Race Coverage

Suzie's Victory Rash...

cyclistPIGMAN HALF XIV - Suzie Fox's breakthrough win, the first long distance victory of her career, at the 14th Big Pig was anything but smooth. Well, it was for the first 68 miles, but with a little more-or-less than two miles to go, the canine-and-Britney-loving triathlete was clobbered from behind by a cyclist....

"I'm not feeling too well today. Lots of bruising, swelling, road rash, and soreness...got hit pretty hard from behind by a male cyclist and then hit the ground pretty hard. The frustration of never putting together a good half before and never breaking 5 hours at Pigman got me back up on feet b/c I wasn't sure I would be able to finish...." she told us via her Blackberry yesterday....

Minnesota's Team USAers...

brian(Photo - Brian Holthus rocked at Nationals. He was one of 11 Minnesotans to earn a Team USA berth.)

USAT NATIONALS STUFF - Eleven Minnesotans have earned automatic invitations to compete for Team USA at the 2013 ITU Long Distance World Championships in London next summer. To receive an invitation, one must have placed in the Top 18 in his or her division. Because some athletes will decline their berths, athletes placing 19th - 25th are in passdowns positions.

It appears that this year's Nationals drew the largest and most talented fields in the 24-year history of the event.

Here are the Minnesota invitees and those who are in passdown positions: ....

More Vermont Stuff. And Duluth Stuff, Too...

photoBurlington, VT - Aug. 19 - Patrick Parish followed up his 6th-place overall finish at AG Olympic Nationals on Saturday, with a decisive victory at the USAT Sprint National Championships yesterday. PP also won this title in 2010.

With the Hy-Vee 5150 National Champs just two weeks off, Parish has positioned himself as a viable podium prospect. In 12 starts this season, Patrick has amassed 7 wins, TWO for national titles (Duathlon & Sprint). His 6th on Saturday was his only non-podium effort of the season, albeit against the deepest amateur field of the year. He earned USAT Athlete of the Year Honorable Mention in 2010, and could duplicate that feat this season. RESULTS

USAT Race Coverage - LINK

Duluth, MN - Aug. 18 - John Shelp collected his 2nd victory in the space of a week on Saturday. Following his win and masters record effort at Green Lake Sprint on the 12th, Shelper decided to go long last weekend in...

Burlington & Detroit Lakes Stuff...

swimUSAT NATIONALS - Three Minnesota boys and one Minnesota girl Top 10ed in Burlington, Vermont yesterday. The girl was Duluth's Elaine Nelson, who placed 8th in her Nationals debut, and took home a silver medal in her 30-34W AG. For the guys, St. Louis Park resident Dan Hedgecock placed 3rd overall for the second consecutive year. He was crowned 25-29M National Champion. Bloomington's Patrick Parish placed 6th (3rd 25-29M) and Columbia Heights' Matt Payne 10th (35-39 National Champ). This was the Matt's 2nd National title. He won the 30-34M AG in 2010.

Duluth's Brian Bich, 46, once again won the 45-49M AG, placing 21st overall in 2:00:02, which was the 2nd fastest time ever at Nationals by a 45-plusser. The fastest ever was a 1:58 turned in by Bich on this course in 2011.

The overall National champions were Pennsylvania's Brian Duffy, last year's runner-up and 2009 Triathlete Magazine Athlete of the Year, and Atlanta's Haley Chura, who placed 6th overall in her last Nationals appearance two years ago, and 9th the year before that....

A Good Day...

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ED. There are six multis this weekend. Two of Saturday's events --Duluth Tri and Young Life--will be mini-previewed tomorrow. Sunday's races --Lake Marion, Pigman Half and St. Paul--will be dealt with on Saturday.

Northwoods Triathlon 2012 - Nevis, MN - Aug. 11 - Race Report

By Sean Bishop Pease

Celebrating its ten year anniversary, the Northwoods Triathlon was in full swing this past weekend. The race has sold out in merely minutes (even hours) in the last few years, and I

Shining Teeth and Palpable Sharing...

logoYWCA WOMEN'S TRI V - We urge you go to the YWCA Women's Tri's Facebook Page and click on the race's Flickr Link. You'll undoubtedly pick up on the joyful celebratory vibe that radiates from almost every pic...

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