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"A Perfect Day..."

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By Joe Brown (wctrib.com)

 

SPICER — On the shores of Green Lake, 248 total competitors swarmed Zorbaz on the Lake on a perfect morning for a swim, a bike ride or a run.


But these athletes were there to do all three. And Sartell's Andrew Zabel was the first one to cross the finish line in the Green Lake Triathlon.

Great Racing in Muskie Town...

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NORTHWOODS TRIATHLON - Despite a tinge and scent of Canadian smoke in the air, conditions for Saturday's Northwoods Triathlon, the 16th edition, couldn't have been better. Temps and dew point were not issues, and wind was almost non-existent. It was a PR day, for sure, and many did just that.

BROOKS GROSSINGER (photo) came into the race with 13 Northwoods wins on his resume. Would he make it 14?

Standing in his way was JORDAN ROBY, who had beaten Brooks in two of their last three meetings. Grossinger is an established star. Roby is a rising one. The stage was set for a great battle.

And that's exactly what we got.

These guys stayed in visual acontact contact with each other from shoreline to finish line. As expected they went off the front ahead of the rest of a field that would boast 354 eventual finishers, including the last guy. His name is ADAM LOWREY. Adam, a 365-point friend of verteran Northwoodser ERIC YOUNG, was on hand to watch his friend crack the overall Top 5 in 2017. So inspired was he, that he dedicated hmself to doing the event in 2018. Down to 320, Adam perservered, and an enthusiastic crowd lined the final yards, cheering and offering high fives.

This was, for us, the highest highlight in a day that had no shortage of things to get excitied about....

Bunten is National Champion!

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — Thousands of the nation’s top amateur triathletes competed for national titles on Saturday as the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships got underway at Cleveland’s Edgewater Park. Justin Lippert, 22, and Gabrielle Bunten, 26, claimed the overall men’s and women’s titles respectively.

Age Group Nationals is USA Triathlon’s largest and longest-running National Championships event. This year’s participation is the second-highest in the event’s 35-year history, with more than 5,400 athletes registered to compete over two days. Cleveland is hosting for the first time since 1992, and will welcome the event back to Edgewater Park in 2019.

Saturday’s course featured a 1,500-meter swim in Lake Erie, 40-kilometer bike through the streets of downtown Cleveland and a 10-kilometer run ending at USA Triathlon’s iconic red-carpet finish chute within Edgewater Park....

A Four-Peat for Christina?

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As promised, here are some predictins for Sunday's 11th annual YWCA WOMEN'S TRIATHLON, starting with the overall Top 5.

Here's some stuff about CHRISTINA ROBERTS, our pick to win for the 4th straight year:

- Career tri wins: 20

- YWCA Resume:  Amateur champ in 2017, 2016, 2015; PR - 1:07:34 (2015)

- COMMENT: Christina's 2018 resume features two regional wins and a 3rd at Escape from Alcatraz. Clear choice for the win.

 

2. SUZIE FOX

- Career multisport wins: 42

- YWCA Resume: 2nd amateur in 2017, 2nd in 2009, 6th in 2010; PR - 1:11:14 (2017)

- COMMENT: Suzie hasn't missed a podium yet this season. There is no reason for her to start now....

Some YWCA Tri History...

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claireywca.pngYWCA WOMEN'S TRIATHLON - In an earlier post, we erroneously said that this race would celebrate its 10th anniversary on Sunday. It will actually celebrate its 11th birthday. Our apologies to the race organizers.

Recently a guy asked us to post the past champions of the YWCA Women's Tri. We are happy to provide that information..

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