Favorite Local Races Of The Pros

  • By Bethany Mavis
  • Published May 1, 2012
  • Updated Oct 31, 2014 at 4:38 PM UTC
Photo: Nils Nilsen

T.J. Tollakson
Based in: Des Moines, Iowa (and Tucson, Ariz., part of the year)
Results: 2011 Ironman Lake Placid winner

“My favorite race in Iowa is a small sprint race in Des Moines called Copper Creek ( It is a true sprint tri with a 750m swim, 20K bike, and 5K run. The swim is in an old gravel quarry, so it is one of cleanest open-water swims in the Midwest. The bike course has a couple of good hills for a challenge, and the run takes athletes through the small golf course community and loops around the lake for the finish. I love that Copper Creek has so many young junior athletes at the event. The sprint distance is very inviting to first-time athletes yet offers a very competitive field of local elites.”

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Bethany Mavis

Bethany Mavis

Bethany Mavis is the managing editor of Triathlete magazine. She's a mom, rec soccer player, multiple half-marathon finisher and is learning daily how to become a better triathlete.

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