The 7th Annual Twin Lakes Half Olympic Distance Triathlon held on August 3, 2013, was a tremendous success.  80 individuals and seventeen teams registered for the competition.  The 126 registered athletes ranged in age from 14 to 72.  The participants represented eight countries:  Australia, Columbia, England, Estonia, Germany, South Africa, Switzerland, and USA; five states:  IA, IL, MN, MO, NE; and 32 different towns in Iowa:  Algona, Altoona, Ames, Ankeny, Atlantic, Burlington, Carroll, Cedar Rapids, Center Point, Churdan, Des Moines, Fort Dodge, Granger, Hudson, Iowa City, Johnston, Lytton, Manson, Marshalltown, Newton, North Liberty, Norwalk, Panora, Pella, Pleasant Hill, Pleasantville, Riverside, Rockwell City, Sac City, Storm Lake, Urbandale, Webster City and West Des Moines.  There were 25 athletes from Fort Dodge and the surrounding communities of Manson and Rockwell City.

Taylor Huseman, Manson, won first place in the men’s division with time of 1:01:39 and Holland Smith, St. Joseph, MO, won first place in the women’s division with a course record time of 1:06:5.  It was the third straight year that both finished first in their divisions.  Huseman is a 2011 graduate of Manson/Northwest Webster and a student/athlete at the University of South Dakota.  He runs track and cross-country for U.S.D.    Holland Smith has a dream of competing in the Olympics and trains year-round toward achieving that goal, participating in running events as well as triathlons.  Her parents and her brother Caleb, 14, also participated in the Twin Lakes Triathlon.  The Smith family travels around the country in their RV during the summer, participating in numerous triathlons and other races.  “Three’s A Crowd Pleaser” (Kevin McCartney, Eric Knox, Eric Monahan), a team from Fort Dodge, won the team competition, with a record time of 1:08:23.  Their time was more than two minutes faster than the previous team record.  A team from the Bible Camp, “Kenny and the Boys”, finished in third place with time of 1:15:33.

With the financial support of many sponsors and the entry fees paid by the participants, we raised more than $5000 for camper scholarships to Twin Lakes Bible Camp.  Please thank the following businesses and families who donated money to purchase participant’s shirts, swim caps and medals:

  • Decker Truckline
  • Gadbury Plumbing
  • Gunderson Funeral Home
  • Jensen Builders
  • JB and MaryAnn Black
  • Jim & Ann Rodenborn
  • Josephson Mfg. (JMC)
  • Kemna Auto
  • Newell Farms
  • Northwest Bank
  • Pathways Centers
  • Pocahontas Pharmacy, Inc.
  • RelaxStation
  • RoJohn Home Improvement, Inc.
  • Shimkat Motors
  • Twin Lakes Marina

Thank you to businesses who contributed prizes for the athletes and items for their goodie bags:

  • Acree Chiropractic
  • Brown’s Shoe Fit
  • Calhoun County Public Health
  • Fareway
  • Hy-Vee and Hy-Vee Drugstore
  • Stewart Memorial Community Hospital
  • Tri-sport.com

The Twin Lakes community embraces and supports the triathlon.  130 volunteers wore their day-glo yellow shirts and helped at the event.  If you want to join this ever-growing group of volunteers, please contact Rick or Pat Bennett and we will add your name(s) to next year’s list.  You will enjoy receiving comments such as:

This is an event that the entire lake can be proud of!

The volunteers did great job!

Put this on your calendar for next year:

          8th Annual Twin Lakes Half-Olympic Distance Triathlon

         August 2, 2014

Thank you,

Pat & Rick Bennett

Chris Carr

Twin Lakes Triathlon Event Planning Committee