Lotsa Love For Chisago!



RACE PREVIEW - For the last two years, the CHISAGO TRIATHLON has gone by the name Toughman Minnesota. We're pleased to report that the event is reclaiming it's original title.

Yes, it is still part  of the Toughman Series, but it built it's reputation on it's wonderful relationships with the people and institutions of the Chisago Lakes area, Minnesota's "Little Sweden," thus in deference to them, the event will hereafter be the Chisago Triathlon. (As Toughman Minnesota, some event participants may have lost touch with the wonderful Swedish influences--food, flags, awards etc.--that defined the race for its first nine years.)

So, let us encourage those who have yet to sign up for Sunday's events, to amend that right now. Be among the 1000-or-so attendees that will participate in this year's Half IM and Sprint races.

Now for some athlete-related stuff. The men's race will, as usual, be super-competitive, but we will begin by talking about the women's half. Five past champions are currently registered. They are, in alpha order:

- ERIN FARRENS, 37, Maple Grove - 1st here in 2016 (4:49:07) - Personal Best - 4:43:13 - 2016 Timberman (NH) 70.3 (IM PR - 10:02:29 - Louisville 2016)

- KORTNEY HAAG, 38, Maple Grove - 1st here in 2014 (4:34:23) - Personal Best - 4:34:14 - 2014 Chisago (Kort has won eight halves!)

- DIANE HANKEE, 40, Lino Lakes - 1st here in 2013 (4:46:08) - Personal Best - 4:38:51 - 2016 Muncie 70.3 ...

A Jurassic Experience....

Bertram-T_Rex.jpegBERTRAM BLAST II - Most know the gorgeous wilderness area near Monticello as Bertam Chain of Lakes Park. Last Saturday the park was transformed into the disco version of Jurassic Park, replete with dancing T-Rexes (photo).

Seriously cool.

Such was the awesome backdrop for the 2nd annual Bertam Blast Off Road Tri / Du / Trail Run, the brainchild of DR. BRETT ODEN, the man who gave us the Buffalo Triathlon. What he created at Bertram was a true "blast," as in a totally fun experience.

The event celebrated lots of good stuff, like the restorative power of nature, and the  healthful and social benefits of a special event where "play" outranked "competition." It was all about fun, and creating wonderful memories.

And it truly did accomplished those things.

Dancing / high-fiving T-Rexes, arguably the cleanest lake in Minnesota, scenic single and double track trails, nummilicious food and great music. The vibe was relaxed and jovial. Jurassic Bertam was a great place to hang out; a great place to recharge one's batteries for a few hours....

What's Your Word? ...


By Kristina Swenson (kristinaswenson.wixite.com)

Words have always been important to me. English was one of my favorite classes all through elementary school and became my strongest subject by the time I reached high school. A minimum word count has never been a problem for me. Rather, I usually struggle to keep something under a maximum word count. My phone is full of short, random words and phrases that someone, somewhere said that stuck with me, and I have a book full of quotes I keep nearby in case I hear something profound I want to remember later. One of my love languages is words of affirmation, and I love it when I just get to sit and share words with a friend.

I could give you example after example of how much I love words but as you read this blog post I wrote about words I really like you probably get the idea ... 

We all have that one word or mantra that we use to get us going. The word(s) come to us in times of success, in times of failure, in times of happiness, and in times of sadness. It's that phrase that we repeat over and over to ourselves when we need to refocus and come back to who we are and what we stand for. For my mom, her go-to mantra is "make it happen". If you were to step inside my house, you'd find it...

Brian's First Win...


Storhaug wins first triathlon at the Graniteman-Clearwater event.


By Brian Storhaug


Graniteman Clearwater Race Report - The Graniteman race season is comprised of three triathlons with a choice of sprint or olympic distances. The Buffalo Triathlon is typically held in early June and is the first race of the Graniteman season. The race is held at Sturges Park in the heart of downtown Buffalo, and is one of the most popular triathlons in Minnesota. The Clearwater race is held in early July and takes place at Warner Lake Park. The Graniteman season finishes up in the first part of August in Big Lake, MN at Lake Side Park.


On June 4th, Brian Storhaug participated in the first of the Graniteman races in Buffalo, MN. The route included a 500 yard swim, 12 mile bike ride, and a 3.1 mile run. He finished 2nd in his age group (25-29 males) and was 7th overall in the sprint race that featured 350 participants. 

On Saturday, July 8th, Brian Storhaug navigated an 0.44 mile swim, 14 mile bike, and 3.1 mile run on his way to the finish line in Clearwater, MN. He was first in his age group (25-29 males) as well as first overall among the 166 racers. Brian covered the three legs in 1:08:41, a personal best for this course.  ...

Thinking of Mitch....


ED - We received this Facebook message from Lynn Rothmeier this morning:


Hi MTN Guys,

I don't know if you ever put specific shout outs on your website but Mitch Brekke was in a terrible bike accident on Tuesday night with a ride group from Mankato and is very lucky to be alive. It never hurts to get some love and prayers from our multi sport community! There is a Caringbridge site set up for him. Thanks! - Lynn


Most of us know MItch, aka "The Hartland Express." He's a great athlete and an even greater person. Our thoughts are with him and his family.

His CaringBridge page: www.caringbridge.org/visit/mitchbrekke

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