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rhett_run.pngWhen we think of Duluth's male multisport pioneers, we immediately think of Brian Bich, now 51, Rhett Bonner, now 53, and Rod Raymond, now 51. The most decorated of this triumvirate is Bich, a multiple national champion, former US Master of the Year and winner of nine MMAs. He is still very active, in fact, he won the MOY last year.

Bonner, a physician with movie star good looks--think Michael Fassbender (photo below)--, the guy who portrayed Steve Jobs--hasn't raced in a multi since 2014, though he remains an active and accomplished nordic skier.

Below are some of Bonner's triathlon highlights, which include his dominating AG victory at Nationals in 2009. (We will post Raymond's accomplishments tomorrow.)

RHETT BONNER, 53, Duluth

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Cinco to Celebrate Diamond Anniversary...

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cinco_du_logo.pngCINCO DU MAYO PREVIEW - Yucky weather in the recent past makes folks reluctant to sign up for races in the near future. When this was written, temps were in the 30s and snowflakes the size of kumquats were falling out of the sky. But according to weather.com, an irrefutable source of unassailable information, the conditions in the Stillwater area, where the 10th edition of Cinco Du Mayo Long Course and 8th annual Cinco Sprint Du will be staged, will be borderline lovely next Saturday, when those races will be contested....

Jenn Rocks Again...

jenn_wine.pngUSAT LONG COURSE DUATHLON NATIONALS - MTN congratulates former US Duathlete of the Year JENN SCUDIERO, of Eagan, who likes to party (photo), on her awesome performance last weekend at Long Distance Du Nationals in hot, super humid, windy Cary, North Carolina. She placed 6th against a stellar field. Check out the Top 6: 

- 1. DANIELLE DINGMAN (Branson, MO) - Rising star. Undefeated in three du starts in 2016.

- 2. KIRSTEN SASS (McKenzie, TN) - Two-time US Doy, three-time US TOY. Reigning World Du Champion.

- 3. DANI FISCHER (Indianapolis, IN) - 2014 US Duathlete of the Year who has the best dimples ever.

- 4. JAIME SIMMONS (Abingdon, VA) - Outstanding 70.3 credentials. Raced in one du in 2016 and won handily.

- 5. REBECCA KEFER, 16 (Kernersville, NC) - Outstanding prep distance runner with Div. I future. Raced in one prior du that we know of--at age 15--and won it....

Falls Du Kicked Off 2017 Multi Season...

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FALLS DUATHLON - The MTN Guys were not at Falls Du this year. Bummer. We really love that race. So, tasked with posting some coverage, we went to Steve Stenzel's great blog site (lINK) to learn about the conditions, weather-wise, and to get a feel for the event. He didn't give us much in the way of climatology, but mentioned that it was breezy, though not hurricanic, as it has been in year's past. Studying all the great photos he posted, we'd guess that it wasn't a warm day, 30s-40s probably, and the clouds were as thick as cold oatmeal making for grey racing conditions...

We stated in our preview that we expected some late sign-ups to have an impact on the overall race. That was certainly the case on the men's side. 2016 Most Improved nominee Jordan Roby (photo below) was one those guys and he totally...

COLT XVI Preve...Amy's Race...

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ED. Got back last night from St. Anthony's in Florida. Dididn't have time to write race coverage for today. Will post coverage and results links on Tuesday.

COLT PREVIEW - The Chain of Lakes Triathlon in Alexandria, a totally cool town with a big statue of a Viking guy, will celebrate its 16th anniversary next Saturday. COLT is a sprint race consisting of a 600 yard pool swim, a 13 mile bike and 2.8 mile run, excellent distances for newbies, and veterans who like red-line racing.

Attendance has dipped a bit since 2013, as has been the case with most multisport races universally, but this year's enrollment is looking good. The race had averaged about 70 finishers for the last three years. Next Saturday's race could double that. We hope this is a trend affecting all Minnesota multis.

The overall course records, which were set by Sam Janicki (55:11 /Marcus Stromberg posted a 55:12 in 2014) in 2010, and Heather Lendway's ridiculous 57:13, turned in in '14, appear untouchable. But that suggests that several athletes will compete for the top spots, instead of a single triathlete blasting off the front.....

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