2019 Oakdale Spring Classic Duathlon Stuff...


17th annual OAKDALE DUATHLON - The outdoor tri/du season is here and one of our state's classic events is slated for next Saturday. That event even has the word "classic" in it's name: the Oakdale Spring Classic Duathlon....

Syvertson Sets Record....Updated...


TINMAN TRIATHLON - SPENCER SYVERTSON, pronounced "See-vert-son," not "Sigh-vert-son," contacted the MTN Guys last week. He was curious about the Morris Tinman's Sprint men's course record. We did some digging and reported that the CR - 1:04:33 was set back in 2014 by South Dakotan CRAIG HARRISON.

Despite facing ferocious winds this morning, Syvertson managed to blow the doors off the Sprint record, taking it down by 3:10. The 22-year-old Paynesvillian is a Minnesota State grad and is a good friend of JAKE BRAAM, who is a very cool guy, He also has really good pull-up form (top photo).

Placing 2nd after Spencer was elite junior JACK HENNEN, 18, of Cambridge, whose 1:07:59 torched the junior course record by 7:40. We'd be surprised if Jack didn't garner a Junior of the Year nomination at season's-end. Jack is quite tall, has really good hair and looks great in collarless shirts (photo below R)....

Running For Fun...


By Kristina Swenson (kristinaswenson.wixsite.com)


"Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it." ~Oprah Winfrey

While I do triathlons and would call myself a triathlete above all else, running seems to be the sport I talk about most. It's the sport I struggle the most with, but it's also the sport I think I have the most to gain in both physically and mentally. Maybe that's why it's easiest to talk about.
Yesterday (May 7) I ran my third half-marathon. It was a pretty spur of the moment decision... I was talking to my friend Rose no more than two weeks ago when she told me she was doing a race this weekend. Inside my head I immediately thought, "I should do that with her!" I then immediately shut that idea down, thinking that I couldn't just sign up for a half-marathon less than 14 days from the actual race with no focused...

"...A Breakthrough is Coming"...


ED. From Dent, Minnesota, Keeghan was our state's Rookie of the Year in 2017. He is now a sophomore pro and lives in Cedar City, Utah.


By Keeghan Hurley


This post is a little late but I wanted to keep everyone updated on how the Saint Anthony’s race went. I first have to say thank you to our host family who welcomed us into their home for 6 days and went above and beyond anyone could have imaged. Carolyn Kiper and her husband (Tim) are outstanding individuals who are the most gracious people I have ever met. They made the trip so enjoyable and the time in Tampa better than I could have dreamed of.

I also have to applaud Saint Anthony’s triathlon and all the people that make this race happen. It’s the most professional race I have ever been to. They have it so down and the hospitality and genuine love for the sport is second to none, this race will become a staple event for me and always be on the schedule....

Morris Tinman Preview - Part II


35th MORRIS TINMAN - We're expecting the men's performances at this year's Tinman races to be somewhat elevated. Though we don't know which of the races--Olympic or Sprint-- each of the guys we will be doing next Saturday, we will say that we expect them to race at the front.

- SPENCER SYVERTSON - An MSU grad and veteran Speedo-wearer from Paynesville, Spencer came close to receiving a Most Improved nomination last season, a year in which he won two triathlons. Only 22, guys like him sometimes make quantum performance leaps. We're picking him to win the race he enters at Morris.

- MICK BAKKER - A transplanted Minnesotan who has resided in Anchorage, Alaska for the last several years, Mick is a great guy and and talented triathlete. His Alaska results are impressive. A Tinman vet, he won the Olympic races in 2017 and 2015. In 2014 he raced at Perham, where he finished 3rd behind fellow elites Casey Miller and Branden Scheel.

TYSON MOLITER - Part of the triathlon-crazed Molitor family from Belgrade, Minnesota, Tyson placed 2nd at Morris Sprint in 2018. Other competitive highlights include podium finishes at last year's Graniteman races at Clearwater and Big Lake....

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