Race Coverage

Broken Records, Leapt Fences & Bum Knees...

Brian-P-leap.gifLAKE WACONIA TRIATHLON - Who said that triathlon wasn't a spectator sport? We think it was a guy named Larry.

Larry was wrong. Triathlon, while not the same kind of viewing experience that you have when you watch a stadium sport or sports on TV, has thrilling moments that more than make up for those periods when all the athletes are in the hinterlands, out of sight though not necessarily out of mind.

The 26th edition of the Lake Waconia Triathlon, which in our humble opinion is and has been a nearly perfect sprint race, happened last Sunday and it was chock full of exciting moments, spectator moments.

Perhaps the most entertaining of these moments happened when Northfield's Brian Porter was hammering toward the final 90-degree turn that led to, as the great Phil Liggett would say, The Finishing Line. On autopilot, Brian overshot the turn and was headed into the transition area when spectators alerted him to his boo-boo. Regaining consciousness, Brian turned around and headed back toward the finishing line. He made a hard left at the fencing, which he soon learned marked the outside, not the inside, of the finish corridor. Instead of backtracking yet again, he lept over the fence (photo) then stumbled toward the timing mat, which he rolled over. It was soooo cool to watch and the spectators LOVED IT. ...

Miller Repeats in Perham...

kierann-and-casey.gifPhoto - Average Jo winners Kierann Smith Toth and Casey Miller, both of whom are originally from Wahpeton, North Dakota, which is a very nice town. It's not far from Dwight.

11th AVERAGE JO TRIATHLON - Casey Miller picked up his 6th career win in Perham last Saturday at the 11th annual Average Jo Triathlon. A Rookie fo the Year nominee in 2013, the year he placed 2nd here, Casey also won this race in 2014. That year he covered the .3-12-4 course 2:01 ahead  of runner-up Branden Scheel of Fargo. This year's margin was smaller (1:12) and required that he significantly outsplit eventual 2nd placer Ryan Wippler, who won his first career multi at Lakes to Pines on June 13. 2013 winner Tyler Zima (Fargo) took 3rd with Scheel, a perennial top fiver...

Weekend Racing Highlights...

ST.JAMES-LOGO.gif26th LAKE WACONIA TRIATHLON - If the women's Performance of the Year award was presented today, it would go to Suzie Fox, who crushed LWT's CR, a mark that had stood for eight years. Matt Payne picked up his 3rd LWT-logo.gifconsecutive win here. Words and pics on Tuesday. RESULTS

 

3rd Annual ST. JAMES TRIATHLON - Mankato's Matthew Busch has won all three editions of this sprint course race. Julie Gronewald of St. Peter, won today's women's competition and placed 4th overall. The event had 27 finishers. RESULTS...

Bike Crashes & Hotel Fires...

HL-PP-SF.gifBy Heather Lendway (heatherlendway.com)

 

COPPER CREEK TRI RACE REPORT - I was excited to race another “local” sprint triathlon as they are usually the most fun and I love racing with people I know.  Fellow local pro Patrick Parish joined my dad and me for the ride down to Iowa.  We were able to cram two bikes, all our racing gear and an extra body (Patrick) in the back of the car.  Having a guest in the car was great for conversation and as always having a chauffeur was great for napping the second half of the ride, thanks Greg!

After arriving in Iowa we picked up our packets, dropped Patrick at his hotel, checked into ours, had some dinner and got to bed nice and early.  Thank goodness for earplugs because our hotel was filled with young softball and baseball teams that were quite rowdy, that is until the fire...

Competing on a National Stage...

erin-finish.gifBy Erin Sontowski (usatriathlon.org)

 

First and foremost, I would like to start this blog with a huge thank you to USAT for putting on an absolutely amazing race at the Du Nationals this year. I was incredible impressed with the organization and enthusiasm that surrounded every aspect of the race. From the smooth packet pick-up, to the flawless bike check in that morning, all the way up to the cowbell start at 8 a.m., I could not have asked for a better race setup. So kudos to you guys and all the amazing volunteers that helped put it together.

Secondly, I want to congratulate all the participants that day. As a relatively new age-grouper, this race was an amazing display of the talent that our community possesses. From the pros that were incredible to watch, to the last few stragglers like myself who clawed and pushed themselves to cross that finish line, it was a great day to be a multisport athlete. I even noticed early in the morning how fantastic this group...

A Deja Vu Experience...

mike-run.gifBy Mike Ward (mikeward.cool/blog)

Capitol City Sprint Race Report - Lead up to the Capitol City Sprint was pretty basic. I had a strong run week with a lot of intensity, which was good, but I am feeling it now. Especially with Grandma’s Marathon in five days, the plan is to take it really easy in order to feel as fresh as possible on race day. Either way, despite not a lot of volume, it was good to get some relatively hard running in this last week as a little mental boost for Grandma’s.

I put a little less weight on performing at Capitol City just because it was a sprint race and Buffalo was more of a “where am I at” triathlon tester. I already knew kind of where I was at going into Capitol City, and frankly, Grandmas is more on my mind at this point. So the setup and prep was a little less hectic… I wasn’t as stressed out with having all my gear and just generally less stressed.

On race day, I realized that this was a deep field. According to Minnesota Tri News, I knew it was going to be deep, but it hit me on Sunday morning when I saw a few fast runners setting up in transition. Nothing is scarier than a strong runner. I felt really strong and good to go on race morning. I set up transition and...

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