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10 National Champions...

feel-the-payne.gifBy USATriathlon.org

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Matthew Payne and Kirsten Sass captured overall standard-distance titles while Nathan Hoffman and Patty Peoples-Resh raced their way to overall sprint titles at the 2014 Life Time USA Triathlon Duathlon National Championships, held Saturday at Harriet Island Regional Park.

Payne (Columbia Heights, Minn.) clocked in at 1 hour, 16 minutes, 25 seconds on the 4.6-kilometer run, 31.2-kilometer bike, 4.4-kilometer run to claim the overall victory as well as the male 35-39 age group title. Dave Slavinski (Point Pleasant, N.J.) posted a time of 1:16:46 for second overall and first in the male 40-44 age group and masters division. Thomas Woods (Lincoln, Neb.), also in the 40-44 age group, was third overall in 1:17:35.

“Really, I would say we have the most competitive duathlon scene anywhere right here,” Payne said. “I knew if I had a good race, I had ...

AWESOME IN ANNANDALE...Updated...

holt-guys.gifHEART OF THE LAKES TRIATHLON - Dan Hedgecock and Suzie Fox became repeat Long Course champs this morning at HOLT. Hedge also won in 2011; Suzie in 2012.

David Thompson thrashed the short course CR and Nicole Cueno turned in the fastest women's SC time since 2004.

HOLT / Best of the US Offical Invitees: Men - Matthew Payne (amateur champ - 2nd overall), Marcus Stromberg (3rd overall) and Brooks Grossinger (4th overall); Women - Suzie Fox (1st), Nicole Heininger (2nd) and Christina Roberts (3rd).

The events were awesome! Words and photos on Tuesday. RESULTS ....

"...My Best Olympic Race to Date"....

hl-trans.gifBy Heather Lendway (heatherlendway.com)

Life Time Tri - Minneapolis Race Report - The entire week leading into this race excitement and nerves were building. This race was going to be the biggest race to date for me this season because of a highly competitive elite amateur field and there would be a pro field racing, Saturday couldn’t arrive soon enough.

Saturday morning my alarms went off at 3:45, 3:50, and 3:55, I was up with the first alarm but always set back ups. Dad was at the house to pick me up at 4:10, I was happy to walk out of the house onto a dry sidewalk instead of torrential flooding downpours like last year....

Minnesotans Rock at Du Nats...and Other Stuff...Updated...

nats-logo.gif- USAT DUATHLON NATIONALS (Standard Distance) - Columbia Heights' Matthew Payne and McKenzie, Tennessee's Kirsten Sass were crowned amateur National Duathlon champions this morning. Sass' win was aided by Dani Fischer's two minute penalty. Four Minnesota men--Payne, Bennett Isabella (5th), Kevin O'Connor (6th) and Andy Wiberg (10th) --cracked the overall Top 10. Three Minnesota women--Diane Hankee (4th), Jenn Scudiero (7th) and Greta Danielson (10th)--did likewise.

DU NATS SPRINT UPDATE - Minnesotans Nate Hoffman, Bennett Isabella and Kevin O'Connor finished 1-2-3 in Du Nationals Sprint race this morning. ...MORE ON NEXT PAGE

Doing Them Because They are Hard...

mtt-bike-turn.gifFYI - Matthew Payne WON the USAT Duathlon National Chamionship this morning!

 

By Matthew Payne (for usatriathlon.org - blogs)

 

Duathlon and I have a bit of a love/hate relationship. On the one hand, I’ve managed to get fairly good at it, and it’s always fun to do things you’re good at. Also, as someone who lives in a cold weather climate and likes to race frequently, duathlon is great in that it extends our local multisport race season about one month each direction, allowing me to squeeze in a few more races each year without the expense and hassle of airline travel. Another great thing about duathlon is that without the swim, you can of course leave the wetsuit, goggles and any other swimming gear at home. It’s always nice to have to have less junk to lug around and keep track of....

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