Race Coverage

Wow!

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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Gwen Jorgensen of the United States surged away from defending Olympic champion Nicola Spirig of Switzerland to win the first Olympic gold medal in triathlon for the United States on Saturday at Copacabana Beach. Vicky Holland of Great Britain sprinted past teammate Non Stanford for the bronze at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games.

Jorgensen's historic gold is the first Olympic medal for the U.S. since Susan Williams won bronze at the Athens 2004 Games. Jorgensen (St. Paul, Minn.) had been vocal about her goal to win gold in Rio after a flat tire at the London 2012 Games led to a 38th-place finish. Since...

The Heat is On....

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By Sara Carlson (sarastrilife.blogspot.com)

Kona Prep - I’d be lying to say that I’ve enjoyed the heat training I’ve been putting my body through. Most of my bike rides are still occurring indoors in my training room with the heaters cranked up to 90+ degrees, no fans, and the most inspirational IM Kona videos/NBC re-runs I can find playing before my eyes. It is a real treat when I get to head outside on a ride and enjoy things like “airflow” and “scenery.” Ha! But usually the days I pick to do that are ...

Minnesotans on Team USA

tiff_nationals.pngUSAT AGE GROUP NATIONALS - From oldest to youngest, here are the 32 Minnesota athletes who earned "Automatic Berths" on 2017 Olympic Distance Team USA with their performances at Omaha Nationals last weekend.

Tomorrow, MTN will post the names of MInnesotans who earned spots on  Sprint Team USA.

OLYMPIC MEN:

RICK GOULLAUD, 71, Plympouth - 5th AG

LARRY STRACKE, 60, Sauk Rapids - 14th AG

TONY SCHILLER, 58, Eden Prairie - 3rd AG

JOHN MARSHALL, 57, Minneapolis - 11th AG

BRIAN BICH, 50, Duluth - 1st AG

BRETT LOVAAS, 42, Minnetonka - 10th AG (photo below)

SCOTT MYERS, 41, Plymouth - 14th AG

MIKE BUENTING, 42,  Chanhassen - 15th AG

THOMAS ANDERSON III, 40, Minneapolis - 18th AG

JOSH BLANKENHEIM, 36, Duluth - 2nd AG

MATTHEW PAYNE, 39, Golden Valley - 5th AG

ANDY WIBERG, 37, Lakeville - 7th AG ...

Casey Snaps 14 Year Streak...

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NORTHWOODS TRIATHLON - It took 14 years, but it finally happened: Someone other than BROOKS GROSSINGER managed to break 1-hour at Northwoods.

Yes, Brooks dipped under the 60-minute mark on NW's scenic .25-14.2-5K route again (58:44), doing so for the ninth time. And yes, he did win for the 12th time in as many starts here, which ties him with BRIAN BICH for the most victories at a single triathlon by a Minnesotan. (Brian has a dozen wins at Brewhouse.) ...

Weekend Boxscore...Updated...Again...

D.Hank.pngWINGMAN - On Sunday, masters star CHAP ACHEN, 47, won this event for the fourth time, outdistancing his closest rival, talented teen GARRETT WELSCH, by 3:08. MORGAN BAKER won the women's competition. The event celebrated its 8th anniversary. RESULTS

 

STEELEHEAD 70.3 - MTN congratulates Lino Lakes' DIANE HANKEE (photo L) and Chanhassen's ANGELA KIDD for placing 3rd and 4th overall in the women's 70.3 in Benton Harbor, Michigan this morning. Diane's time was 4:41:36; Angela's was 4:42:40. RESULTS

 

YWCA WOMEN'S TRI - As in 2015, HEATHER LENDWAY (pro winner), CHRISTINA ROBERTS (amateur winner) and LISA LENDWAY comprised the overall podium this morning at this annual classic. 855 women finished the race. RESULTS

 

NORTH MANKATO TRIATHLON - Lakeville's JOYCE BOURASSA, 48, appears to be on her way to garning another Master of the Year nomination. The 2002 MInnesota ...

"I Learned Some Valuable Lessons"...

14_chisago.pngBy Erin Klegstad (sweetsweatlike.com)

Toughman Race Report - I went into Toughman Minnesota 70.3 with a fair amount of mental and physical stress. I won’t go into detail about the mental stress other than to say that I think it dulled my mental edge a bit. And, as for the physical stress, well… though the few days leading up to the race were chill, the weekend prior consisted of both a long run on Saturday and a pretty wicked 90-mile ride + t-run that ended at 9p Sunday night. That’s the first and last time that happens!  ...

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