Race Previews

Nuthin' Mini 'Bout the Minne...

beach(Cool YndeCam photo.)

Minneman Preview - Three "Race of the Year" awards in its first six seasons. Whoa!

To say that Minneman isn't one of the premier racing experiences in our region is like saying that Kym Kardashian doesn't have a prominent keister.

It's a smallish event from the standpoints of size (450 participants) and distances (.3 - 13 - 3), but everything else about this race is Big Time. Staging and execution are first-class. Volunteers are numerous, skilled and enthusiastic. Post race and goodie bag amenities are abundant and totally cool.

Simply put, Minneman is a high quality event. And the good news is that there are still spots available. How many? We're not sure, so

Newsy & Notesy & Peopleful Stuff...

run* North Mankato Previewette -The nifty North Mankato Triathlon will celebrate its 14th anniversary on Sunday. One of eight multis serving the Minnesota scene this weekend, NMT is one of two of those races--the other was My First Tri--that filled early.

It is a sweet event, lovingly produced by director Ann Voss. If you've never done this race, put it on your 2012 or 2013 calendar, okay?

Instead of predicting the overall winners here, we decided instead to predict some of the AG champs. It's called, "Spreading the Love."

Here goes:

* Shelby Woodworth, 18, and Enoch Elliot, 13, are our pics to win the 19U category. Thus far in 2011, Shelby, who is deeply in love with her farm boy boyfriend, who is a totally cool and rather large guy, had won her...

Reeses, M&Ms & PhDs in Minnesota Nice....

reesesLake Waconia Preview - The Caller ID read, "Trudles."

"Hey sweetie! Whuzzup?"

"Will you stop at Holiday on your way home?"

"Sure, what do you need?"

"Either Reeses or M&Ms. I can't make up my mind."

He smiled knowingly. "What are we celebrating?"

"I saw Lake Waconia's start list on your monitor. Wow, whatta field!"

He smiled again, bigger this time. "Yeah, I got pretty excited myself when Marvin sent me the spreadsheet."...

Macca's Comin' To Town...

maccaMacca against all in the first U.S. TriStar111 in Minnesota

21 JUNE 2011, Monte Carlo / Monaco, Maple Grove, MN, USA.

For Immediate Release - TriStar111 Minnesota, held August 27 in Maple Grove, will feature Chris McCormack 'Macca' Ironman world champion, who will have to fight hard for the win in this race against a large group of professionals. Macca, and all pro roster athletes, will also compete to earn the pro cash purse of $10,000 (powered by URBAN Tri of Minneapolis), shared among the top ranked. This will be the first TriStar triathlon race in the United States, which will complement the "Maple Grove Triathlon: Dare to TRI" and bring the European style in triathlon organization and fun new formats to a large market.

Who dares to race with Macca? A number of professionals will face the reigning world champion Chris McCormack, thanks to a $10,000 pro cash purse distributed among the top ranked, powered by URBAN Tri. Macca will be a favored victor in the U.S. TriStar 'premiere' on August 27 in Maple Grove. Macca, who has already competed in two events this year including TriStar Nevis and...

Mary & Jeff Will Be There...

croix

Croixathlon Preview - Amy is kinda bummed. And on her behalf, so are we. There are six weekends during the 2011 tri/du season with five or more scheduled multis. Not only is Amy's race--the 6th annual Croixathlon--on one of those crowded weekends, it is on the one that is the most jammed....

MSCS Kick-Off...

lori & shannon(Photo - Lori Deschamps and Shannon Donley, Alaska's premier multisportswomen sprinting for the finish line at the 2009 Moose Nugget --great name!--Triathlon. Lori will be one of the favorites at RochesterFest Olympic on Sunday.)

RochesterFest Preview - Sunday's RochesterFest Olympic Triathlon is the kick-off event of the inaugural Minnesota State Championship Series and will be recognized as the Minnesota State Olympic Championship. Not surprising, the deepest field in the race's four year history will be on hand.

How strong is the field?

A glance at the registration list tells us that RFO has drawn the 2nd best men's field of the year to date. Only the Gear West Duathlon can claim to have pulled more talent. But not that much more...

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