"Suddenly, That Was The Only Thing That Matters"...



By Kristina Swenson (kristinaswenson.wixite.com)


ROTTERDAM ITU WORLDS RACE REPORT - To most of the world, these are simply three colors. To Americans, these are three colors that represent life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. They decorate our flag poles, museums, and historic places. These colors are worn at sporting events, Independence Day parties, and homecoming dress up days. These colors are shot into the sky as fireworks, printed on shirts and shorts, and painted on chests and faces. They are worn proudly by athletes competing at the Olympic Games. They are represented by our military, our police officers, and our government. Wearing them always seems like a special occasion and an honor.


Only the best of the best get to compete in them. And somehow, I was one of the lucky few. Triathlon is one of only a few sports that allows amateur athletes to wear the red, white, and blue.

On September 17th, I competed on Team USA in the International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Triathlon Grand Final in Rotterdam, Netherlands. This race is perhaps the biggest stage an amateur athlete can compete on for sprint and olympic distance triathlon. Tens of thousands of people from 78 different countries traveled to the industrial city to leave their best out there and fight. This isn't just any old race. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to race against the best competitors in your sport in your age group in the entire world....

Race Records & Heather's Legacy....



Do you know how many multisport Race Records were set in Minnesota events in 2017? We didn't either, so we scoured the results and found that at least 12 RRs were recorded last season.* Here's what we found:

2017 Race Records:

  • Central Lakes Cyclery Duathlon – Jason Toth – 1:32:32 (Prior RR – 1:35:37)

  • Superior Man Half IM – Matt Cymanski (IA) – 4:01:40 (Prior RR – 4:04:21)

  • Superior Man 41.5 – Andy Wiberg – 2:16:53 (Prior RR – 2:23:24)

  • Brewhouse Sprint – Mike Ward – 59:41 (Ties Prior RR – 59:41)

  • Graniteman Big Lake Olympic – Kortney Haag – 2:13:09 (Prior RR – 2:16:48)

  • Buzz Ryan Sprint – Elaine Nelson - 53:16 (Prior RR – 53:21)

  • Bertram Blast Tri – Jon Balabuck (CAN) – 57:27 (Prior RR – 1:01:52)

  • Bertram Blast Tri – Emily Muellner – 1:08:17 (prior RR – 1:12:36)

  • Bertram Blast Du – Dane Ramsey – 55:42 (Prior RR – 59:24)

  • Graniteman Clearwater Olympic – Kortney Haag – 2:24:40 (Prior RR – 2:28:26)

  • Buffalo Sprint – Andy Wiberg – 56:44 (Prior RR – 57:06)

  • Cinco Du Mayo Long Course – Wade Cruser – 1:20:48 (Prior RR – 1:21:50) ....

Brooks, David, Matt & Tony...



2017 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT AWARDS - Narrowing this category to four nominees wasn't easy. As with the masters women, there was a lot of talent to choose from.

Narrowly missing nominations this year were CHRIS TATTON and BRETT LOVAAS, both of whom received ardent support from various committee members.

Here are the four official nominees:


- BROOKS GROSSINGER, 40, Mayer - 1st MOY Nomination

Highlights: Two overall wins. Three masters records.


- DAVID HOLDEN, 47, Hudson, WI - 4th MOY Nomination

Highlights: One overall win. Masters titles at Minneapolis, Heart of the Lakes and Chisago Half IM.


- MATTHEW PAYNE, 40, Golden Valley - 1st MOY nomination

Highlights: Three overall victories in four starts....

The Women Masters of 2017...



2017 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT AWARDS - The process was painstaking and featured heated disagreement, but here are the official nominees for female MASTER OF THE YEAR:



 DIANE HANKEE, 40, Lino Lakes - 1st MOY Nomination

- 1st overall @ Gear West Du

- 1st amateur / 2nd overal @ Pigman Sprint

- 2nd overall / 1st Master @ Lake Wacona (MR), Heart of the Lakes

- 3rd overall / 1st Master @ Apple Duathlon

- 4th overall / 1st Master @ Chisago Half - 4:47:30

- 5th overall / 3rd amateur / 1st Master @ YWCA Women's Tri - MR


CHRISTEL KIPPENHAN, 52, Bemidji - 3rd MOY nomination

- 1st overall @ Superior Man 41.5 - MR

- 3rd overall / 1st Master @ Brewhouse Sprint

- 5th overall / 1st AG @ Timberman

- 6th overall / 2nd AG @ Liberty Olympic ...

Minnesota's Best Run-Bike-Runners...


Photo - Parents-to-be Brian Sames and Tori Nugent are both being considered for Duathlete of the Year nominations.


2017 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT AWARDS - In the DUATHLETE OF THE YEAR category, athletes must turn in at least TWO outstanding du performances. After scouring the results of the past season, here are the ten run-bike-runners that will be considered for the four DOY nominations:


WADE CRUSER, 30, Sauk Rapids

1st @ Cinco Du Mayo Long Course

1st @ Apple Duathlon 

3rd @ Duathlon Nationals


JORDAN ROBY, 27, St. Louis Park

2nd @ Falls Duathlon (Beat KO)

3rd @ Oakdale

6th @ Apple



BRIAN SAMES, 31, Shakopee

1st @ Oakdale Du

2nd @ Cinco Du Mayo LC   ....

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