Race Coverage

Daniel's Minnesota Debut...

Brooks_Daniel_Mitch.pngWASECA SPRINT - Our state's newest pro, Daniel Bretscher, raced for the first time on MInnesota soil last Saturday at the 8th annual Waseca Sprint.

He won.

The transplanted Hoosier-turned-Iowan-now-Loon-Stater, who resides in Northfield where his wife coaches track at St. Olaf College, covered the new sprint route--the swim and bike were lengthened--in 1:10:38. Very solid. Coming off an extended injury--Waseca was his first multisport race of the 2016 season--the amiable former US Athlete of the Year (2007) and 2014 Ironman Wisconsin winner, was pleased with his effort.

Finishing 2nd was the men's amateur winner Brooks Grossinger (1:11:27), who now has at least 28 multisport victories on his career scorecard....

McCoy & DKT Repeat...

Bridget_BH.pngED. Here is the Duluth News Tribune's great coverage of yesterday's Brewhouse Triathlon. Enjoy.


By Matt Wellens (duluthnewstrbune.com)


When Bridget McCoy emerged from the waters of Island Lake Reservoir right behind teammate and eventual men’s elite winner David Thompson, she knew she not only had a good swim, but was in for a good race.

Forecasting a Renaissance...

Brad_turtle.pngBy Brad Mitchell (obsessivetripulsive.weebly.com)

Turtleman Race Report - My long course experiment was over after Chisago and I was keen to get back to what I love - sprints and olympics. The Turtleman caught my eye on minnesotatrinews.com as a race with easy 90 minute drive from Rochester. The race was reasonably priced (even as a late registration) and the forecast looked great. I looked at this race as a great way to get the feel for an olympic before, what will be one of my two last and "A" races this year, Des Moines olympic. My only other olympics were Trinona and nationals a couple of years ago.

It was a nice drive and parking for the event was very close. It was pleasant to have high 60's temps first thing in the morning after all the heat and...

"...It's in My DNA or Something"....

MA_canada.pngBy Michelle Andres (teamandresjourney.blogspot.com)

Sometimes it can be the simplest words of advice which mean the most.  One day driving in the car with Wes (ED. We is one of Michelle's many, many sons.) talking about my goal of qualifying at Ironman Canada for the World Championships he simply says…If you work for it, Mom, you can do it.  Well I decided right in the car that day…we would be going back to Kona.

Yep, that’s right… I’m still a triathlete.  I’m pretty sure it's in my DNA or something because each time I say I’m walking away and I completely plan on walking away (selling my bike and all my gear) I find myself at another starting line.  We were having pizza (of course) as a family and one of my boys says, "Remember when Mom was done racing”.  We all laughed.  Yes, I know….I’m a broken record.

Part 4....

Desire & Alcohol...

TWO_ERINS.pngBy Erin Sontowski (bikesandcatsrightmeow.blogspot.com)

TOUGHMAN RACE REPORT - Well, my road to a 70.3 this year was interesting to say the least.
DNF at Liberty Half to start the year out. Ok, that's fine, I shook it off.
And then came Racine Ironman 70.3. My "A" Race. The big race of my 2016 season. I even planned a mini vacation with Marc around this race as sort of a celebratory hoorah after I was done. And also to sort of butter my husband up, as he has been nothing short of amazing this entire year.

Seriously, if you ever meet a partner who is willing to deal with taper week mood swings and to sit outside for hours and hours after getting up at 4 am, KEEP THEM FOREVER...

Casey Again...

dena_d.pngWALKER TRI - It's turning out to be a very good year for rookie triathletes in Minnesota. Novices Hanna Grinaker and Maggie Weiss have been stellar, and Zoe Reker and Allie Nowak have also had head-turning moments.

But where are the guys? Haven't any first-year men distinguished themselves?

Yes, one man has. His name is Joel LaFrance, an accomplished Nordic skier, who prior to this season, had done only one tri -- Buffalo Olympic in 2011. Until last Saturday, his 2016 multisport scorecard featured a victory at the USAT Winter Triathlon National Championships and a 3rd at Bertram Blast.

On Saturday, he placed 3rd again, this time at the 7th annual Walker Tri. He was beaten by a pair of established talents, Casey Miller, who's win was his 3rd of the season, second at Walker, and 11th of his career, and Thomas Anderson III, who in 14 career starts has posted two victories and eight other podiums.

LaFrance finished just 23 seconds behind Anderson.

The guy we picked to win, Larry Hosch, placed 4th, his achilles injury adversely affecting both his swim kick and his running stride. He crossed the line eight seconds after Joel did....

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