Race Coverage

Nicole & Kevin Throw Down....

girls(Photo - Nicole and Julie)

Waseca 1/3 & Sprint V - Nicole Heininger tightened her frontrunner's hold on the 2013 Rookie of the Year award on Sunday by winning the Waseca 1/3 in record time. She covered the 1-mile swim, 34-mile bike, 8.8-mile run in 3:02:25, which proved to be 2:04 faster than Diane Hankee's year-old CR. It was Nicole's first career W to go with awesome podium efforts at Heart of the Lakes and Lake Waconia.

Joining Heininger in the women's Top 3 were perennial stars, Julie Hull (3:08:13), and Gillian Auslander (3:11:30).

Lots of Awesome to Go Around...

heather(Life Time - Minneapolis Photo - Heather Lendway and a guy's arm and another guy with a blue cap who is totally checking her out.)

Chisago Sprint VIII - Of all the shorter course "companion" events in Minnesota, the Chisago Sprint is clearly the most competitive of the bunch. This is saying a lot, as the sprint course races at Buffalo, Waseca and Minneman, to name a few, draw talented fields.

This year's sprint had, like the half, a longer bike route. Advertised originally as having a 22-mile bike leg, this year's middle portion was closer to 23 miles.

As in 2012, a pair of cool-guy-Midwestern-pros--Devon Palmer and Tom Gerlach--went off the front early and duked it out the rest of the way. Palmer prevailed last year. On Sunday it was Gerlach's turn...

Wind & Sneaky People...

brian(Photo - Sneaky guy, Brian Sames.)

Chisago Half VIII - A couple of sneaky people sorta stole the show at Sunday's Chisago "71" (bike course was 1K long due to road work stuff), which was contested under cool (low 50s), mostly cloudy and extremely windful conditions. Sure, David Thompson lived up to his "Favorite" billing, winning easily for the fifth consecutive year. And yes, Dan Hedgecock finished 2nd again and Matt Payne was the fastest amateur. That's good stuff, but predictable.

What wasn't foreseeable, perhaps, was Brian Sames' (pronounced "som-ess") awesome long course debut. Last season's Rookie of the Year runner-up timidly eschewed signing up for the Elite Wave, launching 12 minutes back in Wave 5 instead. Seemingly out of contention for a Top 5 finish after the first two legs of the race, Brian, now mustacheless, hammered a 1:15 run split. The result was a 4:16:04 debut, just six seconds behind likely 2013 US Athlete of the Year nominee Payne, and 1:13 ahead of the Dan Arlandson, who discovered, to his chagrin, at the Awards Ceremony that he had placed 5th, not 4th.

The same sort of thing happened in the women's "71." While Diane Hankee lived up to her favored status, posting a circumstantially awesome 4:46:08, a Wave 3 girl stole the 2nd place trophy and prize money from Kortney Haag, who rocked a sweet 4:47:07. That sneaky ..

Memorable Stuff...

paulBy Sean Pease

PAUL BUNYAN TRIATHLON RACE REPORT - Paul and Babe warmly welcomed almost 150 triathlon participants to the lovely town of Bemidji this past weekend for the 8th annual Paul Bunyan Triathlon, hosted by Front Runner Race Management, which is owned by one of the nicest, most smiley people in the world...Mr. Randy Fulton. The race venue has grown exponentially over the years by about a thousand percent. Year one claiming just 10 triathlon victims, now well over 100. It's a small and quaint race with great views and a terrific lake swim. The bike course is simple and sweet with big shoulders and fast flats. The run course heads ....

Sunday Tri Results...

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ED. Because she was so awesome at Chisago, we went to Heather Lendway's FB page to find a pic of her. We found lots of great shots of her from her awesome 2nd place performance at Life Time-Minneapolis, but we also found this creepily cool piece of artwork. We couldn't pass up the opportunity to share it.

WASECA 1/3 - Another W for Brooks! Heininger racks up first career tri win. - 1/3 RESULTS -

Muncie Meltdown...

muncie

By Devon Palmer (palmertri.wordpress.com)

I always think that I like half Ironmans. And I really do like them, when they go well. I have just run the numbers and I

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