Posted by: Heart of America News | August 21, 2017

No Hydration Worries At Bluff Creek

by Ron Adkins

Heart of America Triathlon News



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Bluff Creek race director Alex Syhlman had his doubts before sunrise. The pre-dawn sky was lit by lightning, and strong winds and rain threatened to wash out the final race of the 2017 Heart of America series.


But ever the optimist, Alex banked on a break in the weather just long enough to squeeze in at least the Sprint and Aquabike. The strategy worked. The rain tapered off as the sun rose, and the winds died down considerably. By start time (delayed an hour to guarantee the front had passed) the sun peeked through. Conditions got better and better as the race went on.


“And of course, we cancel the Olympic distance and the weather clears up,” joked Alex. Triathletes who gathered on August 20 at Don Williams State Park near Ogden took it all in stride. Olympic racers jumped to the Sprint and spirits were high as swimmers hit the 75-degree water.


Weather woes and wet grass aside, the Bluff Creek course was surprisingly fast. The bike and run courses were in great shape and the lack of wind meant smooth waters for the swim. First place overall finisher for the females was Laura Moeller of Ankeny with a 1:13:23. Sean Austin of Ames crossed the line first for the males with a 1:01:44. First place honors in the Aquabike went to Steve Lentz of Iowa City with a 49:59.


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Bluff Creek caps off the 2017 Heart of America season. Contenders in the points standings pushed themselves even harder to gain higher final positions. Each Heart of America champion gets the opportunity to race in the Champions Wave at the Cyman Sprint on September 24. The top five athletes in the wave, in both male and female divisions, win free entries to Heart of America races in 2017.

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