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monday-lisa.gifBUFFALO TRIATHLON PREVE - There are no shortage of outstanding triathlon venues in Minnesota. In fact, we doubt that any other state has as many great tri sites as ours does. It just doesn't get any better than Timberman's Sugar Lake venue, Heart of the Lakes in Annandale and the new site of the Brewhouse at Island Lake. In the Metro, there's Lake Marion, Lake Waconia and Lake Minnetonka, among so many others. And the Waseca Tri in southern MInnesota is special, too.

And there are sixty other great tri/du sites in our state.

At, or near the top of the "GVL" (Great Venues List) is Sturges Park in Buffalo, home  of the Buffalo Triathlon, which will celebrate its 13th anniversary next Sunday. That place looks like it was designed with triathlon in mind. It's picturesque and shady, and features an awesome amphitheatre. It is not only a great venue for racers, there isn't a more spectator-friendly race site anywhere....

Apple Observations...

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APPLE DUATHLON NOTES - Diane Hankee posted the 27th victory of her multisport career last Saturday at the Apple Duathlon. It was probably her biggest win ever. The field she beat was as deep, or deeper, than the one that raced here in 2015, which was clearly the most talented women's assemblage in the twelve year history of this course. The win required a PR effort for the ...

Duo Repeats Pattern at Apple Duathlon...

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By Frank Rajkowski (sctimes.com)

SARTELL — This is getting to be a familiar pattern for Mathew Payne and Patrick Parish.

For the second year in a row, the 39-year-old Payne was first and the 31-year-old Parish was second at the Apple Duathlon.

The race, now in its 34th year, began on an overcast Saturday morning at Sartell Middle School and drew about 270 entrants. Competitors ran 5 kilometers, biked 33, then finished with a second 5K run....

"...darn proud of this day."

ERIN-MEDAL.gifBy Erin Sontowski (bikesandcatsrightmeow.blogspot.com)

Gear West Duathlon Race Report - First things first, if you are not a fan of random Game Of Thrones references every now and again, now is the time for you to leave. Heck, I'll even hold the door for you. (If you are caught up with this season, this reference will be both heartbreaking and relevant for you.) While this blog is predominately triathlon and fitness related, you can definitely bet on the fact that there will be many super nerdy puns and interjections that come from the fantasy book and movie genre. Cough, cough, Harry Potter mostly, cough, cough.

But I digress. Back to the important matters at hand. It is that glorious time of year that thousands of us Minnesota inhabitants dream of. It is finally warm enough to pull our bikes off the trainers, shed our many layers of sub zero thermal gear, and to get back out onto the roads and trails of the beautiful midwest. As with every start of the 2016 multi sport season, Gear West Duathlon is usually the first race for most of us, and 2016 was no...

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