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Rachel Bush(Photo: Shadowy three-time winner)

By Jennifer Myers

For the third year in a row, Rachel Busch was crowned MSU Campus Recreation Triathlon Female Champion. She clocked in this year at 1:30.20, squeaking past her dad by 17 seconds.

The men's winner was Neil Schalk.

A New Star is Born...

Chain of Lakes Tri LogoGOPHER PULLS UPSET AT COLT...University of Minnesota triathlete Sam Janicki and 2009 TriMinnesota Series women's champ Brooke Larsen shared the Winners Circle at the the 8th annual Chain of Lakes Triathlon today. Cloudy, cool (4os) and extremely windy conditions prevailed, making Janicki's 55:11 ever more impressive. Only Matt Payne (2009) has gone faster on this sprint course. The 24-year-old, whose 2009 performances did little to portend his emergence, nor did his solid but unspectacular effort in Lubbock, TX at Collegiate Nationals two weeks ago, out-raced pre-race favorite Steve Sander in every discipline, beating the amiable smooth-headed Sander, who took 2nd, by 2:16. A fine 58:57 landed Ross Weinzierl on the final step of the podium.

Duathlon Nationals: Kevin Reflects


Kevin O'ConnorKevin O'Connor placed 6th overall / 2nd 35-39M at Duathlon Nationals last weekend. The 2009 US Duathlete of the Year was not satisfied with these results, but as ever, kept smiling. He was philosophical about the experience. These are his comments:

"Du Nationals was run extremely well.And the people in VA are so very polite and nice. "Minnesota Nice" has to be retired.

"The course was as goofy as Worlds.Several turns per

Colt Preview...

Tri Minnesota SeriesThe 8th annual Chain of Lakes Triathlon will be staged on Saturday, May 1. MTN's Darin Wieneke asked COLT Race Director Mark Storhaug a few questions about his race, which happens to be the Tri Minnesota Series' kickoff event.

MS - None. Any key racing or safety tips that you would like to share with participants? (i.e. particular corner to be wary of, hill to expect, wave conditions, etc...)

1. Could you give us a little history on your race? (i.e. when started, why started, changes in venue/courses over the year, charities involved, etc...)

MS - The COLT was started in 2001 by Alexandria biking enthusiasts that had gotten involved in Pickle Series triathlons. Charities included the Alex Swim Club and Lakes Area Recreation, both provide programming for youth in the area.

Falls Du Preview...Great Venue & Coffee Too...

The 2nd annual Falls Duathlon will be contested on Saturday (May 1) at Cannon Falls' beauteous Hannah's Bend Park. Sign-ups have significantly surpassed last year's and registration will remain open until shortly before race time. Weather should be accommodating with morning temps around 60 degrees. Yes, there's a small chance of rain (30%) statewide this weekend, but let's assume that we won't see any wet stuff until later in the day, if at all.

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