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Buffalo XI Predictions...

frog.gifPhoto - We found this cool art on the Buffalo Triathlon's Facebook page.We had to post it.

RACE PREVIEW - The popular Buffalo Triathlon will enter its second decade next Sunday. Brett Oden has ambitiously crafted an awesome event which consistently lures 1500 participants to beautiful Sturges Park. Though this year's registration is down slightly, thanks largely to our relentless and endless winter, we predict that the current trend of summer-like weather and the fact that Buffalo Lake has been warming up like a banshee will cause a nice bump in the enrollment over the final days leading up to the event.

Yes, we think it will ultimately field 1500 folks. (Help us make this happen, okay!)

Let's make some more predictions:

- Jon Balabuck (Thunder Bay, ONT) and Matthew Payne own the two fastest amateur times at TriBuff. Jon's CR is a 1:56:06, set in 2011. Matt's 1:56:40 was alo posted in '11. Jon and Matt are returning and we believe that they will duke it out for the Top Spot in the men's results. A win for Payne would keep his undefeated streak (in 2014) alive. We think he'll prevail....

Venerable...

granite-apples.gifAPPLE XXXII PREVIEW - Here's some historical stuff about our state's oldest (32-years) multisport event:

PRO MEN - COURSE RECORD (5K-33K-5K course, which has been used since 2004) - David Thompson - 1:19:57 (2010) - COMMENT: Since '04, DKT has raced here six times without a loss. He has posted four of this event's Top 5 fastest times. David plans to race in Sartell on Saturday.

PRO WOMEN - COURSE RECORD - Brianna Boehmer(WI) - 1:33:23 (2004) - COMMENT: A super person and former track and XC runner at the University of Wisconsin (Madison), Boehmer raced at Apple three times: 2004, 2005  and 2006. She won two of those races, and placed 2nd in the other....

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...

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