The Des Moines Register is reporting that the swim portion of THE last triathlon in the haul to the great wall where USA triathletes will race for the last Beijing Olympic slot, the one and only HyVee Triathlon, is going to STILL be a triathlon. If it came down to a committee I think Potts should get the slot (the girls side is way easier - Sarah Haskins).
Will the iwilltri.com video production team be on the ground? yes. Will we be getting interviews with all the hot shot pro triathletes? of course. Our hotel is located in West Des Moines (is that like the Upper West Side?) so now we are right in the middle of all the action. Text below:
Hy-Vee Triathlon restores swimming leg
By ANDREW LOGUE firstname.lastname@example.org
Officials for the Hy-Vee Triathlon announced this afternoon that this weekend’s event will include a water stage for amateur and elite divisions.
That means the top men’s and women’s athletes will be competing for the final two spots on the U.S. Olympic team.
Organizers feared they may not be able to have a swimming stage when heavy rains caused the bacteria levels in the water to rise well above the acceptable level of 200-parts-per million.
“We took our own readings, then (West Des Moines) took their readings, and we compared notes,” said Chris Friesleben, Hy-Vee’s director of communications. “The city’s readings were actually lower than ours. And ours were way below 200.”
The swimming stage will take place at Blue Heron Lake in West Des Moines’ Raccoon River Park. The central location for the triathlon will remain at Valley Southwoods School.
The event was already moved from Gray’s Lake in downtown Des Moines after the recent flooding.
“Right now, they are connecting the route, once they get out of Raccoon River Park, to the already established bike route,” Friesleben said. “Once they get back on to that route, everything stays the same.”
All activities will take place at the times already scheduled. Volunteer and spectator parking will be at Wells Fargo on Mills Civic Parkway. Athlete parking will be explained during the mandatory briefings each participant must attend before racing.
The Kids Triathlon for children ages 5-12 will remain a duathlon, which is a run-bike-run. It will be hosted entirely on the campus of Valley Southwoods.