Fun Bringer: Rick Wheeler...

monkey_attack.pngWe all know people who "bring the fun" wherever they go. Minnesota's tri and du scene certainly has more than its share of fun bringers, folks that elevate the experiece for those around them, whether in training, or at races.

Several fun bringing race directors come to mind:  Uncle Randy, Doobie K, Mark Bongers, Dave Schutz, Rod Raymond and his evil twin, Matt Evans. These guys are HOOTS! As a community, we're lucky to have them working for us.

And they're not the only ones, of course.

There are lots of athletes that bring it, funishly speaking, to the events they enter. Do you know Rick Wheeler? He lives in Bloomington, works in Hastings, where he is a high school counselor, and has a wife--Lisa--who is a much better triathlete than he is, but he doesn't care. Life is just too dang good to let "small stuff" get in the way....

Observations & Stuff...



 - NEW MASTERS - MATTHEW PAYNE and DIANE HANKEE are turning forty this year, and we expect them to uphold the world class standards set for men by TONY SCHILLER, BRIAN BICH and KEVIN O'CONNOR, and, for women, JAN GUENTHER, all of whom have finished at, or near, the top of the Team Minnesota rankings a time or two since entering Masterhood.



- SCHEDULE STUFF - At last glance, there were 61 adult multisport events on Minnesota's 2017 multisport calendar. This list includes ...

Minnesota's Talented Teens..



Last week, one of the MTN Guys discussed the 2017 season with a parent of an up-and-coming pair of junior triathletes. He was hoping to enroll his sons in some of the more high profile races. If one or both of them have a successful season, perhaps a Junior of the Year nomination would follow.


The dad was aware that three of the four JOY nominees from 2016 have aged-up, and thus no longer eligible for consideration. Mitchell Clayton (JOY), Kristina Swenson and Alison Crum have or will turn 20 this year. Lauren Steinke, 17, is still elgible for a nomination and will enter the season as the frontrunner for the JOY '17 award...

Tri-U-Mah Stuff...


TRI-U-MAH - 2016 Minnesota Rookie of the Year nominee Michael Weissenborn won the men's title at Tri-U-Mah for the second straight year. The event, staged on the UM-Minneapolis campus on February 25, is the best-attended indoor tri in our state. More than 200 athletes enrolled in the 25 event, and 182 finished the ninety minute--30 minutes in the pool, 30 minutes on the stationary bike, 30 minutes on the treadmill--contest, wherein athletes are ranked by the total distance they cover.

Weissenborn, who is into stocking caps, boxer dogs, Aerosmith and Star Wars, covered 18.41 miles, which was 1.19 miles farther than Michael  DeLeon's runner-up's distance.

Finishing 3rd for the second consecutive year was accomplished tri veteran, Jim Guenter. Jim is into science and has been to Kuala Lumpur (photo)....

Sara Stuff...


By Newtonrunning.com


Sara has been an avid athlete since a very young age. It all started with Nordic ski racing, followed by Sara joining the track team in high school.  She competed in college for the University of St .Thomas and continued her love of running and skiing after college. Sara spent some time coaching both cross country skiing and running at both the high school and collegiate level.

“My running and triathlon career have really taken off the past couple of years with some hard work and some really sweet PRs. I had my first triathlon career win this past summer and took 1st female at the Hixon 50k, which was unexpected and exciting!”   ...

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