Race Radar: Iowa’s Quad Cities Triathlon

Now in its 16th year, West Lake Park, Iowa’s Quad Cities Triathlon has made a name for itself among locals as the perfect race for newbies. The course features a time-trial swim start with athletes starting three seconds apart for a 600-yard swim a calm, serene lake, followed by a 15-mile bike and 3.1-mile run on roads closed to traffic. “The Quad Cities Triathlon tends to have a large number of first-time participants every year because of the friendly venue and hospitable atmosphere created by volunteers,” says Eric Sarno, the race director.

The race is part of the Heart of American Triathlon Series, and it’s maxed out at 700 participants this year. Sarno says it has sold out for the past 14 years, with a waiting list some years of more than 100 people. In addition, the race is a non-profit event that raises money for stroke awareness and rehabilitation.

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What: Quad Cities Triathlon
Where: West Lake Park, Davenport, Iowa
When: June 20, 2015
Distance: Sprint (600-yard swim, 15-mile bike, 3.1-mile run)
Website: Qctriathlon.com

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