Race Previews

Gunning For Career Du Win #10...

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OAKDALE DUATHLON PREVE  - We rescheduled (for Saturday) our regularly scheduled post --"El Rocketo. Unofficial Hemsworth Brother"--to bring you news about Saturday's Oakdale Duathlon. Uncle Randy has recently posted his registration list and we got exciting by what we saw. The men's field is especially strong. Here are the guys that we believe will be racing for podium spots:

 

- WADE CRUSER - Defending Oakdale champ who is coming off a course record win at Cinco Du Mayo Long Course, Wade's won three of the four dus he's done so far in his career and should have been a USAT DOY HM in 2016, in our humble opinion. Unless, Matt Payne decides to pop in, Cruser is our pick to win.

- JESSON BAUMGARTNER - Iowa transplant and 2012 US DOY, the year he won Duathlon Worlds in Ottawa, Jesson is coming off a win at the Falls Du. A 5000 PR of 14:10, Baumgartner should be a threat on Saturday. His best years were 2011 and 2012, though.

- KRIS SPOTH - He has little or no background in duathlon, but has the requisite skills. He's a fast runner and cyclist and a tenacious competitor. He will affect the outcome of Saturday's race....

Duathlon Month...

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May is Duathlon Month in Minnesota. Five great races. Okay, we're fudging a little. The first du--FALLS--is actually on April 29.

Two of the five--FALLS and CINCO DU MAYO--have been contested. Next up is Saturday's OAKDALE DUATHLON at Lake Elmo Park Reserve, followed the next Saturday by the GEAR WEST DU. And the Saturday after that is APPLE....

Cinco to Celebrate Diamond Anniversary...

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cinco_du_logo.pngCINCO DU MAYO PREVIEW - Yucky weather in the recent past makes folks reluctant to sign up for races in the near future. When this was written, temps were in the 30s and snowflakes the size of kumquats were falling out of the sky. But according to weather.com, an irrefutable source of unassailable information, the conditions in the Stillwater area, where the 10th edition of Cinco Du Mayo Long Course and 8th annual Cinco Sprint Du will be staged, will be borderline lovely next Saturday, when those races will be contested....

COLT XVI Preve...Amy's Race...

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ED. Got back last night from St. Anthony's in Florida. Dididn't have time to write race coverage for today. Will post coverage and results links on Tuesday.

COLT PREVIEW - The Chain of Lakes Triathlon in Alexandria, a totally cool town with a big statue of a Viking guy, will celebrate its 16th anniversary next Saturday. COLT is a sprint race consisting of a 600 yard pool swim, a 13 mile bike and 2.8 mile run, excellent distances for newbies, and veterans who like red-line racing.

Attendance has dipped a bit since 2013, as has been the case with most multisport races universally, but this year's enrollment is looking good. The race had averaged about 70 finishers for the last three years. Next Saturday's race could double that. We hope this is a trend affecting all Minnesota multis.

The overall course records, which were set by Sam Janicki (55:11 /Marcus Stromberg posted a 55:12 in 2014) in 2010, and Heather Lendway's ridiculous 57:13, turned in in '14, appear untouchable. But that suggests that several athletes will compete for the top spots, instead of a single triathlete blasting off the front.....

Preving Falls Du IX....

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FALLS DUATHLON PREVIEW - Just got a peek--thanks, Andrew!--of the Falls Duathlon registration list. The turnout should be good, as close to 300 athletes have already enrolled....

Falls Du IX is Saturday!

devon_popping.pngPhoto - Two-time Falls Du champ Devon Palmer finally popping the question.

 

The ninth annual FALL DUATHLON, produced by Mark and his crew from Final Stetch, will take place in pastoral Cannon Falls on Saturday. If you've done this race, you know that is is awesome. If you haven't done it, we think you should sign up right now. LINK Besides, the earlier you knock off some of that winter rust, the better shape you'll be in for all the great races on the May and June calender.

Today we want to share some this race's history. Check out the Top 5s and divisional records:

TOP 5 MEN –

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