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Life Time Tri Maple Grove Adds Duathlon...

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PRESS RELEASE - We know how much time, effort and dedication athletes put into training for a multi-sport event. After the recent cancellation announcement of the 2015 Minneapolis Duathlon by Team Ortho we invite the athletes impacted by this cancelation and all area duathletes to join us. Life Time Tri Maple Grove now offers a short-course Duathlon on Saturday, August 22 hosted at Weaver Lake Park in Maple Grove....

Rockin' With His "Tri Mates"...

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USAT NATIONALS SPRINT REPORT!
Water was much colder than last year! I lined up on the pier with the other 112 dudes in my age group wave (the nasty 40-44 boys, largest wave at nationals) and 109 of them jumped in with their wetsuits and did the usual power swimming/posturing (us 3 idiots without wetsuits did various arm flapping, push ups and chicken dance maneuvers--thank you Patrick Parish and Dani Fischer...) and felt quite pleased with ourselves. The countdown began, and we were told to get in.
Kevin O'Connor, who got 2nd in age group and 18th overall, (he is a legend, and yes, I am a fan boy!) happened to be two swimmers away and gave me a supportive wave. I wished at that moment I could bet a months wages that he would be top 3.
So, off we went and it felt good... as soon as I could feel my arms. Apart from some bloke doing backstroke and slapping me, it was a good swim, 69/113 out of water smile emoticon Had a really fast run to...

Stellar Field Set for Big Pig XVIII...Updated...

kort-win-pig.gif18th Annual PIGMAN HALF - The MTN Guys nearly soiled ourselves when we looked at next weekend's Big Pig start list. It will arguably be the most competitive Pigman ever. Here's a few of the names on the Elite roster:

Men:

David Thompson (P - MN) - 9 x Pigman Champ. A win would be the 100th of his storied career. (photo on page 2.)

Daniel Bretscher (P - IA) - 2007 US Athlete of the Year

Tom Gerlach (P -WI) - Successful long course veteran

Eric Engel (WI) - Reigning Toughman Minnesota champion

Kevin O'Connor (MN) - Reigning Pigman Masters CR-holder. PR - 4:02 (MN State amateur Half IM record)...

 

Another Busy Weekend Ahead...

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This weekend's racing schedule is as insane as last week's. There are seven events for the Minnesota triathlete to choose from, if you'll excuse our ending a phrase with a preposition....

Performance Highlights...

suzie-and-diane.gifGreat Photo - Diane Hankee and Suzie Fox at Sprint Nationals.

Here are the Minnesotans who earned medals and cracked the overall Top 100 at Nationals, the most competitive amateur triathlons in the world:

OLYMPIC NATIONALS -

- Tony Schiller - 1st 55-59 (1st/ 126 finishers) (Tony's 12th National Champion title - His margin of victory was 5:34!)

- Lisa Lendway - 2nd 30-34 (2nd / 150 finishers) - Lisa placed 19th overall

- Matthew Payne - 2nd 35-39 (2nd / 167 finishers) - Matt placed 12th overall.

- Kevin O'Connor - 2nd 40-44 (2nd / 180 finishers)

- Neil King - 2nd 65-69 (2nd / 47 finishers)

- Gaby Bunten - 2nd 20-24 (2nd / 61 finishers)

- Cheryl Zitur - 3rd 50-54 (3rd / 120 finishers) ...

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