Race Coverage

PP is National Sprint Champion!..Updated!

patrickRace Coverage - Former Infantile Alcoholic, Patrick Parish (photo) posted his 10th victory of the 2010 season this morning at the USAT National Sprint Championships in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Patrick finished a totally respectable 11th overall the day before at AG Nationals (Olympic Distance). PP is one of only two male Minnesotans to record double-digit wins in a single season in at least the last 15 years. (Or ever? Tony Schiller may be a member of the 10+ club. We'll check on this and get back to you.) The other--SURPRISE!--is David Thompson, who won 11 races in 2007.

Parish's 59:06 was the only sub-1-hour clocking of the day. Second placing Craig Robinson of Palto Alto, California turned in a 1:00:56. Robinson finished 31st...

Bobby & Matt Are National Champions!

mattRace Coverage - Two Minnesotans were crowned National Champions this morning at the USAT Nationals in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Matthew Payne (photo) won the 30-34M division and placed 13th overall. Bob Powers, 86, won the 85+ category. Eight of our state's 15 finishers landed automatic Team USA invitations for next year's ITU World Championships in Beijing, China. Several others should receive passdown invites. Minnesota and California were the only state's that placed three athletes in the men's Top 25.

Winning the overall crowns were Indiana's Kaleb VanOrt, who also won Du Nationals this season, and Floridian Mandy McLane, who finished 2nd in the polling behind Apple Valley's Cathy Yndestad for USAT Athlete of the Year in 2009. Finishing 2nd for the women was former Minnesotan Cindi Bannink, now of Madison., Wisconsin.

11. Patrick Parish, 25, Circle Pines - 4th 25-29M (Team USA)

13. Matthew Payne, 33, Columbia Heights - 1st 30-34M (Team USA)...

Mickie's Cool Socks & Lydia's CR...

logoRace Coverage - John Shelp and Claire Bootsma were the first of their respective logogenders to conquer the Oseola Duathlon's challenging new course. The remainder of John's fam--wife Mickie, who was wearing totally outrageous knee socks, and their 8-9 children--raced in ancillary events: Mickie in....

Fueled By McDoubles...

dktThis Rev 3-Cedar Point report was lifted from DKT's blogsite and has also appeared on Steve Stenzel's cool website. Photo by mcdoubleSpeedo Boy.

By David Thompson

I'm generally happy and sore today after finishing my first iron distance race (2.4 mi swim, 112 mi bike, 26.2 mi run). I finished in 3rd place in 8:36:40. Here's the breakdown of the race: 53:53 swim, 4:35:57 bike, 3:04:07 run. Going into the race I didn't know exactly what to expect except that would be tired and sore whether it went well or not. I figured..

One Last Tri's Last Finisher...

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One Last Tri Race Coverage - We've posted bazillions of articles featuring those who win races. Isn't it about time we brought you a story about those who finish last?...

Du-ing Their Thing...

brockPark Tool Fall Classic Duathlon Coverage - Lino Lakes' Dereck Podratz picked up his 2nd du win of the season at the Fall Classic Duathlon at Lake Elmo Park Reserve last Saturday. His margin of victory was a substantive 3:09. The runner-up was a young man, only 18, named Brock Eastlund (photo), who was racing in his first multi. A wicked-fast cyclist--notice how blurry the background in the photo is!--Eastlund had the 2nd briskest bike split of the day, averaging a sweet 25.3 mph. The young man is mentored by established elite Scott Penticoff, who had these pithy (cool word!) e-mail comments:..

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