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A Memorable Day at Island Lake...

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BREWHOUSE OLYMPIC - WADE CRUSER, that silly goose, won this race in 2018. In the process he stripped JOSH BLANKENHEIM of the men's course record. Josh had hoped to reclaim the record this year, and do so against his nemesis / good friend / silly goose / Wade Cruser.

But Wade, Minnesota's 2018 Triathlete of the Year, did not make the trip to Island Lake this year. In fact, he hasn't traveled to ANY races this season....

Sisters Rock at Big Lake..

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GRANITEMAN BIG LAKE SPRINT - BRIAN SORHAUG loves the Graniteman races, and he excels at them. In fact, five of his triathlon victories have been G-Man events, the most recent of which happened last Saturday at Big Lake.

To make W #5 happen, he had to throw down the event's fastest run split.

Until he hit T2, Brian was racing basically neck-and-neck with PETER COLEMAN, a Nebraska transplant who likes to fish, and has been to Norway. His six-minute miles in phase three got him to the finish line in 1:06:07, a personal best on this course. 

Coleman hung on for 2nd, twenty seven seconds in front of bronze medalist STEVEN WERT, a tri rookie with a lot of potential.

Juniors took three of the Top 5 spots in the women's Sprint. Gold and Silver were well-earned by the talented LUNDQUIST sisters, TAYLOR and SIMONE (photo), both of whom were podium favorites coming into the race. 

Taylor won this event in 2017, the year she was named Minnesota Junior of the Year, but Saturday's Big Lake Sprint was her first tri of the summer, an injury keeping her on the sidelines until now. Was she healthy enough to win again? Would rust be an issue?

Taylor raced as if she had been racing successful all season long. No pain. No rust. And yes, she won. Her time was 12 seconds faster than her 2017 clocking. The 19-year-old Maple Grovian now has five career adult triathlon wins....

Champion For a Little While...

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GRANITEMAN BIG LAKE OLYMPIC - For two minutes and twenty-five seconds, RYAN COLLISON was a repeat champion. His time--2:09:32--was more than six minutes faster than last year, though in fairness, the weather last Saturday was far more accommodating than in 2018.

But that knowledge wasn't quite enough to make him comfortable. He'd outswam, though not by much, and outrode rather significantly, the man he feared most.

His rival, however, was a faster runner...

July 2019 Athletes of the Month...

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We're sensing a pattern here. The male AOM in April/May was also the AOM in June.

Guess who MTN's July male AOM is?

Though a pair of Joshes--Mork and Blankenheim--had stellar July racing resumes, it was PATRICK PARISH's scorecard that rose, once again, to the top.

And the women's July Athlete of the Month, and Master of the Month, was the same AOM / MOM that earned those honors in June.

The other July recipients are also repeat winners.

 

Here are MTN's July 2019 Athletes of the Month:

 

MALE AOM: PATRICK PARISH, 34, Minneapolis

Highlights:

- 1st @ Minneapolis Olympic (1:55:05)

- 1st @ Heart of the Lakes

 

HM - Josh Mork, 36, Lino Lakes - 1st @ Chisago Lakes Half IM (4:09:57), 3rd @ Minneapolis Olympic (1:57:46), 3rd @ Heart of the Lakes

HM - Josh Blankenheim, 38, Duluth - 1st @ Timberman Olympic (1:56:42), 2nd @ Heart of the Lakes ...

Chisago Reflections...

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ED. JOSH MORK and KELLI MORETTER-BUE turned in breakout performances at Chisago Lakes Half last Sunday. Josh won the race, and Kelli cracked the Top 10 with her first sub-5-hour effort. On Facebook, they commented on their Chisago experiences.

KELLI - “Why oh why do we do this?!” “We paid for this suffering!” “I chose this—I must be nuts!” “I’m never doing this again!” All these thoughts go through my head during a race and I’m 100% certain in almost every race I’ve done that I won’t ever...

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