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LMT XVIII Preview...

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18th LAKE MINNETONKA TRIATHLON PREVIEW - The LMT is one of a precious handful of Minnisota triathlons that have proven to be downturn and pandemic proof. Non-immune events are either leaving the calendar or resigning themselves to lower turnouts. LMT is still getting its target numbers, and filling well in advance of race day. This means that the organizers (Ross and Tina) have done, and continue to do, albeit with new directors, something right. In other words, the Rogney's legacy is going strong.

Lake Minnetonka has always been an exciting and  competitive race, and that will not change in the near term. We've looked at the list of registrants and are excited to make some predictions, choices that are not intended to be taken too seriously. Instead, their purpose is to generate interest, discussion and spectatorship.

The women's race promises to be fast, as three of the frontrunners have rocked the LMT route before. There is also a relative newcomer in the mix that could shake things up a bit. ...

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Bigger & Better Than Ever...

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By Doobie Kurus

The 3rd Annual SWIM-Off to Summer open water challenge took place on Saturday, June 4th and it was bigger and better than ever. We had 180 people registered, from 8 different states, including Texas, Arizona, and California. This was a 30%+ increase from last years numbers. Imagine if the forecast wasn't calling for storms, which fortunately never happened. It turned out to be a beautiful day for a jump in the lake. We had a nice mix of swimmers (94) to triathletes (87), although we noticed well over half the field was made up of female competitors. ...

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A Great Race at a Great Place on a Great Day...

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17th BUFFALO SPRINT - For ten years ELENA HENGEL (photo) competed in the equestrian sport of "Three Day Eventing." Knowing only that this is a horsey deal, we went to Wikipedia for clarification: 

Eventing is an equestrian event where a single horse and rider combine and compete against other competitors across the three disciplines of dressage, cross-country, and show jumping. This event has its roots in a comprehensive cavalry test that required mastery of several types of riding.

Cool stuff.

Hengel, now 25, decided to give triathlon a go last year, racing four times with decent results, albeit not the kind that immediately portended elite potential. 

Elena went into last Sunday's Buffalo Sprint Triathlon flying well under the radar. Four-time champion CHERYL ZITUR, and BETTINA KEPPERS, a perennial podium finisher here who was rocking a cool diamond nose stud, were favored, with 2021 Chisago Sprint winner DEANNA JAGIELO, three-time Master of the Year nominee CHRISTEL KIPPENHAN and underrated master KELLI MORETTER-BUE expected to challenge for top spots...

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Records Tumble at Sturges Park...

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Photo - Fun bringers at Buffalo, including Darin, Lang and Jordan who nuked the men's relay record. Also: Mary, Jeff, Eric, Betsy Nine Toes and another guy.

16th BUFFALO OLYMPIC TRIATHLON - Subtracting 25-degrees and 30 miles-per-hour gusts, conditions plaguing last years race, made a huge difference at yesterday's race. Last year's windy inferno kept a talented field of men from cracking the 2-hour mark, and a strong women's field from breaking 2:20. On Sunday, when conditions were perfect (temps in low 60s, negligible wind), four men broke two hours, the first of whom doing so by more that 6-minutes, and four women needed less than 1:40 minutes to go the distance. These stats have been matched at a few prior editions of this race, but never exceeded...

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Trinona Stats...

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TRINONA PREVIEW - The 12th edition of this classic event will be staged next weekend at it's ususal venue in Winona. We encourage you to sign up, if you haven't done so already. This is a special experience, one that is not to be missed.

Trinona's courses are as beautiful as they are challenging, and by challenging, we mean hilly. Of the eighteen sub-2-hour men's times on the Olympic-distance course, 12 have been set by pros. Only 13 women have cracked 2:20, and only one had dipped under 2:10, though only be seconds. You'll note that all of times we're talking about were turned in by national and world-class athletes.

Today, we are sharing some Trinona stats, starting with those performances mentioned earlier. We are also posting the Olympic Age Group records and the fastest times in the companion Sprint race.

Olympic - Sub – 2 Hr. Men

1. David Thompson (P) - 1:52:45 (2011) - Photo Below R

2. David Thompson (P) - 1:53:03 (2010)
3. David Thompson (P) - 1:53:54 (2012)
4. David Thompson (P) - 1:54:26 (2013)
5. David Thompson (P) - 1:54:58 (2014) ...

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