Race Previews

Graniteman XIV Preview...

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GRANITEMAN CLEARWATER - Online registration for the "original" Graniteman event, which started at it's Rockville venue in 2004, then relocated to it's current Clearwater location in 2009, has closed. (Race day registration is available!) The event started as a sprint, but added a wonderfully bike-heavy Olympic race in 2015.

We haven't seen the final list yet, so the preview we're posting here is based on sign-ups through last week. When we see the new list we will update this post. 

Also, because the list we have does not delineate which event--Sprint or Olympic--that individual athletes are doing, our comments will be rather general, and certain to contain some  "guessing."

Here are some athletes we expect to excel in the 19th Graniteman Triathlon, Clearwater version:

MORGAN BELL, 19 - Morgan won her AG at Buffalo Sprint, finishing 8th  overall. She was her division's silver medalist here last year, but we think she'll take the top prize on Saturday.

JEFF GILMER, 63 - He's our pick to win his division in, we suppose, the Olympic race. As for the Sprint, we suspect that CRAIG PETERSON, 60, if he decides to register, will take his  AG  in the shorter race....

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LMT XVIII Preview...

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18th LAKE MINNETONKA TRIATHLON PREVIEW - The LMT is one of a precious handful of Minnisota triathlons that have proven to be downturn and pandemic proof. Non-immune events are either leaving the calendar or resigning themselves to lower turnouts. LMT is still getting its target numbers, and filling well in advance of race day. This means that the organizers (Ross and Tina) have done, and continue to do, albeit with new directors, something right. In other words, the Rogney's legacy is going strong.

Lake Minnetonka has always been an exciting and  competitive race, and that will not change in the near term. We've looked at the list of registrants and are excited to make some predictions, choices that are not intended to be taken too seriously. Instead, their purpose is to generate interest, discussion and spectatorship.

The women's race promises to be fast, as three of the frontrunners have rocked the LMT route before. There is also a relative newcomer in the mix that could shake things up a bit. ...

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Trinona Stats...

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TRINONA PREVIEW - The 12th edition of this classic event will be staged next weekend at it's ususal venue in Winona. We encourage you to sign up, if you haven't done so already. This is a special experience, one that is not to be missed.

Trinona's courses are as beautiful as they are challenging, and by challenging, we mean hilly. Of the eighteen sub-2-hour men's times on the Olympic-distance course, 12 have been set by pros. Only 13 women have cracked 2:20, and only one had dipped under 2:10, though only be seconds. You'll note that all of times we're talking about were turned in by national and world-class athletes.

Today, we are sharing some Trinona stats, starting with those performances mentioned earlier. We are also posting the Olympic Age Group records and the fastest times in the companion Sprint race.

Olympic - Sub – 2 Hr. Men

1. David Thompson (P) - 1:52:45 (2011) - Photo Below R

2. David Thompson (P) - 1:53:03 (2010)
3. David Thompson (P) - 1:53:54 (2012)
4. David Thompson (P) - 1:54:26 (2013)
5. David Thompson (P) - 1:54:58 (2014) ...

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Buffalo XVII Preview...

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BUFFALO TRIATHLON PREVIEW - The 17th edition of the Buffalo Triathlon will take place at scenic Sturges Park on the eastern shoreline of Buffalo Lake next Sunday. Weather Underground forecasts favorable conditions and an early look at the registration list tells us that,once again, Buffalo will be one of the most competitive races of the season. Let's talk about that, starting with the Olympic event....

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USA Triathlon Applauds Apple Duathlon!

 

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By Chelsea Montes (usatriathlon.org)

For decades, the Sartell Apple Duathlon has established a legacy of enriching the lives of people by helping them get active, stay healthy and grow together as a community through biking and running.  

Located in Sartell, Minnesota, the duathlon is the oldest-standing duathlon in the U.S. as this year celebrates its 40th anniversary.  

The race was founded in 1983 as a run-only event as a part of a program through the local hospital aimed at improving heart health. Biking was added in 1985 and was originally called a biathlon. Today, the event has adopted the run-bike-run format, featuring a 5-kilometer run, 33k bike, 5k run and welcomes over 500 athletes. 

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2022 Sartell Apple Duathlon Preview - Part II...

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2022 SARTELL APPLE DUATHLON PREVIEW - Part II - As promised, here are the current Age Group records of the 40-year-old Sartell Apple Duathlon:

0019  - Nick Klonne - 1:30:52 – 2015 - (2015 Minnesota Junior of the Year)
Amy Briscoe (Winnipeg, MAN, CAN) -  1:42:03 – 2004 - (A top Canadian Junior, Raced as an ITU pro & is a professional cyclist)

4044 - Peter Skorseth - (WI) - 1:23:56 – 2005 - (Former track & XC star at Marquette University, Minnesota Master Athlete of the Year and Most Improved in 2005)
Becky Youngberg - 1:35:43 - 2019 - (Former Minnesota Triathlete of the Year, 2x Minnesota Master of th Year, 2019 Minnesota Duathlete of the Year, 2004 Most Improved)

4549 - Kevin O'Connor - 1:27:38 – 2016 (Former US National Master Duathlete of the Year)
Jan Guenther - 1:37:58 – 2006 (Former US National Master Duathlon Champion, 3x Minnesota Triathlete of the Year, winner of an unprecedented 19 Minnesota Multisport Awards)

5054 - Andy Ames (CO)  - 1:29:24 – 2013 (Multiple Duathlon Nationals AG wins, former US Masters Duathlete of the Year, Duathlon Worlds Medalist)
Jan Guenther  - 1:40:21 – 2009...

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