Race Previews

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...

Doing Something Right...

chaseRace Preview - After its successful debut in 2010, organizers of the Chase the Police Triathlon decided to raise their event's enrollment ceiling. Last year's race, with its 300-participant limit, filled early. This year's race will have 400 entrants and has been full for several weeks.

Officer / Race Director Jesse LeBlanc and his crew must be doing something right, eh?

As in '10, Wave #1 will consist entirely of law enforcement personnel, hence the "Chase the Police" motif. Last year, 22 civilian male triathletes and 18 civilian female triathletes managed to beat their gender's first Tri-Cop to the finish line....

Waseca - A Place With Lots of Cool Stuff...

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Mini Tri For Fun....

logoLuna Chix Press Release - As LUNA Chix we have two passions....getting women involved with the sport of triathlon and raising money/awareness for The breast cancer fund.

The Mini Tri for Fun will allow us to do both!!....

Seriously Cool Awards...

dalaChisago Sprint Preview - One of the many cool things about the Chisago Lakes Triathlon is it's reverence for Swedish stuff. The Chisago Lakes Area, which encompasses the villages of Lindstrom, Shafer, Center City and, of course, Chisago City, promotes itself as "America's Little Sweden," thus it's appropriate that race organizers "Swedish-icize" their event.

They do so in a number of ways. For instance, serving nummilicious Swedish pancakes and ice cream after the event. And finishers stride beneath a large blue flag adorned with a golden cross.

And this year, awards winners (in both the sprint and the half) will receive totally cool and beautiful Dala Horses (photo L), which are very important in Swedish culture. Gloria, CLT founder/director and one who is always on the lookout for cool ways to upgrade her events, sent us this cool verbiage about Dala Horsies:...

Dala Horsies & Pancakes...UPDATED..

julie(Photo - Julie Hull winning the 2008 Chisago Lakes Half. Her 4:37:13 still stands as the women's amateur course record.)

Chisago Lakes Preview - Of all the great multis that have been added to Minnesota's annual schedule in the last 10 years, the three most ambitious events are Life Time-Minneapolis (2500-3000+ entrants), the Buffalo Triathlon (1500 entrants) and the Chisago Lakes races (1800ish entrants in 2011).

The sixth edition of the Chisago Lakes Half / Minnesota State Long Distance Championships and Sprint will be grandly staged at beautiful Paradise Park in Chisago City this Sunday. As ever, the field will not only be huge, it will feature a veritable plethora of our region's most talented athletes. It's impossible to look at the start list and not get excited.

We are especially anxious to she how the women's Battle of Super Cinco-genarians shakes out in the half. Two-time Ironman Wisconsin amateur champ, Jan Guenther, 52, of Mound, Minnesota, who has won for halves since turning 40, will go against North Dakota's Barb Kuhlmeier, who owns Chisago's 50-54W CR (4:52:47).....

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