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Lakes Country Turns Seventeen...

DSC_6019.pngLAKES COUNTRY TRIATHLON - WADE CRUSER will be going for his 5th victory of the season at LCT this Sunday and we predict he will not only win, but demolish the CR. His 2nd place (by 2 seconds!) effort here in 2015 marked his emergence as a star in our region, and he has been even impressiver ever since.

How fast will he go? Our guess is that he will pop a time in the 58-flat area.

And he'll be pushed by another guy who is enjoying a breakout season in 2016: CASEY MILLER. Thus far this season, Casey's scorecard features three wins and three seconds....

Haag, Roberts, Grinaker, Walker....Updated Yet Again...

smt_swim_start.pngSUPERIORMAN PREVIEW - KORTNEY HAAG has seven half IM wins on her resume, including here in 2015 when she set the women's course record (4:43:08). Once again, she will enter the race as the favorite.

On paper, Haag's stiffest challenge will come from a woman who hasn't raced the 70.3 distance since her only attempt at the in 2010. Her name is CHRISTINA ROBERTS, and her time at Liberty was 5:16:42. She placed 7th.

Kortney knows that the 2016 version of Christina Roberts is much faster than the 2010 version. Roberts was ranked 2nd on Team...

Maple Grove VII Preview...

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LIFE TIME TRI - MAPLE GROVE PREVIEW - Can you believe that this race is seven years old already?

Time flies when you're having fun.

When we glanced at the current entrant list we were most impressed with the depth of the women's field in the sprint race, so, we are going to concentrate on that here....

Mature Teen & A Pair of Hankees...

Uncle_R_and_Liila.jpgPHOTO - A pair of Randys - Uncle Randy Fulton, St. Paul Tri founder/director, and his bud, Randy Liila, enjoying a perfect morning at Lake Phalen.

 

ST. PAUL TRIATHLONS - In the wind and rain on Saturday at the Lake Marion Sprint, two-time Junior of the Year candidate MITCHELL CLAYTON zigged when he should have zagged. The wrong turn resulted in a DNF.

Mitchell smiled and shrugged his shoulders. Do-do happens, right?

He immediatedly decided to race the next day at the St. Paul Sprint, where he hoped, as he had at the LMT, to come away with a victory. If he did, it would be his 4th W of the 2016 season. (Yes, he appears to be a shoo-in for another JOY nomination.)

Sunday wasn't yucky. In fact, weather conditions couldn't have been more ideal. Mitchell raced his heart out, but according to the results, he didn't win, although he came very close. Just 17 seconds separated him from the...

Craft Beer & Sit Down Transitions...

sontowskis.jpgIn the Metro on Saturday, racing conditions were less than ideal. In fact, they were downright yucky. Still, some great racing took place.

Conversely, on Sunday, racing conditions were awesome. Some would say that they couldn't have been better, and we would agree with that assessment. Sunny, mild, temps in the low 60s with negligible wind. A great day to be outdoors.

On Saturday, though, wind, strong and cold, and rain, sometimes torrential, had almost every finisher at the 9th annual Lake Marion Triathlon scurrying for the beer tent after they finished (photo - the Sontowskis, Marc and Erin). Lakeville Brewing Company was serving a fine and nummilicious craft ale--Irish Red--and most, if not all, of the five pony kegs that were on site were drained....

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