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Accommodations For Superior Man Attendees...

duluth-mn.gif - An important message from Mike Ward, Superior Man's Communications Director:

If you haven't reserved a hotel for Superior Man weekend, you are still in luck. There are a few hotels in the area that have available rooms for Saturday night. Hotels in Duluth require a two-night minimum. If you do a third party hotel search (i.e. Expedia, hotels.com, etc....), you may not find rooms! Contact these hotels below directly: ....

DKT Gunning For #10....

dkt-wetsuit.gif17th Annual PIGMAN HALF - A victory for David Thompson (Cool YndeCam Photo L) next Sunday at Big Pig would be a milestone, marking the 10th time he has won our region's first half IM. It will also be his 19th career win at the 70.3 distance and the 93rd (!) first place finish in his multisport career.

Winning is not a foregone conclusion, though. He'll be facing fellow pro Adam Bohach from La Crosse, Wisconsin. Our records show that DKT has faced Bohach on several occasions and has yet to lose to him. Still, Adam will be a force to be reckoned with. He has raced in two halves this season, breaking 4-hours both times. And he placed 2nd (3:57:03) behind Thompson (3:54:17) at Pigman last year.

David is still our pick to win. He has rest--he hasn't raced in the two weeks leading up to Sunday's race--and muscle memory on his side.

Once again, our pick to win the amateur title is Kevin O'Connor, who set a masters CR (4:07:52) here in 2013. Like DKT, KO has creds and muscle memory in his corner.....

Minnesota's Premier Spectator Triathlon...

claire-and-carrots.gif(Photo - Triathlete/nurse/farmer Claire Bootsma is a three-time YWCA Women's Tri champion.)

7th Annual YWCA WOMEN'S TRIATHLON - This year's YWCA race promises to be the most competitive yet, and will undoubtedly have a major impact on MMA nominations. The favorite, of course, will be two-time USAT National Champion Heather Lendway, who is undefeated in 2014 and the clear frontrunner to win the US Athlete of the Year award. Records fall every time she races and her elephantine margins of victory are reminiscent of those of the 2006 ITU Amateur World Champion: A woman named Chrissie Wellington. You may have heard of her.

Wellington, of course, got her pro license in 2007 and went on to an undefeated record in Ironman races.

Claire Bootsma has won the YWCA Tri the last three years and owns the course record, a 1:07:25, set last year. We predict that HL will break 1:05. We also...

Allen's First Win...

emily-allen.gifStory and Photo By Rand Middleton (wctrib.com)

SPICER — Here are the numbers for the Green Lake Triathlon Sunday at Saulsbury Beach:

66: degree Fahrenheit at 8 a.m. start.
165: number of individual finishers for the Sprint Course (1/4-mile swim, 13-1/2-mile bike, 3-mile run).
47: number of individual finishers for the Olympic Course (3/4-mile swim, 22-mile bike, 6-mile run).

19: total number of relay teams (16 in Sprint).

3: Number of first time triathlon winners.

“This is crazy,” said women’s Sprint-course champion Emily Allen (photo L), 29, of Bloomington. “I’ve been first in my age group before, but this is the first time that I’ve won a triathlon overall. Did you think an internal auditor could have so much fun.” ...

Green Lake & Wingman Results...

tracy-sik.gifGREEN LAKE TRIATHLON XI - Three of the four overall champs recorded their first career wins this morning in Spicer. How cool is that! The Olympic-ish race was won by Rookie of the Year frontrunner Nick Nygaard, whose first W comes after two runner-up efforts (Timberman and Brewhouse Sprints), and Sheena Duaer, who lost her "Victory Virginity" with a 6:08 margin of victory over successful veteran Jen Neuman.

The other rookie winner was Emily Allen, a bubbly 29-year-old from Bloomington who looked great in her orange-rimmed sunglasses. She finished 2:45 in ahead of Willmar's Tracy Sik (pronounced "Sheek" - photo L from Bost Marathon) for the victory.

The men's sprint winner was David Phillips, whose resume now boasts four career Ws.

Rand Middleton's great coverage will post tomorrow. RESULTS

WINGMAN VI - Possible Master of the Year nominee Chap Achen collected his second Wingman victory this morning. He also won this race in 2011. The women's winner was Janneke Sobeck, who finished 2nd here in 2013. There were 97 finishers. RESULTS

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