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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) ....

Brooks, David, Matt & Tony...

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2017 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT AWARDS - Narrowing this category to four nominees wasn't easy. As with the masters women, there was a lot of talent to choose from.

Narrowly missing nominations this year were CHRIS TATTON and BRETT LOVAAS, both of whom received ardent support from various committee members.

Here are the four official nominees:

 

- BROOKS GROSSINGER, 40, Mayer - 1st MOY Nomination

Highlights: Two overall wins. Three masters records.

 

- DAVID HOLDEN, 47, Hudson, WI - 4th MOY Nomination

Highlights: One overall win. Masters titles at Minneapolis, Heart of the Lakes and Chisago Half IM.

 

- MATTHEW PAYNE, 40, Golden Valley - 1st MOY nomination

Highlights: Three overall victories in four starts....

The Women Masters of 2017...

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2017 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT AWARDS - The process was painstaking and featured heated disagreement, but here are the official nominees for female MASTER OF THE YEAR:

 

Women: 

 DIANE HANKEE, 40, Lino Lakes - 1st MOY Nomination

- 1st overall @ Gear West Du

- 1st amateur / 2nd overal @ Pigman Sprint

- 2nd overall / 1st Master @ Lake Wacona (MR), Heart of the Lakes

- 3rd overall / 1st Master @ Apple Duathlon

- 4th overall / 1st Master @ Chisago Half - 4:47:30

- 5th overall / 3rd amateur / 1st Master @ YWCA Women's Tri - MR

 

CHRISTEL KIPPENHAN, 52, Bemidji - 3rd MOY nomination

- 1st overall @ Superior Man 41.5 - MR

- 3rd overall / 1st Master @ Brewhouse Sprint

- 5th overall / 1st AG @ Timberman

- 6th overall / 2nd AG @ Liberty Olympic ...

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