The 2012 Pigman Long was double the fun this year, as race directors John and Jill Snitko introduced an Olympic-length tri, raced concurrently with the traditional half-Iron.
Both races, declared Jill, were successful. “I think they went well,” she said. “Conditions were excellent, and the weather was perfect right up to the very end.” At start time, racers enjoyed 52-degrees under clear skies. The water temperature of Palo Lake was a balmy 72 degrees for the swim leg.
And, in classic Big Pig fashion, triathletes from all divisions posted some impressive times.
Click to view slideshow.Tanelle Berard of Clive, Iowa, took top female Olympic honors with a 2:12:54. Top male in the Olympic was Peder Skoog of Waukee, Iowa coming in at 2:07:24.
David Thompson of St. Paul, and the Gear West Bike and Triathlon team continued his dominance of the Pigman, winning his tenth championship in 4:02:43. Suzie Fox, also of the Gear West team, posted a 4:42:3. Full results at PigmanTri.com.
570 triathletes competed in this year’s Pigman. 160 of those raced the new Olympic course. Jill was pleased with the turnout for this initial run. “The Olympic distance is getting more and more popular. There aren’t many tri’s of that length around here at all,” she said.
“So many of our triathletes compete as part of a team,” Jill added, “and sometimes that makes it really tough to train for the long courses.” Having to work around each team member’s life schedule poses logistic problems. “I think the athletes appreciated the choice of the shorter distance,” said Jill.
No matter the length of the course, triathletes from across the midwest appreciated the chance to compete in the Pigman — a race that has become a triathlon classic.
Some photos of the Olympic awards ceremony here.