2016 Nominees: Junior of the Year...

mitchell-and-girlfriend.gif2016 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT AWARDS - Today we introduce the official nominees for JUNIOR OF THE YEAR. Narrowing the list down to four candidates wasn't easy, but after scrutinizing the resumes and eliminating those who had insufficient volume (DL performances were not evaluated) or consistency, most of the MMA Selectors agreed on these choices (in alpha order):


- MITCHELL CLAYTON, 19, Forest Lake (3rd Nomination photo L)

2016 Highlights:

- 1st overall @ Tinman Sprint, Cinco Du Mayo Sprint, Minnewaska, St. Paul Sprint and St. Croix Valley Sprint

- 3rd overall / 1st Junior @ Superior Man 41.5

- 4th overall / 1st Junior @ RochesterFest Sprint

Ironman Wisconsin Changed My Life...

dani_IMOO.pngBy Dani Fischer (via Facebook)

In the words of the great Devon Palmer: "I am leaving behind the rough and tumble rodeo of professional racing for the glitz and glamour of amateurism."
As I sit down to write this post, I reflect on the last 24 months of my life and how much has changed. I took my pro card in triathlon, picked up and moved my life from Wausau, WI to Indianapolis, IN, started a new job as a hospital pharmacist with Community Health Network, bought a new home, came out to my family and friends, having a lot of ups and downs as an athlete along the way.
As a whole, I really only had two very mediocre seasons as a professional triathlete. It took me those two years to realize what makes triathlon worthwhile to me. It's not the elite status, the money, the sponsorships, or the pride I get when I say, "I'm a pro." It's the EXPERIENCE, the PEOPLE, the COMRADERY, being the BEST I can be amongst athletes that are doing triathlon for the same reasons. I've said this before, but I don't do anything to be mediocre at it. Okay, maybe I didn't give being a pro triathlete a true chance, but what is the point in beating a dead horse if I'm not enjoying being a pro? Is it worthwhile to keep fighting through 7th, 8th, 9th place finishes, not make any money doing it, still having to work full-time because that's how I support myself, not allowing for proper recovery like other pros can? That in and of itself is not...

Good Vibes: Kona Qualifier Erin Klegstad...

aCoeurErindog_large.pngBy coeursports.com/blogs

After talking to her for five minutes you suddenly realize that you're smiling and when the discussion is over (probably because she off for a run, ride, or swim), you'll be in a good mood for the rest of the day.  Say hello to Coeur Ambassador, Kona Qualifier, and one of the most positive individuals you'll ever meet - Erin Klegstad.

Coeur: Erin, thank you so much for chatting with us today.  You have a lot of fans on social media (including us!), but for those people who are just getting to meet you, can you share a bit about yourself and your athletic background?  ...

Vote For 2016 Race of the Year...

It's that time againvote16.png!

Yup. Once again we encourage everone to vote for their favorite multisport event of the year. The Top 10 Vote-Getters will be announced on this site on Tuesday, October 18 (Voting concludes on Sunday, October 16), and the final five finalists will be announced on MTN October 25.

Who will win the 2016 Triathletes Choice Race of the Year award?

That's up to you. If you are eligible to vote, that is.

Here are the criteria:

- Voting Eligibility - Only those Minnesota tri and/or du-athletes who raced in one or more of the events listed ...

2016's Top Rookies: Hanna, Joel, Andrea & Maggie...

Hanna_Duluth.pngMINNESOTA MULTISPORT AWARDS - Yesterday, we revealed the official nominees for 2016 Grand Master of the Year.

Today we introduce the nominees for 2016 ROOKIE OF THE YEAR. The criteria are the same as those discussed in the intro to yesterday's post, though the athletes that these nominees are measured alongside are past ROYs like Kortney Haag (2008), Suzy Fox (2009), Heather Lendway (2012) and Nick Nygaard (2014).

Here, in alpha order, are the official nominees for 2016 Minnesota Rookie of the Year:

HANNA GRINAKER, 28, St. Paul (photo L)

2016 Highlights:

- 1st @ New Bri (Course record)

- 1st @ Lake Waconia (Course Record)...

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