Race Coverage

An Awesome Event...

Jake-cooley.gifCHISAGO LAKES HALF IX - Mild weather and deep, fit fields fueled a barrage of personal bests and even a few divisional course records on Sunday at scenic Paradise Park in Chisago City. Here are some stats that support this observation:

1. David Thompson (P - MN) - 4:03:11 - 6th Chisago win - 18th career Half IM victory.

2. Tom Gerlach (P - WI) - 4:04:08

3. Tim Hola (CO) - 4:04:27 - Amateur Course Record - Old Mark - 4:05:48 - Jon Balabuck - 2006.

4. Sean Cooley (ND) - 4:09:05 - Personal Best - Old PR - 4:14:36 - Kansas 70.3 in 2013.

5. Eric Engel (MN) - 4:11:28 - Personal Best - Old PR - 4:16:55 - Liberty '14.

6. Alex Hooke (MN) - 4:21:19

7. Paul Rockwood (WI) - 4:23:34 - Personal Best - Old PR - 4:29:55 - Duluth Tri '14.

8. Jake Cooley (ND - photo L) - 4:23:44 - Personal Best - Old PR - 4:34:29 - Superiorman '12....

Her Best Race Yet? Maybe...

swim-start-at-chisago.gifCHISAGO LAKES SPRINT - In her blog Heather Lendway stated that her course record performance at Life Time Tri - Minneapolis was her best Olympic-distance effort ever.

What was her best sprint race ever?

It HAD to have been her dominating performance at Chisago Sprint on Sunday. There she led out of the water and was second into T2 behind pro male Dan Hedgecock, who would go on to record his 27th career win. And though Hedgecock broke Devon Palmer's men's course record, he could only managed to finish 3:25 ahead of Lendway, who was never overtaken by male triathletes during the final phase, a 5K run....

Sunday Race Summaries...

sean-shicago.gifCHISAGO LAKES SPRINT - Dan Hedgecock and Heather Lendway rocked course records this morning. HL finished 2nd overall in 1:17:15, which broke pro Lauren Goss' 2012 CR by 1:45 and the amateur course best by 6:23. RESULTS

CHISAGO LAKES HALF IM - DKT won for the 6th time (in six starts) and Tim Hola of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, lowered Jon Balabuck's 2006 amateur course record.

Iowa pro Tami Ritchie won the women's half in 4:33:39. The overall women's amateur title went to Kortney Haag, who set a PR with her 4:34:23. Lots of personal bests, like Sean Cooley's 4:09:04 - 4th place overall (photo L), and divistional records were set on this coolish, windy day. Photos and more words on Tuesday. RESULTS

WASECA 1/3 - Cathy Yndestad became the first woman to break the 3-hour mark (2:56:16 - 4th overall!) at this unique event. Travis Miller  won for the dudes (2:51:38). RESULTS


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Walker, Fergus Falls & Shell Lake...

linda-s.gif5th Annual CHASE THE POLICE TRIATHLON - Cheryl Zitur repeated as women's champ, doing so in course record time. She has won two of the four tris she's raced in this season. The men's winner was Brian Sames, the 2013 Most Improved recipient. It was Brian's milestone 10th career victory. Zitur (45-49W), Racquel Wohlik (19U), Linda Schievelbein (50-54W - lovely photo L) and Neil King (60-64M) set divisional records. RESULTS

2nd Annual SHELL LAKE TRIATHLON - One hundred and thirty-five participants finished this year's race, which was won by Wisconsinites Chris Stevens (New Richmond) and Christa Wille (Madison). RESULTS

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Walker & Chaska Stuff... More Updates...

CPT-swim-exit.gifCHASE THE POLICE TRIATHLON - Tomorrow this race will celebrate its 5th birthday. Approximately 375 participants will be in Walker for the .25 - 17 - 2.4 celebration.

We think that history will be rewritten, first of all by Brian Sames, who we think will lower Taggart's Downare's 2010 course record time of 1:05:10. Despite having raced at Racine 70.3 last weekend, we predict that Brian, last year's Most Improved Award winner, will post a time in the 1:04-flat range.

We also predict that Buffalo Sprint winner Cheryl Zitur will defend her women's title and lower her gender's masters record.

We believe that at least two AG marks will fall. We predict that Raquel Wohlik, 17, will take a a nice bite out of the Junior CR. The divisional mark that we think will fall the...

Stuff About Buzz Ryan, Duluth Tri & Paul Bunyan...

rhett-swim.gif3rd Annual BUZZ RYAN SPRINT - Rhett Bonner (photo L) and Elaine Nelson have won two of the first three editions of this short course event on the scenic shores of Island Lake north of Duluth. Last Sunday both Bonner and Nelson took significant bites from their respective gender's course records. For Nelson, it was her 9th win in twelve starts. She shared the podium with 2013 BRS winner Jess Rossing, who went more than two minutes faster than last year, and Jena Ogston, who was coming off a runner-up effort at Timberman Sprint.

Bonner shared the men's podium with Bill Kelley and Lee Brown. Ninety-four athletes crossed the finish line. RESULTS

3rd Annual DULUTH TRI - This half IM was won on Sunday by Paul Rockwood (4:29:55) of Superior, and veteran trail runner Erika Lohn (5:39:56). We don't know much about Erika but we think she may have attended Clemson University....

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