Race Coverage

No "Dilly Dilly"...


By Jake Braam (Facebook)


“The forecast is gonna be what?” I asked.

“40 degrees, 25-35mph headwind, and heavy rain,” Nicholas responds solemnly. 

“We’re screwed.”

2 days later I found myself in the pit of misery (no dilly dilly to be had) sloshing my way through the suburbs of Boston. I went out too fast, wore too little clothing, and was drenched to my core. At about mile 22 my body went from racing to survival mode. Glad I was able to kind of hang on and make it to the finish line. Upon reaching the finish line, medical personnel took care of me because I was shaking so bad. I'm so thankful for the volunteers and staff. I'm also overwhelmed by all of the support I received from family and friends. Huge thanks to Katie Braam PaquetteZach Barrett, and Christina Roberts for flying out and spectating in the weather....

Minnesotans are "Boston Strong!"



ED. Weather conditions for the Boston Marathon last Monday were nothing short of yucky. Cold (mid 30s), driving rain, VERY windy. For almost everyone, PR dreams were  put on hold. Here, we are posting words on the performances of a few of the MInnesotans who ran. And we encourage other Minnesota participants to comment on MTN's Facebook page, or use the COMMENTs feature below, to let us know how your fared.


From Duluth's TIFFANY KARI  (photo) - I made it! I finished the Boston Marathon in what was said to be the worst race conditions in 100 years! Up to 30 mph headwinds, 40 degrees, consistent rain with occasional heavy downpours that became more frequent as we approached the finish line. It was as if Mother Nature was giving us a Grand Finale. It was ridiculous! I had to chuckle. It was the slowest on record in 40 years and I know why. 😉

On another high note I was also lucky enough to run with retired Olympic medalist Meb and his 3 hour pace group for the first 15 miles!!! A once in a lifetime!!! He won New York in 2012 and Boston in 2014 amongst many other honors. He came out to honor a young boy killed in the Boston bombing. ...

Mothers & Daughters...


ED. On Sunday we received these words from Lynn Overvoorde, who with her daughter Mia, did all four of the YWCA Indoor Tris. On April 8, Lynn did the long event and Mia did the mini.


Hello MTN -- Sorry for not responding earlier to your request.  This snow has me disoriented...

Here is a short blurb about mine and my daughter's tri experience.  
My daughter, Mia (age 16), and I just finished the 4th or 4 YWCA Indoor Triathlons.  I have been participating in triathlons for about 20 years .  These days my goal is to finish one tri a season.  The YWCA women's tri being my favorite because of the positive...

Dan W. Rocks at YWCA Finale...


As we mentioned in yesterday's post, the April 8 season finale of the YWCA INDOR TRI SERIES enjoyed a record turn-out. One hundred and fourteen athletes finished, thirty-four more than the previous attendance record.

Leading the way in the long course (600yd - 12 -5K) event, unsurprisingly, was seasoned vet DAN WESTERHAUS, whose 49:08 was a season, perhaps even an event, record. Dan is a totally cool guy who is into Skijoring with his German Shepherd, Niko. He has eclectic musical taste and loves adult cartoons, like "Family Guy" and "The Simpsons."

Taking 2nd place, also not surprisingly, is 2017 Minnesota Junior of the Year runner-up CARTER DEICHMAN, 17. Carter, a soft-spoken young man with great hair, popped a 51:20, a junior record.

Finishing 3rd in the long race was YWCA Indoor stalwart BRIAN ZAMBONI, who posted these other impressive results here: 1st on January 22, 4th on February 18, 3rd on March 18. His 53:21 on April 8 was his personal best.

The long course women were led by MARIA CHUI, who turned in a 54:09. We'd love to tell you more about her, but we were unable find anything online.

Second and third respectively in the women's long event were earned by MEG KELLEY and JENNY BREEN. Kelly won the first two YWCA Indoor Tris, though her time--54:41 on April 8, was a PR for the Series. 

Breen, 52, is an avid endurance athlete with impressive results in running, outdoor tri and nordic sking....

"Health is Wealth"


The fourth and final event of the YWCA's 2018 Indoor Triathlon Series happened on April 8. It was by far the their best-attended event ever, with 114 athletes crossing the finish line. The previous record was 80 finishers on March 18. Only one Minnesota indoor--Tri-U-Mah--draws more folks than the YWCA.

Jeff's Back! ....Updated!



By Jeff Gilmer (Facebook)


Duathlon Nationals Race Report - It has been a long 10 months since I was hit by a pickup truck while cycling last June. Today (Saturday) was my first chance to race again since the accident. It has taken alot of patience and training to get back to just being able to participate.


I had the chance to compete in the USAT Duathlon National Championships today in South Carolina against the best athletes in the country.

I have to admit I was nervous and a little unsure of how the day would go, but as the day went on, the smile on my face grew even with the pouring rain and cold wind. I was having fun again.

Tonight we went to the awards. This year I moved up an age group for the World Championship qualifier and finished 4th....

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