Important Pigman Race Day Details

There are close to 600 people signed up for this year's Pigman. Parking will be at a premium. The parking lot next to the transition area WILL fill up. Additional parking is located just next to the beach parking in a grass field that will be mowed for our event. There will be volunteers directing you into these locations.



Parking Lot and Transition Area Closures: To alleviate some of the congestion on the main road in the park during the race we are making some changes to how freely motor vehicles connected with the event are able to move while in the park. From 7:35am to approximately 10:00am and from 10:30am to around 1:00pm only race official vehicles will have access in or out of the beach area of the park where the transition and finish line are located. During this time, the parking lot at the beach and the heliport parking lot will be closed off to any traffic. These are the two parking lots along side of and closest to the transition area. From 7:35am to approximately 10:00am and from 10:30am to around 1:00pm no vehicles will be allowed into those parking lots, but more importantly, we will not allow anyone to leave those lots during this time either.


Additionally, the transition will be closed during the same times as the parking lots. While the transition is closed, only athletes during their competition will be allowed in or out of the transition area.   Once an athlete completes their competition, they will not be allowed back into the transition until it is reopened at approximately 10:00am to 10:30am and after 1:00pm.


The other parking areas in the park will remain open as usual if one needs to leave during this time. However, we ask that you and your spectators limit your travel on the roads in the park during the times listed above. There is great viewing along side of the transition area for spectators. Many set up tents and such in this grassed in area.



The host hotel is the Cedar Rapids Marriott. We are past the deadline for the special rates but you still can contact them to see about availability and rates. Call 800-396-2153 or 319-393-6600 to reserve a room. Most other main hotel chains can be found in Cedar Rapids area. It would be best to stay on the North side of town and just off of I-380.


There is also a campground in the park (Pleasant Creek Recreation Area) where the race site is located. Campsites can be reserved online at Call 319-436-7716 for details.



Packet Pickup will be at the Cedar Rapids Marriott (1200 Collins Road in Cedar Rapids...take the Collins Road exit off of I-380 East about 1 ½ miles) from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Saturday and at the race site from 6:00 am to 7:00 am on Sunday. The race site is at Pleasant Creek Recreation Area in Palo. Take Blairs Ferry Road west until you reach Palo. Then follow the signs to the park.


Please be sure to bring a photo I.D. and your USA Triathlon card if you are an annual member. We need to verify your identification and membership status. You will also be required to sign a waiver before you are able to receive your race packet.


NOTE: Participants under the age of 18 will need to have a parent or legal guardian sign for them. If you are under 18 and will not have a parent or legal guardian with you at the Pigman, call 319-373-0741 to get a waiver mailed to you prior to the event.


There will be course talks and free clinics offered during Saturday's packet pickup. All clinics and course talks offered are geared towards triathlons and triathletes. There will be limited seating so you will need to show up early if you want a place to sit during these sessions.

12:15pm - 1:00pm - Course Talk

1:30pm - 2:15pm - Alexa - Simple Roots Nutrition for Endurance Athletes

2:30pm - 3:15pm - Feryl - Injury Prevention for Endurance Athletes and Complimentary Sceens

4:15 - 5:15pm - Course Talk



Zio Johnno's Spaghetti House, is a great place to go for a little carbo loading. They have great pasta and the price is lower than what you would expect. You can't go wrong visiting one of their restaurants in the area. The 5411 Center Point Road location is the closest to the Marriott hotel. Details will be provided at packet pickup.



Water temperature on race day will be around 78 degrees. The final decision about wetsuits will be made on race day.



Olympic Distance athletes will start in a Time-Trial format beginning at 7:30am. There will be no elite wave for the Olympic Distance this year. For the Long Course there will be a time-trial swim start after the Elite athletes and teams start in the first wave. 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. Every 3 seconds a person will start after crossing over the chip timing mat.



Olympic Distance athletes will have a Time-Trial swim start format after the Elite, Clydesdale/Athena and Teams start at 7:30am. Long Course athletes will have a Time-Trial swim start format after the Elite, Clydesdale/Athena and teams start at 7:45 a.m. For the time-trial start, athletes will line up according to their respective age group wave. Every 3 seconds a person will start after crossing over the chip timing mat.



New minimum weight requirements have been established for the Clydesdale and Athena weight divisions. The minimum weight for the Clydesdale is 220 pounds. The Athena minimum weight is 165 pounds. You are not required to race in these divisions even if you weigh more than the minimum. However, if you have signed up to be in the male Clydesdale or female Athena division you should ensure you meet the minimum weight requirements.



Heed (lemon lime flavor) and Hammer Gel (mixed flavors) are the official energy drink and gel for the Pigman. On the bike, Heed and water will be provided in bike bottles for the long course at mile 19, 28 and 37. In addition, bottled water will provided at mile 9 and mile 47. Olympic Distance athletes will pass the 9 mile aid station on the way out and again on their way back at approximately 16 miles. On the run, water, Heed, Hammer Gel, fruit, cookies and pretzels will be available at each mile.



The Pigman will be using chip timing to obtain accurate and quick results. Your time is automatically recorded when the chip passes over the split and finish line mats. You will be given a chip on race morning before entering the transition area. It comes attached to an adjustable neoprene strap that must be worn around your ankle for the entire event.


All chips/straps must be returned at the finish line of the event. A $100 fee will be charged to you for non-returned chips. There will be a $10 fee for non-returned straps.



From the Pigman website ( you can obtain a copy of the course map and information sheet.


You can also view the current entrants list. Please verify that your information is correct. If you find any errors, email the corrections to


Good luck and enjoy your weekend at the Pigman Triathlon.

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