In the past the Hy-Vee Triathlon has faced floods, droughts, and this year they have a new challenge… the heat.
This weekend an estimated 4,000 athletes will compete in the triathlon at Gray’s Lake.
Officials say the warm weather has made hydration a high priority. They have doubled the amount of water they usually have at the triathlon. That means 24,000 pounds of ice and close to 4,000 gallons of water for Sunday alone.
While the warm weather is a concern organizers say triathletes are trained to compete in unfavorable conditions. Hy-Vee Triathlon Medical Director Larry Baker says, “Anyone that has prepared themselves for this kind of event has done so over a long period of time. And to disappoint them into not being able to participate may be overstating the concern.”
Officials say it’s in an athletes’ best interest to begin hydrating now, days before the actual event.