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paulBy Timothy Carlson (For Slowtitch.com)

Award winning photographer Paul Phillips (photo L) suffered 3 broken ribs, multiple contusions to his head, elbows and wrists, and as yet undetermined injuries to his neck and head when he was hit by a car before the start of the USA Triathlon Age Group Nationals in Burlington, Vermont Saturday.

Phillips was walking in a crosswalk to the motorcycle staging area 30 minutes prior to the 7:30 AM start when a white SUV that had been stopped for the crosswalk reportedly suddenly accelerated and knocked Phillips and his cameras to the pavement.

Phillips was immediately tended to by a passing physician, laid on a board and taken by ambulance to Fletcher Allen Medical Center where doctors took a CAT scan, cleaned his wounds and gave him pain medication.

After returning to his home in Minneapolis Sunday, Phillips regular physician will conduct more tests to see if there was damage to his neck, heart chamber or head....

Daring to Tri...

mgtriMaple Grove Dare to Tri / TriStar 111 Preview - We think the name "Maik" is pronounced "Mike." Not sure, though. Maple Grove Tri co-founder/director, Lindsey Kurhajetz (pronounced "Kurr-High-etts"), who was featured in and on Triathlete Magazine's Swimsuit Issue (She was on the cover of the July issue!), thinks that the correct pronunciation is "Make." She's not sure, either.

We suspect that neither one of us is right. It's a German name and those folks talk differently than we do.

We want to pronounce the name correctly because the owner of that moniker, Maik Twelsiek, totally deserves the respect. He's one of the premier long distance triathletes in the Welt (German for "World") today and will be part of the pro field in Saturday's TriStar 111-Minnesota, an exciting European-style bike-heavy companion event to...

Fast Times in Pig Country....

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Random Race News Stuff...

christinaRANDOM YOUNG LIFE TRIATHLON STUFF -

COSTLY BOO-BOO - North Mankato's Todd Landgraff had a breakout season in 2010, and was enjoying even greater break-out-iness in 2011. He came into Saturday's Young Life Olympic with two wins and two 2nds on his '11 resume. According to a guy we talked to after the race, Todd probably should have won the race. He didn't because he and a few others missed a buoy on the swim leg and was later Deeked.

Nobody misses buoys on purpose. Just ask Thad. That's something that you simply can't get away with.

Well, it does appear that Todd would have won the men's race, had the mishap not occurred. His pre-Deek time was 1:58:37. Sean Cooley's official winning time was 2:07:48. It is unlikely, according to the guy we spoke to, that Todd's boo-boo cut 9:11 off the time he would have recorded had he swam (swum?) the entire route....

Granite City Iron People....

photoED. This very cool story about the St. Cloud triathletes who are training for next weekend's Ironman Louisville first appeared in something called "The Bodette Fitness Column" in the St. Cloud Times. "Bodette" must be a guy. Or maybe a girl. The photos were taken by Dave Schwartz.

Competing in Ironman races is growing more popular among St. Cloud area athletes.

More than 13 members of the Du Tri St. Cloud club are scheduled to compete in the Ford Ironman Louisville Aug. 28 in Kentucky. Five more are scheduled to compete in the Ford Ironman Wisconsin Sept. 11 in Wisconsin. And other members are competing in upcoming Ironman events in Florida and Canada.

Ironman is a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run....

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