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Best Swim Course Ever! And Other Good Stuff...

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NOTE: Results link for yesterday's Lakes Country Triathlon is at the bottom of this post. Words & pics tomorrow.

SUPERIOR MAN I - Best swim course ever!

The Superior Man Half IM was highlighted by a plethora a unique and cool features. Attractive iron awards that required two hands to lift. The indoor transition (on UMD's hockey rink). North Shore bike route. Panoramic views of the bay, the lift bridge and the city. And an amazing finish location, adorned by a totally cool wingless airplane. 350 registered athletes; 250+ volunteers. Great ratio, huh!

And the best damn swim course ever. Very spectator friendly, the athletes were close enough to read the numbers on the participants' swim caps. Viewers could cheer for, and take photos of, their competing friends and family members....

Maple Grove Stuff...

leslieMaple Grove Dare to Tri III - Today's Olympic race was won by Iowa college guy Kris Spoth, who is into House MD reruns and Daft Punk, and 2010 MGO champ Cathy Yndestad, who is a fan of curling. The Sprint champs were Trevor Bunkers, a North Dakota guy who lives in the other Dakota, and Leslie Englert (photo L), who has blond hair, lives in Maple Grove, which is the 22nd most livable small city in America according to a CNN deal, and because she is 46, probably has at least one Prince album. More words and great photos on Tuesday.

St. Paul Triathlon Stuff....

jane & julia(Photo - Jane & Julia. Minnesota's fastest Mother/Daughter team?)

St. Paul Triathlons - We knew nothing about Bridget McCoy before she won the St. Paul Sprint Tri. Now we know something about her: We know that she won the St. Paul Sprint Triathlon.

Determined to find out more about her, we consulted Facebook, where we found a whole bunch of Bridget McCoys, all of whom either didn't share their info or live outside of Minnesota.

After a second glance at the race results, we discovered that our Bridget McCoy is 26 and resides in St. Paul.

So, it looks like we now know three things about her. She's a race winner, is under 30 and lives in The Cities....

#1 on the Sides. #2 on Top....

paul(Photo - Triathlete / turkey killer Paul Serreyn bagged this bird on his front lawn in Lakeville.)

LAKE MARION V - Over the last two seasons, we

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: ....

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