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"...No Place Like Home"...

bikes.gifBy Suzie Fox (suz--news.blogspot.com)

Last Friday (9/5) morning Ann, Heidi, and I packed Ann's minivan to the max and returned to Madison for IM Wisconsin where it all began two years ago. In some ways it felt like it had been way more then 2 years and in some ways it felt like a lot less. We also had our friend John riding with us this year who I don't think realized that he was subjecting himself to 4.5 hours of nonstop girl talk but he was a trooper and we had a lot of fun. I was ecstatic that Ann and Heidi signed up with me again for this year bc there is nobody else I would rather take this journey with a second time, the training, the travel, the lodging, the whole adventure, these are my girls. My parents made the 8 hour drive from South Dakota and arrived on Friday as well, they have been to every IM I have done in the US. I was so grateful to see them all over the course, to have them stay in the same hotel as me just like in 2012 and to spend a lot of time with them over the weekend....

The Future of Minnesota Multisports...

emy-bike.gif2014 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT AWARDS - The MMA Selection Committee announces its official nominees for 2014 Rookie of the Year and Junior of the Year. They are:

 

Rookies:

EMY EVERHART, 35, St. Paul (photo L)

LAURA GREER, 26, Minneapolis

NICK NYGAARD, 24, Duluth

KELLY TROM, 27, Minneapolis

Juniors:

 

Official GMOY Nominees....

Bill-Schmitt.gif2014 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT AWARDS: Today the MMA Selectors announce their official nominees for GRAND MASTER OF THE YEAR:

 

NEIL KING, 64, Nevis - This is KIng's 3rd GMOY nomination. 2014 highlights include divisional wins at Life Time - Minneapolis, Buffalo and Walker, where he CRed. He also medaled (Bronze) at the Edmonton World Championships.

BILL SCHMITT, 60, Duluth (photo) - This is Bill's first MMA nomination. Five divisional wins in five starts, including two CRs, Bill cracked the overall Top 10 twice.

PAM STEVENS, 61, Sartell - A three-time MMA winner, Pam recorded five divisional wins in five starts in regional racing in 2014, including four CRs. She also picked up a Bronze medal at USAT Nationals.

GREG TAYLOR, 60, Yankton, SD - A two-time Minnesota Master of the Year, Greg dominated his division at Nationals and at the 70.3 World Championships in Mont Tremblant. He cracked the overall Top 10 In all three of his Minnesota starts.

Other athletes receiving serious consideration in this category were: DEB ROBERTS (61, Nisswa), HANK LARSEN (73, Glencoe), SHERI SCHROCK (59,...

Collecting Mugs...

cups.gifBy Heather lendway (heatherlendway.com)

SQUARE LAKE RACE REPORT - I was looking forward to racing at Square Lake all year. It’s the only race I have been able to do all three seasons I’ve competed and it’s fun to see the improvement. Square Lake was also my first amateur overall win so it will always be a special race for me.

My first year racing at Square Lake was tough; the course is awesome but challenging. For T1 you have to run up a long set of wooden steps to get to the transition area. Then the bike and run course both have some pretty big climbs that are sure to make your legs burn.

Having just returned from Edmonton three days prior, I slept in a little more than usual and got to the race as the sun was coming up. It was a chilly morning but the air was warming up nicely. I got my bike setup in transition and headed out for a short bike and run warm-up. With about ten minutes to go I got in my wetsuit and jumped in the lake for a brief swim warm-up....

Payne & Scudiero Set Records...Updated...

matt-and-mikey.gifMATTHEW PAYNE (photo - with son, MIkey) posted his 10th victory of the 2014 yesterday and 33rd of his stellar multisport career at the Life Time Epic - Bend 125 yesterday. His time was a race record 4:07:57, lowering the 2012 mark set by Spokane, Wasington's Ben Greenfield by 14:44. His margin of victory over runner-up Brian Shaning, a former Wisconsin pro who now resides in Bend, was a flabby 12:40.

Laura Coombs (Bend, OR), who also won this event in 2012 is is a very, very nice person, was the fastest woman...

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