2016 Triathlete of the Year: Women...











2016 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT AWARDS - Today we reveal the official nominees for Female TRIATHLETE OF THE YEAR. They are:

HANNA GRINAKER (28, St. Paul) - This sensational rookie triathlete won four of the eight tris she entered, two in course record time. She excelled at sprint, Olympic and half IM and her CR at Lake Waconia is nominated for Performance of the Year....

2016 Male Performance of the Year...

sean_and_matt.pngMINNESOTA MULTISPORT AWARDS - Here are the officlal nominees for Male Performance of the Year:

SEAN COOLEY - Course record victory at Superior Man Half IM - 4:04:21 (Fastest 70.3 time by a MInnesota man in 2016)

SEAN COOLEY (photo) - Course record victory at Lake Waconia Triathlon. Sean beat a very deep field. His margin of victory was 2:06!

WADE CRUSER - Victory at Oakdale Duathlon. His time--1:02:07--was extraordinary given the inclement weather. His margin of victory was 5:58!

MATTHEW PAYNE - Course record (1:54:15) at Buffalo Olympic. Matt outraced one of the deepest field of the year. His victory margin was 2:46.


As always, the POY category was extremely difficult to determine and not all Committee members agreed with the final picks. Here are the other performances that were given serious consideration:

Josh, Sean, Wade & Matt...



wade_ballcap.pngMINNESOTA MULTISPORT AWARDS - Here are the official nominees for 2016 Male TRIATHLETE OF THE YEAR:

- JOSH BLANKENHEIM (36, Duluth) - 3rd MMA Nomination - 1st TOY

COMMENT: Fast times in victorious performances at Toughman Sprint and Brewhouse Olympic were the highlights of his seven-race 2016 resume. He also podiumed at Timberman, Lake Waconia and in his AG at Omaha Nationals....

2016 Most Improved: The Men...

wade_backside.pngMINNESOTA MULTISPORT AWARD - Last Friday we revealed the women who were nominated for this year's Most Improved award. Today, we introduce the men nominated in this category.

Here they are (in alpha order):


- WADE CRUSER, 29, Sauk Rapids - Photo L (2nd MMA Nomination - 2015 Ranking: Unranked)

2016 Highlights:

- 1st @ Cinco Du Mayo Long Course

- 1st @ Oakdale Duathlon (Receiving POY consideration) ...

Love For "The Red Line"...

kris2.pngBy Brad Mitchell (obsessivetripulsive.weebly.com - 7/28/16)

Super-coach Kris Swarthout   (https://finalk.com) wrote this great article in a recent Midwest Events issue. He kindly allowed me to post it here. It reinforces how I feel about short course and some of the reasons that I love the sprint and olympic distances.....

Sprint for success
I can't tell you how many times I have heard triathletes say “oh, it’s just a sprint”.  The background of this statement is the assumption that the race is so short that it  A. Does not need to be trained for, B. Doesn’t really count, or C. Is somehow less of an accomplishment than another event.
I would like to start by getting one thing straight, just because you complete an event that is longer, does not mean you are a better triathlete than someone who completes a shorter event.  For...

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