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MG_SwimsStart1.gifLIFE TIME TRI - MAPLE GROVE & WASECA 1/3 & SPRINT - Finally!

Finally, a reasonably scheduled weekend, the kind of weekend that doesn't spread the participant base too thin. Minnesota athletes had fifteen races races to choose from in the last two weeks. This weekend there are only two races: the iconic Life Time Tri - Maple Grove on Saturday, and the Diamond-in-the-Rough Waseca 1/3 and Sprint on Sunday.

Last year, the Maple Grove event was the best attended of the Life Tme Minnesota Series. Current enrollment seems to be in the same ballpark as Minneapolis, i.e. 1400-1500 race day entrants. Love those numbers and hoping this demonstrates the beginnings of a "bounce back" in our sport...

Let's Call it a Tie....

stephen-marion.gifPhoto - 55-59 winner at Lake Marion Sprint, Stephen Bullard. After the race, Stephen and an overweight buddie went to McDonald's and got large milkshakes. The overweight friend got a chocolate one with no "whip." Stephen got a strawbeery shake with whip.

 

LAKE MARION INTERNATIONAL TRIATHLON - Let's call it a tie.

Though pre-race favorite Olivia Bagnall was declared the winner--she was the first woman to cross the finish line--second waver Amy Borden turned in the exact same time, a fact that was not discovered until after the event was over.

The last time we saw an exact tie was back in 2012. The race was the London Olympic Triathlon and Sweden's Lisa Norden and Switzerland's Nicola Spirig were the tiers. For some reason, one that hasn't been adequately explained, in our opinion, Spirig was awarded the Gold medal and Norden settled for the Silver....

Danis Fischer & Vsetecka Rock Rural Iowa......

sweat-lens.gif18th Annual Pigman Half - David Thompson came into yesterday's event hoping to record the 100th victory of his multisport career. The win would also be his 18th at the 70.3 distance and his 10th at this event.

Rookie pro Dani Fischer, an honorary Minnesotan now residing in Indianapolis, came into the race hoping to take a big bite out of Malaika Homo's 2006 course record 4:35:35.

DKT came close (4:04:23) to achieving his goals. Leading after the swim and bike, he was overtaken in the run by fellow pro Blake Becker (4:03:43) of Madison, Wisconsin. In the end, 40 seconds separated these athletes, who led the way against what was arguably the most talented men's field in Big Pig history.

Kentucky pro Mike Hermanson rounded out the men's podium (4:06:14).

FYI, the top position on the amateur podium was taken Toughman Minnesota champ Eric Engel (4:13:36), who placed 5th overall. The next two spots were earned by White Bear Lake's Kris Spoth (4:16:30) and Missourian Kevin Denny (4:18:18).  Once again, the fastest master was Medina's Kevin O'Connor (4:22:14)....

Racing Headlines...

ywca-logo.gif8th Annual YWCA WOMEN'S TRIATHLON - Heather Lendway and Christina Roberts claimed the pro and amateur titles this morning at Lake Nokomis. 935 women finished this annual celebration of fitness and empowerment. Words and pics coming soon.  RESULTS

 

8th Annual LAKE MARION TRIATHLON - Brian Gorman and Olivia Bagnall lived up to their pre-race favored status in this elongated International distance event. Andy Wiberg prevailed for the 3rd time in the sprint, also elongated this year due to road construction. Bette Rowley won for the 2nd straight year. Approximately 300 athletes participated.  RESULTS  ...

Nationals Stay in Midwest...

OMAHA.gifBy usatriathlon.org

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Triathlon today announced Omaha, Nebraska, as the location for the 2016 and 2017 Age Group National Championships, with the 2016 event scheduled for Aug. 13-14.

Age Group Nationals is USA Triathlon’s longest-running National Championships event and was first held in 1983. Since 2010, the event has grown nearly 250 percent in the number of registered participants and is now consistently one of the top-three largest triathlons in the United States. The two-day event...

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