Race Coverage


jody-and-rick.gif15th ST. CROIX VALLEY SPRINT - Late registrants KEVIN O'CONNOR and DIANE HANKEE posted  convincing wins at the 15th edition of this popular sprint race in Hudson, Wisconsin last Saturday. With the fastest splits in each discipline, Kevin won by a 5:08 margin over 2014 champ / new daddy JIM FELLING. BRIAN GLAESER, who has 600 Facebook friends and is into "Family Guy" (Who isn't?) and the Minnesota Wild, placed 3rd.

It was the 6th victory of the season for O'Connor, 44, and his time (56:50) was one of the four fastest (fastest master by a ton) times in event history.

Hankee placed 4th overall. Actually, a Hankee placed both 4th and 5th. Diane's husband MIKE, who is a SWAT guy, placed 5th, only 14-seconds behind his decorated spousal unit. For Diane, it was her 2nd win of the year and 24th of her impressive career.

Placing 2nd in the women's race, 2:47 after Hankee, was lapsed triathlete / but active tri coach / and total HOOT / JODY QUESNELL (photo L with Rick Dehn, who placed 7th overall), who celebrated her great effort by consuming many, many adult beverages. At the awards ceremony, she confessed that she was somewhat floothered....

#10 For Suzie...

susan-hilal.gif2nd HOPKINS ROYAL TRIATHLON - According to SUZIE FOX, who ordered and devoured The Juicy Lucy, albeit with lettuce substituting for buns (Who knew?), at Moose Country after recording her historic 10th win of the season, the Hopkins Royal Triathlon, is one of the best triathlons in Minnesota, which is saying a lot. And she wasn't saying this because she just won it by a six-plus minute margin and people tend to say good stuff about races they win. She gushed about the venue and the Race Director, Doobie Kurus, who is a total HOOT!

With her victory, she became the fifth Minnesota woman to post double-digit wins in a single season since the Millennial change. The others are HEATHER LENDWAY (12 wins in 2014), CATHY YNDESTAD (11 wins in 2008), JENNY WILCOX (10 wins in 2010) and BECKY YOUNGBERG (10 wins in 2004).

Pretty dang good compnay, huh!

Suzie's next race will be IMOO next Sunday, and who knows, she just might win that one, too.

Placing 2nd in the women's race was 2014 HRT winner, SARAH MERCER, who will likely earn, and not for the first time, a Master of the Year nomination. Another elite master, CATHERINE LEE, last year's runner-up, rounded out her gender's Top 3.

Gaby Grabs Top Spot...

gaby-mpls.gifST. CROIX VALLEY OLYMPIC - Despite thick, wet, warm, blowy air, GABY BUNTEN (photo) managed to turn in a Performance of the Year-nomination-worthy effort at this 13-year-old classic race. Starting with her signature awesome swim, she charged on to a time of 2:12:15, which, according to our records, is the fastest (legitimate *) Olympic time by a Minnesota (amateur) woman this year. Four women have broken 2:13 this season, and Gaby's name is at the tippy-top of that list. Check it out:

1. GABY BUNTEN - 2:12:15 - St. Croix Valley Olympic

2. ELAINE NELSON - 2:12:29 - USAT AG Nationals

3. BRIDGET MCCOY - 2:12:40 - Life Tim Tri - Minneapolis

4. LISA LENDWAY - 2:12:55 - USAT AG Nationals

Was the SCVO course accurate? A review of the splits suggested that it was.

For Bunten, it was her 3rd win of the season and 4th of her career. And yes, her name is smack-dab in the middle of the Triathlete of the Year discussion, though determining the four best candidates will be harder than ever this year. There are at least EIGHT women currently receiving consideration for TOY nominations....

"High Fives on the Way"....


UPDATE: Elite late registrants rock socks at St. Croix Valley in steamy Hudson. RESULTS - Fox collects 10th race of the season at Hopkins Royal Tri II. PP starts last, finishes 1st...RESULTS


By Josh Duda (road2recovered.blogspot.com)

SUPERIOR MAN RACE REPORT - The intent of this race was to be my “A Race” of the season. This was going to be my big show!  Going into this race, I felt like I was right where I needed to be! 70.3 PR here we come! ...

Finding Silver Linings...

amys-number.gifBy Amy Bauch (amysrunningaround.blogspot.com)

Superior Man 41.5 RaceReport - My 2015 “local” triathlon outdoor season ended last Sunday after I crossed the finish line of SuperiorMan‘s “short” course in Duluth.   It was a fun day in a fun town.

The race initially intrigued me because of the swim start.  Racers are loaded on to a Vista Fleet ferry boat and taken out on to Lake Superior and get to jump off the boat in to the lake.  How fun is that?

I did the long course in 2013.  It was the hottest day of the year in Duluth – heat index was well in to the 100s along with some pretty heavy humidity.   Very unexpected for this time of year upnord der.   
I have long thought about doing the Escape from Alcatraz race, which also has a “jump off the boat” swim start.  There are just a few other things about that race that keeps me away (sharks, currents, cold temperatures and a lot of  hills to name a few).

SuperiorMan offers the same cool start without worrying about Jaws.  It does have its fair share of currents, cold water and hills, though.    

I had planned to race the long course again this year, but when Ironman Arizona 70.3 opened up, I made it my “A” race for the season.   (And, truth be told, my pretty lazy training season left me not really ready to pull a ½ out of my legs yet.   Fortunately, I have six weeks to get them ready for Tempe)....

Perfect Day for a Race...

Olivia-Lakes-Co.gifBy Mike Aulie (Brainerddispatch.com - Aug. 31)


BAXTER - "Any race up north is a good race."

Those were the words of Larry Hosch, 37, from St. Joseph, who won the Lakes Country Triathlon Sunday with a time of 59:00 that shattered the best time from last year by nearly four minutes.

Olivia Bagnall, 24, from Lakeview, was the top female finisher traversing the quarter-mile swim, 14-mile bike ride and 3.2-mile run in 1:09.03.

Competitors agreed that it was a perfect day for a race with temperatures in the mid-60s under cloudy skies when the first wave of swimmers hit the water at Whipple Beach like lemmings abandoning ship.

Hosch was the fourth swimmer to come out of the water and took the lead after the bike ride going into the final run....

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