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No Fees, No Bibs, Self-Timed....

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By Jason Larson

Hi MTN Guys - Here's a brief summary of the second triathlon training race we had at Square lake park on Aug 8, 2020. Because of COVID, we decided to put together one last group triathlon.

However, just because it was a popup tri doesn't mean we weren't racing! We had around 17 racers again for this second edition....

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Thanks Uncle Randy!

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SQUARE LAKE SHORT COURSE - Twenty-one years ago, Uncle Randy  decided that he was going to broaden his race production company. Running and walking events were the staples of his business then and he wanted to add multisport races. Triathlon was very popular and he wanted to get in on the action.

Additionally, he saw an opportunity to extend the brief Minnesota triathlon season, which at that time ended with Lakes Country in late-August.

The venue he selected for his first triathlon was stunningly beautiful Square Lake Park and its rolling, rural environs. Excitedly, he showed this site to the Midwest Events Guys who shared his enthusiasm. (He also shared his vision with another running company, Final Stretch, who would also expand into tris and dus and fill out and extend Minnesota's swim-bike-run and run-bike-run season.) In early September 2001, the first Square Lake Short Course race was born....

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Square Lake 70.3 Preve....

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SQUARE LAKE 70.3 PREVIEW - The 3rd edition of this version of this storied event that was inaugurated 19-years ago is happening this Saturday. Entrants can still sign up, but unfortunately, COVID-19 precautions mandate that spectators stay away. Bummer, huh? The MTN Guys have only missed one prior edition of this super-challenging event and we are going to need to be medicated next weekend so as not to succumb to what used to be known as "The Vapors."  ...

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2020: A Year Like No Other....

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By Mike Buenting (mikebuenting.wordpress.com)

2020 has been a trying year for us all, full of hope, then disappointment. It’s been the year for us endurance athletes of sign up for events, train and cross fingers just to have the event cancelled/postponed. So how does one stay motivated and fit during these times? How does one keep hope and chasing races that might happen with optimism and focus to be fit and ready? Let’s say it’s not easy, but when your passion is swim, bike, and run and when the world is full of sadness and craziness the chance to go into the outdoors and swim, bike or run is that place we can escape the heartache of the world and just breathe. ...

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"Second Time's a Charm"....

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By Rick Abrahamson

- Dateline: Weaver Lake Park – Maple Grove, MN - 30 Aug 2020
- TEAM ZOOT’s Helen and Steve Gunther- and
- TEAM TRI-HARD’s Chris and Sarah Nichols copped the top steps on the podium today.
- TRI KINGS monopolize the relay.

The second time’s a charm.

An additional installment was necessary, in order to execute TRI-HARD-TRI ’20. On July 26, what would result in Part 1 of the Sprint Distance Tri on the Maple Grove course- four athletes(Daniel Duff 3rd overall, Diane Samson 3rd lady overall, Heather Moody, and Laura Hanneman) waited out the early morning rain to post Pt 1 results on the HOT and humid course....

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