Javier Gomez just might be the most versatile triathlete in the world today. Besides winning the Hy-Vee Triathlon last summer, along with the $151,000 prize purse, he also has won the 2013 Escape from Alcatraz, which is non-drafting, the 2012 XTERRA World Off Road Triathlon Championship during his first ever XTERRA race, and a Silver Medal at the 2012 Olympics in London. In that race he averaged 44K per hour on the bike before getting off and running a blistering 29:15 10K.
Sarah Haskins made the 2008 U.S. Olympic triathlon team, but missed out on making the 2012 team by about 45 seconds. She then turned her summer focus to winning her third Toyota Cup Championship and has won Cap Tex, Philly, plus Lifetime events in Minneapolis and Chicago. In early September she took home six primes, ended up second and pockets her biggest prize purse ever: $105,900 at the Hy-Vee Triathlon in Des Moines, Iowa. Haskins is also mentoring a group of women who will be participating in the San Diego stop of the Toyota SheRox Women’s Triathlon Series event that will be in San Diego on Sunday October 21st.
Darin Hirl is the race director for the Hy-Vee Triathlon in Des Moines, Iowa. Darin came on to chat about the million dollar prize purse, the awesome field he has assembled for 2012 and the impact the sport of triathlon has had on his community.
Rasmus Henning from Denmark has done it all in the sport of triathlon. A two-time Olympian in Athens and Beijing, he won the Hy-Vee race two years in a row when the purse was $200,000 to the winner, took fifth in Kona in his first attempt back in 2009 with a broken hand and in March of 2012 dominated in Abu Dhabi. We chatted about his ebook – www.prochasingthedream.com – his plans for Kona, and the balance it takes to be a husband, father, and a professional athlete.
Greg Bennett just won the Hy-Vee 5150 event and –with primes- over $166,000 for an Olympic distance race. LOVE that! At the age of 39, the 2004 Olympian and 2012 US Olympic hopeful can obviously still bring the heat.