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Performance of the Year: The Guys...

matt-buckle.gifMinnesota Multisport Awards - Like the women's "Most Improved" category, wherein eight worthy women competed for four nominations, the men's Performance of Year nominees were exrtremely hard to determine. After much heated debate, here are the official men's Performance of the Year nominees:

BRIAN BICH (48, Duluth) - Bich made history with his Course Record win at Brewhouse, where he became the first athlete in Minnesota multisport history to win a single race 12 times. The old record, Tony Schiller's 11-wins at Lake Waconia, had stood for eleven years.

BROOKS GROSSINGER (37, Mayer) - Course record at Timberman. Brooks lowered his 2013 mark from 1:58:44 to 1:54:24. His margin of victory was 2:05.

MATTHEW PAYNE (36, Columbia Heights - photo) - With his Victory at the Best of the US Championship at Lake Phalen, The Pain Train became the first athlete in BOUS history to win more than once. He also won in 2011. Moreover, he beat 2013 US Athlete of the Year, Dan Stubleski, in the process....

2014 POY: "Premier" Trumps "Prestige"...

HL-LTF.gifMinnesota Multisport Awards - In the Performance of the Year category, a single athlete, by rule, can have no more than two nominations. It was especially difficult this year limiting our choices for Dani Fischer and Heather Lendway (photo L), both of whom excelled on the world and national stages and recorded nearly 20 victories between them....

Triathlete of the Year: Women

heather-and-dani.gifMinnesota Multisport Awards - Here are the official nominees for 2014 Female Triathlete of the Year and their tri resumes:

DANI FISCHER, 26, Wausau, WI

2014 Triathlon Highlights:

1st @ USAT Long Course Nationals (4:23!)

1st @ Best of the US Championship

1st @ Chicago World Triathlon

1st @ Green Bay Triathlon

1st @ Wausau Triathlon (CR - 1st overall!)

2nd @ USAT Nationals

3rd @ ITU Edmonton Worlds (photo L)

3rd @ Life Time - Minneapolis Elite...

"Fun Size" Duathlon...

cascade-falls-guys.gif(Photo - CFD medalists, from L to R: Tom Couillard, who's into Kacey Musgrave's music, the insanely handsome Ron Dockery, who had a "heart thing" a few years back, but he's fine now, Shelly Tschida, AKA "The Pride of Vadnais Heights," whose last name sounds like "cheetah," not "Shy-da" like the lake in North Dakota, and Michel Sanders, who has 34 teeth and is into "Westerny" stuff. Great folks!)

By Warren Peece

Cascade Falls Du - The final outdoor multisport race on the Minnesota calendar was last Saturday and it was a goodie. Not large, only 61 finishers, it was the special event equivalent of a "Fun Size" candy bar. Whatever it is that makes little candy bars more "fun" than the bigger ones, was probably what made the Cascade Falls Duathlon more fun ...

Triathlete of the Year: Men...

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Minnesota Multisport Awards - Here are the official nominees for 2014 Male Triathlete of the Year:

SEAN COOLEY, 28, Grand Forks, ND - Sean's resume is highlighted by three wins. Additionally, he established himself as one of our region's best 70.3 racers.

BROOKS GROSSINGER, 37, Mayer - Brooks won four of the seven multis he did in 2014, setting course records in two of them. He excelled in dus as well as tris....

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