Race Previews

Bluff Land, St. Paul & Young Life Previews...


There's three triathlons on Minnesota soil this weekend. All are on Saturday, and we hope you will support one of them. Contact your chosen event to see if race-day is available. 

In alpha order, these are the events:


BLUFF LAND TRIATHLON - We must admit that we don't know much about this event, other than that it is extremely scenic and consists of a 5K run, followed by a 15.5 mile bike ride, and concluding with a 2.1 mile HIKE. Here's the website description:

Chip-timing will be used for all three legs of this Run – Bike – Hike. Register online to participate in the full triathlon or grab some friends and do a relay of the three activities. All segments start and end at Creekside Park in Rushford, Minnesota....

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Weekend Mini-Previews - Sunday, August 11, 2019



Yesterday we posted mini-previews of this weekend's Saturday events. Today, we do likewise with the Sunday races.


GREEN LAKE TRATHLON - This Spicer event is one of the most fun, laid back triathlons on the Minnesota calendar. It is also one of the most scenic events, and the post-race amenities are awesome. Enrollment is up this year, despite its crowded date. This is a good thing.

And you can still get in.

Everyone needs to do this race, and once they have, they'll keep it on their annual calendar.  RACE WEBSITE...

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Mini-Previews....Saturday, August 10...


SuperiorMan1.gifThe busiest racing weekend of the season is almost here. Slated are six in-state triathlons, a very cool SwimRun event, and the USAT Age Group National Championships. Two of these events have filled--Northwoods, and YWCA Women's Triathlon--so we implore those of you who are not currently signed up for an event this weekend, to select one (or two) of the remaining five races.

It is important that all of these fine races remain on the calendar. 

So, here are the Saturday events, in alpha order:


GREAT UP NORTH TRIATHLON - ASHLEY HALL is the director. She's a very cool person with a very cool mission: to resurrect, and  improve, what used to be known as the Rainy Lake Triathlon. Located in International Falls, this tri's slogan is: "Come For the Race. Stay For the Adventure."

When was the last time you visited International Falls?  RACE WEBSITE...

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Brewhouse XXXIII Preview...Exciting Stuff...


33rd BREWHOUSE PREVIEW - Though we may see repeats of races we've seen here before, that does not mean that the events will not be exciting.

On the contrary.

Yes, many of the same great athletes race here year-after-year (recidivism is good!) and place highly year-after-year, and that should be the case again next Sunday, still there is much to anticipate. Sure, two-time champion on this stunning Island Lake course, JOSH BLANKENHEIM, is picked to win the Olympic race again, and he is coming into the race is great shape. His  recent win at Timberman, and his follow up 2nd at Heart of the Lakes suggest that WADE CRUSER's course record 1:57:47 isn't safe.

Exciting stuff.

ELAINE NELSON, like Blankenheim, is the clear women's favorite. Heck, she's taken her gender's title in her last three appearances here, each time without being seriously challenged. Now 40, we're anxious to see how badly she breaks the event's Masters record.

Once again, exciting stuff....

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 GRANITEMAN BIG LAKE - The 9th edition of this great event is happening on Saturday and you can still get in. Race day registration is available.

Approximately 300 are expected for this year's Sprint and Olympic contests, and on paper, it appears that three of last year's champions, and many of the AG winners, should repeat....

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Late Registrants & Usual Suspects...


14th CHISAGO LAKES HALF IRON - Historically, late registrants have podiumed at this awesome event. In 2018, for instance, Aussie star MATT HUTCHINSON, a totally cool guy with a great accent, disrupted our predictions. We picked SEAN COOLEY, WADE CRUSER and JOE ADRIAENS to take the overall medals. But Matt popped in and took the gold, throwing down a sweet 4:06:45.

Thus Sean, Joe and Wade, respectively, grabbed the next three places.

In 2017, KORTNEY HAAG, who had won more halves than any other Minnesota woman, was our pick to up her total. Then, with race day near, Colorado's MOLLY SMITH, who had been tearing up the national long distance scene, enrolled. A great runner, she overtook Haag in the later stages of the final leg and pushed on to win in 4:35:40.

We could drop names of talented podium-worthy late sign-ups, like JON BALABUCK (Canada), TIM HOLA (Colorado), ERIC ENGEL (Wisconsin), pro THOMAS GERLACH (Wisconsin), JEN FOLEY (Iowa), JACKIE ARENDT (HERING), MARNIE WALTH (North Dakota) etc., and you'd understand our reluctance to predict a Top 3.

And we believe that in the absence of the "usual supects," i.e. SEAN COOLEY and JOE ADRIAENS, who are racing elsewhere this weekend, this year's men's Top 3 will include one or two guys that were not on the list we saw...

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