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Minnesota's Teen Talent...

nick-klonne.gifThe 2014 Minnesota Multisport Awards are tentatively scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 25 at Gear West Bike and Triathlon in Long Lake. Triathletes Choice Race of the Year voting will begin on September 15, as will the announcing of award nominees. Between now and then MTN will reveal the names of those whom the MMA Selectors are considering as possible nominees in the various categories.

Today we will introduce those who are being considered for 2014 Junior of the Year. These athletes need to have turned in at least three outstanding performances this year. There efforts are measured against the divisional course records of the races they’ve competed in, and against the performances of those who have won the JOY, or been nominated, in the past.

After all the resumes are reviewed, each of the Selectors will recommend four candidates. The four athletes who receive the most support will be announced as the official nominees.

As is always the case with the JOY category, a number of talented teens raced only once or twice during the season and therefore were ineligible for consideration. This year, Racquel Wohlk, Parker Roehl, Nathan Bich and Alyson Welch are in this group....

Lendway is World Champion!...Updated...

heather-and-dani.gifITU EDMONTON WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS - How competitive was the women's field at LIfe Time Tri - Minneapolis in July? Would you believe that the Top 3 women there were also the Top 3 women at Edmonton Worlds this morning?

It's true. St. Paul's HEATHER LENDWAY, Californian ROBYN POMEROY and Wausau, Wisconsin by way of Rochester, Minnesota's DANI FISCHER not only repeated their Minneapolis Tri positions, they formed a USA podium, something that hasn't been done in a long, long, time. All three women appear destined for national post-season honors.

Also, the last time an American woman had won both the National and World Championships was in 2005, when Virginian MARGIE SHAPIRO made it happen. Shapiro was undefeated back then, and Lendway is undefeated, in non-drafting races, that is, this year. Additionally, Heather's 2014 win total is now 10. The last Minnesota woman to accomplish double-digit wins was BECKY YOUNGBERG, back in 2011.

Lendway became a triathlete in 2012 and now has 20 victories (in 26 starts), including TWO National Championship titles and a Worlds crown.....

Proud to be Part of it....

heather-food-tent.gifBy Heather Lendway (heatherlendway.com)

YWCA Women's Tri Race Report - Before leaving for Detroit I prepared as much as I could for the YWCA Women’s Tri, knowing I’d be on a tight time crunch when I arrived home Saturday night.  I setup my bike for racing and piled up whatever clothes and race gear that I could.  When I arrived home I was still running around like a maniac unpacking, repacking and of course eating.  While in spastic rush mode I dropped a bowl in my kitchen, disaster.  It shattered into about 1000 tiny pieces in the kitchen and into my porch.  After cleaning that up I was definitely ready for bed.

Typically I like to get to transition first thing when it opens, but getting to bed late I slept in a bit longer than usual.  Somehow I managed to still be the first...

Dad Rocks "The Birthplace of America"...

andy-z.gif4th Annual HARVEST DUATHLON - ANDY ZABEL is a cool guy in his mid-thirties. He shaves his head and it looks really good and he has six or seven kids (photo L with two of his offspring). No kidding. Yesterday he won the Harvest Duathlon in Alexandria, "Alex" for short, a place that claims to be "The Birthplace of America." It's a Viking thing. It was the second W of his young multisport career.

Zabel's margin of victory on Saturday over runner-up MICHAEL STOICK, a two-time Minnesota Duathlete of the Year (2002, 2003), was 1:18. PETER RAINEY rounded out the men's Top 3.

For the third consecutive year, local athlete ANGIE JOHNSON won the women's race. She sometimes eats breakfast at a place called The Northwoods, where the portions are huge ...

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