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Sunday, July 12, 2020



Big Creek State Park – Beach (MAP)
8550 NW 142nd
Polk City, IA 50226

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A Duathlon will also be offered:

Registration Deadline

Individual Fees*:
$60 if registered by June 15
$70 if registered between June 16 – June 29
$80 if registered between June 30 – July 9 (noon)

Team Fees*:
$130/team if registered by June 15
$140/team if registered between June 16 – June 29
$155/team if registered between June 30 – July 9 (noon)

On-Site Registration will NOT be allowed. Registration is limited to 150 Iowa Games participants between the Duathlon and Triathlon.


Packet Pickup
Sunday, July 12: 6:00 am – 7:00 am – Big Creek State Park (at beach)

*Race packets will be located in the transition at the participant’s bike spot. No formal check in will take place.

Transition area: Open from 6:00 – 7:30 am on Sunday morning.
Mandatory pre-race meeting: At the swim start area at 7:45 am.
Competition: Begins at 8:00 am

Temperatures will be taken prior to being allowed in transition to set up.


Triathlon Training Program

Not sure how to start training for a triathlon? Click on the link below and follow our 8 week Triathlon training program. The program will begin in May and continue through July 11 with the last day being the day of our Triathlon (July 12)!

Click Here for Training Program once available

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Jason Wulf

2022 State Games of America
Qualifying Event

2022 State Games of America

All Iowans are eligible to participate!

Competition Format

Competition will be limited to 150 Iowa Games participants between the Duathlon and Triathlon.

This is an open course event, meaning that participants must share the road with traffic. For safety, helmets must be worn during the cycling portion of the competition and no headphones/iPods will be allowed on any part of the course. Participants should leave their running shoes in the transition area.

*No swim clinic will be offered this year*

Course will consist of the following:
Swim – Open water, distance of 1/4 mile
Bike – 16K
Run – 5K


Triathlon Federation USA Rules will be followed, with the right to make exceptions. This is not a sanctioned race. Note: Helmets must be worn during the cycling portion of the competition. For safety reasons, no headphones/iPods etc. will be allowed on any part of the course.

Wetsuits will not be allowed if the water temperature is above 78 degrees on race day.

Age 50 & Over – Iowa Senior Games

The Iowa Games and Iowa Senior Games have partnered to offer athletes ages 50 & over a unique opportunity.  When you register for the Summer Iowa Games triathlon, you will automatically be included in the Iowa Senior Games.  If you wish to participate in additional Iowa Senior Games sports, contact the Iowa Senior Games for how to register.

Age Determining Date

December 31, 2020


Medals sponsored by Grinnell Mutual

Gold, silver and bronze medals awarded in each age division. There will be no award ceremony. More information on how to receive medals will be provided at later date.

CLICK HERE for live results!

Chip Timing

True Time Racing Service will chip time the event.  Chips will be distributed with packets.

The race will be timed live through True Time Racing. Please follow the link below to follow the race and to see post-race results. Please send any questions about your times to

Volunteers Needed!

This event would not be possible without volunteers. If you would like to be part of the action, numerous volunteers are needed for this event.

For more information on volunteering, click “Volunteer Opportunities” in the drop down menu or click the button in the top right corner of the page. Please contact Dan Beitelspacher at, to learn more about volunteering or if you have questions.

Team | Female, Male & Coed


Individual | Female & Male

15 & Under
16 – 19
20 – 24
25 – 29
30 – 34
35 – 39
40 – 44
45 – 49
50 – 54
55 – 59
60 – 64
65 – 69
70 – 74
75 – 79
80 – 84
85 & Over
Clydesdale – Men at least 220 pounds
Athena – Women at least 165 pounds

The Iowa Games Duathlon would not be possible without our volunteers.  To volunteer, click HERE. Volunteer Registration opens March 1.

Location information can be found on the General Information tab. Parking is free.

All volunteers will receive a Summer Iowa Games Volunteer shirt.

Volunteers will check in at the packet pick-up shelter where you’ll receive your shirt and further instructions.

If you have questions about volunteering, contact Dan Beitelspacher at or call 888-777-8881.

Sunday, July 12 (all at Big Creek)

Information/Check-in – 5:45 – 10:30 am

Job duties: handout race packets & t-shirts to participants, help set up refreshments and monitor refreshment area

Swim Exit Counter – 7:45 – 9:00 am

Job duties: count swimmers as they exit the water to make sure all are accounted for.

Course Support – 7:00 – 11:00 am

Job duties: help direct participants and assist with other needs along the course.

Water Station (run course) – 7:00 – 11:00 am

Job duties: help athletes get water, may need to direct athletes as they approach if there are multiple.

Iowa Games COVID-19 Triathlon/Duathlon Plan:


In an effort to keep participants, volunteers, and staff safe, below are guidelines and protocols that will be put into place for this event:

  • Packet Pick-up & Registration
    • Event will be limited to 150 Iowa Games participants (Duathlon and Triathlon combined)
    • There will be no packet pick-up on Saturday, July 11
    • On-site registration will not be allowed
    • No shirts will be given out this year
  • Spectators
    • Spectators are encouraged to stay home
    • If needed, spectators are limited to 1-2 people per athlete
  • Waves
    • Time Trial start will be used
  • Race Packets
    • Race numbers will be preassigned
    • Disposable timing chips will be used
    • Race packets will be placed at participant’s bike position
      • Swim Cap
      • Bib Number
      • Timing Chip
  • Transition
    • Bike racks will be numbered to correspond with race numbers
    • Transition will be larger than past years
    • Limited number of athletes/bikes per rack
  • Pre-Race Check-in
    • Temperatures will be taken prior to entering transition area
    • Race check-in will take place when entering transition
    • We ask that athletes check their temperature prior to coming to the race
    • If participant’s temperature is 100.4 degrees or higher they are asked not to attend the event
  • Pre-Race Videos
    • Race briefing
    • Self-body marking
    • Course overview
  • Refreshments
    • No open refreshments
    • Athletes are asked to bring their own refreshments
  • Water Stations & Hydration
    • Bottled water will be provided on the course, no cups will be used
    • Refilling water bottles will not be allowed
    • There will be no jugs provided to refill bottles if athletes run out
    • Athletes must bring their own water or use the bottled water that is provided
  • No Awards Ceremony
    • Virtual
    • Medals will be mailed out
    • No onsite live stream of results
    • Participants will be provided a link the day before to view results during and after the event
  • Restrooms
    • Park restrooms will be open
    • Portable restrooms will be provided, along with a handwashing station


In general, athletes and volunteers are asked to bring their own hand sanitizer and PPE. Athletes and spectators are asked to continue to social distance before, during, and after the race.

These guidelines and protocols are subject to change as Iowa continues to reopen.


On-site registration will not be allowed.

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