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Falls Du IX is Saturday!

devon_popping.pngPhoto - Two-time Falls Du champ Devon Palmer finally popping the question.

 

The ninth annual FALL DUATHLON, produced by Mark and his crew from Final Stetch, will take place in pastoral Cannon Falls on Saturday. If you've done this race, you know that is is awesome. If you haven't done it, we think you should sign up right now. LINK Besides, the earlier you knock off some of that winter rust, the better shape you'll be in for all the great races on the May and June calender.

Today we want to share some this race's history. Check out the Top 5s and divisional records:

TOP 5 MEN –

"The Coolest Part...is the Atmosphere"...

kristina_jump.pngED. This is one of the finest race reports you'll ever read! Enjoy.

By Kristina Swenson (kristinaswenson.wixite.com)

Collegiate Nationals Race Report - I’ve experienced a lot of triathlon in my short racing career, from small local races to draft-legal junior elite races to the ITU World Championship, but nothing quite compares to USA Triathlon Collegiate Club National Championship. This past weekend, I competed in my second Collegiate Nationals in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Nearly 1,300 athletes and 120 club teams came from all over the country to compete against the best of the best in collegiate triathlon. This is a two-day event that consists of a draft-legal sprint distance race, a non-draft Olympic distance race, and a super sprint mixed team relay race.
 
The coolest part about this race is the atmosphere. This is the race that every college triathlete around the country trains for each year. This is our opportunity to show the world what happens between our classes and late night study sessions at the library. This is where those 30-hour training weeks and every party you missed because you...

Duluth's Multisport Queen: 2005 - 2010...

marlochisago.pngDo you remember Marlo Crosby?

To quote Needle Nose Ned, Ned the Head from "Groundhog Day," "We sure-as-heckfire- do." Wonderful person, Marlo, not Ned. Tall. Black cotton candy hair. Duluth. Very distinctive running form. Rocket cyclist.

Marlo raced at a national class level between 2005, when she returned to her native Minnesota from Laramie, Wyoming, and 2010. She was our country's top female amateur duathlete between 2006 and mid-season in 2009. She got her pro license in August of that year.

She was ranked 8th on Team Minnesota in '05, and #1 in '06, the year she took home FOUR MMAs. Sadly, 2010 was her last full multisport season. We saw her at Brewhouse in 2011, but not since. We miss her.

If the Minnesota multisport scene had a Hall of Fame, and we are giving serious consideration to starting one, Marlo Crosby would unquestionably be an inductee.

Here are some stats. Impressive stuff.

-  6 x MMA winner: 2006 TOY, 2008, 2007, 2006 DOY, 2006 MI, 2006 Performance of the Year....

CY: Legendary Stats...

cy_victory.pngCATHY YNDESTAD has been living in Switzerland for the last two years. Unless their initial plans have changed, she and awesome husband Kerry will remain in Europe for another year, then return to the US. We sure hope they move back to Minnesota and rejoin our multisport community. (They own property in Arizona, and could decide to relocate there.)

We miss the Yndestads. Gosh, they have contributed so much to our community; she as as athlete, coach and ambassador; he as a photographer/historian and all-around great guy.

We were looking at CY's competitive resume yesterday. No Minnesota multisportswoman has accomplished more than her. Don't believe us? Check out her highlights:

Career Multisport Wins: 71 (Most by any Minnesota woman)

National Honors: 2009 USAT Athlete of the Year, 2008 USAT AOY HM, USAT 2007 AOY HM ...

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