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2017 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT AWARDS - The LONG DISTANCE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR AWARD (LDAOY) was inaugurated in 2014. A coed category, nominees must have turned in a least TWO outstanding efforts during the season at races that are 70.3 or longer.

In '14, the winner was Matthew Payne, who won three long distance races: Liberty (4:02:46 - CR), Pigman (4:13) and Leadman Bend (OR) 125 (4:07:57 - CR).

In 2015, the LDAOY was won by Dani Vsetecka, who's long course resume featured wins @ Door Country Half IM and Pigman. 

Last year, Diane Hankee won the award, albeit narrowly, over Erin Farrens. Diane raced in FIVE halves, winning one (LIberty) and podiuming at Muncie (2nd - 4:38:51) and Steelhead (3rd - 4:41).

 

Who will be the recipient of the 2017 LDAOY? Here are the nominees and their long course highlights:

 

- NATHAN ANSBAUGH, 30, Minneapolis

2nd @ LIberty Half

5th @ Superior Man - 4:15:17 ...

 

 

- SEAN COOLEY, 31, St. Paul 

1st @ Chisago - 4:06:52

2nd @ Superior Man - 4:11:32

4th @ Madison 70.3 - 4:26:50

 

- KORTNEY HAAG, 38, Maple Grove (photo)

1st @ Liberty

2nd @ Chisago - 4:39:50

 

- CHRISTINA ROBERTS, 31, St. Louis Park

1st @ Superior Man - 4:37:04

4th amateur @ Austin 70.3 (yesterday!) 

 

Also considered:  Diane Hankee (40, Lino Lakes), Jordan Roby (27, St. Louis Park) and Kelly Trom (30, Minneapolis)

 

 

 

 

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