The Kids Are All Right...

beth(Photo L: Four-time JOY winner Beth Zirbes, who is always prepared.)

MMA History - Great sons and daughters. Great citizens. Great people. And, oh yeah, great athletes, too.

These descriptions certainly apply to each and every Minnesota Junior of the Year. Any parent would be proud to claim any one of these kids, though most of them are not kids anymore. All have gone on to college, where they have excelled, or in the case of 2009 JOY Nick Madrinich and three-time award winner Michael Williams, are currently excelling.

Minnesota's most successful Junior was Beth Zirbes, who won the award an unprecedented four times. Beth was and is an amazing individual. An effervescent fast-talker, she is genius-bright, gregarious and energetic. And wise, too. Note ...

Women's Thursday Night Out..

Date: Thursday, December 2ndemu

Time: 6:30 pm

Where: Gear West Ski & Run (gearwest.com)

* Chocolate - Wine - Conversation

* Holiday Boot & Clothing Special

* Bring a friend and recieve TWO raffle tickets for a FREE BOOT drawing! (drawing for TWO pair!)

* EMU & KEEN Trunk Show....

Confessions of a Daily Chocolate Eater...

jen adamjenWARNING: Some of what you are about to read has been made up.

Going Off Course - Minneapolis triathlete Jen Martone has come a long way. Meeting her today, one would never guess that she spent much of her childhood living in a Maytag carton on the property line of the Webb's enormous backyard in Yonkers, New York. A childless older couple, Manfred and Edith Webb were happy to donate the cardboard apartment that Jen shared with her brother Adam (photo L) as long as the children never came into their house and did their toileting in neighboring yards....

Du-ing It Better...

marloMMA History Stuff - Today's installment, the 3rd in the History series, looks back at the past winners of the Duathlete of the Year awards.

Our state's all-time most successful run-bike-runner is Kristin Miller, who won the DOY an unprecedented four times and would have picked up another 7-8 trophy's had these awards been available in the 90s, a decade in which she was twice crowned US Duathlete of the Year ('94 & '95, we think?).

Kris left the sport after the 2004 season, her knees almost devoid of soft tissue. She then took up rowing (photo below R) and as she did in multisports, quickly developed into a national-class performer. Check out her awesome guns, delts and lats!...

Black Friday Stuff...


"Kick-off the holiday season with over $3500 of savings on products from Zipp, Profile Design, Lazer, Trek and others. Many of our most popular triathlon and cycling products will be on sale at incredible prices! Visit www.gearwestbike.com for more details. Sale prices will be posted starting Wednesday, November 26th."

Here's a wee sampling of the consummately cool stuff that will have drastically reduced prices...

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