DES MOINES, Iowa -- Gray’s Lake has hosted the Hy-Vee Triathlon for the past couple years, changing the course each year. But this year what’s different is that they’re sticking with the same route. Officials say they got a lot of positive feedback on last year’s course. While a new course could be exciting organizers say being familiar with the course has its advantages. Athletes are more likely and more motivated to beat their old time. Because last year’s triathlon was incredibly hot, officials say most athletes will likely trim two to five minutes off their time this year.
While the athletes are acquainted with their course, spectators have something new to look forward to. Last year spectators had to hike around the course if they wanted to cheer their athlete on in each event, but this year crews are installing a bridge over part of the bike trail.
Athletes can still register at Hy-Vee Hall. Registration closes Saturday at 6 p.m. The Hy-Vee Kids Triathlon starts Saturday morning at six. The main event starts Sunday at 6:45 a.m. residents should be prepared for road closures over the weekend and an increase in traffic between 4 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday.
- Fleur Dr. from MLK Parkway to Park Ave. (8-11 a.m.)
- 5 a.m. – 3 p.m.
- Fleur Dr. From Ingersoll Ave. to Park Ave.
- Thomas Beck Rd. from Fleur Dr. to SW 9th St.
- 5 a.m. – 1 p.m.
- MLK Parkway from Fleur Dr. to 11th St.
- 11th St. from MLK Parkway to Dead-end
- George Flagg from Fleur Dr. to Park Ave.
- Park Ave from George Flagg to Hwy 28/63rd St.
- Army Post Road from HWY 28/63rd St to Fleur Dr.
- Thornton Ave from Hwy 28/63rd St to SW 56th St.
- SW 56th St. from Park Ave. to Thornton Ave.
- 8 a.m. – 2p.m.
- MLK Parkway from 2nd St. to SE 9th St.
For more information go to hy-veetriathlon.com.