Who will swim, bike, and run their way to the finish line fastest is not the only story at this weekend`s Hy-Vee Triathlon.
“We deal with in outdoor elements, many, many things,” said Darren Hurrel, an organizer of the Hy-Vee Triathlon.
In previous events, outdoor elements have included drought conditions and floods.
This year, heat is the biggest concern.
“It’s very, very hot,” said Jack Lynch, a participant.
At the Hy-Vee Ironkids event, young athletes had everything they needed to keep cool and hydrated before, during, and after the race.
“I just finished the triathlon and I got really hot and saw these pools of ice, so I came to sit in one,” said Caroline Lawson, a participant.
Organizers lined the course with 10 hydration stations, containing 22,000 pounds of ice and 20,000 bottles of water.
That wasn’t all.
“We have cold towels they can put on and a lot of shade out at Gray`s Lake,” said Ruth Comer, Assistant Vice President of Media Relations for Hy-Vee.
The precautions paid off.
Organizers say only a handful of kids needed medical attention for heat exhaustion but all were taken care of on-site without trips to the hospital.
On Sunday, the heat precautions will be put to the test again as 2,700 people compete in the Hy-Vee Triathlon.