Our special guests this morning were Darin Hirl and Tara Deering-Hansen of Hy-Vee. The huge Hy-Vee Triathlon is this weekend with athletes from all over the world coming here to compete...many of them Olympians. It all gets underway tomorrow and Saturday with the Hy-Vee Triathlon Expo at the Iowa Events Center. Saturday there is a kid's race starting at 8AM. Sunday is the big day with the Pro Men kicking things off at 6:45AM, followed by the Pro Women. Then it's on to the Hy-Vee Triathlon for men and women...which by the way you can still enter online thru tonite to be a competitor or you can enter at the Hy-Vee Expo at the Iowa Events Center tomorrow. The Triathlon consists of swimming in Gray's Lake for 1 mile, biking for 25 miles and then running for 6 miles. Parking is available on hard surface parking lots just south of Gray's Lake on Thomas Beck Road. Walk the bike trail right to all the action! For more information, go to www.Hy-VeeTriathlon.com.
We are keeping an eye on the Bardarbunga Volcano in Iceland. The last time a volcano erupted in Iceland, 100,000 flights in Europe were cancelled due to all the ash in the air. I am leaving next Thursday morning with a whole bunch of WHO Radio listeners to Switzerland. I told Van, as long as we get there, it's not my fault if they cancel all the flights back home! Below is a photo courtesy of the Icelandic Met Office along with a write-up about some new information. (Yesterday there were over 500 earthquakes under the glacier!)
Photo courtesy of Icelandic Met Office
Scientists in Iceland say they are examining several 'cauldrons' found near Bardarbunga volcano, which could potentially be a sign of an eruption. The cauldrons, depressions in the volcano's surface, each between 10-15m (49 ft) deep and 1km (0.6 miles) wide, were seen during a flight on Wednesday. Iceland's Met Office said they were formed "as a result of melting, possibly a sub-glacial eruption." Bardarbunga volcano has been hit by several recent tremors. The area experienced a magnitude 5.7 earthquake on Tuesday. Experts say these earthquakes are caused as magma flows beneath the ground, cracking the rocks as it moves.
Try to stay dry!