Race Previews

Carolina Road Trip...

cary-du.gifUSAT LONG DISTANCE DUATHLON NATIONALS - The 2014 Long Course Duathlon National Championships will take place in Cary, North Carolina next Saturday. The event, consisting of a 32-mile bike leg bracketed by 5-mile runs, will qualify American duathletes for the Zofingen (SUI) Long Course World Champs next September.

Several of Minnesota's best duathletes will be racing in Cary.

Who?

Suzy Fox, Diane Hankee, Brendon O'Flanagan and Patrick Parish. Maybe others.

Fox was the Minnesota Duathlete of the Year in 2013 and was arguably the fastest amateur female run-bike-runner in the US last season. After her mechanical DNF at Oakdale last weekend, she is anxious to race....

Mud, Blood & Maybe Beer...

GWD-LOGO.gifRACE PREVIEW - The 22nd annual Gear West Duathlon will take place in Orono next Sunday. It has always been one of the premier dus in our region and one of the most competitive run-bike-runs in the US. Is it on your racing schedule? If not, there's still time to register.

Check out the champions and their times during this millennium. You'll notice that David Thompson (7), Dan Hedgecock (3), Brooks Grossinger (2 amateur titles) and Robert Gilles (2) are multiple winners on the men's side. On the women's side, Cathy Yndestad has three victories, and 2006 ITU Duathlon World Champion (Amateur) Sarah Kolpin has two.

2013 - GWD #21 - (2.8 - 16.6mi - 2.8) - Dan Hedgecock (P)- 1:13:37 / Brooks Grossinger (AM) - 1:16:44 & Suzy Fox - 1:27:32

2012 - GWD #20 - (2.83 - 17.4 - 2.51) - Dan Hedgecock - 1:09:33 & Ruth Brennan-Morrey - 1:17:52.....

BLAINE & ALBERT LEA PREVES...Updated...

blaine-weather.gifBLAINE PREVIEW -  For grinzies, let's make some predictions about this great young event, which will celebrate it's third anniversary next Saturday. First of all, we believe that the race will hit its enrollment ceiling by the end of the week, so please sign-up at your earliest opportunity, okay?

- Next, race day weather should be awesome, even awesomer than the conditions at Oakdale, which were ideal (60ish, clear and light winds). Check out Weather.com's forcast for the 17th (see graphic)....

Lucky 13...

oakdale-logo.gifSeveral days ago, Uncle Randy (Fulton) sent us a copy of his Oakdale Duathlon entry list. After a glance, we got excited. Registrations were coming in a brisk pace and it looks like the event may eventually field between 400 and 500 entrants.

Though most elite athletes are not early enrollees, we were impressed with the depth of the field thus far, and assume that, by race day, Oakdale will be more competitive than ever.

The race will celebrate its 13th anniversary on May 10, though some may claim that it is actually a 25-30-year-old event, one that started in Mahtomedi (we think?) in the 80s. Uncle Randy would probably agree...

COLT Stuff...

 

COLT-LOGO.gifRace Preview - The 12th annual Chain of Lakes Triathlon will be staged in Alex on Saturday. A guy asked us if we could name the winners of all 11 prior editions of COLT and we said we could.We didn't tell the guy that we had to peek at our notes....

Rhodes Scholars & Shiny Blue Dresses...

mike-and-dog.gifRace Preview - The Take the Hill Tri will celebrate its 7th anniversary on Saturday. Starting and finishing on the Gustavus Adophus campus in St. Peter, the event's proceeds benefit "Insulindependence," which is designed to unite, expand and support the active diabetes community.

Because the MTN Guys are totally into out state's tri history, we decided to share some Take the Hill's chronology. Here are the winners dating back to 2009. The event launched in '08, but we were unable to unearth those results.

TAKE THE HILL TRIATHLON - 500yd Pool Swim - 12.5 mile bike - 3.3. mile run

2013 - Nick De Leeuw - 1:02:42 & Lauren Slagel - 1:17:21

2012 - Paul Mollett - 1:06:41 & Lauren Slagel - 1:16:34

2011 - Connor Ziegler - 1:03:33 & Lauren Slagel - 1:15:12 - Race Record ...

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