Race Previews

Lucky 13...

logo* Pigman XIII Preview - This iconic half launched in 1998 amid hot, humid and windy conditions; climatological circumstances that have been in place more often than not for the subsequent dozen executions of this event. Let's hope that Sunday's weather is different; let's hope that it resembles the perfect racing conditions that our region's athletes enjoyed last Sunday.

The inaugural Big Pig was won by former Minnesotans Jared Berg and Christie Orris, both of whom have long ago relocated to Colorado...

Europe in Minnesota....

LOGOby Alex Hooke

Have YOU signed up for the TriStar111 Race yet? You should, and here's why. (If you are signed up, here's what you can expect).

Its European

Minnesota was recently named the most "hipster" state in country. I think it

Sunday Preves....

marcusjen(Photos - Green Lake faves, Marcus Stomberg and Jen Neuman.)

Race Previewette - It's hard to believe that the GREEN LAKE TRIATHLON is eight years old today. Whoa! It still feels new; has that new race smell, kinda like a car that's just arrived at the showroom, only sweatier.

Staged in a beautiful, bucolic setting on one of Minnesota's gorgeousest lakes and featuring a transition area whose lanes are wide enough to smoothly accommodate those big yellow dump trucks that haul dirt in and out of mines. You know, the kind with tires that are taller than Shaq. The event also features incredibly nummy post-race food. The event totally stands on its own, but if that's not enough for you, do it for the food. And the transition area....

Rock Star Sisterhood and Great Destinations...

kortboots(Photos - Kort & Boots doing that voodoo, that they do, so well.)

Race Previewette - 1239 women have registered for the 4th annual YWCA Women's Triathlon. A record turnout. More than half of them are tri-virgins. 38 are over 60 years old. That's unbelievably cool! 159 are participating in the Family Competition, i.e. teams consisting of sister/sister or mother/daughter.

This event is about gender empowerment and comraderie, celebrating healthy lifestyles, and important stuff like that. What happens at the front of the race is secondary; a bonus for those of us that like that sort of thing.

MTN likes that sort of thing. A lot. Finds it inspiring. We love and embrace heroes and heroines....

Turtles & Tube Steaks...

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Pulling Off the TwoFer....

logoRace Previews - Likely 2011 Triathlete of the Year nominee, Becky Youngberg, is signed up for two multis this weekend. On Saturday, she's slated to do the inaugural Graniteman-Big Lake Triathlon, a much-anticipated event produced by the cool folks who give us G-Man-Clear Lake and the G-Man Series. Big Lake replaces the Paynesville Area Tri, not because the PAT was struggling, but because BL, thanks largely to its proximity to the Twin Cities, will have more mainstream appeal. Paynesville was challenging, not just competitively, but from a travel and lodging standpoint...

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