2016 Junior of the Year....

img_0553.pngBy Mitchell Clayton (mitchellclaytontriblog.wordpress.com)


The title says it all. After 5 seasons of triathlons, over 50 races, hundreds of workouts, and three nominations, I’ve finally won the Minnesota Multisport Award for Junior of the Year.

There are three things I can say about winning this award and getting this recognition…

Motivation. Ever since I found out about the whole MMA thing, I’ve been driven to get Junior of the Year. It’s been in my mind during every single workout and every single race.  I’ve pushed myself harder because of it, it’s focused me, and it’s motivated me to do things that would otherwise have been easy to choose not to...

2016 Slam Dunks...

hanna_portrait.pngThe MMAs were awarded last Sunday. Some of the picks were "Slam Dunks," i.e. clear winners, ones that wouldn't generate much of an argument. Some were controversial. The rest were somewhere in between those designations.


SLAM DUNKS - Duathlete of the Year, Rookie, Grand Master, Female Master, Female Triathlete of the Year


CONTROVERSIAL - Male Master, Male Performance of the Year, Long Course Athlete of the Year, Female Performance of the Year, Male and Female Team Minnesota....

Sunscreen & Bra Waffles....

23_kona.pngBy Erin Klegstad (sweetsweatlife.com)


Hawaii Ironman Race Report - Where to start! It’s been a month(!) since Kona, so ample time for race reflection – both while sunning on Kauai’s incredible north shore and while back at home in the real world (of mittens and brushed running tights!).

Overall, Kona didn’t disappoint. The concise race report: 140.6 miles of fun, smiles and so much gratitude. During the race, I repeatedly reminded myself that I was, in fact, racing Kona (someone still pinch me, please) – a goal realized thanks to countless hours of hard work, dedication and sacrifice. I wouldn’t have it any other way....

2016 MMA Winners!




Triathlete of the Year

Hanna Grinaker & Matthew Payne


Long Distance Athlete of the Year

Diane Hankee


Duathlete of the Year

Matthew Payne


Performance of the Year

Hanna Grinaker's Course Record at Lake Waconia

Matthew Payne's Course Record at Buffalo Olympic....

Minnesota Grown...

HEINEY_WALKING.pngBy Nicole Heininger (nicoleheininger.wordpress.com)

After a few months of battling what felt like a “losing” game in Texas, I made the decision to head back to Minnesota to train and race as I was accustomed to. To put it simply, this was the toughest season racing for me, yet it was the most rewarding season through training and learning more about myself as an athlete. I was physically getting stronger and faster; I felt great throughout the season. My coach, Jennifer Harrison was kicking my butt in shape and my body was responding well. On the contrary, mentally and emotionally I felt beat up at times. The majority of races didn’t pan out as they were suppose to; whether the swim was canceled, the distance was altered, the race was delayed or restructured, this took it’s toll on me. Likewise, emotionally there were several incidents I had to get past in order to stay focused and continue moving forward throughout the season.

At this point, I had three racing flops in Texas and was eager to change that in Minnesota. Unluckily, race flops continued in Minnesota and I had to deal with...

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