. Iowa’s Best Dam Tri is also the championship race for Midwest Collegiate Triathlon Conference. College triathletes from across the Midwest came ready to win and all teams scorched the course. Top female collegiate honors went to Melanie Rabino of Woodbury, Minnesota, with a 2:09:34. The first collegiate male across the line was Jonathan Echevers of Chicago, Illinois, posting a 1:50:22.

Overall Olympic winner for the females was Deanna Shepherd of Bettendorf, finishing in 2:27:23. Top Olympic male was Adam Campbell of Cedar Falls, with a 2:00:04.

For complete race results, visit

Iowa’s Best Dam Tri also represents the final race in the 2015 Heart of America Triathlon season. Contenders for top Heart of America honors came ready to improve their positions in the final standings or to solidify their spot at the top. Final HOA standings are posted at

Heart of America champions will race on Sunday, September 20 at the CyMan Triathlon near Bondurant.


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