Treehugger Named Athlete of the Month......

tree-hugger.gif(Photo - Tree-hugging Deb Roberts is June AG AOM.)

ATHLETES OF THE MONTH - Who were Minnesota's most successful amateur multisport athletes during the month of June? According to the Minnesota Multisport Awards (MMA) Committee, the clear choices for  "overall" AOM's were Heather Lendway and Matthew Payne. The MMA Selectors named Chap Achen, 45, and Deb Roberts, 61, as the Age Group AOMs. Here are their June resumes:

FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE MONTH - Heather Lendway, 30, St. Paul, 30, St. Paul

1st @ Pigman Sprint - Course Record

1st @ Trinona Olympic - Course Record

1st @ Lake Minnetonka - Course Record (A likely Performance of the Year contender.)

MALE ATHLETE OF THE MONTH - Matthew Payne, 36, Columbia Heights

1st @ Buffalo Olympic - Amateur Course Record...

21st Century Champions...

DKTLTF2.gifOur records show that the following Minnesota male athletes have won at least ten multis since the millennial turn. Yes, we can be off by one or two here and there.

1. DAVID THOMPSON (St. Paul - photo L) - 89

2. BRIAN BICH (Duluth - photo below) - 44

3. MATTHEW PAYNE (Columbia Heights) - 29 (Since 2007)

4. PATRICK PARISH (Bloomington) - 28 (Since 2008)

5. BRETT LOVAAS (Minnetonka) - 28

6. DAN HEDGECOCK (St. Paul) - 24 (Since 2010)


8. KEVIN O'CONNOR (Medina) - 15

9. DEVON PALMER (Minneapolis) - 15....

Happy Birthday Bob!...UPDATED..

bob-90.gifBy Tom Couillard

Triathlete Bob Powers ages up to the 90-94 age group today … his 90th birthday, June 28, 2014. Bob is a … Marine through and through (combat vet of WW II and Korea with three Purple Hearts and the Navy Cross), patriot, family man, proud St. Thomas alum, Beartowner, friend to all, all-around good guy, and recovering from a broken hip. Happy birthday and get well! (Photo from 2006.)

- MTN congratulates Suzie Fox on her dominating victory at the uber-challenging Quartermax Tri in Missouri this morning. Suzy cracked the overall Top 10 and bettered her closest challenger--Stephanie Lundeby of Alexandria, VA - by 11:55! RESULTS


Gwen Jorgensen (St. Paul, MN - USA) ran herself into the history books on Saturday as the first women to claim six World Triathlon Series titles clinching victory...

Stuff About Training in Hot Weather...

HEAT-RUNNER.gifBy Daniel Scagnelli (usatriathlon.org)

As summer approaches, it’s important that you plan and prep appropriately when exercising in the hot and humid conditions.
Your Body’s Response to Exercising in the Heat
Exercising in the heat is an added stress to the body because it is much more difficult for your body to thermo-regulate itself. Your body’s natural response is to cool itself, so naturally you send more blood to the skin to help facilitate the cooling process. However, this takes blood away from the working muscles and vital organs, which causes your heart rate to increase. You will be losing more sweat as a result, so it is important to stay.....

Proud of His Wife...

renee-burton.gifBy David Burton

Renee Gittens grew up west of the Cities in Rockford and trained with her high school cross country team in the Lake Rebecca Park reserve that Liberty Tri takes place in now.  Renee also competed in Gymnastics and Track.  She always wanted to compete in the pole vault but they didn’t let girls do that in the 80’s.

Renee  (photo) and her Cross Country team competed at the small school cross country state championship her senior year in High School. During the winter of the same year, she suffered a badly torn ACL during a gymnastics training session that doctors told her would end her running career.

Flash forward 20 years and the pain in her knee had her back at the orthopedic surgeons office just hoping to walk normally again. The doctor told her that if she was willing to work hard at her rehab she would not only be able to walk – she could run if she wanted.

At that time Renee, now Renee Burton, and I were both about 40 lbs overweight but we were ready to make a change and over the next 5 years Renee and I worked our way from walking around the block to running around it – eventually competing in local 5k races.   She started picking up age group awards that reinforced her motivation and kept us training....

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