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More Love For King B....


Our fingers are crossed. According to Weather.com, St. Paul could get 3-5 inches of snow today. And maybe some more tomorrow. That would be awesome for the 100-or- so (currently more than 82 athletes have signed up for the race) people who will be taking part in Sunday's King Boreas Winter Triathlon at Lake Phalen. This event, as in 2015, is the USAT Winter Tri National Championship....

Great Athletes. Great People...

jan_boeas.pngToday we're telling you a little bit about the Top 5 men and women at last year's King Boreas--not a real guy!--Winter Triathlon National Championship. Great athletes. Great people.

1. JOEL LAFRANCE - 1:24:19 - Joel is a decorated nordic skier who became a summer triathlete on the heels of his King Boreas victory. He was nominated for 2016 Minnesota Rookie Triathlete of the Year. He's a really nice guy, too.

2. SEAN COOLEY - 1:25:09 - A recently minted doctor, Sean is a national class summer triathlete. He received four MMA nominations in 2016 and was ranked 2nd on Team MInnesota. Cooley is a veteran of winters tris, having won several of them in his native North Dakota. Also a very nice guy, he has excellent taste in clothes.

3. ANDREW TILMAN - 1:32:00 - We don't much about Andrew, other than he is a skilled classic skier. In 2016 he won the Twin Cities Rennet and placed 3rd at the Seeley Hills Classic. We assume he's a very nice guy, like Joel and Sean....

Comaraderific Fun!

King_Boreas_Winter_Tri_Logo_COLOR.pngFor the second straight year, the USAT Winter Triathlon (run, bike, ski) National Championship will be staged in St. Paul at Lake Phalen, an awesome venue for this kind of thing.

Last year's race wasn't humongous--66 finishers--but what would one expect of an activity that has yet to create it's own culture, at least in these parts. If there were, say, four races during the winter here in Minnesota, it is possible that the sport would take hold, and its participant base would grow.

Gosh, it would be cool if that happened. This is because the St. Paul Winter Triathlon is a total HOOT! It's a wonderful, fun, comraderific event that we hope would spawn more races just like it. So, we want to encourage entrenched summer triathletes, as well as nordic skiers, to give this experience a try.

Not a skier yet? You have plenty of time between now an race day on January 29 to practice. If you do, we know you'll fall in love with the sport....

Fat Wednesdays...

fat_bike_snow.pngBy Bob Timmons (startribune.com)

As fat biking’s popularity has increased in Minnesota, so, too, have the options for organized races and casual rides.

The Fat Wednesday event straddles both ideas with its races at Keller Regional Park in Maplewood.

The concept for such a race, held each Wednesday in January and February and in its third year, started in the mind of Steve Hed, the late bike wheel innovator and founder of HED Cycling. Jeremy Sartain, a massage therapist, had Hed as a patient, and the idea for the fat bike races was born of their shared love of cycling, Sartain said. Hed, 59, of North Oaks died suddenly in November 2014....

Sad News. And Semi-Sad News...

scvt_logo.pngWE'RE BUMMED - We pulled this sad news about the sixteen-year-old St. Croix Valley Triathlon from the Finalstretch.com website:

We are sad to report that the St. Croix Valley Triathlon has been cancelled for 2017. This event has been a hallmark of the Final stretch events but the city of Hudson has decided that it causes too much congestion on 1st Street and crossing 2nd Street at St. Croix Street. We had a problem with allowing residents down 1st Street during the race. If you would like further...

Dave & Amanda's Reacquisition....

dave_hands.pngWinonaDailyNews.com (Nov. 22, 2016)

Trinona is going back to its independent roots.

Ownership of the self-proclaimed “World’s Biggest Little Triathlon” now belongs to the original event founders, Winona native Dave Schutz and his wife, Amanda.

Life Time had owned and produced the Trinona Triathlon since 2011 and will continue to be a sponsor while also supporting the event via its Chronotrack registration and timing platform.

“We are incredibly excited to work once again with all the amazing volunteers, businesses and organizations, which have made this event so charming and grassroots oriented,” Schutz said in a press release. “We look forward to making this a Winona showcase like never before.” ...

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