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June 2015 Performance Report Card...

sheri--lc-nats.gifIf the MMAs were presented every month during the season, who would win the awards for June 2015? Here are our choices:

JUNIOR OF THE MONTH - Nick Klonne, 18, Rockford - In three starts, Nick was top junior and set AG records each time. At Manitou, he placed 2nd overall and also cracked the Top 10 (9th) at Liberty Half. At Buffalo Olympic, he placed 11th.

Also considered: Eliot Slade, Mitchell Clayton and Alyson Welch.

MASTER OF MONTH: Kevin O'Connor, 44, Medina - KO raced often and awesomely. In five starts he had one outright win (Liberty Olympic), two amateur wins (Pigman Sprint and RochesterFest Olympic - Masters CR), a 2nd (Lake Waconia) and a 4th (Capitol City).

Also considered: Tony Schiller, Sarah Mercer, Cheryl Zitur. 

GRAND MASTER OF THE MONTH - Sheri Schrock, 61, Cohasset (photo L) - Sheri WON her AG by a huge margin at the ITU Long Distance World Championships in Motala, Sweden last weekend. For us, this effort gave her an edge over fellow considerees Jan Guenther, Greg Taylor and Deb Roberts....

Miller Repeats in Perham...

kierann-and-casey.gifPhoto - Average Jo winners Kierann Smith Toth and Casey Miller, both of whom are originally from Wahpeton, North Dakota, which is a very nice town. It's not far from Dwight.

11th AVERAGE JO TRIATHLON - Casey Miller picked up his 6th career win in Perham last Saturday at the 11th annual Average Jo Triathlon. A Rookie fo the Year nominee in 2013, the year he placed 2nd here, Casey also won this race in 2014. That year he covered the .3-12-4 course 2:01 ahead  of runner-up Branden Scheel of Fargo. This year's margin was smaller (1:12) and required that he significantly outsplit eventual 2nd placer Ryan Wippler, who won his first career multi at Lakes to Pines on June 13. 2013 winner Tyler Zima (Fargo) took 3rd with Scheel, a perennial top fiver...

Weekend Racing Highlights...

ST.JAMES-LOGO.gif26th LAKE WACONIA TRIATHLON - If the women's Performance of the Year award was presented today, it would go to Suzie Fox, who crushed LWT's CR, a mark that had stood for eight years. Matt Payne picked up his 3rd LWT-logo.gifconsecutive win here. Words and pics on Tuesday. RESULTS

 

3rd Annual ST. JAMES TRIATHLON - Mankato's Matthew Busch has won all three editions of this sprint course race. Julie Gronewald of St. Peter, won today's women's competition and placed 4th overall. The event had 27 finishers. RESULTS...

Bike Crashes & Hotel Fires...

HL-PP-SF.gifBy Heather Lendway (heatherlendway.com)

 

COPPER CREEK TRI RACE REPORT - I was excited to race another “local” sprint triathlon as they are usually the most fun and I love racing with people I know.  Fellow local pro Patrick Parish joined my dad and me for the ride down to Iowa.  We were able to cram two bikes, all our racing gear and an extra body (Patrick) in the back of the car.  Having a guest in the car was great for conversation and as always having a chauffeur was great for napping the second half of the ride, thanks Greg!

After arriving in Iowa we picked up our packets, dropped Patrick at his hotel, checked into ours, had some dinner and got to bed nice and early.  Thank goodness for earplugs because our hotel was filled with young softball and baseball teams that were quite rowdy, that is until the fire...

IronCowboy Riding Into Minnesota...

ironCowboy.gifBy Christina Meier

James Lawrence, the current Guinness World Record Holder for Most Ironmans Completed in a Year, is taking on a 50-state Challenge this summer that he aptly calls the 50-50-50 Challenge.

His purpose is to bring a national awareness to the ever-growing epidemic of childhood obesity, “We’re the first generation where the parents are slated to outlive their children,” The Iron Cowboy said, “The epidemic is so crazy that I had to do something that equaled its craziness in order for people to pay attention.” He’ll race 50 Ironman-distance triathlons in 50 consecutive days in 50 states to bring awareness and raise funds to fight this epidemic....

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