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Carter, Macy, Taylor & Arianna...

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MINNESOTA MULTISPORT HONORS - One of the most difficult categories to determine was JUNIOR OF THE YEAR, and though the Committee ultimately agreed on the final four, there were a few athletes who came dang close to earning nominations.

Who?

If the committe had allowed a fifth nominee, it would have been KYLE SWENSON, 16, of Rogers. Kyle won the Maple Grove Sprint outright, and cracked the overall Top 5 in three other races, losing to a fellow junior only once. Had his result at Sprint Nationals been more competitive, or if he had one more outstanding regional performance, he would have made the list of nominees. 

Kyle is a very talented athlete and we are certain that future nominations, perhaps even a JOY title of two, will come his way.

ANDREW NOVAK, 17, or Oronoco was our state's most successful teen duathlete, winning his AG in the four dus he entered. We wish his resume had more volume, as all the eventual nominees raced in at least five multis apiece....

2018 Rookie of the Year: Tom, Shyanne or Heather?..UPDATED...

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tommyd.png2018 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT HONORS - Based on our research, four tri rookies truly distinguished themselves in 2018, which is to say, they demonstrated the potential to ascend to regional elite status. Unfortunately, only two of them satisfied the minimum performance requirement, and will thus receive ROOKIE OF THE YEAR nominations.

With only two noteworthy performances in 2018, the other athlete, PAIGE SCHULZ, will be eligible for ROY consideration in 2019. 

If, however, Paige races one more time this year--Fall Classic Duathlon, perhaps?--and has an impressive result, she will be added to the list of ROY nominees.

If you're curious, Paige's two races this year were a 9th at Chisago, where she went 4:59:03, and her 25th at Ironman Wisconsin. Her time there was 10:58:40. Breaking "5" at 70.3, and "11" at 140.6 on your first try is a big deal and portends a successful future....

The Final Multi of the Season...

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FALL CLASSIC DUATHLON - The 13th edition of this season-finale event will happen this Saturday, and we hope that Minnesota athletes will take advantage of the opportunity to extend their seasons.

Have you read the event overview on TriFitnessWBL.com? Even if you have, we are reprinting it here because it's enticing stuff.

Join us for this fall classic that effectively finishes the multisport season in Minnesota. Same great course and same great time, but now managed by Tri Fitness and timed by Randy Fulton. The run course remains in the park and has participants running on paved trails. This is a fairly flat course with a shorter second run – just when you need it most! (The first run is 3 miles, the second 2.5 miles.) Enjoy the rolling hills of the park and surrounding horse country on your 14 mile bike ride. This is a great course for first time duathletes as well as those more experienced duathletes looking to get in one more multisport event during the 2018 racing season or gauge their race performance against their earlier finish time for the spring classic held on the same course....

Jan, Pam, Thomas and Tony...

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2018 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT HONORS - It's time to start revealing the nominees for this year's MMHs. We are starting with the categories that were the easiest to figure out: Grand Master, Rookies, Female Triathlete of the Year.

Here, in alpha order, are the official nominees for GRAND MASTER OF THE YEAR* and their 2018 multisport highlights: 

 

JAN GUENTHER, 59, Mound

- 1st overall woman at Square Lake 70.3 - AG record

- 1st overall wman @ One Last Tri Olympic - 2:19:14! - AG record

- 6th overall woman @ Lake Waconina - AG Record

- 6th overall woman @ Heart of the Lakes - AG record...

Weekend Coverage...There and Here...

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AUGUSTA 70.3 - Couples led the way in both the pro and amateur competitions this morning in toasty Georgia. Tim O'Donnell and wife Mirinda Carfrae shared the top step of the pro podium.

The amateur titles were claimed by Rochester couple TED TREISE and DANI VSETECKA. (How cool is that!)

Dani's victory, the milestone 10th of her young multisport career, came as no surprise to us, not after her performance in 2017 at Madison 70.3, and more recently at Superiorman 41.5. Her Augusta time was very impressive--4:29:28 aided somewhat by a friendly current--and her margin of victory over North Carolinia Meghan Fillnow, a sub-10-hour Ironman, was even impressiver: 6:35!

Prior to the race our fingers were crossed for Ted. We believed that a podium was possible, but wondered if he was ready to give pre-race favorite Nathan Buttrick of South Carolina, a run for his money. Buttrick's PRs at IM and 70.3 are among the best in the country for an amateur: 8:37 and 4:02.

But as we know now, Teddy not only gave him a good race, he beat him, and did so somewhat handily, thanks to a superior run split (1:21:34 with temps in the high 80s). Treise's time was a personal best 4:08:28. Buttrick clocked in at 4:11:10. ...

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