OK, so the fastest women and/or the fastest man at the Des Moines ITU Hy-Vee World Cup Triathlon won't win one million dollars.
Let's just get that straight from the start.
But the ITU Hy-Vee World Cup Triathlon set for June 27th does have a combined prize purse of one million dollars.
That means that pretty much every pro who races this weekend will walkaway with some prize money.
And yes, it's an invite only race so you can't just get your professional license and go race in Iowa.
There will also be a new team race on June 28th and according to USAT:
"New to the weekend festivities is the inaugural 4 x Mixed Team World Championship, set to take place on Sunday, June 28, the day after the ITU Hy-Vee World Cup.
With the IOC selections for additional events for the London 2012 Olympiad approaching, this is a great showcase for a possible team event at the Olympic Games.
The event will bring together the world’s top triathlon nations as their teams of two women and two men battle it out over the 250m swim, 7k bike, 1.8k run. Each athlete will complete one leg with a transition area set up allowing them to tag their compatriots.
“We are really excited about the Team World Championships and especially being the host country, we want to win,” said USAT Sport Performance Director Scott Schnitzspahn. “The new format of men and women competing together is outstanding. We have great depth and team camaraderie so this is a perfect event for us to do well.”
The United States has announced its four teams that will be racing for the red, white and blue: two National Team level squads, an elite development team, and a team of junior athletes representing Multisport Madness, a club near Chicago.
USA Team A
USA Team AA
USA Team B
Mary Beth Ellis
Joining the U.S. are teams from Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Germany, New Zealand, Switzerland, Portugal, Japan, Mexico and the Ukraine, although organizers are expecting more countries to sign up once their athletes are confirmed for the Hy-Vee World Cup."
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