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Lace up your running shoes, inflate your bike tires and grab your swim cap, because it’s time to test your merit at the Copper Creek Triathlon. Join friends and family this Sunday in Pleasant Hill and push yourself harder and further than ever before.

The Copper Creek Triathlon will take place on Sunday, June 14, in Pleasant Hill.

The Copper Creek Triathlon will take place on Sunday, June 14, in Pleasant Hill.

“The Copper Creek Triathlon (CCT) got started because I’m a huge supporter of Pleasant Hill, and I run and bike around the lake every day,” said J. Elder, former (original) race director and now a sponsor. “The water is so clean in Copper Creek, I wanted to put all of these events together for a triathlon within the city. Hence, the birth of CCT.”

For those unfamiliar with the event, the CCT is a 750-meter swim, 20K bike ride and 5K run. The bike ride equates to roughly 12.5 miles, the run is close to 3.1 miles, and the swim is just under a half-mile. In other words, this is the triathlon to try.

“I originally wanted a sprint triathlon, because it was meant to be a warm-up race for Hy-Vee triathlon, plus it also gave beginners a chance to ‘dip their toes’ into the waters of multi-sport racing,” Elder said.Locker3

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According to Elder, the goal of the CCT was also just “to have a race with lots of good swag, great food at the finish, tons of super volunteers and to showcase the hills and community of Pleasant Hill.”

This year there is a post party at Legends All-American Grill in Pleasant Hill, which overlooks the lake. Participants will receive a free beer, and there will be live music as well as award presentations from the location. Cash prizes will be presented to the top three male and female athletes of their respective age groups.

“A lot of spectators choose to come right up to the lake — the water is probably some of the cleanest of the local triathlons — and watch, and then move to our transition area (in front of Riley Resources on 4400 E. University) for the bike and run,” said Mike McGinn, race director. “Many of our participants are repeat racers who have been doing the race for years.”Locker

Now in its seventh year, the Copper Creek Triathlon is a great opportunity to experience Pleasant Hill. Online registration will close Thursday, but registration on site will be available Friday and Saturday.

“The Copper Creek Tri is a great springboard into the sport,” said McGinn. “We have ample water support crew, a closed bike course and a solid run. The town of Pleasant Hill does an excellent job of supporting the race and allowing us to use the lake and the streets for this event, which allows a very comfortable environment for the novice and experienced triathlete alike.” CV


David Rowley is an Iowa native with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Iowa and a master’s in film journalism from the University of Glasgow in Scotland.

Copper Creek Triathlon

Sunday, June 14 in Pleasant Hill. $92 non-member late registration. $80 USAT member late registration. Fore more information, visit

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