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Cinco du Taco...

cincoRace Preview - A record turn-out is expected for next Saturday's Cinco du Mayo Duathlons at beautiful Square Lake. The races hope to lure 300+ total participants and are well on their way to accomplishing that. And according to The Weather Channel, the high and low temps in the Stillwater area for May 5 are expected to be 72 and 56 respectively under partly cloudy skies, which is the glass-half-empty way of saying partly sunny skies. It the forecast holds, conditions will be perfect for du-ing.

Cinco Du features a long course race (5K-20m-5K), which is celebrating its 5th anniversary on Saturday, and a shorty (2-10-2), that is turning three. The event also features post-race tacos (and other great Mexican munchables) that are nothing short of nummilicious. Not signed up yet? Click on the graphic (L) to go to the race's reg. page.

A glance at the current list of enrollees has gotten us excited. Several of our region's top athletes will be there and, as always, more can be expected to show as race day nears. The women's field looks especially stout, featuring the participation of 2011 Rookie of the Year Ruth Brennan Morrey, two-time Cinco Long Course champion...

DKT, Hedge & Claire-Bear....

logoEvent Preview - David Thompson, Dan Hedgecock and Claire Bootsma will kick off their 2012 tri seasons at the iconic St. Anthony's Triathlon in St. Petersburg, Florida, next Sunday. David will be facing one of the deepest pro fields that this 29th-year-old event has ever assembled, while Dan and Claire, who like each other a lot, will take on large and talented elite amateur fields.

A $65,000 purse will be distributed amongst the Top 10 pro men and women. For DKT, who has finished, as they say, in the money, on four prior occasions here, to come home with a check in his pocket on Sunday, he will have to outrace several of the sport's best practitioners. This year's field features five former champs. They are Matty Reed (2008, 2007), three-time Czech Olympian / two-time European champion Filip Ospaly (2011), Cameron Dye (2010), Andy Potts (2009) and six-time podium finisher, Greg Bennett (2005). Also in the field are international stars Bevan Docherty and Terenzo Bozzone of New Zealand, Steward Hayes of ....

Minnesota's Awesome Spring Du Season is Here!

logoFalls Du Preview - Minnesota's multisporters will be scattered across the US landscape this weekend. Some will be in St. Petersburg, Florida, competing against 3500 others at the 29th edition of St. Anthony's Triathlon. Others will be in Tucson, Arizona, competing at USAT Du Nationals. Most will remain in-state, racing in Morris (UMM-Tinman), St. Peter (Take the Hill Triathlon), Mankato (MSU Spring Tri), or in Cannon Falls at the 4th annual Falls Duathlon.

Produced by the great folks at Final Stretch, the FD launches what we think of as "Minnesota's Awesome Spring Duathlon Season", which consists of five well-established and totally excellent run-bike-runs:

* Falls Duathlon (Cannon Falls - 4/28)

* Cinco du Mayo (Square Lake - 5/5)...

PP in the Desert...

ppRace Preview - The 2012 USAT Duathlon AG National Championships will take place in the Tucson suburb of Oro Valley on Saturday, April 28. Minnesota is only sending six athletes this year, but one of them could win the whole darn thing outright.logo

We're talking about Patrick Parish (photo L), a soft-spoken Dukie who looks great in a suit and is diligent about his dental hygiene. He has won 19 races in four years, and three of those were duathlons. Check out his complete du resume:

2011 - 1st amateur @ Turtleman Du. 2nd @ Gear West

2010 = 1st amateur / 2nd overall @ Gear West. 1st amateur / 3rd overall at Apple.

2009 - 2nd @ Turtleman Du. 7th @ Gear West. 7th amateur @ Apple.

Notice his improvement between 2009 and 2010? Whoa! ...

Preemptive Diapering...

diaper boyPreviewing Previews - Adult diapers are not as bulky as they used to be. They can be worn under jeans or shorts and no one will know. Sure, they don't work well under bike pants or tri suits, especially if the wearer has had an "accident."

This is the time of year that the MTN Guys need to slip into their Depends because Minnesota's outdoor multisport racing season is about to start--in 10 days, actually!--and we are so goshdarned excited that we are literally peeing ourselves.

Next week we will preview four in-state events that are slated for the weekend of April 28-29: UM-Morris Tinman, which is celebrating it's 28th anniversary, the five-year-old Falls Duathlon in Cannon Falls, and the Take the Hill (St. Peter) and MSU Spring Tri (Mankato). We will also spill some...

Steph and the Fish Kisser...

fish kiss(Photo - Mike kissing a trout.)

Event Coverage - Ten members of the MJets took part in last Sunday's OHP #3 Indoor Triathlon. We were not surprised that Stephanie Solfelt, a Top 15 overall finisher at AG Nationals last year, led the way for the girls. Predictably, the 21-year-old posted her gender's briskest swim and run splits. If Steph develops her bike skills, she would emerge as a force on not only the regional tri scene, but the national one, as well.

The other two podium spots for the girls were earned respectively by St. Cloud sisters, Greta and Paige Danielson. At 18, Greta is two years older than Paige, though Paige is like almost a foot taller. Paige's swim needs work, but she possesses encouraging cycling and running aptitude. Both girls were nominated for MN Junior of the Year in 2011....

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