Minnesota's Best Run-Bike-Runners...


Photo - Parents-to-be Brian Sames and Tori Nugent are both being considered for Duathlete of the Year nominations.


2017 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT AWARDS - In the DUATHLETE OF THE YEAR category, athletes must turn in at least TWO outstanding du performances. After scouring the results of the past season, here are the ten run-bike-runners that will be considered for the four DOY nominations:


WADE CRUSER, 30, Sauk Rapids

1st @ Cinco Du Mayo Long Course

1st @ Apple Duathlon 

3rd @ Duathlon Nationals


JORDAN ROBY, 27, St. Louis Park

2nd @ Falls Duathlon (Beat KO)

3rd @ Oakdale

6th @ Apple



BRIAN SAMES, 31, Shakopee

1st @ Oakdale Du

2nd @ Cinco Du Mayo LC   ....

2017 Grand Master of the Year Nominees...



2017 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT AWARDS - Last week we narrowed the GMOY field from 23 to eight. Today, in alpha order, we reveal the five final, i.e. official, nominees for GRAND MASTER OF THE YEAR:


- JAN GUENTHER, 58, Mound - 2016 GMOY; 15x MMA winner

- 5th overall / 1st 50+ @ Lake Waconia - AGR

- 7th overall / 1st 50+ @ Lake Minnetonka - 1st 50+

- 8th overall / 1st 50+ @ Heart of the Lakes - AGR


- NEIL KING, 67, Nevis - 2015 GMOY; perennial nominee (photo below)

1st AG @ Buffalo Sprint - AGR

1st AG @ Timberman

8th overall / 1st 50+ @ Average Joe - AGR

11th overall @ Walker Tri - AGR

9th AG @ USAT Olympic Nationals (50 finishers in AG)


- DANIEL KIRK, 71, Blaine - 1st MMA nomination

1st AG @ Minneapolis Sprint - AGR

1st AG @ Chisago Sprint - AGR

1st AG @ Maple Grove Sprint - AGR ...

Official Nominees...



2017 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT AWARDS - This was a toughie! After much deliberation, here are the four official nominees for JUNIOR OF THE YEAR, and their 2017 highlights:


- ANDERS BROMAN, 17, Eagan 

1st @ Moose Lake Triathlon

!st Jr. @ Lake Minnetonka

1st Jr. @ Buffalo Olympic

6th overall / 1st Jr. @ Minneapolis Sprint

7th overall / 3rd Jr. @ One Last Tri Sprint


- CARTER DEICHMAN, 16, Mankato (photo below)

2nd overall / 1st Jr. @ Young Life Sprint

4th overall / 1st Jr. @ North Mankato

4th overall / 2nd Jr. @ One Last Tri Sprint

6th overall / 1st Jr. @ Maple Grove Sprint

7th overall / 1st Jr. @ Hopkins Royal - AGR

1st Jr. @ Falls Duathlon, Heart of the Lakes, Chisago Sprint ...

Is R.I.C.E. All Wrong?


By Jim Thornton (life.spartan.com)

It’s the most famous acronym in sports medicine, a household term as familiar to athletes as the physicians who treat them: R.I.C.E., for rest, ice, compression, and elevation.

Legendary sports doc, Gabe Mirkin, M.D., coined R.I.C.E. in his 1978 bestseller, The Sportsmedicine Book. In the four decades since, his memorable protocol—especially the ice and rest components—have become an article of faith among wounded warriors everywhere.

Tweak your ankle, throw out your back, strain your rotator cuff, or upset any other soft tissue during exercise? R.I.C.E. it right away! If no ice bag is available, slap a bag of frozen vegetables onto your aggrieved part. By icing an injury within the first golden hour of sustaining it, you’re virtually guaranteed of not only reducing pain but speeding recovery. Ditto for rest—taking time off to let things settle down will prevent further damage and also expedite healing. Everybody knows this, right?

But what if R.I.C.E. is wrong?    ....

Narrowing the Choices...



2017 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT AWARDS – Today we are looking at possible female MASTER OF THE YEAR nominees. As with the men, there are a plethora of possibilities. The committee has narrowed the field to the following 11 athletes, four of whom will receive official nominations next week.

  • JENNIFER FITZHARRIS-FUNK, 42, Minneapolis (photo)

  •  - JFF reached the overall women's podium twice in 2017
  • DIANE HANKEE, 40, Lino Lakes 

  •  - Scorecard is highlighted by two outright wins and at least three masters records.
  • ANGELA KIDD, 40, Chanhassen

  •  - Excelled at 70.3.
  • CHRISTEL KIPPENHAN, 52, Bemidji - two-time MOY nominee

  •  - Christel finished her season with an overall women's win / masters' record at Superior Man 70.3.
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