• Posted Jun 10, 2007

On June 17, 2007, athletes from around the world will gather in the heart of the American Midwest to compete for the largest prize purse in triathlon history: $700,000.00.

Join us for the inaugural Hy-Vee ITU World Cup in Des Moines, Iowa — and be a part of history in the making. The competition Kids Triathlon at Gray’s Lake, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. The 5- to 12-year old children will be divided into age groups. Junior national championships beginning at Gray’s Lake, 2 p.m. Saturday start; 6 p.m. awards ceremony at the Capitol. Amateur triathlon starting at Gray’s Lake and ending at the Capitol, 6 a.m. Sunday. Awards ceremony at 11:30 a.m. World Cup women’s race begins with a 1 p.m. opening ceremony at Gray’s Lake on Sunday. Race starts at 1:30 and finishes at 3:30. World Cup men’s race begins at 4:30 p.m. Sunday and finishes at 6:30. The awards ceremony for men and women will follow the men’s finish. How to watch The course begins at Gray’s Lake and finishes at the Capitol. There will be Jumbotron TVs at Gray’s Lake, at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Court Avenue downtown and near the finish line at the Capitol. Other prime vantage points for viewing are from the pedestrian bridge at Gray’s Lake, downtown at Fourth and Mulberry Street, at Fifth and Grand Avenue, on the Locust Street bridge and on Court Avenue on the south side of the Capitol complex. Entertainment and food A Court Avenue pub crawl will take place from 9 p.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday. Thirteen bars are participating, and all will have specials on Coors Light beer. Entertainment at Gray’s Lake will be provided by the Valley Drum Line and McKinsey Bag Pipes. After the races, there will be a party on the new West Capitol Terrace at the foot of the Capitol, complete with food. Iowa Outdoor Wellness Adventure The Capitol Complex in downtown Des Moines will house dozens of food vendors, wellness activities, educational seminars and entertainment throughout the weekend. Admission is free. Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday-Sunday. What you’ll find: Bicycle stunt shows, basketball shooting contests, a kayak rodeo, Des Moines Menace soccer clinics, an archery range, fitness testing, nine food vendors, a merchandise tent, valet bike parking and much more. There also will be an Extreme Zone that costs $5 to enter. There, you will find a rock wall, obstacle course, giant tricycles and more. spectator map

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