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"I Thanked Every Volunteer"...

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By Cathleen McGinnity

GREEN LAKE TRIATHLON RACE REPORT - I raced Green Lake Triathlon Olympic for the first time in 2017. Despite storms and downpour on the bike i really enjoyed the course and small town feel.

 This year I signed up at the last minute as I had been training for IM Madison up until a few weeks ago so body was in good shape to race. I work in the medical field so was concerned about precautions being taken. Careful research about the race precautions and realized this will work. Checked with my coach for advice on how to race all i got was "No watch" "Let it rip". As i am a data freak i was a bit apprehensive i did wear watch but it was only on time and put black tape over bike computer so all i could see was distance/time. I was good and only looked at it once or twice and went by feel.

I live about 3 hours away so packed up gear on Saturday and hit the road for Spicer to spend the night at the INN across the street from transition. Could not ask for a better set up. ...

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Bringing the Joy!

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GRANITEMAN CLEARWATER COVERAGE - Women's Race - Where to begin? We could talk about the emergence of the top two female finishers, SHYANNE MCGREGOR and ANNA RAINER? Or we could start by talking about the three age group records that were set?

Or the return of GRETA DANIELSON-KOPPY?...

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A Great Race "Broke Out"....

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GRANITEMAN CLEARWATER COVERAGE - Men's Race -  Sunday was a great day for racing, and sure enough, a great race, as the late Rodney Dangerfield might have said, "broke out."

It happened in the scenic rural environs west of bucolic Clearwater, thus it's name: Graniteman Clearwater.

It's amazing to us that even when a race unfolds as you might expect it to, it is still exciting as heck to witness.

The predicted winners prevailed in both the overall and most of the age group competitions, but it was still thrilling to watch. That's triathlon. It's cool people doing extraordinary things is tight clothing.

Sophomore pro TED TREISE understands that his main job right now is to prove that he deserves his license, which in the early stages entails that he not allow elite amateurs to beat him. He also knows that it is especially hard to accomplish that in Minnesota, where the top amateurs are among the best in the country. Beating 2019 Most Improved winner JOSH MORK, current Most Improved frontrunner JOE ADRIAENS, and North Dakota's fastest rising male star, AJ MANNING, meant that he couldn't cruise.

The hammer needed to be down from lake to banner....

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Family-Style Winning...

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YOUNGLIFE SPRINT COVERAGE - Favorites prevailed at the 17th edition of this annual sprint classic this moorning. Husband and wife team BRANDEN SCHEEL and ALEXA STALLWORTH racked up impressive wins, Branden outsplitting the men's field in both the bike and run, Stallworth leading from the get-go with a fast swim. ...

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Graniteman Clearwater XI Preview...

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GRANITEMAN CLEARWATER SPRINT XI PREVIEW - The success of the G-Man Big Lake Tri was clearly demonstrated in the days that followed the race. A huge percentage of its participants, wanting to duplicate the experience, enrolled in the Clearwater race. Big Lake drew more than 300 participants. Clearwater will field similar numbers.

Very cool.

Before we talk about some of the returnees, we are going to tell you about a very special athlete that was not  at Big Lake, but will be racing at Clearwater. She is a Duluth mother of three. Her name is SHYANNE MCGREGOR (photo L), and she is our pick to not only win on Sunday, but lower NICOLE HEININGER's stout course record 1:09:49, set in 2014.

McGregor had only raced in six prior triathlons, three in 2018, three last year. Her first four efforts were solid, though not quite the kind that portended stardom. Her last two efforts, though, not only portended stardom, they demonstrated it...

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