Some of the world’s best triathletes will be in Des Moines this weekend competing in the Hy-Vee Triathlon.
Athletes will start out at Grays Lake and ends in front of the State Capitol Sunday.
There are also plenty of events leading up to the race. Friday night, the band Soul Asylum plays a free concert downtown in the City Hall parking lot at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday morning is the Iron Kids race as well as an expo at Hy-Vee Hall.
Then on Sunday, it’s the age group competition in the morning and elite groups compete in the afternoon. Some of the best triathletes, including Olympic medalists, will be competing.
It’s expected to be a hot weekend but Hy-Vee spokesperson Ruth Comer says that shouldn’t throw off these athletes.
“This is the thing with triathletes, they are used to competing in the weather. They are prepared if it’s hot, it it’s cold, if there’s rain, precipitation, they are ready for it. So we’ll have lots of water stations, lots of water to drink and we encourage spectators to take the same precautions,” says Comer.
There will be some detours because of the weekend events. Fleur Drive southbound will be closed Saturday from 6:00 a.m. until noon for the Iron Kids competition and then again on Sunday from 4:00 a.m. until noon for the triathlon.
There will also be various detours downtown Sunday as the race goes on all day.
The event is expected to have a $4.5 million impact to the Des Moines area.