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Deep Du...

du-nats.gifMinnesota Multisport Awards - DOY is a coed category and never has the competition been this fierce. The field includes a reigning du National Champion--MATTHEW PAYNE--and nationals runner-up--DANI FISCHER. It also includes a man and a woman who were named US Duathlete of the Year (KEVIN O'CONNOR in 2009, JENN SCUDIERO in 2013).

After much deliberation, here are the four official nominees for 2014 Duathlete of the Year:

 

DANI FISCHER, 26, Wausau, WI - 2014 Du Highlights: 1st amateur / 2nd overall at Apple, 2nd overall @ Du Nationals, 1st overall @ Badger State Games Du....

The Masters: A Tradition Like No Other...

jeff-gilmer.gifMinnesota Multisport Awards - Yesterday, we introduced you to the 2014 Female Master of the Year nominees. Here are the four nominees for Male MOY:

 

CHAP ACHEN, 45, Red Wing - 2014 Highlights: Overall winner of three of the five races he entered, including the Square Lake Half IM (4:15).

 

BRIAN BICH, 48, Duluth - Nine-time MMA winner, Brian set a course record at Brewhouse and medaled at Nationals (1:57:57, the fastest Olympic time by a Minnesota master in 2014).

 

KEVIN O'CONNOR, 43, Medina - Two-time MOY winner, Kevin podiumed in five regional races this year, including a win at Waseca Sprint. He also podiumed at both Du and Tri Nationals.

 

TONY SCHILLER, 56, Eden Prairie - Winner of eight MMAs, Tony, an 11-time national champion, was undefeated against age-50+ competition in regional action. He also won his AG at Olympic and Sprint Nationals.

Masterful Women...

tracy-imoo.gif2014 Minnesota Multisport Awards - Here, in a alpha order, are the women who are the official nominees for 2014 Female Master of the Year:

HEIDI KELLER-MILER, 50, Chaska - Three-time MOY - 2014 Highlights: Overall podium finshes at Lake Waconia and Brewhouse. 2:17:46 at Maple Grove Olympic.

 

TRACY SERREYN, 50, Lakeville (photo L) - 1st nomination - 2014 Highlights: Three overall Top 10 finishes, Divisional CRs at Oakdale and Chisago Sprint. AG win at Ironman Wisconsin.

 

ANN SNUGGERUD, 46, Chaska - 3rd MOY nomination - 2014 Highlights: 2nd at Timberman, 5th at YWCA, 6th at Heart of the Lakes....

 

A Lot on the Line...

usat-nationals-nate.gifFall Classic Duathlon - Last weekend's races promised to have a profound effect on the MMA nomination process, and they did just that. At the 9th annual FCD on Saturday at Lake Elmo Park Reserve, a locale that seems to have been designed with run-bike-run in mind, at least five athletes were in a position to strengthen their chances to receive award nominations. Nate Hoffman (photo), Joe Johnson, Jenn Scudiero and Jas Carlson were already receiving DOY consideration, and it appeared that one of them would be selected to join the three other nominees that had been selected earlier. (Offical DOY nominees will be announced on MTN later this week.) Additionally, Hank Larsen, 73, needed an effort that approximated the divisional CR he set at the Oakdale Du in May to, perhaps, garner his third career Grand Master of the Year nomination.

So, who would nail down the final DOY nomination?

For Nate to be the one, he had to win the men's race in an impressive time. For Johnson, he had to win and his margin over Nate had to be convincing. Jenn needed a victory and her time needed to be in the 1:10-1:11 range, AND the men's winning time had to be slower than the race record. Jas needed to CRUSH Scudiero AND for someone other than Hoffman or Johnson to win the men's race....

Drama & Kickstands...

gaby-kris-finger.gif(Photo - Dessert enthusiasts, Gaby Bunten and Kris Spoth, both of whom totally rocked at OLT, and a guy's finger.)

9th Annual ONE LAST TRI - Sunday's OLT was more competitive than in any of its previous eighth editions, and it was arguably more thrilling than ever.

Race morning was gorgeous, crisp and sunny, and the transition area was filled with approximately 300 athletes. The mood was celebratory, albeit with a hint of sadness. OLT is, after, the final tri on the '14 Minnesota calendar and many were doubtlessly reflecting on the great season that would end when they crossed the finish line.

Some of the athletes sported $10,000 worth of gear, others brought stuff that totalled less than 100 bucks, including bike and shoes. If the event had featured a "Kickstand" division, at least a dozen participants would have vied for awards. To us, everyone was a rockstar, but the kickstanders were the rockiest and the starriest of all....

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