Payne Train Bound For Chisago...



CHISAGO SPRINT PREVIEW - PATRICK PARISH set the men's race record--1:15:17--back in 2010. Will that mark stand for another year?

Not if MATTHEW PAYNE (photo) has his way.

Payne is a two-time winner of the Chisago Half, and will be making his sprint debut on Sunday. The four-time Minnesota Triathlete of the Year is anxious to return to his winning ways. Misfortune has been getting in the way lately. Leading at Lake Waconia last month, Matt made a wrong turn. That was followed by a bike crash at HOLT.

He needs a great performance to get his mojo back. Besides, a win would be a major milestone:  the 50th of his tri/du career.

If Matt is on top of his game on Sunday, he might do more than just re-setting the amateur record. If he is able to go faster than 1:13:50, he will have managed to beat the event's pro mark, which was set in 2014 by DAN HEDGECOCK.


It always helps to get a good push when you're aiming at setting records. Based on the last reg. list we saw, a pair of Andys--WIBERG and ZABEL--will be vying for podium spots, as will CHRIS TATTON. 2016 Junior of the Year MITCHELL CLAYTON, who is fresh off his win at Buzz Ryan, could find a place in the Top 5 when all is said and done next weekend....

Walker Preve...


WALKER TRI PREVIEW - The 8th edition of the Walker Triathlon happens next Saturday. About 200 participants are expected....

More Stuff From Last Weekend...



MOOSE LAKE TRIATHLON - Last Saturday's MLT had 62 finishers and was won by ANDERS BROMAN, a prolific 17-year-old triathlete from Eagan, and MARIA HAUER, 22, of Little Falls. Maria is an accomplished nordic skier and has a standard size poodle that she loves very much. For both athletes, we believe, it was their first multisport victory. Very cool. Anders, who has good taste in music ("Switchfoot," "Maclemore" etc.), is having a fine tri season--at least four divisional wins already this year--and will likely be among those teens considered for a Junior of the Year nomination at season's end. RESULTS


BUZZ RYAN SPRINT - ELAINE NELSON rocked her 15th career multisport victory last Sunday at the 5th edition of The Buzz. She has raced this event  four times and been victorious on each occasion. Her male counterpart last weekend was 2016 Junior of the Year, MITCHELL CLAYTON, now 20. The win was the 6th of Mitchell's tri/du career. Approximately 130 athletes finished the Buzz, which included a Super Sprint that was won by DILLON NORGREN (photo) and Timberman co-director AMY DETTMER. Dillon has a six-pack, loves Batman movies and binge-watches "The Walking Dead" (Who doesn't?) on Netflix. Amy is one of the nicest people in the world despite having no patience for people who use their "outdoor voice" in the library. She has skied at the Silver Star resort in British Columbia.   RESULTS

SHELL LAKE TRIATHLON - A pair of our state's elite masters popped over to Shell Lake, Wisconsin last Saturday and nabbed the top two spots for the men. Leading the way was DAN ARLANDSON, 41....

Lotsa Love For Chisago!



RACE PREVIEW - For the last two years, the CHISAGO TRIATHLON has gone by the name Toughman Minnesota. We're pleased to report that the event is reclaiming it's original title.

Yes, it is still part  of the Toughman Series, but it built it's reputation on it's wonderful relationships with the people and institutions of the Chisago Lakes area, Minnesota's "Little Sweden," thus in deference to them, the event will hereafter be the Chisago Triathlon. (As Toughman Minnesota, some event participants may have lost touch with the wonderful Swedish influences--food, flags, awards etc.--that defined the race for its first nine years.)

So, let us encourage those who have yet to sign up for Sunday's events, to amend that right now. Be among the 1000-or-so attendees that will participate in this year's Half IM and Sprint races.

Now for some athlete-related stuff. The men's race will, as usual, be super-competitive, but we will begin by talking about the women's half. Five past champions are currently registered. They are, in alpha order:

- ERIN FARRENS, 37, Maple Grove - 1st here in 2016 (4:49:07) - Personal Best - 4:43:13 - 2016 Timberman (NH) 70.3 (IM PR - 10:02:29 - Louisville 2016)

- KORTNEY HAAG, 38, Maple Grove - 1st here in 2014 (4:34:23) - Personal Best - 4:34:14 - 2014 Chisago (Kort has won eight halves!)

- DIANE HANKEE, 40, Lino Lakes - 1st here in 2013 (4:46:08) - Personal Best - 4:38:51 - 2016 Muncie 70.3 ...

A Jurassic Experience....

Bertram-T_Rex.jpegBERTRAM BLAST II - Most know the gorgeous wilderness area near Monticello as Bertam Chain of Lakes Park. Last Saturday the park was transformed into the disco version of Jurassic Park, replete with dancing T-Rexes (photo).

Seriously cool.

Such was the awesome backdrop for the 2nd annual Bertam Blast Off Road Tri / Du / Trail Run, the brainchild of DR. BRETT ODEN, the man who gave us the Buffalo Triathlon. What he created at Bertram was a true "blast," as in a totally fun experience.

The event celebrated lots of good stuff, like the restorative power of nature, and the  healthful and social benefits of a special event where "play" outranked "competition." It was all about fun, and creating wonderful memories.

And it truly did accomplished those things.

Dancing / high-fiving T-Rexes, arguably the cleanest lake in Minnesota, scenic single and double track trails, nummilicious food and great music. The vibe was relaxed and jovial. Jurassic Bertam was a great place to hang out; a great place to recharge one's batteries for a few hours....

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