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Gaby, Nicole, Kelly & Maggie..

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2017 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT AWARDS - FEMALE MOST IMPROVED -  Using the words "Most Improved" to describe this category is a bit misleading. What the MMA Comittee is measuring is how much emerging athletes are moving among their elite peers, especially as it relates to placement on Team MInnesota. An athlete who has never made the team, but has improved enough to make it this year, is a prime cadidate for consideration, as is that member of Team Minnesota that moves up the ladder in a significant way. Also considered are athletes that were basically "off the radar" in previous seasons but are now flirting with a spot on the Team.

Today, in alpha order, we are revealing the Female Most Improved nominees for 2017:

 

- GABY BUNTEN, 25, Forest Lake

Gaby has placed as high as 5th on Team Minnesota in the past, but will place much higher this year. Upward movement within the Top five is a big deal.

Here are Gaby's 2017 competitive highlights:

- 1st @ Minneapolis - 2:08:34 - This effort is being considered for a POY nomination.

- 1st @ South Beach Olympic (FL) ....

2017 Race of the Year Finalists...

 

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2017 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT AWARDS - Voting for TRIATHLETES CHOICE RACE OF THE YEAR has concluded. The finalists were determined by "Percent of Participation" results. For instance, if a race with 500 race day entrants, including each relay member, receives 50 votes, then that event was supported by 10% of its entrants. A race with 1500 entrants would need to receive at least 151 votes (10.1%) in order beat the smaller race, etc.

Wade, Diane, Brian , Sames, Kris & Dani...

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Photo (L-R) - Oakdale men's podium: Kris Spoth, Brian Sames, Jordan Roby.

 

2017 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT AWARDS - Here, in alpha order, are the five officlal nominees for Minnesota DUATHLETE OF THE YEAR:

 

- WADE CRUSER, 30, Sauk Rapids 

Wade's 2017 resume featured two wins--Cinco Du Mayo and Apple--one CR (Cinco) and a 3rd place overall at Duathlon Nationals.

 

- DIANE HANKEE, 40, Lino Lakes

Diane beat a stellar  field at Gear West, then placed 3rd behind Vsetecka and Grinaker at Apple.

 

- BRIAN SAMES, 31, Shakopee

Brian won the Oakdale Duathlon and placed 2nd behind Cruser at Cinco Du Mayo Long Course....

Last Chance....Voting Closes at 11:59 Tonight!

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LAST CHANCE TO VOTE FOR RACE OF THE YEAR!

Yup. Once again we encourage everone to vote for their favorite multisport event of the year. The Top Five Vote-Getters will be announced on this site on Tuesday, October 17 (Voting concludes at 11:59 PM on Sunday, October 15). 

Who will win the 2017 Triathletes Choice Race of the Year award?

That's up to you. If you are eligible to vote, that is.

Here are the criteria:

- Voting Eligibility - Only those Minnesota tri and/or du-athletes who raced in one or more of the events listed ...

Race Records & Heather's Legacy....

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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) ....

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