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Sam & Brooke Win...

brookeWith their victories this morning at the 8th annual Lakes Country Triathlon, totally cool people Sam Janicki and Brooke Larsen "officialized" their titles logoas Tri-Minnesota Series Overall Champions for 2010.

For Janicki, the win was his fifth in nine starts this season; for Larsen (photo), her fourth in eight appearances. Brooke also won the series crown in 2009.

Finishing 2nd today, just 38 seconds behind Brooke was 45-year-old Christel Kippenhan, who is also an amazingly cool person,..

A Bazillion Storylines...

claireMaple Grove Triathlon - Twas an event with as many cool storylines as it had volunteers, which according to rookie race directors Lindsey (not "Lindsay") and logoJeannette and volunteer coordinator Alex, probably short for Alexis or Alexandra, were "Bazillions." Here are a few:

* Novitiate pros Devon Palmer and Cathy Yndestad won the Olympic Race. For Devon, it was career victory number 9; for CY, number 46!

* Extreme handsome Robert Brown eeked out a four-second sprint victory over tenacious former pro and current elite master Jim Graif, pronounced "Grife." It was Brown's second win of the 2010 season...

Cuts & Scrapes & Barbecue...

bikerKingswood Race Coverage - By Steph Alcivar

This is the 3rd year of the Kingswood triathlon. The course is a .5 mile swim, 10-ish mile mountain bike, and 4 mile trail run through Camp Kingswood in Minnetrista, MN. My husband Tom and I went out a week before the race to pre-ride the course, and we were scared at what we saw. It is private land, and therefore the trails aren't open to the public to ride, and "break-it-in." So we were clearing downed trees, attempting futilely (is that a word?) to avoid attacks from the sticker burrs and stinging nettles in the way of the path, and walking our bikes through many unrideable sections. It was 90 degrees on this day, and we came across Paul Harcey, director of Camp Kingswood, working feverishly on the trail in a puddle of his own sweat. We...

Kitchy As All Get-Out...

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Race Preview - The Brainerd Lakes area is totally cool. Very lakey and verdant with plenty of fast food restaurants and places to get ice cream.

But when you think of the BLA--cool acronym for Brainerd Lakes Area--two things immediately come to mind...

Kate is #1!....Again!

kateMTN robustly congratulates Chaska's Katharine Lowrey, 15, on her second consecutive #1 USAT Youth Elite National Ranking. In the three National Youth Elite Series events this season she placed 1st at State Games of the West in Colorado Springs, 3rd at the Flatland Tri Festival in Des Moines, and 4th at the National YE Champs in San Diego, amassing 1138 points, a 30-point advantage over runner-up Hannah Rae Finchamp of California.

In three Minnesota races this season she finished 2nd overall! at Chaska (Jr. CR), 10th overall at Minneman (Jr. CR) and 2nd at Manitou Youth Elite....

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