Race Coverage

Rain, Wind & Sportsmanship...

run(Photo - Courtesy of the terminally smiley and sharp-dressing Steve Stenzel, who is in the shot so we don't think he actually took the picture himself. He is the happy-looking guy with tall compression socks and rainbow-colored bike pants. The front line of runners are, from left to right, Chad Millner, a guy with short black hair, Jesse Nelson, Happy Dan Arlandson, Rossy Weinzierl, Super Mario Minelli and Zack Beatty.)

Falls Duathlon Recap

by Mario Minelli

The 3rd edition of the Falls Duathlon was today, April 30, 2011, in usually beautiful Cannon Falls, MN. Two words can describe the racing conditions: wet & windy. One word for those who...

Weekend Newsy & Notesy Stuff...

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* Jenny Wilcox is a great athlete and a supremely nice person. We like her a lot, so when she asked us if we would post some information on the running event that she co-founded and directs, we were happy to oblige. Here's what she sent us:

"This year's Nick Clare Memorial Run will be held on Saturday May 7th at 8:30am at the Hastings Area YMCA in Hastings, MN. We have 3 races this year: 2k, 5k, 10mile races. It will be professionally timed by Anderson Race Management. All 10 mile finishers will receive a finishers medal. All of the proceeds from the run go to the YMCA for the Y Partners Program and to the Nick Clare Memorial Scholarship Fund that helps students in need of financial assistance who may not be able to have the opportunity attend college otherwise, in addition to other local non-profits needing financial assistance. It is a non-profit event supporting non-profit organizations and supporting kids for a brighter future." RACE WEBSITE

* Saturday, April 30 - For the second consecutive year, Kevin O'Connor placed 6th overall at the USAT Duathlon National Championships. Other impressive efforts by Minnesotans included Ben Ewers' 2nd in the 65-69M category and John Heinlein's 4th in the 20-24M AG.

* What happened to Du Nationals podium hopeful Jenny Wilcox, who finished 32nd (9th 35-39W)? We don't know. We emailed Jenny asking her to comment on her experience. To be continued...RESULTS

* Overshadowing Chad Millner's dumping of his own men's course record at the 3rd annual Falls Duathlon in Cannon Falls last Saturday, was Ruth Brennan Morrey's surprise win in the women's contest. Finishing 6th a full nine minutes off Julie Hull's victorious pace in 2010, the Rochesterian who doesn't hyphenate her last name, relied on two torrid run splits to keep Hull, who placed 2nd, 15 seconds in arrears. Super Mario's groovy coverage and other commentary will be posted on Monday.... RESULTS.....

Jamie Does Boston...

jamie(Photo - L-R -Jamie's extremely tall husband, tired and happy Jamie, Jamie's cute daughter.)

By Jamie Heying

Friday, April 22...just got back from Boston yesterday and was getting updated on your

blog. I see Darin going all in with his time, NICE! In my quest to become

a better runner and stop giving up my race during the run portion, I

actually discovered I enjoy the long suffer (hence my love of the Burrito

Union) and qualified for Boston while running Whistlestop on a girls

weekend. This after I told my husband 10 years ago that I would never do...

Not Just a Workout & a T-Shirt...

noBy Matthew Payne

Race Report - Being that this was my first race since Best of the US last October, I didn

2:03! No Kidding!

winnerED - We thought you'd like to know what happened at the Boston Marathon today. MTN's Darin ran (3:22:55) and is really, really tired. He will post a report on Minnesota's triathletes who went the distance in Bean Town later this week.

Updated at 1:13 p.m.EST - by Cindy Boren (for WashingtonPost.com)

Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya won the Boston Marathon in 2 hours, 3 minutes and 2 seconds

Payne Rocks Big Easy 69.1...

matt2010 30-34 National Champion Matthew Payne of Columbia Heights, finished fifth among amateur men (1st 30-34) this morning at New Orleans 69.1, which due to high wind and water was converted to a duathlon. Pro winners were Germany's Sebastian Kienle and the ever-amazing Julie Dibens of the UK. Overall amateur winners were James McCurdy of Auburn, AL and Sarah...

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