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By Nikki Dostert Sudberry (Facebook)


IRONMAN LOUISVILLE RACE REPORT - So I became an Ironman on Sunday evening:) I've put in almost a year of training and it paid off big time. I say that because I had a friggin blast! The last 6 miles of the run I knew I would come in under 13 hours and it kept me focused- other than that it was amazing; high hives, laughs, hugs, ass slaps and even dancing. It was a party. It was my reward for months of training.

This is my opportunity to thank those that helped me not only complete a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run- but to do it and train for it all while having the time of my life:)

First and foremost- my family and close friends. I made training my job and this training affected my time with you. Thank you for letting me put myself first.

My coach, Kris Swarthout from FinalK. My day would NOT have gone this smooth if you didn't push me for the last 10 months. From my first century ride with you and Mike Ladendorf to my first velodrome lesson and cyclocross race- you have pushed me to #bebetter which meant me taking 5th in my AG on the bike in my first Ironman. For so many reasons, Thank you.

Teresa Zimbric Briest- what can I say? I really couldn't swim before I met you. I remember coming out of a sprint triathlon at Waconia last year and Jerry MacNeil was announcing. I came out LAST out of the...

Joe, Nathan, Jordan & Andy....




2017 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT AWARDS - Yesterday we revealed the  women who earned MOST IMPROVED nominations, and the criteria by which they were selected. Today, we reveal the male nominees in this category.


- JOE ADRIEANS, 29, Elk River

Joe was an obvious choice. His improvement in the last year has been dramatic. Here are his 2017 highlights:

1st Premier Diviision / 4th including Collegians @ Maple Grove Olympic 

3rd @ Chisago Lakes Half IM - 4:13:26 - PR (4:58 in 2016)

4th @ Gear West Duathlon 

7th @ Heart of the Lakes (18th in 2016)


- NATHAN ANSBAUGH, 30, Minneapolis

Injuries resulting in insufficeint racing volume kept Dr. Nate off Team Minnesota in 2016. He'll not only make the team this year, he'll likely place near the top of the list. Here are Ansbaugh's 2017 highlights:

1st @ Lake Minnetonka

1st @ Lake Waconia  ...

Gaby, Nicole, Kelly & Maggie..



2017 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT AWARDS - FEMALE MOST IMPROVED -  Using the words "Most Improved" to describe this category is a bit misleading. What the MMA Comittee is measuring is how much emerging athletes are moving among their elite peers, especially as it relates to placement on Team MInnesota. An athlete who has never made the team, but has improved enough to make it this year, is a prime cadidate for consideration, as is that member of Team Minnesota that moves up the ladder in a significant way. Also considered are athletes that were basically "off the radar" in previous seasons but are now flirting with a spot on the Team.

Today, in alpha order, we are revealing the Female Most Improved nominees for 2017:


- GABY BUNTEN, 25, Forest Lake

Gaby has placed as high as 5th on Team Minnesota in the past, but will place much higher this year. Upward movement within the Top five is a big deal.

Here are Gaby's 2017 competitive highlights:

- 1st @ Minneapolis - 2:08:34 - This effort is being considered for a POY nomination.

- 1st @ South Beach Olympic (FL) ....

2017 Race of the Year Finalists...














2017 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT AWARDS - Voting for TRIATHLETES CHOICE RACE OF THE YEAR has concluded. The finalists were determined by "Percent of Participation" results. For instance, if a race with 500 race day entrants, including each relay member, receives 50 votes, then that event was supported by 10% of its entrants. A race with 1500 entrants would need to receive at least 151 votes (10.1%) in order beat the smaller race, etc.

Wade, Diane, Brian , Sames, Kris & Dani...


Photo (L-R) - Oakdale men's podium: Kris Spoth, Brian Sames, Jordan Roby.


2017 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT AWARDS - Here, in alpha order, are the five officlal nominees for Minnesota DUATHLETE OF THE YEAR:


- WADE CRUSER, 30, Sauk Rapids 

Wade's 2017 resume featured two wins--Cinco Du Mayo and Apple--one CR (Cinco) and a 3rd place overall at Duathlon Nationals.


- DIANE HANKEE, 40, Lino Lakes

Diane beat a stellar  field at Gear West, then placed 3rd behind Vsetecka and Grinaker at Apple.


- BRIAN SAMES, 31, Shakopee

Brian won the Oakdale Duathlon and placed 2nd behind Cruser at Cinco Du Mayo Long Course....

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