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claire & dan(Photo - Dan & Claire, both of whom have garnered three MMA nominations.)

Minnesota Multisport Awards - For grins, we are allowing MTN visitors to weigh in on who they think should win this year's MMAs. To participate, scroll down to the "POLL" section, which is on the right, beneath the Race Ads.

This week you can vote for Rookie of the Year. Next week you can pick the Juniors. And so on.

Here are the current 2011 nominees:

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Ruth Brennan Morrey, Elaine Nelson, Stephanie Peterson & Brian Zeuli...

Nut Goodies, Croissants & Show Jumping...

rayThis feature is called "GETTING TO KNOW YOUR PEERS," wherein we raid Facebook pages to find fun and odd stuff about random Minnesota triathletes. Yes, we do make some stuff up.

* NORDIC STOCKER is very pretty, has thick hair and enjoys listening to Ray LaMontagne & the Pariah Dogs. She agrees that "God Willing & the Creek Don't Rise" is one of the 2-3 greatest albums of 2011. As an aficionado of thick hair, she really likes Ray Montagne's "Mountain Man" look....

Awesome Efforts...

kort(YndeCam Photo - Kortney Haag finishing at TCTri. Her stunning effort at Pigman Half last August has earned her a POY nomination.)

Minnesota Multisport Awards: The MMA Selection Committee announces its initial four official nominees for Female Performance of the Year:

* CLAIRE BOOTSMA's course record at Maple Grove Olympic. (Claire beat fellow TOY nominees Cathy Yndestad and Becky Youngberg in this race. Adding significance was the fact that it was the first time since August of 2006 that a Minnesota woman had beaten CY, a four-time TOY who was honored as Minnesota's Athlete of the Decade last November, in a triathlon.)

* CLAIRE BOOTSMA's course record at Peregrine Charities Olympic. (Frigid conditions--40-45 degrees--resulted in protracted transitions, yet Claire posted a 2:10:02, a 1:54 improvement on the...

Performance Enviable....

bous(Photo - Matt Payne winning the BOUS National Champs.)

Minnesota Multisport Awards - Determining the Performance of the Year nominees was, according to Youtube's =3 guy, Ray William Johnson, who is a MEGA-HOOT!, a biatch.

There were soooooooo many great performances to choose from this year.

Starting with the guys, the nine MMA Selectors, after rancorous debate, submitted their suggested nominees...

The Brightest Stars...

andresbootsbecky

cy

(Photos - L - R - 2011 Female TOY nominees Michelle, Boots, Becky & CY)

Minnesota Multisport Awards - There was only one award category on which all nine MMA Selectors agreed on the nominees: Female Triathlete of the Year....

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