Posted by: Dennis Green | April 24, 2019

TRI Clear Lake – Come for the Race, Stay for the Party

By Dennis Green

ClearLakeClear Lake is one of Iowa’s most popular tourism destinations, with scenic beaches, fishing, resorts, and the historic Surf Ballroom, site of Buddy Holly’s final performance. The Clear Lake Triathlon takes full advantage of the community and its amenities, making the race a unique and fun experience for veterans and newbies alike.

Co-race director Carrie Tysdahl has the distinction of founding two Heart of America races. While living in Nashua, she started TRIByKnight in nearby Waverly, now one of Northeast Iowa’s biggest races. When Carrie moved to Clear Lake three years ago, it didn’t take long for her to connect with soon-to-be co-race director Jake Kopriva, and discuss organizing a sprint triathlon in one of Iowa’s top vacation spots.

Trish Fundermann of the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce soon joined the team as the third co-race director, leveraging the Chamber’s resources and expertise to make TRI Clear Lake a top-shelf experience for athletes and spectators.

“Clear Lake is really a fun town,” Carrie says. “People should put our race on their schedule, particularly if they’ve never been here. We have a beautiful venue and a fast race.”

The course takes full advantage of the scenic surroundings, beginner friendly but also attractive to high quality athletes.

The swim is 750 meters, taking place at State Beach. There’s ample water support with lifeguards in kayaks and a Fire and Rescue boat. The bike course is flat and fast, 12.4 miles past scenic prairie and windmills.

The 5K run course may be the highlight of the TRI Clear Lake experience. It’s point-to-point, following the lake shore the entire way, past beautiful lakefront homes and the legendary Surf Ballroom, before ending in the Heart of America Series’ only downtown finish line.

“The finish line experience is like no other,” Carrie says. “We have live music, food, and beer. It’s a really fun atmosphere.” There is also a trolley to take athletes back and forth from the finish to transition.

TRI Clear Lake is also known for great swag. In addition to a tri-blend race shirt, each athlete also receives a pair of custom compression socks. First place male and female each receive a custom single speed bike, in Clear Lake Tri colors. A third bike will be raffled off. Other door prizes include loads of donated items and gift cards from race sponsors.

TRI Clear Lake is the perfect race to bring family and friends to make a weekend of it in one of Iowa’s most fun towns.

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