Athletes Prepare for Steamy Des Moines Triathlon

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Athletes of all ages are keeping an eye on the forecast for this weekend's Des Moines Triathlon.

"The water is warm which will be nice at the start but towards the end you`ll have the pace yourself and drink plenty of water and it will be a good day. If you get too hot you slow down a little bit and make the best of it," says Ryan Judas of Urbandale.

Race organizers say they've been checking the forecast and are prepared for the hot weather.

It will be an average of 10 degrees warmer than is normal for this time of year. To combat the heat, extra water stations will be available at the transitions as well as the start and finish.

There will also be extra staff to help keep everyone safe.

"A lot of EMS and medical teams there to help with the heat and to keep everyone hydrated with the water stations," says Michele Burke with Premier Event Management.

Organizers say 250 kids registered for Saturday's iron kids triathlon.  On Sunday more than 1,000 adults will take part in either the relay, sprint or Olympic triathlon.

For more information about the event and for a complete schedule, click here.

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