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2021 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT HONORS - There has never been a better year for our state's female Grand Masters. More over age-55 women rocked the local, regional and national scenes than ever before. PAM STEVENS, 68, CHRISTEL KIPPENHAN, 56, AMY WOOLSEY, 55, TRACY SERREYN, 57, turned in stellar performances, as did MARY DEEG, 59, LISA HINES, 58, RHIANNON O'CONNOR, 65, and others. 

Those athletes performed at a very high level, but three Grand Masters raced at an even higher level. Every effort turned in by these women was national, if not world, level. Those three extraordinary athletes are our nominees for 2021 FEMALE GRAND MASTER OF THE YEAR.

In alpha order, they are JAN GUENTHER, JULIA WEISBECKER and CHERYL ZITUR. Check out their hightlights:  ...

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Kyle, Noah, Bella, Grace & Macy...

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2021 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT HONORS - 2021 was a great year for Rookies, and juniors, too. We managed to narrow the teen field to five, which means that several talented athletes, e.g. CARSON DEICHMAN, 18, Mankato (1st overall at Bluff Creek , 2nd / Junior course record at Buzz Ryan), ARIANNA WERTS, 19, Rochester (AG Record @ Buffalo Olympic), NATASHA SORTLAND, 16, Mazeppa (6th - 1st Junior @ Heart Of the Lakes), CAROLINE PETERSON, 19, Northfield (2nd overall woman @ Heart of the Lakes Sprint), and especially MORGAN BELL, 18, Osseo (Top 10s / AG wins at Timberman Sprint, Chisago Sprint and Green Lake Sprint)--didn't quite make the cut. In their defense, most either didn't meet the three-race volume minimum, or their resumes included regional and National Draft Legal results that, in most cases, don't apply in MMH deliberations....

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Cami, Henry, Karl & Kurt...

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2021karly.png MINNESOTA MULTISPORT HONORS - The rescheduling of Kona has made it possible for the Minnesota Multisport Honors  (MMH) Committee to announce it's 2021 MMH nominees weeks earlier than usual. Today we kick off that process by revealing the nominees for ROOKIE OF THE YEAR. We're happy to report that 2021 has been a great year for competitive newbies.

To be eligible for ROT consideration, athletes must have turned in at least three truly noteworthy performances, ones that demonstrate that they are, or are becoming, competitive with the established elite amateurathletes in our state.

Four freshman triathletes truly distinguished themselves this season. Check out their inaugural highlights: ...

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Part III - Family & Doing This Pro Thing...

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By Ted Treise

Heart of the Lakes Triathlon

This was an absolute blast of an event. My mom’s side of the family’s cabin is in Annandale and coincidently the weekend of HOLT was the same weekend as our family reunion at said cabin. On race morning, team Treise had a crew! Going into the race my mentality was, I just wanted to suit up and race, that’s it – whatever that meant for performance-wise was secondary after coming off a midseason break.

S: Josh Mork, AKA Mr. Wildcard, put in a huge effort with the goal of gapping the field. The young gun, Kyle Swenson, was able to hang on with Kevin O’Connor and myself sharing his draft. Once Kevin pulled off, the three of us swam back into shore.

B/R: On the bike it wouldn’t surprise me if Josh pushed 27-28mph or whatever to stay up front. IMO he races best on the front of the race & once he’s there, Josh is not going anywhere. However this wasn’t his day. I took the lead leaving transition then hung out there until the finish. I felt decent on bike, but am most excited to come away with a good run. My runs this year have been labored and I’m finally feeling the flow out there. In all, a great day on the course and you cannot beat racing local....

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Part II - Lots of Hanging Tough...

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By Ted Treise 

Ironman St George 70.3
 
If we were shaking the rust off in Texas, I had no idea where we were at fitness-wise a month later in St. G. The field was nuts, close to a World Championship 70.3 roster with about 80 dudes on the start list – lots made the trek over from Europe due to closers. In the days leading up, I was just so excited to race these guys and see where I was at. For help wise, it was my mom and I taking on the world. Just us and a giant Tahoe Enterprise upgraded us to. A very fun trip completed with me loosing $60 at a Las Vegas black jack table in about 3 hands. Anyway back to the race;
 
S: I lined up with Ben Deal. I knew he could swim front chase pack and I just had to stay on his feet. His wetsuit is a DeSoto with some 80s neon blue logo on the side. After the gun sounded, all I saw was that stupid logo swimming away after 300 yards. But again, I swam with a decent pack and it was still a huge improved swim from prior years.

B: I pushed like mad on the bike enjoying the up and down course. Eventually I caught up to Matt Russel’s pack in Snow Canyon then hung out there throughout the descent. During this ride I couldn’t believe the people I was going through, Reid, Lagerstrom, Lieferman. It was truly something I’ll never forget....

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