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By Sara Carlson (sarastrilife.blogspot.com)

 

Chisago Half IM Race Report - After finishing the Fargo Marathon in May, I struggled with finding my mojo for Triathlon training again. My brain seemed to tell me, “hey, you met your main goal for the year in qualifying for Boston  (like 7 minutes faster than my marathon goal time with a 3:23!), take it easy. So, I had a few key sessions that I slept through or least placed a little lower on the priority list than I should have. I really enjoyed the simplicity of just training my run game over the winter and am looking forward to it again this winter. After a good long off-season, that is!

 

So, for this race, my husband and our youngest 2 kiddos made our way down to the cities on Saturday. We got my packet picked up, checked in to our hotel in Forest Lake and got out and enjoyed some good old-fashioned fun together. The kids had some fun in the pool, we took in a round of mini golf in Taylors Falls & then caught the tail end of a parade in Center City while we ate (@ the Pizza Pub-yummy!). I love it when we get the chance to take in some playtime on race weekend!

 

Toughman Chisago 70.3 race report:  ...

Uncancelled Races & Love For Ed Sheeran...

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WINGMAN TRIATHLON - We were told many months ago that the 9th edition, and all editions thereafter, of this event was not going to happen. Imagine our surprise when we learned that forty-six athletes finished this year's non-existent race.

Wingman has to be the best-attended cancelled race ever!

Actually, we simply didn't get the memo when the decision was made to reinstate the event. We're glad that it didn't go away, just as we were happy to learn that Uncle Randy's races--Oakdale Du, New Bri, Square Lake--are not going away. The folks from TriFitness will be producing them. Even better, good 'ol Uncle Randy will probably be timing those races, so his smile and good will will still light up the local multi scene.

Back to Wingman.

Sunday's sprint race was won by Division III track and cross country runner JULIAN MANLEY, 22, from Spring Valley, WI. To do so, he had to outrun teen runner-up ABRAHAM EIDE, who we think is the twin brother of the guy who placed 3rd here in 2016. ...

Doubled Attendance & No Cooley...

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YOUNG LIFE TRIATHLON PREVIEW – There are signs, subtle though they may be, that triathlon attendance, which has shrunk significantly since 2011, has begun an upswing.

A great example of this is the Young Life Triathlon in Detroit Lakes, the 14th edition of which will happen this weekend. For the last few years, the event, which features both Sprint and Olympic-distance races, has averaged approximately 200 finishers.

 

This season's YL races should have more than twice that many finishers. The registration list that the race director, a cool guy named JASON LONEY, shared with us had almost 400 names on it, and the races could grow by as many as fifty more participants by race time.

 

This makes us very happy....

Sprint Nationals & Green Lake...

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SPRINT NATIONALS - Here are the Minnesotans that cracked the Top 100 at last Sunday's Sprint Nationals. We had hoped to provide Team USA info, but the results we consulted didn't include complete AG lists, just Olympic/Sprint combo standings.

 

Top 100 Women:

47. KRISTINA SWENSON (Rogers) - 1:14:04

66. ISABELLA BUENTING, 14 (Chanhassen) - 1:15:36 (photo)

80. LAURA SWARTZ (St. Louis Park) - 1:16:23

95. PAULINE AAMODT (St. Paul) - 1:17:13

 

Top 100 Men: 

 

13. WADE CRUSER (Sauk Rapids) - 1:02:45

 

GREEN LAKE TRIATHLON - Sometimes great races are contested on yucky days. Was it really a yucky day on Sunday at Green Lake? Not totally, but kinda. The air was chilly and grey. And rain fell off and on, mostly on. Sometimes it rained like a banshee. 

In the Olympic race, JORDAN ROBY and SHEENA DAUER did what they did in 2016, and what Sheena had also done in 2015, as well. They won convincingly. Their times were somewhat slower than expected, of course, but it was not only because of the weather. The run course was longer this year: 6.77, instead of 6.0.

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