Race Previews

Liberty is Back!

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The Minnesota tri scene has lost some major races lately, some permanently, some hoping to return. Prominent among the losses are four-time Race of the Year SUPERIOR MAN and our state's grandest swim-bike-run, MINNEAPOLIS TRIATHLON.

Perhaps saddest news of all:  We just learned that the YWCA WOMEN'S TRI will not happen this year. 

It's encouraging to know that while some iconic races leave the calendar, there are a few new races that may fill some of the holes (more on these proposed events later). Perhaps the best news in this regard is the return of the LIBERTY TRIATHLON, a race that enjoyed fifteen great seasons and boasted one of the best venues in the upper Midwest....

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Minnesota's 2021 Tri-Opener...

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Our state's first swim-bike-run is  the 16th edition of the BUFFALO TRIATHLON  on June 6. It's an iconic event known for it's wonderful venue (Sturges Park), great execution, terrific volunteers, competitive fields and newbie friendliness....

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Apple Kicks Off 2021 Season...

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The 2021 Minnesota Multisport Season gets underway on Saturday, May 22 with our state's oldest race, the SARTELL APPLE DUATHLON. This iconic 38-year-old event is arguably our country's premier non-championship run-bike-run.

In our last post, we shared some historical performance data on the OAKDALE SPRING CLASSIC DUATHLON, which shares the opening weekend (May 23) with Apple. Here are the names and times of those who set the performance standards at Apple: ...

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2021 Season Openers - Duathlon Weekend...

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It's time to get serious. Racing plans need to be made, at least tentatively. Outdoor training is happening and vaccinations for all are on the horizon. So, start thinking about knocking off some on rust season opener weekend, where you have the choice to either race on May 22 (Saturday) at the APPLE, our state's oldest multisport event, or on the 23rd (Sunday) at the OAKDALE SPRING CLASSIC DUATHLON at Lake Elmo Park Reserve.

Or both?

The May duathlons are awesome prep for tri season, which get underway two weeks down the road. But in between on June 2 is the Hopkins OPEN H20 CHALLENGE, which is produced by the smae folks that bring you the HOPKINS ROYAL TRIATHLON, a multiple Race of the Year Winner....

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Oakdale Fall Classic: Season Finale...

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OAKDALE FALL CLASSIC DUATHLON - The final multisport event of the abbreviated 2020 season will happen next Sunday. Approximately 100 athletes are expected and weather is should be accommodating, with temps in the mid-50s at start and low 60s when the final duathlete crosses the finish line....

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Thanks Uncle Randy!

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SQUARE LAKE SHORT COURSE - Twenty-one years ago, Uncle Randy  decided that he was going to broaden his race production company. Running and walking events were the staples of his business then and he wanted to add multisport races. Triathlon was very popular and he wanted to get in on the action.

Additionally, he saw an opportunity to extend the brief Minnesota triathlon season, which at that time ended with Lakes Country in late-August.

The venue he selected for his first triathlon was stunningly beautiful Square Lake Park and its rolling, rural environs. Excitedly, he showed this site to the Midwest Events Guys who shared his enthusiasm. (He also shared his vision with another running company, Final Stretch, who would also expand into tris and dus and fill out and extend Minnesota's swim-bike-run and run-bike-run season.) In early September 2001, the first Square Lake Short Course race was born....

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