Race Coverage

More Stuff From Last Weekend...

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MOOSE LAKE TRIATHLON - Last Saturday's MLT had 62 finishers and was won by ANDERS BROMAN, a prolific 17-year-old triathlete from Eagan, and MARIA HAUER, 22, of Little Falls. Maria is an accomplished nordic skier and has a standard size poodle that she loves very much. For both athletes, we believe, it was their first multisport victory. Very cool. Anders, who has good taste in music ("Switchfoot," "Maclemore" etc.), is having a fine tri season--at least four divisional wins already this year--and will likely be among those teens considered for a Junior of the Year nomination at season's end. RESULTS

 

BUZZ RYAN SPRINT - ELAINE NELSON rocked her 15th career multisport victory last Sunday at the 5th edition of The Buzz. She has raced this event  four times and been victorious on each occasion. Her male counterpart last weekend was 2016 Junior of the Year, MITCHELL CLAYTON, now 20. The win was the 6th of Mitchell's tri/du career. Approximately 130 athletes finished the Buzz, which included a Super Sprint that was won by DILLON NORGREN (photo) and Timberman co-director AMY DETTMER. Dillon has a six-pack, loves Batman movies and binge-watches "The Walking Dead" (Who doesn't?) on Netflix. Amy is one of the nicest people in the world despite having no patience for people who use their "outdoor voice" in the library. She has skied at the Silver Star resort in British Columbia.   RESULTS

SHELL LAKE TRIATHLON - A pair of our state's elite masters popped over to Shell Lake, Wisconsin last Saturday and nabbed the top two spots for the men. Leading the way was DAN ARLANDSON, 41....

A Jurassic Experience....

Bertram-T_Rex.jpegBERTRAM BLAST II - Most know the gorgeous wilderness area near Monticello as Bertam Chain of Lakes Park. Last Saturday the park was transformed into the disco version of Jurassic Park, replete with dancing T-Rexes (photo).

Seriously cool.

Such was the awesome backdrop for the 2nd annual Bertam Blast Off Road Tri / Du / Trail Run, the brainchild of DR. BRETT ODEN, the man who gave us the Buffalo Triathlon. What he created at Bertram was a true "blast," as in a totally fun experience.

The event celebrated lots of good stuff, like the restorative power of nature, and the  healthful and social benefits of a special event where "play" outranked "competition." It was all about fun, and creating wonderful memories.

And it truly did accomplished those things.

Dancing / high-fiving T-Rexes, arguably the cleanest lake in Minnesota, scenic single and double track trails, nummilicious food and great music. The vibe was relaxed and jovial. Jurassic Bertam was a great place to hang out; a great place to recharge one's batteries for a few hours....

Brian's First Win...

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Storhaug wins first triathlon at the Graniteman-Clearwater event.

 

By Brian Storhaug

 

Graniteman Clearwater Race Report - The Graniteman race season is comprised of three triathlons with a choice of sprint or olympic distances. The Buffalo Triathlon is typically held in early June and is the first race of the Graniteman season. The race is held at Sturges Park in the heart of downtown Buffalo, and is one of the most popular triathlons in Minnesota. The Clearwater race is held in early July and takes place at Warner Lake Park. The Graniteman season finishes up in the first part of August in Big Lake, MN at Lake Side Park.

 

On June 4th, Brian Storhaug participated in the first of the Graniteman races in Buffalo, MN. The route included a 500 yard swim, 12 mile bike ride, and a 3.1 mile run. He finished 2nd in his age group (25-29 males) and was 7th overall in the sprint race that featured 350 participants. 


On Saturday, July 8th, Brian Storhaug navigated an 0.44 mile swim, 14 mile bike, and 3.1 mile run on his way to the finish line in Clearwater, MN. He was first in his age group (25-29 males) as well as first overall among the 166 racers. Brian covered the three legs in 1:08:41, a personal best for this course.  ...

Nate's Season Thus Far...

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By Nathan Ansbaugh (nathanansbaugh.blogspot.com - July 18, 2017)

Yesterday, Every Man Jack teammate and great friend, Sean Cooley, and I took off around 8AM to kick off the transition between what has felt like a constant sprint over the past six weeks into both a figurative and literal marathon that is about to ensue over the next two months with Superior Man and Ironman Wisconsin looming in the distance. About 2 hours and 18 miles into the hot, muggy, and generally demoralizing back half of our 22 mile run yesterday, I couldn't help but think, "Oh man, I forgot how much Ironman racing hurts." Between the past six weeks of bizarre schedules at work with every 3rd day spending 28 hours in the hospital with 30min to an hour of sleep on those nights, transitioning to becoming a chief resident in the emergency department, racing four times including two days ago at the Minnesota State Championship at the Heart of the Lakes Tri, and then giving ourselves rhabdo on the run yesterday, I have been in need of a day off. Thus, as previously promised, I figured I'd sit down and reflect a bit on the racing over these past weeks.

 
After imploding a bit at the Liberty Long Course Triathlon in early June, I realized I had a long way to go to get my endurance legs under me. I was very pleased with a second place finish there, but also felt like I needed to come to terms with the impracticality of significant ...

Glorious Day. Glorious Race...

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By Christel Kippenhan (seecktri.wordpress.com)

Timberman Race Report - This was the third time racing Timberman for me, and with every year I seem to love this race more: great venue, great course, great organization, great volunteers, great people, great company … and on Saturday also great weather!

During my run warm up, I had just completed some skips, one of the volunteers looked at me and said, “Your name is Kepp…, Kipp…, Kippsomething …”
“Yep, it’s Kippenhan.”
“I knew it! I knew it’s you! … I had your Biomechanics class almost 20 years ago … I’m Trisha, I played Volleyball for BSU … I still have the binder with your class materials … Look at you, doing triathlon …”
Yes, I seem to run into former students everywhere. But, it’s a good sign that they still recognize me and even better that they still want to talk with me ;-). It is also a sign that I have been and Bemidji State already for a long, long time....

Kids Rock! And Weekend Preves...

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Photo - Two Swensons--Jamie, Kristina--and a Dennison.

 

HEART OF THE LAKES SHORT COURSE - Juniors rocked socks at Heart of the Lakes Short Course last Sunday. Teens took the top two spots for the men, and the bottom two-thirds of the podium for the women.

We love this! It's a "future of the sport" thing.

For 15-year-old KYLE SWENSON, the brother of 2016 HOLT SC winner KRISTINA SWENSON, the last eight days have been super satisfying. At Graniteman Sprint on July 8, Kyle rocked a 4th place / 1st Junior finish. As sweet as that was, his victory at HOLT was sweeter, but certainly more stressful, as the eventual margin between himself and runner-up NATHAN BICH, 18, a tall young man with six-time HOLT winner BRIAN BICH genes in his cells, was only three seconds.

Exciting stuff!

Also exciting and cool was the fact that three of the Top 7 male finishers were fifty-genarians (4th - ANDY CLARK, 6.- TODD WHITE, 7. MARTY MORAN). 

The women's race was won by the ever-smiling JEN NEUMAN, 47. The victory, the eleventh of her tri/du career, didn't come easy, as 14-year-old rising star ISABELLA BUENTING was only thirteen seconds in arrears. Buenting was also Top Teen at Lake Minnetonka, where she placed 11th overall....

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