#10 For Suzie...

susan-hilal.gif2nd HOPKINS ROYAL TRIATHLON - According to SUZIE FOX, who ordered and devoured The Juicy Lucy, albeit with lettuce substituting for buns (Who knew?), at Moose Country after recording her historic 10th win of the season, the Hopkins Royal Triathlon, is one of the best triathlons in Minnesota, which is saying a lot. And she wasn't saying this because she just won it by a six-plus minute margin and people tend to say good stuff about races they win. She gushed about the venue and the Race Director, Doobie Kurus, who is a total HOOT!

With her victory, she became the fifth Minnesota woman to post double-digit wins in a single season since the Millennial change. The others are HEATHER LENDWAY (12 wins in 2014), CATHY YNDESTAD (11 wins in 2008), JENNY WILCOX (10 wins in 2010) and BECKY YOUNGBERG (10 wins in 2004).

Pretty dang good compnay, huh!

Suzie's next race will be IMOO next Sunday, and who knows, she just might win that one, too.

Placing 2nd in the women's race was 2014 HRT winner, SARAH MERCER, who will likely earn, and not for the first time, a Master of the Year nomination. Another elite master, CATHERINE LEE, last year's runner-up, rounded out her gender's Top 3.

Gaby Grabs Top Spot...

gaby-mpls.gifST. CROIX VALLEY OLYMPIC - Despite thick, wet, warm, blowy air, GABY BUNTEN (photo) managed to turn in a Performance of the Year-nomination-worthy effort at this 13-year-old classic race. Starting with her signature awesome swim, she charged on to a time of 2:12:15, which, according to our records, is the fastest (legitimate *) Olympic time by a Minnesota (amateur) woman this year. Four women have broken 2:13 this season, and Gaby's name is at the tippy-top of that list. Check it out:

1. GABY BUNTEN - 2:12:15 - St. Croix Valley Olympic

2. ELAINE NELSON - 2:12:29 - USAT AG Nationals

3. BRIDGET MCCOY - 2:12:40 - Life Tim Tri - Minneapolis

4. LISA LENDWAY - 2:12:55 - USAT AG Nationals

Was the SCVO course accurate? A review of the splits suggested that it was.

For Bunten, it was her 3rd win of the season and 4th of her career. And yes, her name is smack-dab in the middle of the Triathlete of the Year discussion, though determining the four best candidates will be harder than ever this year. There are at least EIGHT women currently receiving consideration for TOY nominations....

Name the Saint Paul triathlete who won $1 million

mandalaYou’re forgiven if you answered “Gwen Jorgensen”. Natural mistake.

Besides, it’s a trick question. 

The $1 million prize was for something else. And it didn’t actually go to an individual, so don’t start warming up your business plan for a possible investor pitch.


That said, there was a million dollar prize, and it was won by a triathlete, and she is from Saint Paul. . .

Nate is a HOOT!

emy-biking.gif4th Annual BLAINE TRIATHLON PREVIEW - This race was moved from its May date because May is an "iffy" triathlon month. Few lakes are swimmable in May.

The move to September 12 seemed pretty dang smart, until you took a closer look. Sure, it shared the weekend with the long-standing Square Lake races, but the Minnesota multisport community can easily handle two events on the same weekend, especially after all those 5-8-race weekends during June, July and August.


Yeah, but let's not forget that Blaine (and Square Lake) share the weekend with Ironman Wisconsin, which draws lots of Minnesota participants. More damaging to our local races, though, is the fact that IMOO draws THOUSANDS on Minnesota triathletes who attend the race as spectators and enthusiastic supporters of their Minnesota peers. That's probably what hurts most....

Swag, Custom Stuff, Zero Waste...

family-time.gifPhoto (L-R) - Hadley or Adeline, their mom, their aunt, Hadley or Adeline.


By Heather Lendway (heatherlendway.com)


YWCA WOMEN'S TRI RACE REPORT - Do you know how many women finished the USA Triathlon Olympic Distance National Championships this year? 1181. Do you know how many women finished the sprint version of that race? 696. The YWCA Women’s tri had 935 women finish the race. That is not too far off from the number of finishers at the National Championships, one of the biggest races annually in the US.

Do you know how many women age 50+ finished at Lifetime Minneapolis, Minnesota’s biggest triathlon? 43 women in the Olympic, Sprint and Super Sprint combined. The YWCA tri had 251 50+ women finish the race. Yes, you read that correctly, more than five times as many....

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