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Ankeny Youth Triathlon July 27th May 24, 2013

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Ankeny Parks & Recreation

Ankeny Youth Triathlon


Swim, bike and run in the Seventh Annual Ankeny Youth Triathlon. This event is extremely popular and continues to grow each year; over 250 youth participated in 2012. Swim laps in the Prairie Ridge Aquatic Center, bike around the Sports Complex and run through the finish line at the Prairie Ridge Middle School Track. A bike helmet is required for the bike portion of the event. Kids of all levels are encouraged to compete. Awards will be handed out, but everybody that competes is a winner. A participation meeting will be held on Thursday, July 25th at 7:00 p.m. at the shelter east of the Aquatic Center and attendance is highly recommended.

Special thanks to the Ankeny Jaycees, Tri Racers of Iowa and Krueger Chiropractic for making this special event possible.







July 27, 2013

Check In:

7:30 am

Race Begins:


7-8 Year Olds

9-10 Year Olds

11-12 Year Olds

13-14 Year Olds

Boys & Girls

Compete Separate

$30 through July21

$35 after July 21

July 25 @ 5pm





7-10 years

100 yards

2 miles

.5 mile

11-14 years

200 yards

4 miles

1 mile



Ankeny Parks and Recreation Office

210 S. Ankeny Blvd. Ankeny, IA 50023

More Information: Contact rpenning@ankenyiowa.gov or 963-3574


Ankeny Youth Triathlon

Make Checks Payable to “City of Ankeny”


Child’s Name: _________________________________


Age (Day of Race):______                  Birthdate:_________________           Boy______      Girl______


Address: _______________________________________________________________________________


Contact #’s: (H)____________________     (W)____________________     (C)____________________

(Circle Preferred)


Email:___________________________________    T-Shirt Size:     10-12     14-16     S     M     L     XL


“The City of Ankeny requires a “Release, Waiver & Hold Harmless Permission to Participate” document be signed before participation in a city-sponsored or co-sponsored activity.  Completion of this registration form will be considered your consent and agreement with the contents included in this document.  The document can be found on the City’s website, www.ankenyiowa.gov, the Parks & Recreation Program Guide, or can be provided to you at your request.”


This is not a school district publication. It is being distributed through the school district as a community service of the district to inform you of other community activities or services available.


_________________________________                                                                      _______________

Parent/Guardian Signature (required)                                                                                Date


Free Tri Racers Seminar – 5/07/13 May 6, 2013

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Tuesday Night at 6:30–Free Triathlon Training Seminar!       Drawing for Free Practice TriRacers Tri-shorts and Tri-Jersey!
Topic:  Actual Case Studies:  The Science of Individualized Training Intensities.  By Dr. Greg Madison.
(Case studies of individuals of differing endurance pursuits to provide a glimpse into the science of individualized training intensities and periodization.)
TriRacers is hosting a special speaker for all members and their guests.  Dr. Greg Madison will be speaking on Tuesday, May 7 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM.  Greg is a triathlete and many of you already know him.  His daughter, Mackenzie Madison is a pro triathlete.  He has been very involved in studies related to athletic performance through Des Moines University.  He is licensed by the American Board of Emergency Medicine, an ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist and a USA Triathlon Level I Certified Coach.  Additional, impressive information about Dr. Madison is attached.  Don’t Miss This Seminar!
Location is 5990 NE 14th Street, on the backside of Capitol City Church–the North entrance to the gym.   Dress for a workout following the seminar!
But wait, there’s more!  Free Triathlete strength training to follow the seminar.
 TriRacers has also been sponsoring a Tri-Strength training program from 7:30 to 8:30 on Tuesday nights and you’re invited to stay for a session–come any Tuesday!  The training is free for TriRacers and is focused on triathletes. Following is some information about the class and attached is a full description including information about the trainer.
Based on Triathlete magazine recommendations:
Tri-Strength Training:    “A properly designed strength-training routine is an essential component of an endurance program, and should be followed throughout the entire training and racing season.  It is not an “extra” to your swim, bike and run training- it is a fundamental part of your overall program.”
                                                                                                                 ~ Triathlete magazine, March 2013 ~
Presented by the TriRacers Board:
A free strength and fitness training program specifically for triathletes, sponsored by TriRacers and Cap City Fitness.  This is a once-per-week class on Tuesday nights from 7:30 to 8:30 PM beginning March 26.  The initial class registration will be for 10 weeks.  The class will be held at Cap City Fitness, featuring state of the art equipment and a certified trainer for the class.  The address is 5990 NE 14th, just South of Ankeny.  See the attached document for more details.  Register at CapCityFitness.com .  Questions?  Reply to this email or call 289-1216.  Thanks! Kevin Prendergast
NOTE:  When you register, it will show that you need to complete the registration through PayPal.  Because this is a free class, you do not need to go to PayPal–your registration is complete at that point.

Welcome At-Large Board Member Kevin February 24, 2013

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Kevin Prendergast is a marketing consultant with financial services clients in the Des Moines area and Atlanta, and partner in a silk-screen printing company.  He and his wife Kathy live in the Saylorville area and have two married sons and 4 young grandkids.  Kevin is very active in his church, Capitol City Baptist Church in Saylorville, serving as board chairman and teaching a Bible study with “nearly and newly” marrieds.

Kevin became involved in triathlon after his church sponsored a 5k run.  He had a bet with Pastor Mark and began running again (after a looong break from high school track).  His first tri was the Cy-Man in 2006 where he admits he had no idea what he was doing, and was tempted to ask if he could bring a lawn chair into transition.  He and Mark then joined the TriRacer program at the Ankeny Y and TriRacers club.  He learned so much from the training and club members that he did the Hy-Vee Tri and was hooked.  He did all of the local races and then stepped up to Ironman 70.3 races in Branson and then Racine WI.  Last year he decided it was time to do the Ironman as he wasn’t getting any younger.  He and son Kyle did the Florida Ironman in Panama City Beach, FL in November, 2012.  Kevin is quick to tell others that if he can do it, anyone can do it, if you’re willing to train.  He has encouraged numerous people to do triathlons, putting together 10 tri teams of people new to triathlon over the years.    He plans to do all of the local area races as well as the Kansas Ironman 70.3 in June and qualified for the Hy-Vee U.S. 5150 Championship for 2 reasons, he claims:  Half of those in his age group use canes or walkers… but really because another TriRacer was hollering encouragement at the end of the race last year when he was ready to walk a bit on the last hill. He managed to pass one more person in his age group which was how he qualified for the championship this year.  That’s what being a TriRacer is all about—encouraging each other and helping each other any way we can.

New Club Secretary February 19, 2013

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As you can tell we have a lot of new faces on the Tri Racers board.

Next up is our new club Secretary William Jenks.

We are a bit of a nerd family.  Cynthia and I met in freshman chemistry lab, and I now am a professor in the department of chemistry at Iowa State, while she is an Assistant Director of the Ames Lab, a Department of Energy lab housed at the university.  We have served on boards for local soccer club, sports complex, our church, credit union, etc.  We have three kids: Christopher will graduate from high school this year and is an experienced triathlete on his own.  Timothy and Olivia are in 7th grade and have participated in youth triathlons for the last few years.
I have been involved in triathlon for the last half dozen years or so, having been drawn into it after seeing Chris do a youth tri.  At my first race, the 2006 CyMan, I placed dead last in my age group.  Since then, I’ve actually learned how to ride a bike, and I have come to focus primarily on the half-iron distance.  Those that know me would say I have found my sport, in that triathlon requires no particular hand-eye coordination, and if you race in long enough distance races, you don’t have to go very fast.  My goal for 2013 is a bit of a stretch – to re-qualify for the 70.3 championships while at the top of my age group and then redeem myself in Las Vegas for a silly mistake I made last year.  I have competed in open marathons and all race distances from sprint to iron distance.
William is a part of our growing Ames contingent and is a welcome addition to the board.

New Vice President February 19, 2013

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Many of you have known Rachelle for the last few years. She has stepped up to take on the Vice President role on the board.

Rachelle picked up triathlon back in 2007 as part of a friendly competition at work. With no bike in her possession, and having never really swam (other than the doggy paddle), the journey to her first race was filled with all sorts of follies. Since then, Rachelle has gone on to complete races of all distances, including 3 iron distance races (Cozumel, Texas, and Rev 3 Cedar Point). She’s been a member of the Rev3 Age Group team since 2010 and enjoys traveling to Rev3 races around the country. (Ask her about her favorite venues…she loves talking about them!)

By day, Rachelle works for John Deere Financial as a Data Analyst, and is the mom of 2 retired racing greyhounds. Outside of triathlon, Rachelle has many other interests including cooking, painting, indoor rock climbing, bike racing and craft beer (tasting, not brewing).
Thank you Rachelle for your hard work!

New Central Iowa Trail Map February 16, 2013

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Here is the new Greater Des Moines Regional Trails Map. Hopefully this gets you motivated for some spring group rides!

Greater DM Regional Trails v3

New Club President February 16, 2013

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Jim Thornton is currently president of Triracers of Iowa.  Jim is also a licensed attorney and partner with Thornton, Coy & Huss, PLLC.   He is also very active with his church, Ankeny First United Methodist Church, serving in the past as Co-Chair of Staff Parrish Relations and Finance, and currently serving as leader of the Church Council.  He is also a member of the American Bar Association, Iowa Bar Association and National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys.
In his free time, Jim loves training to compete in triathlons and other running events.  Jim caught the triathlon fever about three and a half years ago and now its in his blood.  During the last race season, Jim had the opportunity to race inIronman 70.3 races in Puerto Rico and Kansas, as well as doing a REV3 70.3 in Wisconsin Dells.  Jim did various other races as well, but the highlight was qualifying for the the Hy-Vee 5150 Championship race in 2013.
For the 2013 race season, Jim is planning on participating in the Ironman 70.3 races in Kansas and Boulder; competing in the Hy-vee 5150 Championship; and then finishing out the race season by doing his first full Ironman in Arizona in November.  Jim’s ultimate goal is to get to the Big Island to race some day.

Prendergast brothers swim 2.4 miles, ride 112 miles and run marathon December 31, 2012

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Triracers members Kevin and Kyle Prendergast of Saylor Township competed in the Florida Ironman event on Nov. 3 in Panama City Beach, Fla. Both finished the race, which included a 2.4-mile swim in the Gulf of Mexico and a 112-mile bike course followed by a full marathon of 26.2 miles.

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Fall 2012 YMCA Triathlon Training – Ankeny YMCA September 26, 2012

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YMCA Triathlon Training

Tri Training Fall 2012 – See Flyer Here

Don’t be intimidated by Triathlons anymore!
If your goal is to participant in a Triathlon, come and experience a program where the guidance and friendships can help you accomplish that goal. From the beginner to the avid tri-athlete we are here to help you develop and enhance your skills.
If you are a beginner be encouraged by knowing you will train along side fellow athletes who have similar desires and ambitions and as the program progresses, you will become more comfortable and confident in the skills needed for a Triathlon.
Your coaches are tri-athletes and enjoy sharing their knowledge and experience with anyone wanting to learn. Join our program and Triathlons will no longer be intimidating!
Who: Men and Women of all ages and all ability levels
Mondays: A.M. Bike: 5:45 – 6:30 a.m.
P.M. Swim: 6:30 – 7:15 p.m. (4 Lanes)(October 8th – 29th)
P.M. Swim: 6:15 – 7:00 p.m. (4 Lanes)(starting the week of November 5th)

P.M. Bike: 7:15 p.m.
Tuesdays: A.M. Swim: 5:30 – 6:30 a.m. (3 Lanes)
Wednesdays: A.M. Bike: 5:45 – 6:30 a.m.
Thursdays: A.M. Swim: 5:30 – 6:30 a.m. (3 Lanes)
Saturdays: A.M. Run: 8:15 a.m.
A.M. Swim: 9 – 10 a.m. (3 Lanes)
Session: October 8th – November 11th, 2012
Bike: Multipurpose Room   Swim: Pool    Run: Front of the Y

Contact: Rhonda Robson at rhonda.robson@dmymca.org
Fee Member Non-Member
A.M. Bike (M & W) & Swim (T & Th.): $90 $155
P.M. Swim & Bike (M): $45 $110
Sat A.M. Run & Swim: $45 $110
1102 North Ankeny Blvd, Ankeny, IA 50023
P 515 965 8800 F 515 965 7901 www.dmymca.org
Included in this program is one year of TriRacers FREE

Athlete Autograph Event – Scheels August 20, 2012

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Athlete Showcase at the Des Moines Scheels store.  Scheels will be giving out tickets for the first 300ppl in line for autographs and also will a drawing for a Kestrel 4000 frameset size 55 with a msrp of $3299 along with a few other swag items.

Event Date: August 31
Time: 7-8pm
Location: DM Scheels store
Athletes confirmed: Matt Reed, Cameron Dye, Sarah Haskins