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RF-logo.gifROCHESTERFEST VIII - Great weather is forecast for the Rochester area next Sunday and event producers are intent on providing a great racing experience for the expected 300+ athletes. We highly recommend this event and encourage those who are on the fence about registering to lean to the sign up side.

Because it's fun to predict stuff, we are going to share some prognosticatory musings. Based on the entrant list we were sent, we think that the Top 3 men in the Olympic race will be: 1. Patrick Parish, 2. Kris Spoth, 3. Kevin O'Connor. All three of these guys have victories under their competitive belts this year. (Kevin is a two-time RochesterFest amateur champ.) 

We are confident that Kortney Haag will prevail in the women's competition. She's healthy and fit, and her victorious performance at Buffalo (2:10:08) two weeks ago portends a great year for the 37-year-old former Minnesota Rookie of the Year (2008) and Most Improved (2009) winner....

Previews and Other Stuff...

nate-ansbaugh.gifLIBERTY HALF & OLYMPIC - We are anxious to see how Saturday's races at Lake Rebecca unfold. There are some long course newcomers, like Wade Cruser and Hanna Grinaker, that we predict will shake things up like a ten-point-0 on the Richter.

Guys like three-time Superior Man champ, Sean Cooley, 2011 winner Dan Arlandson, Iowa's Justin Herrick, last year's runner-up, 2015 Most Improved nominee Steve Morris, and Colorado transplant Nate Ansbaugh (photo L), who rocked a 3rd place finish at Gear West Du last month, are expected to set the pace, and there's always a few Canadian dudes that crash the Top 10, nevertheless we believe that Cruser will podium....

Love for the Buffalo Triathlon

monday-lisa.gifBUFFALO TRIATHLON PREVE - There are no shortage of outstanding triathlon venues in Minnesota. In fact, we doubt that any other state has as many great tri sites as ours does. It just doesn't get any better than Timberman's Sugar Lake venue, Heart of the Lakes in Annandale and the new site of the Brewhouse at Island Lake. In the Metro, there's Lake Marion, Lake Waconia and Lake Minnetonka, among so many others. And the Waseca Tri in southern MInnesota is special, too.

And there are sixty other great tri/du sites in our state.

At, or near the top of the "GVL" (Great Venues List) is Sturges Park in Buffalo, home  of the Buffalo Triathlon, which will celebrate its 13th anniversary next Sunday. That place looks like it was designed with triathlon in mind. It's picturesque and shady, and features an awesome amphitheatre. It is not only a great venue for racers, there isn't a more spectator-friendly race site anywhere....

"Fun Size" Challenge....

snickers-fun-size_2.gifThe MTN Guys are glad that the road construction in the southwest Metro has been completed and that the CHASKA TRIATHLON can return to the schedule.

We worry, however, that 2016 CT enrollment will dip, which will jeopardize the event's sponsorship, and ultimately the future of the race.

The reason for our concern is the observation that most events need a few years to bounce back after a cancellation, or if the prior edition of the event had been plagued by yucky weather....

The Men of Apple '16....

dkt-apple.gifAPPLE DUATHLON - In a separate post we predicted that the women's race will be more competitive than ever. In this one, we are saying the same about the men's race.

Here are some of the guys who should go very, very fast on Saturday:

DAVID THOMPSON - Seasoned pro, DKT has raced on this course on seven prior occasions. Guess how many times he's won? That's right: 7! He is the only man to break 1:20 here (1:19:57 in 2010). A win would be the 102nd of his multisport career....

The Women of Apple XXXIV...

cheri-bates.gifAPPLE PREVIEW - Minnesota's longest running multi, the Apple Du, will celebrate its 34th birthday on Saturday. It will also feature one of it's deepest fields ever.

Here, we'll tell you about the women's field. We'll talk about the men in a separate post.

In 2015 an unprecedented nine women managed to break the 1:40 on Apple storied 5K- 20.5 mile - 5K course. (Apple was more competitive than Nationals!) Seven of those national class women--Suzie Fox, Sheena Dauer, Kortney Haag, Lisa Lendway, Christina Roberts, Jenn Scudiero and Manuela Knispel--are returning. (Unable to return are 2015 winner Elaine Nelson, who is preggers, and Nicole Heininger, who has relocated to the Southwest.)

Are there at least two more women in this year's field that should break the 100-minute standard?

Yup!  ...

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