A Great New Old Race....
Tuesday, 06 August 2013 01:10
(Clint Austin Photos - L - BH women's winner Lesley Rockwood.)
By Clint Austin (Duluth News Tribune)
Sometimes breaking from tradition is difficult, but in the case of the 27th Brewhouse Triathlon, it just made perfect sense.
The Brewhouse moved from its longtime home at Pike Lake to Island Lake this year, and the feedback from the athletes Saturday was overwhelmingly positive.
You certainly weren
Sunday, 04 August 2013 08:34
* Staged on a perfect day at its terrific new "destination" venue, BREWHOUSE XXVII may have been the best BH ever! Eleven-time Brewhouse champ Brian Bich (photo L) called it, "My new favorite race." Story and photos on Monday. RESULTS
* In what was arguably his best tri-effort ever, Jeff Grebner won the 3rd annual GRANITEMAN - BIG LAKE TIATHLON on Saturday. His female counterpart was Jamie Heying, who dominated the women's G-Man Tri Series. Talented rookie Larry Hosch topped the men's Series final leaderboard. RESULTS
* 122 of MINNESWASKA's 128 registrants made it to the finish line in Glenwood on Saturday. Leading the way were Denver Rogolla and Julia Lyng. Two of Lyng's daughters, Kelly Koch, 13, and 2013 Junior of the Year runner-up Jane Koch, 16,...
Swim Fast, Bike Faster, Run Even Faster...
Thursday, 01 August 2013 03:10
ED. Likely 2013 Rookie of the Year nominee, Casey Miller won the Chase the Police Triathlon last Saturday. Here is his cool race report:
By Casey Miller
Some reflections on learning as well as a race report from Chase the Police.
I've been thinking alot about yesterdays race and just felt like actually talking about it and since my wife and kids are at Paul Bunyan land I thought I'd just write about it on here even though I really never thought I'd put a race report on here because all the other ones I have read are enjoyable, funny, inspirational, and filled with wisdom I wasn't sure I wanted to try and write something others would actually care about reading but here it goes anyways....
Nicole & Kevin Throw Down....
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 01:10
(Photo - Nicole and Julie)
Waseca 1/3 & Sprint V - Nicole Heininger tightened her frontrunner's hold on the 2013 Rookie of the Year award on Sunday by winning the Waseca 1/3 in record time. She covered the 1-mile swim, 34-mile bike, 8.8-mile run in 3:02:25, which proved to be 2:04 faster than Diane Hankee's year-old CR. It was Nicole's first career W to go with awesome podium efforts at Heart of the Lakes and Lake Waconia.
Joining Heininger in the women's Top 3 were perennial stars, Julie Hull (3:08:13), and Gillian Auslander (3:11:30).
Lots of Awesome to Go Around...
Tuesday, 30 July 2013 01:10
(Life Time - Minneapolis Photo - Heather Lendway and a guy's arm and another guy with a blue cap who is totally checking her out.)
Chisago Sprint VIII - Of all the shorter course "companion" events in Minnesota, the Chisago Sprint is clearly the most competitive of the bunch. This is saying a lot, as the sprint course races at Buffalo, Waseca and Minneman, to name a few, draw talented fields.
This year's sprint had, like the half, a longer bike route. Advertised originally as having a 22-mile bike leg, this year's middle portion was closer to 23 miles.
As in 2012, a pair of cool-guy-Midwestern-pros--Devon Palmer and Tom Gerlach--went off the front early and duked it out the rest of the way. Palmer prevailed last year. On Sunday it was Gerlach's turn...
Wind & Sneaky People...
Monday, 29 July 2013 05:10
(Photo - Sneaky guy, Brian Sames.)
Chisago Half VIII - A couple of sneaky people sorta stole the show at Sunday's Chisago "71" (bike course was 1K long due to road work stuff), which was contested under cool (low 50s), mostly cloudy and extremely windful conditions. Sure, David Thompson lived up to his "Favorite" billing, winning easily for the fifth consecutive year. And yes, Dan Hedgecock finished 2nd again and Matt Payne was the fastest amateur. That's good stuff, but predictable.
What wasn't foreseeable, perhaps, was Brian Sames' (pronounced "som-ess") awesome long course debut. Last season's Rookie of the Year runner-up timidly eschewed signing up for the Elite Wave, launching 12 minutes back in Wave 5 instead. Seemingly out of contention for a Top 5 finish after the first two legs of the race, Brian, now mustacheless, hammered a 1:15 run split. The result was a 4:16:04 debut, just six seconds behind likely 2013 US Athlete of the Year nominee Payne, and 1:13 ahead of the Dan Arlandson, who discovered, to his chagrin, at the Awards Ceremony that he had placed 5th, not 4th.
The same sort of thing happened in the women's "71." While Diane Hankee lived up to her favored status, posting a circumstantially awesome 4:46:08, a Wave 3 girl stole the 2nd place trophy and prize money from Kortney Haag, who rocked a sweet 4:47:07. That sneaky ..
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