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Sexy & Jangus...

Barn-Bluff-63-e140389730063.gifBy Dan Hedgecock (danhedgecock.com)

Back when I did an interview with Slowtwitch, they asked me why I thought duathlon wasn’t as “sexy” as triathlon. I didn’t know the answer at the time, but have recently formulated a theory: There is no palpable fear of death during a duathlon. Sure, you could be crushed by a texting teen driver paying as much attention to the road as she does to her parents’ advice, but you don’t really feel that possibility. On the other hand putting your face into freezing cold black water with weeds that try to strangle you? Now that’s scary.

I’ve come to this conclusion because I recently engaged in a sport much, much “sexier” than triathlon: rock climbing. Rock climbing is about 10x sexier than triathlon. A sport where you have to properly utilize a rope to not die? Very sexy. Here’s a few more reasons why rock climbing is super sexy:

* It’s possible that the rock you’re are clinging to for dear life could dislodge and crush your head....

Fast Women...

cy-run.gifAccording to our records, these are the winningest Minnesota women of the 21st century thus far:

CATHY YNDESTAD - 68 (photo L)

BECKY YOUNGBERG - 36 (photo below)

JAN GUENTHER - 34

MARLO CROSBY - 27

DIANE HANKEE - 21

SUZIE FOX - 18 (Since 2009)

HEATHER LENDWAY - 15 (Since 2012)

RUTH BRENNAN MORREY - 15 (Since 2011)

MICHELLE ANDRES - 15

MARNIE WALTH (ND) - 14 (On MN soil)

JENNY WILCOX - 14....

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)

7. BROOKS GROSSINGER (Mayer) - 20

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

JORGENSON MAKES HISTORY!

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...

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