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IRONMAN WISCONSIN XV - In the 15-year history of the race, who is the most successful amateur triathlete at IMOO?


Some may want to say East Gull Lake's  MICHELLE ANDRES, a two-time overall amateur champ and former women's CR holder, words that can also be used to describe Wisconsin's Ami Hutchinson.

We'd argue that IMOO's most successful amateur is Long Lake's JAN GUENTHER.

Here's why: In the inaugural IMOO in 2002 she was 42. She won the overall amateur crown and set a masters record that still stands. Her time was 10:24:42, amazing on a course that is now legendary for its challenge and scenery...

Blaine & Square Lake Stuff...


Photo - Rockin' North Dakotans (L-R) - Lyn Beiswanger, Marnie Walth, Beverly Everett, Melanie Carvell, Megan Beam. Front - Lori Finken.


BLAINE TRIATHLON V - After her victory at the Apple Duathlon in 1998, Bismarck-based multisport pioneer MELANIE CARVELL told one of the MTN Guys that she was mentoring an unknown athlete named MARNIE WALTH. She claimed that Marnie was a special talent.

She was so right.

The next year (1999), Walth won the Apple Duathlon, and since then has won most of Minnesota's major races, e.g. Heart of the Lakes, Timberman, Lake Waconia, Gear West Du, Square Lake, Chisago Lakes Half, and in 2005 the North Dakotan was ranked 3rd on Team Minnesota.

Walth is 47 now and races infrequently in multisport events, but she tends to win, or at least podium, at those races. In 2015, she raced at the...

15 Buffalo Wings & Gwen's Help...

mc_and_claire.pngBy Mitchell Clayton (mitchellclaytontriblog.wordpress.com)

Superior Man Race Report - First thing’s first, here’s an update on last Sunday’s St. Paul Triathlon… A little research was ....used to determine that I actually won the race.

So with 4 wins thisseason, I headed up to Duluth to seek out my 5th....

Auf Weidershen, Mein Hip...

Amy_IMOO.pngED. Lots of records were rewritten this morning at the 5th annual BLAINE TRIATHLON. Words and pics on Sunday or Monday. RESULTS

JASON TOTH and TIFFANY KARI lead the way this morning at the 18th annual SQUARE LAKE TRIATHLONRESULTS


By Amy Bauch (amysrunningaround.blogspot.com)

Funny how things work out.  Or, don't.

Ironman Wisconsin, affectionately known as Imoo, is next week Sunday. One short year ago, I volunteered at Imoo so I could sign up to race it this year.  I also volunteered at Ironman Arizona last November and then signed up to do a second Ironman in 2016.

Even though I had finished Imoo in 2012 and 2014, Ironman became something I loved and found it very hard to give up.  It's not just the race or the training.  I've met wonderful people, spent some time training in beautiful places and really grew to enjoy challenging myself physically and mentally.

I also really love the Wisconsin course.  The bike course, while difficult because of many, many, and I mean MANY hills, takes you though some...

"All in All, We Had a Fantastic Weekend"...

NATHAN_AND_JULIE.pngBy Nathan Ansbaugh (nathanansbaugh.blogspot.com)

Superior Man Race Report - Julie and I were thrilled to escape the Twin Cities/Residency this past weekend to get up to Duluth for what proved itself to be one of the coolest races I have ever done (or mostly done that is). We met up with Sean and Hanna at a little house we had rented for the weekend on Saturday night in preparation for an early launch from the deck of the Vista Fleet ship into Lake Superior. I was especially excited for Julie to have Superior Man be her first 70.3 distance race.

Personally, I had high hopes for the race knowing it was a deep field of stellar athletes including Sean and Matt Payne amongst several others but had been feeling pretty good over the past few weeks despite a ridiculous work schedule. The last time Sean, Matt, and I raced, we finished next to each other on the podium and I was hoping for a similar outcome in Duluth.

One big variable going into Sunday's race for me was a strained calf I had been struggling with over the past week. I was doing some intervals last week and ended up hobbling back a few miles from home after I got a...

Omaha 2016 - My "A" Race...

christel_omaha.pngBy Christel Kippenhan (seecktri.wordpress.com)

1.5 km / 40 km / 10 km
So, this was it, the triathlon highlight of the year, my A-race for 2016.

Leading up to the race

The plan was for Neil King and I to make the 8-hour trip to Omaha together sometime on Wednesday before the race, spending Thursday and Friday to do course reconnaissance, taken advantage of the open swims to get familiar with the water and its temps, and to do some final workouts to somewhat get used to the Omaha weather. Then race on Saturday and support Craig Peterson in his race on Sunday, before heading back to Northern Minnesota.

Aber erstens kommt es anders und zweitens als man denkt.
(But, first it always goes differently, and second never as you expect) ...

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