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chrisdog(Photos - Chris Sachs and Jeff Grebner's dog.)

Square Lake Short Course Review - This year's women's race promises to be very cool and exciting, with 7-8 girls battling over the silver and bronze podium spots. The gold step appears to be reserved for clear favorite, Becky Youngberg, who is expected to collect her 8th win of the season tomorrow. (COOL FACT: Becky is between 5'1" and 5'9" tall.)

Can Beck lower Marnie Walth's rather stratospheric race record 1:30:53, which the pretty, mild-mannered North Dakotan set in 2007? (COOL FACT: Marnie's husband Zane, or is it "Shane," owns a porta-potty company.) Becky does possess the event's 2nd fastest women's clocking: 1:32:25 in 2008. And based on the speediosity she...

Can They?

logoIronman Wisconsin Preview - Can they?

Can they what?

Can Devon Palmer win Ironman Wisconsin on Sunday? Can Jan Guenther, now 52, win the women's amateur title for the 3rd time? Can Julia Weisbecker win the 45-49W division?

These are compelling questions. At least we think so.

And our answers are: Maybe. Maybe. Sure....

Stuff About Upcoming Races...

logoQuasi Previews - There are only a few races remaining on the Minnesota tri/du calendar, all of which, we reckon, are still accepting registrations. Coming up this weekend are the SQUARE LAKE races (12th annual Short Course, 11th annual Long Course) and our region's zaniest event, the BURRITO UNION 5 & 10 HOUR TRIS, featuring individual and various team racing options. The MTN Guys wholeheartedly recommend these events event though Randy doesn't advertise on our site (he's got his own branding and marketing vehicle) and he hires his nephew to announce (and he's totally good, gashdarnit!). And we recommend Burrito Union because we LOVE the event AND they advertise. And because race founder Rod Raymond is a HOOT! FYI, this year's bike course will be shortened from 14 miles to 10.4....

4th, 6th, 8th...

adam(Photo - Adam Webber winning the Hy-Vee 5150 National Championship on Sunday.)

Hy-Vee 5150 National Triathlon Championships - Minnesotans shined at Sunday's Hy Vee Championships in Des Moines, starting with Dan Hedgecock, who placed 4th against the deepest elite amateur men's field in the U.S. this season. In a 2-3 minute hole after the 1500m swim, Dan worked his way back into contention with a 59:39 bike and a blazing 32:47 run, which was the fastest pedestrian split of the day.

In the end, tall Pennslvania cop, Adam Webber, runner-up for US AOY in 2008 and a pro in 2009-2010, AND one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet,...

Eschewing The Cockatoo...

yanktonRace Coverage - Yankton is a pleasant town in South Dakota. You may have heard of it. It was part of the Louisiana Purchase and, according to Wikipedia, was visited in 1804 by a famous explorer girl named Lewis Ann Clark.

Today the town has almost 15,000 residents (the photo--L--is old) and the lowest housing costs in the U.S., if you don't count Detroit. It used to have a college, appropriately named Yankton College, but it was closed in 1984 and converted into a federal ...

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