DES MOINES, Iowa – The Des Moines Triathlon has new name but a lot of familiar faces.
New Orleans based Premier Event Management which has produced the Hy-Vee Triathlon for the last 8 years and hopes to bring a new tradition to with the Des Moines Triathlon
“It’s been a crazy last five months as you can imagine trying to get this pulled off for the 2015 season,” stated race director Bill Burke. “But like the people of the Midwest, we worked hard with city, state, tourism and business leaders to find the needed sponsorship to hold the event without skipping the 2015 racing season.”
It’s been just over five months since the Hy-Vee Triathlon left the city of Des Moines in mid-March. They’re excited to share that a new triathlon tradition begins over Labor Day weekend with the Des Moines Triathlon.
"There have been a lot a great events here,"said Burke. "Now there is going to be a new face with the Des Moines Tri, we are excited to share and start a new tradition."
This year’s event will kick off on Friday with the Des Moines Triathlon Fitness Expo from the Des Marriott Downtown on Grand Avenue. Also, on Friday racing will kick off at the inaugural EMC Diaper Derby at 3:30pm. This fun event that will feature the youngest competitors crawling on a special course laid out at the Des Moines Marriott.
On Saturday the 5th of September, the older kids kick things off at the Des Moines IronKids from Gray’s Lake Park. This fun but competitive event will feature 350 children from 7 regional states racing in a shorter version of Sunday’s event all hoping to be crowned the Des Moines IronKids Champion for 2015.
On Sunday, September 6th from Grays Lake Park some of the best triathletes in the world return to Des Moines to start an event at Gray’s Lake and finish at the Iowa State Capitol.
"I am excited to go back to the Capitol. The Iowa State Capitol is one most beautiful one in the country," said Burke. "I always thought it would be best place to finish a race, so that's why we wanted to move it"
The showcase event is once again at the front of the Olympic distance race as athletes compete for $20,000.00 in prize money sponsored by West Bank.