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zach(Great Matt Fulton - Minnefotamoments.com - Photo. Two of the three pics in this post are Matt's.)

RochesterFest Preview - The 5th edition of the RochesterFest Olympic and Sprint Triathlons is Sunday. It's always been a great event and we've no doubt that this year's races will be groovy, too.

Without further "ado," which feels like it should have two Os, doesn't it?, here are MTN's chronically untrustworthy predictions, starting with the sprint race.

- We predict that two-time RST champ Jesse Nelson will duke it out with 2012 Blaine winner Brandon Ordway for the title. Ordway's come a long way since last season, when he finished 17th here. He beat Jesse by one place at Oakdale and two spots at Falls Du. We think that trend will continue....

Old Blood, New Blood....

trophies(Photo - 2011 LMT winners Heidi Keller-Miler and Steve Sander with their really, really, really big trophies.)

Lake Minnetonka Triathlon Preview - This year's LMT, the ninth edition thereof, will feature a great blending of usual suspects and talented new kids. All but three of the race's past champions will be back. Missing will be Steve Sanders, who is recovering after some brutal surgerization, and Becky Youngberg, who has been pregnatized (again!) by her randy husband, Jack, and Sarah Mercer, who plans to be somewhere else doing something else on Saturday. The returnees are Brett Lovaas, with four wins and three other podiums, the event's most successful guy; two-time winners Jan Guenther and Heidi Keller-Miler, who is a Hoot!; and one-timers Tony Schiller, John Shelp and Sarah Foley....

Catastrophe Analysts, Ukraine Immigrants & Choprah Readers......

logoLiberty Olympic Coverage - In MTN's ongoing quest to remind its readers that triathletes are also people, here is some compelling personal info on the Top 5 male and female finishers at the 8th annual Liberty Olympic Triathlon last Saturday, a totally good event:

FAST GUYS:

1. David Holden - 1:53:32 - Dave's a quiet guy. His wife is more outgoing than he is. His Liberty win was his 9th since 2006.

2. Andy Schiesl - 1:54:52 - His last name appears to be unfinished, but it isn't. He had a breakout season in 2011 and appears to be even faster this year.

3. Scott Penticoff - 1:55:36 - Scotty is a wonderful guy with a very small waist. He has a beautiful wife that he married when they were 12. The couple has two daughters who are above average in every way....

WACONIA CLOSING ON FRIDAY....

logoYIKES! The iconic LAKE WACONIA TRIATHLON will close registration this Friday (June 15). Don't pass up this opportunity to be a part of one of the Midwest's premier sprint tris. The race, which is once again Minnesota's Best of the US Championship Qualifier and a member of the prestigious Midwest Multisport Series, will be contested on June 24 and will be celebrating its 23rd anniversary. We hope to see you there. INFO & REGISTRATION

Steve's Trinona Words & Images...

rideBy Steve Stenzel

The temperature reached into the mid-90s on Sunday, June 10 during the Trinona Triathlon in Winona, MN. The International Distance (1.5K swim, 40K bike, 10K run) had 300 individual participants with another 30 teams, and the Sprint Distance (1/4 mile swim, 11 mile bike, 5K run) had 350 individuals and 22 teams.

In the Sprint race, Brian Sames (Shakopee) took the win with a strong run, finishing in 54:02. Sames passed Benjamin Trnka (St. Paul) to win by 22 seconds. Trnka placed second, and Jim Felling (River Falls) was about another minute behind in 3rd.

On the female side in the Sprint race, Diana Koepp (Rochester) used a speedy swim to take the win in 1:02:04. Koepp's swim was the 2nd...

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