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Lotsa Love For Chisago!



RACE PREVIEW - For the last two years, the CHISAGO TRIATHLON has gone by the name Toughman Minnesota. We're pleased to report that the event is reclaiming it's original title.

Yes, it is still part  of the Toughman Series, but it built it's reputation on it's wonderful relationships with the people and institutions of the Chisago Lakes area, Minnesota's "Little Sweden," thus in deference to them, the event will hereafter be the Chisago Triathlon. (As Toughman Minnesota, some event participants may have lost touch with the wonderful Swedish influences--food, flags, awards etc.--that defined the race for its first nine years.)

So, let us encourage those who have yet to sign up for Sunday's events, to amend that right now. Be among the 1000-or-so attendees that will participate in this year's Half IM and Sprint races.

Now for some athlete-related stuff. The men's race will, as usual, be super-competitive, but we will begin by talking about the women's half. Five past champions are currently registered. They are, in alpha order:

- ERIN FARRENS, 37, Maple Grove - 1st here in 2016 (4:49:07) - Personal Best - 4:43:13 - 2016 Timberman (NH) 70.3 (IM PR - 10:02:29 - Louisville 2016)

- KORTNEY HAAG, 38, Maple Grove - 1st here in 2014 (4:34:23) - Personal Best - 4:34:14 - 2014 Chisago (Kort has won eight halves!)

- DIANE HANKEE, 40, Lino Lakes - 1st here in 2013 (4:46:08) - Personal Best - 4:38:51 - 2016 Muncie 70.3 ...

2017 Minnesota State Tri Championship...Updates...


HEART OF THE LAKES PREVIEW - The 32nd edition of this venerated event will happen next Sunday. (In case you didn't know, HOLT's long course race has been the "Minnesota State Triathlon Championsip" for the last twenty-three years.)

The main purpose of ths preview is to entice our state's tri community to do this race, as it is the only multisport event on the July 15-16 weekend. HOLT has always been a come early / stay late party and we'd like the 2017 version to be huge.

Lovingly produced and possessing a wonderfully prideful small town vibe, Heart of the Lakes  is not just one of our state's premier swim-bike-runs, it is one of the best in the entire Midwest. If you haven't done this event yet, please register ASAP. You're sure to be...

More Picking....



MINNEAPOLIS SPRINT PREVIEWETTE - Today is July 8. The MTN Guys are at Timberman, but we're anxious to learn what happened at Graniteman Clearwater, Elysian and the Minneapolis Triathlon, which also take place today.

We didn't post a Minneapolis Sprint preview earlier because the registration list we saw was incomplete. We were sure that many of the athletes that would eventually claim spots in the overall men's and women's Top five had yet to register. And most of the men's AG wins, we suspect, would go to later registrants.

The women's AG list we saw, however, included many of the ladie's that we believe would win their AGs. We will share those picks with you now, then check results when we return to The Cities to see how we fared....

G-Man Clearwater Preview - Part II...


GRANITEMAN - CLEARWATER PREVIEW - PART II - Last week we shared some Graniteman - Clearwater Olympic history. Today, we're doing likewise with the G-man Sprint (S-.44 point-to-point, B - 14.33, R - 5K), the flagship race that launched Graniteman Events. Here are the past champions and the AG record holders:


SPRINT - Clearwater

2016 – Casey Miller – 1:05:57 & Alexandra Badger – 1:20:50

2015 – Casey Miller – 1:07:02 & Cheryl Zitur – 1:11:35

2014 – Casey Miller – 1:05:57 & NICOLE HEININGER – 1:09:49

2013 – Dennis Dane – 1:08:49 & Jamie Heying – 1:17:21....

Minneapolis Picks...


MINNEAPOLIS TRIATHLON - The 17th edition of this annual classic will happen on June 8 at Lake Nokomis. This is our state's largest and grandest tri...

Timberman Preview II....



TIMBERMAN OLYMPIC PREVIEW - Last week we previewed next Saturday's T-Man Sprint race. Today we are are analyzing  men's Olympic competition. 

Based on the last registration report we saw, here are the guys that we think will fill out the Top 6. 


- WADE CRUSER - Wade was victorious here in 2016, his 1:57:01 the third fastest time on this course, which has been in place since 2013. Yes, we think that Cruser, who won the Most IMproved award last year and was ranked 3rd on Team Minnesota, will repeat as champion. Helping to pave the way for him is the fact that 2016 runner-up Josh Blankenheim is not returning this year. According to his awesome girlfriend Larissa, he's gotta attend a wedding, or something. Josh has already pledged to return to Timberman in 2018.


- BROOKS GROSSINGER - Three-tme T-Man champ, Brooks owns three of the six fastest times on this course, including his CR - 1:54:24. We're picking Brooks to place 2nd overall on Saturday, and now that he is 40, to absolutely nuke the existing Master Record, which is 2:05:08. We believe Brooks will, as usual, break two-hours.


- DAVID LEWIS (photo L) - In the last two years, Dave has placed 7th and 3rd here. We predict that he will split those placings this weekend, and land in the 6th spot. We predict that places 4th through 6th will be less than a minute apart....

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