Register for the Midwest’s Premier Triathlon!!
BY: RACHEL WUMKES
For some people, competing and finishing a triathlon is something they’ve never considered. For others, it’s a bucket list item requiring the perfect storm of timing and health to check off their list. And then there are those who have that competitive, athletic fire always burning inside them. They live and breathe for the shear purpose of pushing their bodies to the limit. Whichever category you fall into, TRI Clear Lake has a place for you!
The 6th occasion of this annual event sanctioned by USA Triathlon, TRI Clear Lake will be held May 28th, 2022 in the heart of Clear Lake, Iowa, a beautiful tourist destination of the Midwest.
If you’re on the fence about signing up, here is a rundown of the top FIVE reasons why you should definitely give Clear Lake, Iowa a TRI.
1. TRI Clear Lake has the best SWAG!
Everybody loves free stuff, right? As a TRI Clear Lake athlete, you’ll get all the goodies when you pick up your athlete guide before the race. Oh, and did you know every finisher gets an Iowa shaped medal? They sure do!
This year, athletes also have the option of bumping their status up to VIP. With only 50 VIP packages available, you won’t want to miss out on this exclusive action. Parking in Clear Lake is not ideal, but we’ve reserved an entire lot behind the VFW just for our very important athletes. With exclusive access to the Yacht Club, you can indulge on charcuterie delights, Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas. Each package also includes a limited-edition Clear Lake Beach Towel to commemorate your experience at the Lake! After the race, enjoy cheering on your peers from a private finish line viewing area. Each VIP Package is $100 for the athlete and their plus one. Add it on when your register or upgrade your registration today!
2. The course is second to none!
Athletes get the opportunity for an open water swim right off City Beach in Clear Lake. They’ll come up out of the water and transition into the bike portion of the event, which takes them around beautiful South Shore Drive and out of town through the plains of North Iowa. This flat and fast bike course offers an extra loop for those participating in the Olympic length. The race is completed with a run along North Shore Drive which takes you right past the historic Surf Ballroom and ends back at City Park in downtown Clear Lake.
3. Beginner to Pro, anyone can TRI Clear Lake
We weren’t kidding when we said this race is for everyone. Whether you’ve never done a triathlon before, or this is old hat, there’s a place for you at TRI Clear Lake. Newcomers love the laid-back atmosphere and helpful insight from the many volunteers and race officials. Plus, there is an option to register for the shorter, sprint distance. Triathlon junkies love the atmosphere, and the competitive nature of the sport. They often opt for the challenge of finishing the longer Olympic distance.
4. Did someone say “finish line party?”
TRI Clear Lake knows how to throw an epic finish line party! Of course, it helps to have an incredible venue at City Park with music and drinks while you enjoy the breathtaking views of Clear Lake. Your legs might be shot by the end of the race, but the rest of you will be ready to get down and celebrate! And after a few hours of post-race rest and relaxation, everyone is invited to enjoy a concert at the historic Surf Ballroom and Museum.
5. Because…well…it’s Clear Lake!
It’s the perfect venue to create a fun weekend getaway over the long holiday to enjoy all the food, fun and activities Clear Lake has to offer. Bring the whole family and enjoy the best little lake town in all the Midwest. For a complete listing of fun things to do while you’re in town, go to www.clearlakeiowa.com for information on restaurants, history, attractions, and more!
It might seem like you’re jumping in off the deep end into the unknown if this is your first triathlon, but trust me when I say you will not regret making TRI Clear Lake your inaugural dive into this sport. TRI Clear Lake has a reputation of being a top-notch event. Come see for yourself why athletes rave about this fabulous race tucked into the heart of the Midwest.
Get registered today at https://www.trisignup.com/Race/IA/ClearLake/triclearlake2022. Bring your friends along for the ride as you just give it a TRI.
Want to see for yourself? Check out last year’s race recap!