Posted by: Heart of America News | June 4, 2017

2017 Pigman – Just About Perfect

By Ron Adkins

Heart of America Triathlon News


Race Director John Snitko couldn’t have asked for much better conditions on Sunday, June 4, for the 2017 running of the Pigman Sprint Triathlon, and the times proved it.


Kevin Bowden & Pete Ylvisaker mug for the camera pre-race. Ylvisaker is the only person to have perfect Pigman attendance, competing in all of the race’s 26 years.

A pre-dawn squall passed quickly, leaving a colorful sunrise and a near cloudless sky. Despite the heat – 80 degrees at start time – the humidity was barely noticed. Water temperature at Pleasant Creek State Park near Palo, Iowa, was a tepid, wetsuit-legal 73 degrees. Pigman participants were the first swimmers to enter the water after last year’s dredging of the lake, which is still officially closed to swimming. Despite a recovering water level, which put the start and finish of the swim in muck rather than sand, everyone seemed glad to see the lake returning to normal.


Click here for Pigman Pictures.

Conditions for the bike and run were equally good. Roads in and around the park were in optimal condition and promised the prospect of some record-breaking times.

And Jake Rhymer delivered. The Florida resident torched the course, breaking David Thompson’s five year-old course record and becoming the first person to break sixty minutes in the Pigman’s twenty-six year history, with a 59:29. Alex Libin of Colorado Springs also beat Thompson’s mark, coming in second at 1:00:06.

First female across the line was Heather Lendway of Saint Paul, Minnesota, posting an impressive 1:08:32.

For complete race results, visit

The Pigman Sprint has earned its praise for being a premier Sprint triathlon. Its reputation is nationwide, as triathletes from dozens of states make the trip to compete. Word of the Pigman is even reaching overseas. Eduardo Celis had heard of the Pigman in his native Peru, and while in Iowa decided to put the course through its paces.

A full quarter of this year’s registrants were either new to the Pigman, or new to triathlons in general. Such strong numbers of fresh competitors bode well for the future of the race. Whether or not the race conditions are as optimal as 2017, the Pigman can look forward to many great races in the years to come.

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