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The 13th edition of the North Mankato Triathlon will be staged on Sunday. Like Saturday's Croixathlon, it will be conscientiously produced by people who still swimexude "Minnesota Niceness." If you're not registered for an event this weekend, we strongly recommend either of these races. We would also recommend the Lake Waconia Triathlon, of course, but it has been full for some time.

A solid field will be on hand for this year's NMT. Here are our podium pics:

MEN - 1. Sam Janicki - A virtual shoo-in for a Rookie of the Year nomination, Sam has one Tri Minnesota Series win (COLT) and a 2nd (Albert Lea) already this season. 2. Todd Landgraff - The defending champ is not currently registered but we suspect that he'll race on Sunday. As his podium finish at Liberty Half demonstrates, he's taken his game to a new level in 2010. 3. Jesse Nelson - Stripped of a course ....

Exciting Stuff...

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Hope all is well with you. I did my first tri 2 weeks ago at Manitou and it went pretty well. I did almost drown though, but we don't need to talk about that. I wanted to let you know about an absolutely exciting announcement that I was hoping you could put on the website. I just purchased an Alter G Anti-Gravity Treadmill. I purchased the P200 sports pro model and we have the only one in Minnesota (except for the Timberwolves)!!! I am not sure if you are familiar with this technology but I will give you a few links below so that you can see for yourself.

Croixathlon Stuff..

trioMo Mouw's favorite beer is Summit Pale Ale. Knowing that his friend David Holden shares an affection for this particular adult beverage, Mo asked David if he, perchance, "had a six-pack?" Overhearing the question, Dan Cohen peeled back his skinsuit, revealing a "six pack" of his own. The laughing trio then posed for the picture you see here. And whether you believe it or not, Dan's gut is NOT sucked in. It's really like that.

This photo was taken at last year's Croixathlon. Dan won that race. His shirted compatriots, David (right) and Mo (left) took 2nd and 3rd, respectively.

Cohen and Holden will be racing in this year's edition--the 5th--of the Croixathlon. Mo has yet to register, though his lovely wife..

Waconia's Girls...

brookAs with the men, Lake Waconia's women's elite field is the deepest of the year thus far, despite the absence of Cathy Yndestad and Julie Hull, who will be doing other stuff this weekend.

Last year's podium finishers--Brook Mutzenberger (photo), Jan Guenther and Susan Williams--are back. Duplicating their 2009 placings will be difficult, however, thanks to the formidable presence of past LWT champ Marlo McGaver,...

Waconia's Guys..

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The deepest men's field of the season to date will gather on the sandy southern shoreline of Lake Waconia this Sunday. The day's fastest trio will earn invitations to represent Minnesota at the Best of the US National Championship in Mission Viejo, CA next October...

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