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    The start of any triathlon is always the swim. In this case, these guys were swimming in the Des Moines River for about 1.5k. That was 3 laps around a circle course made from yellow bouys.

    The 5150 US Championships is held annually in Des Moines. This is an absolute blast to watch. The 5150 is a world-wide triathlon series that is essentially the "major league" of olympic distance triathlons. These are world-class athletes competing for a lot of money. First place won $151,000.

    The 5150 races consist of: 1.5K swim, 40K bike and 10K run. It will be the largest international distance triathlon series in the world and will be the first non-drafting international race series of its kind, offering a competitive platform for professional and age group athletes. The 2011 event schedule will offer 12 domestic events as well as a handful of international races. The Hy-Vee Triathlon will host the 5150 U.S. Championship, offering professional athletes the opportunity to compete for $1 million in prize money.

    Coincidentally "5150" is slang for crazy person on the loose. Don't believe me? Check out urban dictionary's link below.

    More information:

    2011 Prize Purse
    1st Place: New car* + $5,150 in product/prizes
    2nd Place: $4,000 in product/prizes
    3rd Place: $3,000 in product/prizes
    4th Place: $2,000 in product/prizes
    5th Place: $1,000 in product/prizes

    2011 Race Results:
    Male Participants
    1.Adam Webber1:54:36
    2.Karl Kahsar1:54:55
    3.Brian Duffy1:56:20
    4.Dan Hedgecock1:57:11
    5.Matt Migonis1:58:15
    6.Patrick Parish1:58:41
    7.Kevin Nickel1:58:55
    8.Folker Schwesinger1:59:41
    9.Jim Hallberg2:00:02
    10.Jake Rhyner2:01:22

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    1. shane422 32 months ago | reply

      You cropped me out :) I'm just a little bit further to the left. The big TV camera was actually one of the famous "Red" cameras.

    2. Bubba Trout 32 months ago | reply

      Good job on cropping out the distracting photographer that was a little bit further to the left.

      You were probably standing in about the same spot that I was for the start of the womens' race. I totoally missed the start of that because it seemed that the second the national anthem finished the announcer yelled, "Go!"

      Were you sitting in the grass by the race course in front of the reflective building at a point during the women's race? I could've swore that was you as Shane and i walked by but I didn't want to embarrass myself if it wasn't.

      Great shot! Great stop action! Would've like to have seen a little more off to the right. Wasn't there a guy who ran over to the right part of the "dock" and then jumped in?

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