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Gilbert Gone...

skipBy Dan Empfield From slowtwitch.com - USA Triathlon (USAT), America's USOC- and ITU-recognized governing body for the sport of triathlon, announced the departure of its executive director Skip Gilbert.

Tim Yount, a longtime USAT executive whose service spans several executive directors, will take charge of the organization on an interim basis, until a replacement is selected.

No one on USAT's board of directors, or on its staff, would speak on the record as to the reason for Gilbert's departure, or indicated whether it was voluntary or whether Gilbert was asked or ordered to leave. Several members of the organization's board indicated a majority of the board voted to constrain all board members to silence about Gilbert's dismissal, such board-imposed silence extending to USAT's staff as well...

Hunky-Dory in Hudson...

goiterSt. Croix Valley Sprint Preview -WARNING: Some of this stuff is made up.

The 10th edition of the unmitigatedly hunky-dory St. Croix Valley Sprint Triathlon will be staged on Saturday logoin the All American and All Wisconsinian river town of Hudson, which incidently, was founded many years ago by an intrepid explorer from French Canadia named Hudson St. Croix. Hudson selected the site for the town that would eventually bear his name because of its proximity to the I-94 Bridge. This allowed him to cross into the Minnesota Territory and buy stuff, important supplies like tobacco and feedbags for his horses, in Oakdale, which was only a half day's horseyback ride from his settlement that was originally named Muttsville, after his faithful, though mangy, multi-indeterminate-breed dog. Changing the community's name to "Hudson" was the idea of his wife Anais (photo), an otherwise lovely woman who had a goiter the size of a crenshaw melon...

Bring DEET!...Updated!

mosquitoNOTE: We filched this Pre-Preview of this weekend's Mosquito Man Du-Du from Mario Minelli's cool blogsite. LINK Mario is one of our all-time favorite guys from Kasson, Minnesota. Where's that, you inquire? It's by the thing near that place where you went that time.

By Super Mario - Ok, well, that's not the official logo for the race, but...

Stars of Weekend Past...

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With a super race weekend behind us, it's fun to reflect on the stellar performances which took place. The stars were too numerous to, well, enumerate...

An Inignorable Sound...

brendon"Hey!" Brendon called in a controlled voice; neither too loud, nor too combative. He walked briskly toward the escaping vehicle.

The taxi driver, who was backing out of a space in the Cub parking lot, stopped and turned his face to his summoner.

Their eyes met.

"Did you throw that out your window," Brendon asked, the index finger of his left hand pointing to a discarded Caribou Coffee container that lay on the striped asphalt. His tone remained non-threatening.

"No I didn't," the taxi driver lied...

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