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WACONIA CLOSING ON FRIDAY....

logoYIKES! The iconic LAKE WACONIA TRIATHLON will close registration this Friday (June 15). Don't pass up this opportunity to be a part of one of the Midwest's premier sprint tris. The race, which is once again Minnesota's Best of the US Championship Qualifier and a member of the prestigious Midwest Multisport Series, will be contested on June 24 and will be celebrating its 23rd anniversary. We hope to see you there. INFO & REGISTRATION

Trinona's Together Do-Do...

swimRace Preview - Dave Schutz totally has his race directing do-do together. His TRINONA, the fourth edition of which is on Sunday, has won the Race of the Year award twice and finished 2nd in the polling on the other occasion. How impressive is that! This kinda stuff couldn't happen with un-together do-do.

Trinona is simply a magnificent event. Magnificently staged, scenic and challenging courses and amenities up the wahzoo. And it has pulled pork sandwiches and chocolate chip cookies as big as your head. And Amanda, Dave's spousal unit, sings the National Anthem, better than anyone.

Boasting record numbers, the race filled long ago. STILL, visit Trinona's awesome website to learn about all the cool and innovative stuff that will take place n Sunday. LINK

Manitou XXIII Stuff...

manitouRace Preview - On Sunday the 23rd Manitou Sprint Triathlon will kick off the second season of the OptumHealth Performance Series. Manitou is also the fourth of nine races comprising the 2012 Midwest Multisport Series. It is expected to draw 400+ participants to its wonderful venue on the scenic north shore of White Bear Lake.

Every race has many races within itself. For example, on Sunday we are anxious to see how the junior girls fare. This race within the race features 2011 Junior of the Year Hannah Strom, plus fellow 2011 nominees Greta and Paige Danielson, 2010 JOY Kate Lowrey and last week's 19U winner at Buffalo Olympic, Mata Agre. The...

Bennett, Scotty & Christina....

christinaED. Liberty will be contested at Lake Rebecca in Rockford, not Lake Independence. It's a construction deal.

(Photo - One of these girls is Christina Roberts, who hopes to repeat as Liberty Olympic champion next Saturday. She just might do that. The other girl is probably one of Christina's friends.)

Race Preview - Yesterday we wrote about the epic battle that should unfold between Michelle Andres and Kortney Haag at this weekend's Liberty Half. Today we'll preview the dude's half and the Olympic race.

The usual elite suspects will not be on hand this year. We're talking about past LH champions, Dan Arlandson, Josh Riff, Devon Palmer, Jon Balabuck, you know, the sub-4:15-on-this-tough-course guys. But there is a guy who....

Kort vs. Michelle....

michelle(Photo - Defending Liberty Half champ, Michelle Andres, looking badass in black.)

Race Preview - Minnesota's Long Distance Opener, the Liberty Half, is Saturday and the MTN Guys are psyched. It is the women's race that intrigues us the most. We believe that the duel between defending champ Michelle Andres and 2009 Pigman Half winner, Kortney Haag will be epic, and determine the victor. And the runner-up. We're not suggesting that there aren't other competitive girls in the race. There are. We'll mention a few in a moment.

First, let's talk about Michelle. She has been training like a banshee lately, sometimes approaching 30-hours a week. That's serious! Her target race is Ironman Wisconsin and she's determined...

Love for Shorties...

finishRace Preview - The Buffalo Triathlon is one of 21 Minnesota multis that feature both long (relatively speaking) and short course events. The longer events are traditionally more competitive than the shorter ones, which are largely, though not exclusively, designed to appeal to newcomers and recreational athletes.

This said, it should not be assumed that the short course companion events are not as cool as their longer course partners. In some ways they are, in fact, much cooler.

Take Sunday's Buffalo Triathlon, for instance. Approximately 440 of the total 1600 participants are registered for the long course (Olympic distance) race and 1042 have signed up for the short course (sprint) event. (The remainder are registered as relay entrants.) In general, the shorties significantly outdraw the longies.

What does this tell us?...

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