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Ludick Rocks at Chisago...

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CHISAGO OLYMPIC & SPRINT COVERAGE - These events celebrated their second annivesaries last Sunday. Talented out-of-staters won both of the men's races. A 59-year-old phenom and a tri rookie / elite distance runner earned the women's overall titles.

In 2022, Most Improved runner-up ANDREW KERSHAW won the Olympic race rather handily over Wisconsin's IAN BORMETT and Iowa's NOAH BRENNY. This time, though, Brenny got payback. His excellent swim and run splits had Kershaw hoping that his superior bike split would, once again, put him at the front of the race. Andrew beat Brenny by more than seven minutes in 2022, and would come away with a solid time (1:57:41), but Noah has gone to another level this year, perhaps two or three levels. His final time proved to be 44-seconds faster than Kershaw's.

DYLAN WILLIAMS, who is proving to be the real deal, threw down a 33:33 run allowing him to close to withing 42 seconds of Andrew.

In her first tri, MARGARET LUDICK (photo) raced basically by herself in the first and third legs. A huge lead on the field out of the water would not sustain her on the bike leg. Eventual runner-up SARAH SILBERNAGEL was first into T2, but Ludick would run a 35:36. Enough said. Game over....

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A Special Event...

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TIMBERMAN OLYMPIC COVERAGE - Approximately 320 triathletes signed up for this year's Timberman, 83 of which participated in its Olympic distance--1900 yds - 25 miles - 6 miles - race. Before PRESTON YOUNGDAHL enrolled on the eve of the event, what appeared to be a three-man battle for first between defending champ JOSH BLANKENHEIM, the Minnesotan who has Top 10ed in both the Sprint and Olympic races at Nationals for the last two years, HENRY JESSEN, and former college runner on the verge of breaking into the elite ranks MICAH WARNING became a three-man battle for 2nd. Since June of 2022, Youngdahl has been unbeatable on Minnesota soil, and that didn't change last Saturday. A quick swim and a brisk run bracketed the kind of bike split that left no doubt who would come out on top. Two-plus MPHs faster than his closest compeitors landed Preston in T2 with an insurmountable lead....

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Buzz Win #9 For Nelson. Manning Nukes Course Record...

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Photo - Buzz Ryan and Brewhouse venue pre-staged.

By Mitchell Clayton

Duluth’s Island Lake Park, which is also the site of the Brewhouse Triathlon in early August, played host to the 11th annual Buzz Ryan Sprint Triathlon this past Sunday. The 500 yd – 10 mile – 2.5 mile race is set among picturesque pines and is a perfect course for those looking to complete their first race, and tri veterans wanting an excuse to push the pace. Temperatures on Sunday morning were in the low 60’s with a steady breeze out of the west, and despite some showers about an hour before the race start, the clouds cleared as participants started to cross the finish line...

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"An Experience Unlike Any Other"...

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By Mandy Hansel, Trinona Director

In the world of triathlons, unexpected twists and turns are par for the course. With the recent cancellation of the highly anticipated Buffalo Graniteman Triathlon, athletes find themselves searching for new challenges to conquer and races to participate in. Fear not, triathletes, for Trinona Triathlon is extending a warm invitation to all who seek to test their mettle and passion for the sport....

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Hot Minutes, Home Turf & Beans..

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By Corey Nygaard

Alexandria Triathlon Race Report - It's been a hot minute (2021) since I have jotted down any of my thoughts about a race. But I had a feeling this one would be worth noting... Racing Your favorite sport on your home turf with all of your favorite people, what's better than that? Right now, I can't think of anything...

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