Race Previews

It Will Be Epic....

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Race Preview - BBEs (Best Buds Eternally) Cathy Yndestad and Julie Hull, who between them have more than a hundred dazzling teeth and occasionally take ice baths (photo) together, will kick off their 2012 multi seasons in Henderson, Nevada this weekend at the 2nd annual LEADMAN EPIC 125, which will consist of a 2.5K (1.5 miles) swim, a 109.5 (68 miles) bike and a 13K (8 mile) run. Despite the fact that both girls have been beset by injurious misfortune, Julie especially, in the last 1 1/2 seasons, they are coming into Saturday's race as prohibitive faves.

Why?

Because they are both total Studettes, that's why! Since August of 2007, Jules, who looked totally good in the Vickie's Secret ensem she wore at the Underpants Run in Kona last October, has won 11 races, including two ...

T-MAN ON HOLD...

turtleTurtleman Press Release:

The Turtleman Triathlon - Minnesota's oldest triathlon, is on hold for the second time.

Sixteen years ago the event was absent from the scene for two years until an all-volunteer group of athletes led by Shoreview's Marsha Soucheray brought it back to life. It grew to over 1000 participants, including may who paid a premium price for a "charity slot" after registrations filled. Three times it was voted "Athletes' Favorite" and was often a finalist in that voting.

But the past three years have not been kind to the event. In 2009 huge wind and rainstorms eliminated the swim and forced termination while many were still out on the course. In 2010 the water level in the lake fell such ...

Hedge's Debut...

dan(Photo - Pre-mustached Dan Hedgecock, who is wearing a shirt he borrowed from his dad, whose neck is bigger than his own.)

Race Preview - Both Dan Hedgecock and Claire Bootsma, who are making their pro debuts at the USAT Elite Duathlon National Championship (Powerman Alabama) on Saturday, have what it takes to be be world class run-bike-runners. Yesterday we speculated on how well Claire-Bear would fare against the this weekend's stout field. Today we'll look at the men's elite field and guess at how well the mustacheful Dan will do.

Here are the guys he'll face:

Daniel Bretscher (Greencastle, IN) - The USAT Pro Rookie of the Year in 2008 and USAT Amateur AOY the year before that, DB has yet to confront a du field like the one he'll face on Saturday. Can our Dan beat Indiana's Dan? We're not sure. This will be a great battle. Our guess is if Bretscher manages to beat Hedge this weekend, it will be the last time he does so. Bretsch is a great guy who really, really likes ice cream....

Claire-Bear's Debut...

claire(Photo - Claire Bootsma. Claire-Bear will make her pro duathlon debut on Saturday.)

Race Preview - Minneapolisians Dan Hedgecock and Claire Bootsma will make their pro duathlon debuts on Saturday at Powerman Alabama, which is staged at Oak Mountain State Park near Birmingham. The event consists of a 10K run, 40K bike and 5K run and serves as the 2012 USAT Elite Duathlon National Championship. A prize purse totaling $10,000 will be distributed among the Top 5 male and female finishers.

Can Dan and Claire pocket some cash this weekend? We hope so. We know, as they do, that it won't be easy, though. They will be facing seasoned elite du vets, including St. Paul's David Thompson, who is a three-time PMAL champ. And yes, it wouldn't surprise us if DKT took home the biggest check on Saturday. But even for him, as we said earlier in this paragraph, it won't be easy....

Exciting BOUS News...

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What took them so long?

By Trudy Marshall

Best of the U.S. Introduces Spring Championship Format

Hopefully all you readers who are planning your seasons, targeting your BOUS Qualifier Race with hopes of representing your home state at the National Championship are jumping up and down and celebrating: No more last-minute logistics!!...

Important Newsy Notesey Stuff...

logo* COOL BEANS - TwinCities Olympic has been added to the prestigious Midwest Collegiate Triathlon Conference Race Schedule. How cool is that!

2012-2013 Conference Schedule:

20-May Bluff Creek Triathlon Boone, IA Olympic

9-Jun Elkhart Lake Triathlon Elkhart Lake, WI Olympic

23-Jun Quartermax Tri Innsbrook, MO Olympic

22-Jul TwinCities Triathlon St. Paul, MN Olympic

5-Aug Omaha Triathlon Omaha, NE Olympic

12-Aug Rev3 Wisconsin Dells Wisconsin Dells, WI Olympic

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