Race Coverage

Payne Wins BOUS!

beachBest of the US National Championship - Matthew Payne of Columbia Heights, and Patrick Parish of Circle Pines went 1-2 this morning at the 7th annual BOUS Champs, which was staged in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Payne covered the flat, fast Olympic-distance courses in a seriously brisk 1:52:45, just 12 seconds ahead of Parish, who had to outrun a passle of dudes. Parish's 10K split was 33:20, which was almost two minutes quicker than the 2nd fastest runner (Payne).

Almost a minute back in 3rd place was three-time BOUS participant, Colin Riley (1:53:52), of Tallahassee, FL.

Payne was 3rd at BOUS '10, which was contested in Mission Viejo, CA....

4th, 6th, 8th...

adam(Photo - Adam Webber winning the Hy-Vee 5150 National Championship on Sunday.)

Hy-Vee 5150 National Triathlon Championships - Minnesotans shined at Sunday's Hy Vee Championships in Des Moines, starting with Dan Hedgecock, who placed 4th against the deepest elite amateur men's field in the U.S. this season. In a 2-3 minute hole after the 1500m swim, Dan worked his way back into contention with a 59:39 bike and a blazing 32:47 run, which was the fastest pedestrian split of the day.

In the end, tall Pennslvania cop, Adam Webber, runner-up for US AOY in 2008 and a pro in 2009-2010, AND one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet,...

Eschewing The Cockatoo...

yanktonRace Coverage - Yankton is a pleasant town in South Dakota. You may have heard of it. It was part of the Louisiana Purchase and, according to Wikipedia, was visited in 1804 by a famous explorer girl named Lewis Ann Clark.

Today the town has almost 15,000 residents (the photo--L--is old) and the lowest housing costs in the U.S., if you don't count Detroit. It used to have a college, appropriately named Yankton College, but it was closed in 1984 and converted into a federal ...

With Five Seconds to Spare...

gorgeBy Bonnie Losten-DeWilde

It started with a bet. Only the bet was a well kept secret.

"An Ironman athlete isn't tough enough to finish this course," director of the N. Dakota 24 Hour Extreme Adventure Race, and Adventure Racer extraordinaire Andy Magness chided. "An Ironman athlete might have the physical endurance for up to 17 hours but this is a 24 hour race and the obstacles and terrain are much harder. They'll crack mentally well before the end!"

"Ironman competitors are as tough as they come," countered the Ironman triathlete. "with enough physical and mental stamina to withstand whatever terrain or silly obstacles your 24 hour course might provide."

And with that, our powerful and respectable team name secretly changed from 'Babies vs. Wild' to 'The Triathletes'....

The Color of Victory...

tinaSt. Croix Valley Sprint - Transplanted Saskatchewanian Diane Hankee has been racing in her adopted Minnesota since 2006. In 2009 she started winning.

Diane recorded the 10th W of her career this morning under totally autumnish conditions (cool, gray, windy) in Hudson at the 11th running of the St. Croix Valley Sprint Triathlon. She wore her blue racing outfit. Yesterday she finished 2nd at SCV-Olympic while wearing her red and black uni, proving unequivocally that her blue suit is faster than her red one.

Placing 2nd in the women's race was Tina Welzien, who was wearing her light blue G-4 outfit (photo L). She won the St. Paul Sprint in that uniform and was thus attired during her 8th place finish at Brewskihouse. Once again, the evidence is clear: blue is faster than red....

Kort Threepeats at SCVO...

ankeSt. Croix Valley Olympic - The 9th edition of this great event was highlighted by Kortney Haag's lowering of Cindi Bannink's four-year-old course record. Kort's time was 2:09:36, seven seconds better than Bannink's. Diane Hankee (2:20:20) and Anke Sauer (Facebook photo L) of Munich, German (2:27:48) filled out the women's podium. Like Hankee, Sauer is a total hoot and speaks real good American. She is also a very nice person. Her name is either pronounced "Ang-kee" or "Ang-kah."

We're not sure.

Haag now has eight career victories, three of which were posted on this course.

Men's pre-race fave David Holden picked up his 2nd SCVO victory this morning. His time was 2:01:30. Holden has won three of the six races he's entered in 2011 and may again earn a Master of the Year nomination, as he did in '10. ...

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