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68 Wins Between Them....

andrea_myers.pngHOPKINS ROYAL TRIATHLON -  BRETT LOVAAS and SUZIE FOX were the overall winners last Saturday at the 3rd annual Hopkins Royal Triathlon. Between them they have won at least 68 multisport races in their careers, Lovaas picking up W number 30, and Fox, number 38.

Fox, last year's female Triathlete of the Year, has struggled with injuries this year, which has forced her to significantly reduce her racing volume (she raced in 19 multis last year), but it hasn't prevented her from winning. She's been victorious in five of the six multis she's raced in in 2016.

Lovaas overtook early leader Philip English in the early miles of the bike leg, giving him a sufficient gap to hold off 2014 HPT champ Erick Hendrickson. English held on for 3rd.

Fox's closest challenger was Andrea Myers (photo L), who with Suzie, left the rest of the women's field behind on the bike. In the end, Andrea was only 1:33 behind Fox. More significantly, though, she was 4:19 in front of bronze medalist Sara Woeste...

August 2016 Athletes of the Month...

logo_dup.pngExcelsior Running and MTN present its August 2016 ATHLETES OF THE MONTH.

In order to be eligible, athletes must have turned in at least two outstanding, i.e. efforts that approach or exceed the performance standards set at the races they competed in. Also, athletes are measured against those who have excelled historically. For instance, Masters athletes are compared to elite performers like Tony Schiller, Kevin O'Connor, Jan Guenther, Cheyl Zitur christina_run.jpgetc.

FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE MONTH - CHRISTINA ROBERTS.

Gosh, this was a toughie. Great arguments could, and were, made favoring Bridget McCoy (Wins @ Brewhouse and Casco Bay Swimrun), Erin Hyndman-Farrens (1st @ Maple Grove Olympic and 3rd @ Timberman 70.3), Gaby Bunten (1st @ Turtleman and 13th overall @ Nationals) and Diane Hankee (1st @ St. Paul, 3rd @ Steelhead 70.3). Others who were considered included Kortney Haag, Lisa Lendway and Sheena Dauer....

"It's Pretty Awesome!"

GWEN_GOLD.pngED. Ideal conditions greet satisfying attendances at HOPKINS ROYAL and ST. CROIX VALLEY this morning. Words and pics coming on Monday.

St. Croix RESULTS - Hopkins - RESULTS

 

By Gwen Jorgensen (gwenjorgensen.com)

Four years ago, I set a goal: to win the Rio Olympics. In 2012, Patrick and I asked Jamie if he thought winning gold was possible. He said, “You need to improve your swim, improve your bike, and probably run high 32 minutes.” Jamie was right about two out of the three (my 10km in the race was a 34 something). Jamie’s confidence in my ability to be an Olympic Champion didn’t come until London at the WTS in 2015. I was sick the week of the race. I was struggling to just get out of bed in the morning. I did efforts the day before the race and could barely breathe. My legs were heavy, my nose was stuffed, and the last thing I wanted to do was race. I was underprepared for the race and I wasn’t firing on all cylinders, but I came away with the win. It was the first time I proved I could perform under pressure....

Rockstar Newbies...

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ST. CROIX VALLEY TRIATHLONS XVI - The "Rookie Triathlon Experience," a supercool mentoring program designed to make one's introduction to the sport of triathlon as unintimidating as possible, will be a featured part of this year's SCVT, as it was a RochesterFest, where it was an wonderful success....

Collegians & Cincogenarians...

sprint_podium.pngPhoto - Men's Sprint Podium (L-R): Thomas Anderson III, Michael Weissenborn, Craig Moscetti.

LIFE TIME TRI - MAPLE GROVE TRIATHLON - Collegiate athletes dominated the men's Top 10 at the 7th annual Maple Grove Olympic at rainy Weaver Lake Park last Saturday. Starting with the University of Iowa's Joey Hassett (1:58:39--19U CR), College guys swept the podium--Marquette U's Elliot Slade (1:59:18) and Wisconsin's Brad Woodford (2:01:19)--as well as 5th, 7th and 9th places.

Blaine's Chris Tatton was the first Premier Division finisher, placing 4th and covering the 1.5K-37K-10K route in 2:01:26.Tatton has placed in the Top 5 in four of the five races he's done in 2016.

Following up her 3rd place performance at Timberman 70.3 in picturesque Gilford, New Hampshire (PR - 4:43!) the previous weekend, Erin Hyndman-Farrens won the women's Olympic contest by almost a two minute margin over Sheena Dauer. Hyndman-Farrens has two...

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