Race Previews

Milestones on the Horizon...

sq-lake-logo.gif16th & 15th SQUARE LAKE TRIATHLONS - The 16th annual Square Lake Short Course Triathlon will take place at picturesque Square Lake next Saturday. The 15th edition of the Square Lake Long Course (almost half IM) will happen at the same wonderful venue on Sunday.

We've looked at early reg. lists and aren't ready to predict winners in the LC event, though we do expect to see a podium finish for WADE CRUSER, who is enjoying a breakout season and is one of the many guys that are being considered for a Most Improved nomination....

Nate is a HOOT!

emy-biking.gif4th Annual BLAINE TRIATHLON PREVIEW - This race was moved from its May date because May is an "iffy" triathlon month. Few lakes are swimmable in May.

The move to September 12 seemed pretty dang smart, until you took a closer look. Sure, it shared the weekend with the long-standing Square Lake races, but the Minnesota multisport community can easily handle two events on the same weekend, especially after all those 5-8-race weekends during June, July and August.

Right?

Yeah, but let's not forget that Blaine (and Square Lake) share the weekend with Ironman Wisconsin, which draws lots of Minnesota participants. More damaging to our local races, though, is the fact that IMOO draws THOUSANDS on Minnesota triathletes who attend the race as spectators and enthusiastic supporters of their Minnesota peers. That's probably what hurts most....

Footballs & Shirtless Guys...

doobie-haigh-five.gifThe 15th annual ST. CROIX VALLEY TRIATHLONS in Hudson, Wisconsin, and the 2nd annual HOPKINS ROYALS TRI are slated for next Saturday. They are the only races of the weekend, so we certainly hope that you'll be supporting one of them, as either a participant, volunteer or spectator.

The Hopkin's event was founded by, and is directed by, Doobie Kurus (photo L), who is an awesome dude. Do you know him? He's the guy who carries a football, Adrian Peterson-style replete with Stiff Arm etc., across the finish line of the events he races in. The first time you see this you wonder if Doobie forgot to take his meds, or conversely, that he over-self-medicated. After that, though, you just think it's cool, because it is....

Happy "Lycra" Anniversary...

lakes-co-swim.gifLAKES COUNTRY TRIATHLON PREVIEW - If you can believe it, this race will celebrate its 16th anniversary next Sunday. In case you didn't know, there are special terms for the first 15 anniversaries, and for the 20th, 25th, 50th etc. Last year, the Lakes Country event celebrated it's "Crystal" anniversary.

It's a shame that the official anniversary namers didn't give year number-16 a special name, so we will.

The Lakes Country Tri will celebrate its "Lycra" anniversary on Sunday.

Payne Train Heading For Duluth...

boat-leaper.gifSUPERIOR MAN PREVIEW - We predict that a plethora of records will fall at next Sunday's Superior Man, the 2013 and 2014 Minnesota Race of the Year.

Why?

The exisiting records are soft, and for good reason. Hot, humid conditions, unprecedently so in 2013, influenced the first two years of the event. Last year, the swim courses needed to be abbreviated. The 70.3 became a 69.9, and the 41.5 was a 41.3.

So, it's going to be exciting to see how things unfold on Sunday. FYI, the current weather forecast is for a sunny day with temps ranging from 59 to 79 degrees and light winds. Of course, that will change. The American and European weather models haven't been too accurate this year, have they?

It's time to go with the "Central American Model."

What is that? ...

Two Great Races to Choose from...

MG_SwimsStart1.gifLIFE TIME TRI - MAPLE GROVE & WASECA 1/3 & SPRINT - Finally!

Finally, a reasonably scheduled weekend, the kind of weekend that doesn't spread the participant base too thin. Minnesota athletes had fifteen races races to choose from in the last two weeks. This weekend there are only two races: the iconic Life Time Tri - Maple Grove on Saturday, and the Diamond-in-the-Rough Waseca 1/3 and Sprint on Sunday.

Last year, the Maple Grove event was the best attended of the Life Tme Minnesota Series. Current enrollment seems to be in the same ballpark as Minneapolis, i.e. 1400-1500 race day entrants. Love those numbers and hoping this demonstrates the beginnings of a "bounce back" in our sport...

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