Race Coverage

Brian & Heiney Prevail at Oakdale...

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

 

OAKDALE DUATHLON - Racing conditions were ideal yesterday at Lake Elmo Park Reserve. Sunny, with a cloudless sky and light breezes. The temp at the start was 60, climbing only to 66 by the time the last finisher crossed the line.

Simply put: Saturday was a "great day to be alive and outdoors."

From a competitive standpoint is was a great day for all except the early leaders, both of whom were favored to win. WADE CRUSER was on record pace when he flatted eight miles into the bike leg. SUZIE FOX's instincts got in the way during the bike leg, resulting in a quickly corrected wrong turn, then missing a turnaround, which she also corrected in short order. (FYI - This year's courses were tweaked.) When she got back on track, though, she flatted. By that time NICOLE HEININGER, was leading and had the pedal to the floor....

"My Mind Just Kinda Checked Out...Then"...

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By Erin Klegstad (sweetsweatlife.com)

GET IN GEAR HALF RACE REPORT - And just like that, the 2017 race season has started. The Hot Dash 10 mile has been my season opener the past two years, but my legs weren’t quite race ready a month ago. So we switched it up and instead I raced Minnesota’s annual rite of spring: the Get in Gear half marathon. I was pretty stoked, too, because most of the course – river road along the Mississippi between Minneapolis and St. Paul – is my regular long run route and my absolute favorite place to run.....

Cruser Crushes at Cinco....

CarrieHinners3rd.pngCINCO DU MAYO - WADE CRUSER kicked off his 2017 multisport season with a race record victory at Cinco Long Course. His 1:20:48 over the hilly 3-20-3 route lowered SAM JANICKI's 2011 CR by an impressive 1:02.

For Cruser, winner of the Most Improved award in 2016, the W was the 7th of his career. He was pushed on Saturday by 2013 and 2015 Cinco champ BRIAN SAMES, who after spending 2016 in the Chicago area, appears to have returned to Minnesota. We hope the three-time Team Minnesota member is back to stay.

ANDY ZABEL, CHRIS TATTON and JUSTIN CUMMINS rounded out the formidable men's Top 5.

Due to some scoring questions, we are unable to comment on the women's long course race.

In the short course race, STEVE STENZEL not only picked up his third win here, he did so in his fastest time yet. He covered the 2-10-2...

Sauk Rapidsians Kick Butt at COLT...

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CHAIN OF LAKES TRIATHLON - The 16th edition of this race happened yesterday. Racing conditions were favorable (55-60 degrees, light wind, sunny) and 63 athletes crossed the finish line....

Jenn Rocks Again...

jenn_wine.pngUSAT LONG COURSE DUATHLON NATIONALS - MTN congratulates former US Duathlete of the Year JENN SCUDIERO, of Eagan, who likes to party (photo), on her awesome performance last weekend at Long Distance Du Nationals in hot, super humid, windy Cary, North Carolina. She placed 6th against a stellar field. Check out the Top 6: 

- 1. DANIELLE DINGMAN (Branson, MO) - Rising star. Undefeated in three du starts in 2016.

- 2. KIRSTEN SASS (McKenzie, TN) - Two-time US Doy, three-time US TOY. Reigning World Du Champion.

- 3. DANI FISCHER (Indianapolis, IN) - 2014 US Duathlete of the Year who has the best dimples ever.

- 4. JAIME SIMMONS (Abingdon, VA) - Outstanding 70.3 credentials. Raced in one du in 2016 and won handily.

- 5. REBECCA KEFER, 16 (Kernersville, NC) - Outstanding prep distance runner with Div. I future. Raced in one prior du that we know of--at age 15--and won it....

Falls Du Kicked Off 2017 Multi Season...

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FALLS DUATHLON - The MTN Guys were not at Falls Du this year. Bummer. We really love that race. So, tasked with posting some coverage, we went to Steve Stenzel's great blog site (lINK) to learn about the conditions, weather-wise, and to get a feel for the event. He didn't give us much in the way of climatology, but mentioned that it was breezy, though not hurricanic, as it has been in year's past. Studying all the great photos he posted, we'd guess that it wasn't a warm day, 30s-40s probably, and the clouds were as thick as cold oatmeal making for grey racing conditions...

We stated in our preview that we expected some late sign-ups to have an impact on the overall race. That was certainly the case on the men's side. 2016 Most Improved nominee Jordan Roby (photo below) was one those guys and he totally...

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