Posted by: Dennis Green | March 9, 2019

Jump-Start Your Season at TriByKnight

Beat the price increase and register by March 15

DSCN5630As of this writing, there is still a couple feet of snow on the ground, but we’re (pretty) sure it will all be gone on May 4, when the Heart of America Triathlon Series season begins with TriByKnight in Waverly, Iowa. 

TriByKnight takes advantage of facilities in the Waverly community and nearby Wartburg College. The swim takes place in the comfort of The W, a state of the art facility that serves both as a training center for Wartburg athletics and a community fitness center. And the run concludes in Wartburg’s Walston-Hoover Stadium, right on the fifty-yard line. Finishing the run on a flat, fast collegiate track is sure to give your finish an extra shot of adrenaline (not to mention seeing your name flash across the scoreboard)

TriByKnight, in its eighth year, was the first triathlon in the Waverly area. Race director Heather Zajicek, who is also the Aquatics and Facilities Director for The W, says the construction of the center has actually contributed to the growth of triathlon locally.

“Triathlon wasn’t such a big sport in the Waverly area, since there hadn’t been an indoor pool,” Heather says. “But once the pool was built, more people got involved.”


For people new to the sport, staging the swim in a supervised, indoor pool can be a real confidence builder. But that applies to experienced racers as well, most of whom haven’t set foot in open water since the previous season. The race’s time trial start also helps, with swimmers starting individually at 10-20 second intervals. This eliminates the scrum of hitting the water in an age-group wave, another potential source of pre-race jitters.

The swim is 300 yards, swum serpentine, up and down each lane. The 15-mile bike takes you north through the rolling hills of the Cedar Valley, a couple of which Heather says are pretty challenging. The run is scenic and fun for both athletes and spectators, consisting of three loops around campus.

DSCN5628“It’s more spectator-friendly than most races,” Heather explains. “Usually you have to pick and choose a spot where you can see participants. But beginning in the pool and then with the three loops in the run, it’s a great opportunity to see racers multiple times.”

And for athletes accustomed to finishing their race in a park with porta-poddies and little running water, then driving home to clean up, getting to shower after the race in The W’s locker room is an unimaginable luxury!

Registration is now open for TriByKnight. Save $10 by registering before March 15 at

Complete race info is available at

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