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June Athletes of the Month...

MTN and Excelsior Running present their ATHLETES OF THE MONTH for June 2016: *

ATHLETES OF THE MONTH

Hanna Grinaker, 28, St. Paul & Kris Spoth, 28, White Bear Lake

In her first month of multisport racing, Hanna was unbelievable. She won twice (New Bri and Lake Waconia), both with resounding CRs. In her other two efforts--Liberty Half (4:47:07 despite riding long!) and Buffalo Olympic (2:10:58)--she placed 2nd. Several other women raced brilliantly, most notably Gaby Bunten (Wins at Trinona and RochesterFest) and Suzie Fox (Wins at Pigman Sprint and Copper Creek), but Hanna's meteoric emergence was unlike anything we've ever seen....

Minnesota's Original Destination Triathlon...

TIMBERMAN XXXII - Minnesota's original Destination Triathlon will celebrate its 32nd anniversary on July 9. If you're not registered yet, we encourage you to do so at your earliest opportunity. This event is truly special.

POY Talk....

DSC_0194-1.pngLAKE WACONIA TRIATHLON - The young 2016 multi season here in Minnesota has been marked by several outstanding performances, but none have been, in our opinion, outstandinger than the one's turned in by BF/GF Sean Cooley and Hanna Grinaker last Sunday at the 27th annual Lake Waconia Triathlon. We'd be flabbergasted if these amazing efforts were not nominated for Performance of the Year at season's end.

We'll start with Hanna (photo by Drew Frakes). When she blasted out of T2 on the heels of leader Lisa Lendway, those who watched knew that the game was over. Minnesota's Uber-Rookie ran at UW-Madison and few if any of her amateur peers can match strides with her. The question at that point was not whether she would win, but by how much. A course record was a foregone conclusion. Only injury could get in the way....

Six Minnesotans Earn National Du Titles...

hot_dog_guy.pngPhoto (L-R) - Hot Dog Guy, Patrick Parish, Tiffany Payne, Matt Payne and someone else.

By Usatriathlon.org

BEND, Ore. — The best duathletes in the United States raced for national titles on Saturday at the 2016 USA Triathlon Duathlon National Championships, led by elite champions Alycia Hill and Matt Lieto, age-group standard winners Jesse Dunn and Kirsten Sass and sprint victors Keith Jackson and Sarah Barber.

The day’s events began with the elites on the standard 10-kilometer run, 40-kilometer bike, 5-kilometer run course, where Lieto posted the day’s fastest time of 1 hour, 58 minutes, 48 seconds to win a national title in only his second-ever duathlon. Hill won the women’s title in 2:13:49 in her first duathlon event....

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