Course Info/Map

Race Site location

Pleasant Creek State Park is located 12 miles northwest of Cedar Rapids in eastern Iowa. To reach the park: From I-380 take exit #24 (Blairs Ferry Road) and head west to Palo (approximately six miles), turn north on County road W36 and follow signs. Closest airport to the park is the Eastern Iowa Airport. It is located about 30 minutes from the race site.


Wave starts begin at 7:30am sharp. The .5K (547 yard) course is an out-and-back swim from Pleasant Creek State Park swimming beach. Buoys will be to the right. Boats and safety personnel will be on the lake at all times. Water temperature is typically between 60 and 72 degrees. Wet suits will be allowed according to USA Triathlon rules (less than 78 degrees).

Time-Trial swim start format

Elite athletes and teams will start in waves beginning at 7:30am. All other athletes will start in a Time-Trial format. For the Time-Trial start, athletes will line up according to their respective age-group wave (USA Triathlon age is based on your age as of Dec 31st). One person will start every 3 seconds by crossing over the chip timing mat on the beach before entering the water.


Our 25K (15.5 mile) bike course will take you through Iowa’s scenic countryside. Course marshals will be located throughout the route. Major intersections will have law enforcement personnel.

The course is T shaped.  It will be marked with arrows, caution signs and mile markers every 5 miles. There will be no aid stations along the bike course for the Pigman Sprint Triathlon.

All bikers must wear an ANSI approved or equivalent helmet and USA Triathlon rules will be strictly enforced. Bikers without helmets will not be allowed on the course. No drafting allowed; officials will patrol the entire course.


The 5K (3.1 mile) run includes several small, rolling hills and is totally within the confines of the park on paved roads. An aid station with water will be located at the one mile mark. This aid station will be passed twice along the course.

Transition Area

The transition area will be located in the parking lot of the beach area. It will be enclosed with fencing and or barricades. For the protection of you and your equipment, only participants are allowed into the transition area.

The transition will open at 6:00am on race morning. Bikes will be racked according to age group or division wave start designations. For safety reasons, riding bikes in the transition area is not allowed.

During the event, the transition will remain closed to everyone except athletes who are still in the process of racing.  No one including athletes who have already completed their event will be allowed into the transition area until it is reopened.  The transition will remain closed while bikes are on the course.

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