Late-Season Local Races 2014

Late-season races can be beautifulIt's not too late to get in one more triathlon this season, even if that one is your first one.  We hope this list of late-season local races in central Iowa inspires you get out there and end your season well.

If you are new to triathlon, you don't need to worry about winning your first race. Do enough training that you can finish the distance. Then just go out there and have fun!

If you're a more experienced triathlete, adding a late-season race can be a chance to add one more feather to your cap or to try a new venue, distance, or race format.

List of Late-Season Local Races

Le Mars Sprint Triathlon
Saturday, September 6, 2014

300 yard swim in outdoor pool, 15 mile bike on county roads, 5K run in a residential area.

Le Mars YMCA, Le Mars, Iowa

Registrations will be accepted after September 1st by contacting the event up until Friday, Sept 5th at 8:00 p.m.

Iowa's Best Dam Triathlon
Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sprint Distance: 400 m swim, 20 km bike, 5 km run
Olympic Distance: 1500 m swim, 38 km bike, 10 km run

Coralville Reservoir, Iowa City, Iowa

Individual Sprint $75
Individual Olympic $90
Team Relay Sprint $110
Team Relay Olympic $120

USAT yearly or one-day ($12) license required

Registration will close on Wednesday, Sept. 10th at 11:59 p.m. or when they run out of space.

Cyman Triathlon
Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sprint Distance
Olympic Distance

Lake Petocka, Bondurant, Iowa

Individual Sprint $80
Individual Olympic $105
Team Relay Sprint $135
Team Relay Olympic $140

USAT yearly or one-day ($12) license required

Des Moines Dirty Duathlon
Saturday, October 25, 2014

Sprint Du: 2 mile trail run, 6 mile mountain bike
Dirty Du: 2 mile trail run, 10 mile mountain bike, 2 mile trail run
Kids Du: 1 lap run around the pond, 1 lap bike around the pond

Center Trails, Des Moines, Iowa

Pre-registration (closes 10/23):
Individual Sprint Du or Dirty Du $25
Relay Dirty Du $50

On-site registration (check or cash):
Individual Sprint Du or Dirty Du $35
Relay Dirty Du $70
Kids Du FREE

Central Iowa Training Resources

The Des Moines area has several triathlon clubs which offer training opportunities, social events, and someone to cheer for you at races.

One of the late season races is an off-road duathlon. You may want to practice your mountain biking and trail running.

Some YMCA of Greater Des Moines locations offer triathlon classes either in the winter or year-round. The YMCA and Life Time Athletic in Urbandale offer swimming instruction.

  • Ankeny Family YMCA: (515) 965-8800
  • Walnut Creek Family YMCA: (515) 224-1888
  • Life Time Athletic: (515) 362-3500
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Katherine is our Content Champion. She has done triathlons in the past, and now focuses on mountain biking and long-distance gravel riding. She still has a soft spot in her heart for weird multi-sport events like indoor triathlon and aquabike. She also teaches indoor cycling.

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  • Sarah

    What team members are doing which races? Is it possible to do the dirty du on a cross bike, or do you absolutely need a mountain bike?

  • Scott Carkhuff

    Most everyone from what it sounds like is doing Cy-Man.
    Dirty Duo, probably would want a Mt. Bike I haven't seen anyone do it on a cross bike.

  • Christian Baughman

    I'll be going Olympic at Cyman and I'm planning on another run at the dirty du. And, yes I've seen folks take on the du on a cross bike, but I say the more cushion the better!

  • Shawn Blaesing-Thompson

    I am doing Cyman as a sprint, hopefully DSM half marathon and then the STAM Chocolate run to wrap up the season.