Race Previews

Choosing an Ultra...

david(Photo - David Glover. We've known David for a long time. He's a totally cool guy.)

By David Glover (for usatriathlon.org)

Suburban Vegas & the Redneck Riviera...

hilary(Little Blurry Photo - Hilary Patzer riding like an banshee at Silverman '10. Hilary will take on the same course this Saturday at the ITU Long Distance World Championships.)

The majority of Minnesota's multisporters haven't raced since mid-September. There are some, however, who have yet to curtail their racing seasons. A gaggle of Loon Staters will be toeing the starting line in Henderson, Nevada on Saturday at the 18th annual ITU Long Distance World Championships. And an ever larger contingent of our triathletes will be at the 11th edition of Ironman Florida in Panama City, Florida, also on Saturday.

The following Minnesotans will be racing at LD Worlds, which will feature one of the most challenging courses--4K - 180K - 30K--they'll ever encounter:...

Doin' That Texas Thang....

devkort(Photos - Devon and Kortney plan to rock the Longhorn state on Sunday.)

Race Preview - Kortney Haag and nine other Minnesotans will race in Sunday's Austin 70.3. A glance at the start list tells us that Kort will be among the amateur favorites. An elite effort at Lake Walter E. Long coupled with her POY nominated 2nd place finish (in a PR-4:36:57) at Pigman Half would most certainly earn her a Long Course Athlete of the Year nomination.

The Austin course has produced very fast times. The pro records are Richie Cunningham's 3:48:55 (2009) and Nicola Spirig's 4:09:34 (2009); the ...

Exhilarating Possibilities...

laura(Photo - The totally amazing Laura Sophiea.)

By Gaylia Osterlund (for ironman.com)

33rd Hawiian Ironman World Championships - A wise man recently said the most accomplished endurance athletes are those who are willing to dig deep into their soul and deal at the highest level with their fear. On the morning of October 8th the best triathletes in the world will bob in the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean waiting for the blast of the cannon to send them on their journey of revelation. At the end of the day, each one will be newly acquainted with an inner...

Kona's AG Manly Men...

ciro(Photo - Brazil's Ciro Violin is the prohibitive amateur fave at Kona '11.)

By Lee Gruenfeld

After our profound performance of predictive prowess at the World Championship70.3 in Vegas last month, Ironman.com begged Jerry "The Scot" MacNeil and me to stage an encore for the Ford Ironman World Championship. They also begged us not to actually predict anything this time but just to preview the field. Must've been because of how we completely threw the sports book at Caesar's into a state of utter disarray.

We

Kona Bound...

peterangmarc(Photos - L - R - Kona-bound triathletes, Peter Maves, Angies Schmidt and Marc "The Hawk" Malinoski.)

Ironman World Championships - Thirteen Minnesotans have accepted their qualifying slots for the 33rd Hawaiian Ironman World Championships, Triathlon's Super Bowl, which will be staged this Saturday on The Big Island.

The five Minnesota woman who will race in Kona are:

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