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Lakes to Pines Recap

By Brian Maas, Tundra Transition Zone

MTN - Thanks for giving the previously 'unknown' Park Rapids "Lakes to Pines" triathlon a little love this year. It is a well run, and extremely friendly, event. I returned back for my 3rd time in 2010. They had a record 63 individuals this year.

Awesome in Oakdale

Records are doomed on days like this. The cool temps and unkind winds that greeted the participants of every outdoor multi staged thus far this season were replaced by perfect conditions. Add to this the fact that many of today's Oakdale Duathlon's 500-plus participants brought hunger and enthusiasm to the start line. Those who also brought elite credentials (both frontrunners and AGers), and there was no shortage of these folks, were going to rock!

Lakes to Pines Stuff

The 3rd annual Lakes To Pines Triathlon in Park Rapids will be held this Saturday. We believe the event is still accepting registrations. WEBSITE

We don't know much about this event, other than that it is small, friendly and staged in a beautiful rural setting. Don't you love small town races? We do. Some of our state's best events are held in or near wonderful little towns, e.g. Northoods in Nevis, Lake Waconia in Waconia, Green Lake Tri and Du in Spicer, just to name a few. And we love to explore the community and environs after the event. Don't you?

Matt Checks In...

Catching up with Team Minnesota's Matt Payne, 2009 Most Improved nominee:

I made a conscious decision this season to take it a little easier in May to hopefully race better later on into the summer. I think I may have come out of the gate a little too hard last year and suffered a bit for it into July and August. I'll be going to AG nationals this year so I want to still be going strong into September.

I'll be kicking off my season on the 23rd at Albert Lea, with Buffalo and Trinona being my next two races after that. I've been checking your blog daily and seeing race results and reports coming in really has me itching to get back out there.

Liberty and Rochesterfest Stuff

The 6th edition of the Liberty Olympic Triathlon and the 5th running of the Liberty Half, which will be staged at Lake Independence on June 12, are full. A Waiting List has been started. Those who get on this list early have an excellent chance of getting into the event.

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