libertyTwas a moody day at Lake Independence, intermittently chilly, breezy and rainy, though never harsh enough to make for miserable racing no nameconditions. A sullen, not angry day. The conditions didn't slow down the men's podium finishers in the half, as each turned in satisfying efforts. Josh Riff's 4:16:13 led the way. He was followed by Steve Sander (4:24:40) and an elated Todd Landgraff, whose 4:25:31 was a nine minute improvement on his previous PR. For Sander, it was his 3rd consecutive runner-up effort of the season; he also placed 2nd at COLT and Buffalo Olympic. The win broke Riff's string of 4ths--Gear West and Apple.

The absence of pre-race faves Marlo McGaver and Karen Rosehart, each of whom have won this race twice, allowed Illinois' MJ Slikas to bask in the winner's spotlight. Slikas, who was the top master and 15th woman overall (10:46:46) at Ironman Louisville last year, posted a 4:54:47, a masters record..

Fantastic Frontal Fontanelle...

Baby JulianThis photo of Julian Craig Swarthout, a seven pounder who was born on June 3, clearly shows

Do This!

MGTOnly about 70 slots remain for the inaugural Maple Grove Triathlon at Weaver Lake Park on August 28. This promises to be a truly super event. So, if you haven't got set-in-stone plans for August 28, we encourage you to register at your earliest opportunity. RACE WEBSITE


* Saturday - Julian Swarthout Tapers for Manitou. Liberty Highlights & Results..

* Sunday - Steve Used to be a Planet. Manitou & Trinona Highlights & Results. And Hopefully Loon Lake Tri Stuff, Too.

Too Cool Stuff...

marioSuper Mario Minelli (photo) sent us a link to a totally cool story on his blogsite. Be aware that in jj casualsaddition to Delusions of Grandeur, MM is a raving Conspiracy Paranoia-iac. That's okay with us. He believes he has irrefutable proof that triathlete Sam Janicki IS comic Andy Samberg. We totally agree!

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Liberty Half Stuff...

marlo & friendsHere are some images of the women's favorites at Saturday's Liberty Half. One features two-time karenLiberty champ Marlo McGaver, shown here (left) between buddies Natasha Badmann and Julie Hull, pretty good triathletes themselves, hitchhiking in Europe. The other (right) is of fellow two-time Liberty winner Karen Rosehart. In this shot, she is within a few miles a completing her trans-Lake Superior swim, which started near her hometown of Thunder Bay, Ontario and finished near Moose Dropping, Michigan...

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