"...No Place Like Home"...

bikes.gifBy Suzie Fox (suz--news.blogspot.com)

Last Friday (9/5) morning Ann, Heidi, and I packed Ann's minivan to the max and returned to Madison for IM Wisconsin where it all began two years ago. In some ways it felt like it had been way more then 2 years and in some ways it felt like a lot less. We also had our friend John riding with us this year who I don't think realized that he was subjecting himself to 4.5 hours of nonstop girl talk but he was a trooper and we had a lot of fun. I was ecstatic that Ann and Heidi signed up with me again for this year bc there is nobody else I would rather take this journey with a second time, the training, the travel, the lodging, the whole adventure, these are my girls. My parents made the 8 hour drive from South Dakota and arrived on Friday as well, they have been to every IM I have done in the US. I was so grateful to see them all over the course, to have them stay in the same hotel as me just like in 2012 and to spend a lot of time with them over the weekend....

The Future of Minnesota Multisports...

emy-bike.gif2014 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT AWARDS - The MMA Selection Committee announces its official nominees for 2014 Rookie of the Year and Junior of the Year. They are:



EMY EVERHART, 35, St. Paul (photo L)

LAURA GREER, 26, Minneapolis

NICK NYGAARD, 24, Duluth

KELLY TROM, 27, Minneapolis



Official GMOY Nominees....

Bill-Schmitt.gif2014 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT AWARDS: Today the MMA Selectors announce their official nominees for GRAND MASTER OF THE YEAR:


NEIL KING, 64, Nevis - This is KIng's 3rd GMOY nomination. 2014 highlights include divisional wins at Life Time - Minneapolis, Buffalo and Walker, where he CRed. He also medaled (Bronze) at the Edmonton World Championships.

BILL SCHMITT, 60, Duluth (photo) - This is Bill's first MMA nomination. Five divisional wins in five starts, including two CRs, Bill cracked the overall Top 10 twice.

PAM STEVENS, 61, Sartell - A three-time MMA winner, Pam recorded five divisional wins in five starts in regional racing in 2014, including four CRs. She also picked up a Bronze medal at USAT Nationals.

GREG TAYLOR, 60, Yankton, SD - A two-time Minnesota Master of the Year, Greg dominated his division at Nationals and at the 70.3 World Championships in Mont Tremblant. He cracked the overall Top 10 In all three of his Minnesota starts.

Other athletes receiving serious consideration in this category were: DEB ROBERTS (61, Nisswa), HANK LARSEN (73, Glencoe), SHERI SCHROCK (59,...

Deep Du...

du-nats.gifMinnesota Multisport Awards - DOY is a coed category and never has the competition been this fierce. The field includes a reigning du National Champion--MATTHEW PAYNE--and nationals runner-up--DANI FISCHER. It also includes a man and a woman who were named US Duathlete of the Year (KEVIN O'CONNOR in 2009, JENN SCUDIERO in 2013).

After much deliberation, here are the four official nominees for 2014 Duathlete of the Year:


DANI FISCHER, 26, Wausau, WI - 2014 Du Highlights: 1st amateur / 2nd overall at Apple, 2nd overall @ Du Nationals, 1st overall @ Badger State Games Du....

The Masters: A Tradition Like No Other...

jeff-gilmer.gifMinnesota Multisport Awards - Yesterday, we introduced you to the 2014 Female Master of the Year nominees. Here are the four nominees for Male MOY:


CHAP ACHEN, 45, Red Wing - 2014 Highlights: Overall winner of three of the five races he entered, including the Square Lake Half IM (4:15).


BRIAN BICH, 48, Duluth - Nine-time MMA winner, Brian set a course record at Brewhouse and medaled at Nationals (1:57:57, the fastest Olympic time by a Minnesota master in 2014).


KEVIN O'CONNOR, 43, Medina - Two-time MOY winner, Kevin podiumed in five regional races this year, including a win at Waseca Sprint. He also podiumed at both Du and Tri Nationals.


TONY SCHILLER, 56, Eden Prairie - Winner of eight MMAs, Tony, an 11-time national champion, was undefeated against age-50+ competition in regional action. He also won his AG at Olympic and Sprint Nationals.

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