Race Previews

2024 Clearwater Preview...

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GRANITEMAN CLEARWATER PREVIEW - The original Graniteman Triathlon was launched 21-years ago in a bucolic venue southwest of St. Cloud, where it lasted six years. Then in relocated to Warner Lake Park near Clearwater where it hopes to remain in perpetuity. It's cool venue with a terrific swim course that crosses Warner Lake. The bike portions on both the Sprint and Olympic races are significantly longer than standard, e.g. 14.3, not 12.4 in the Sprint, and 28:66, not 24.8 in the Olympic. Minnesotans love bike-heavy races.

Since the purpose of this post is to preview the competition, let's share what we think based on the list of those we know are racing. If additional competitive racers sign up after this posts, we will update.

Who's racing this Saturday? Here, in alpha order, are some of the people we expect to excel: ...

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Lake Minnetonka Triathlon Turns 20!...

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LAKE MINNETONKA PREVIEW - The 20th anniversary edition of this iconic event has once again sold out. Unlike last year, it will award top performances in five-year age groups and use a single out-and-bake bike course as opposed to 2023's two-loops....

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Trinona 2024 Preview....

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Trinona Preview - The cancelation of the Buffalo Triathlon left a gaping hole in our state's tri calendar. Between now and Trinona XIV on June 9 there isn't much going on unless you decide to give a couple of small community events--Carleton Tri in Northfield on May 31, or Tri For Health on June 7--a shot.

In any case, make sure you sign up for Trinona.    

We studied the current enrollment, which already outnumbers last year's attendance, but organizers and the MTN guys would love to see a ton of additional sign-ups between now and the close of registration.

And though we expect the Olympic race's eventual frontrunners--athletes like last year's winners SEAN COOLEY and CARYN HERRICK--to be late registrannts, we are happy to see that TIMOTHY BONTRAGER is already signed up. Timothy enjoyed a breakout season in 2023 and is currently the man to beat, and he's ready to thrown down with the best in our region....

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Apple Reimagined....

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2024 Apple Multisport Festival Preview - The Apple Duathlon, America's oldest, most competitive and prestigious pre-pandemic run-bike-run, has been re-imagined. With the decline in duathlon racing nationwide, event organizers have expanded the event to include a pool swim triathlon, a time trial and marathon relay. The new name is APPLE MULTISPORT FESTIVAL, and it's happening next Sunday, not Saturday as in past years. Two-hundredish have already enrolled, and there's still time for you to register. RACE WEBSITE.  ...

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Ladies Day at Hopkins...

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Photo - Race director Doobie Kurus cheering for Judy Rykken, then 84, at the 2022 Hopkins Royal Triathlon. 

 

HOPKINS ROYAL COVERAGE - Competitively, women stole the show on Saturday at the ninth Hopkins Royal Triathlon, starting with HEATHER LENDWAY, who took control of the race from the get-go. The former National and World champion had won races outright in the past, but never with a three minute margin of victory over the fastest man. There was a protracted pause after HL, who is undefeated on Minnesota soil since her return to the sport in 2021, crossed the line.  Her time on Saturday was 1:05:48, second only to the course record she set here in 2022, which has only been bettered by three men in the history of the race.

As implied, Heather wasn't the only woman who rocked at Hopkins, she was simply the first of five ladies who cracked the overall Top 15....

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Introducing the Midwest Club Championship!

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