HYVEE TRIATHLON: Thousands Competed

After an hour-long delay from the rain, athletes competing in the Hy-Vee Triathlon finally put their hard work on the test.

“It was worth it, this was a great sport.  I look forward to this every year.  This was the last big race of the year and it was a great way to finish it off,” said participant Erik McGarrah.

As expected, Javier Gomez placed first with a time of 1:45:57.

Two-time Hy-Vee champ Emma Moffatt came in first for the women with 1:57:04.

While fierce competitors raced for the top times, others just focused on finishing the race.

“I’m just going to float a little bit if I’m tired.  I’m really good at the back float, I’ve been practicing that a lot,” said participant Melissa Deboer.

An estimated 2,700 athletes swam, biked and ran in Des Moines on Sunday.

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