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Josh, Branden, Ted & Garrett...

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2018 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT HONORS - As we explain every year, "Most Improved" is a confusing award category. It pertains to athletes whose competitive trajectories elevate them to regional elite status or higher, or to those elite athletes who move up significantly within those elite ranks. A person who would not be ranked among the Top 20 in their gender last year, but could now take his or her place in the Top 15 or higher, would be a great candidate, as would a person who was ranked, say, 10th in 2017, but can now be ranked, based on resume, in the Top 5.

Upward mobility within the Top 10 is hard to accomplish, as there is soooo much talent in our state.

So, who are this year's nominees for MOST IMPROVED MALE?

Here they are in alpha order, along with their competitive highlights:

 

JOSH MORK, 35, Lino Lakes (unranked in 2017) (Photo L)

- 1st @ Graniteman Clearwater

- 2nd @ Lake Waconia

- 3rd @ New Bri

- 14th @ Ironman Wisconsin - 9:44:00 (IM debut)...

Jesson, Wade, Andrea...

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2018 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT HONORS - Today we reveal the official nominees for DUATHLETE OF THE YEAR. As we've occasionally done in the past, we have reduced the minimum number of outstanding performances per nominee to two, instead of three. This was done because the number of run-bike-runs in our state has been declining.

Here now, in alpha order, are the DOY nominees and their 2018 du highlights:

 

JESSON BAUMGARTNER, 36, Rochester (phot R)

 

- 1st @ Falls Duathlon - Course record

- 1st @ Apple Duathlon - 1:21:16...

Sean, Wade, Kevin, Patrick, Matt...

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MINNESOTA MULTISPORT HONORS - Earlier this week we revealed the female TRIATHLETE OF THE YEAR nominees. It was one the easiest categories to determine.

The men's TOY nominees were a bit tougher to figure out. In fact, the Committee eventually agreed to nominate five candidates instead of four because we couldn't agree on which of the athletes to exclude. 

Here, in alpha order, are the male Triathlete of the Year nominees and their 2018 racing highlights:

 

- SEAN COOLEY, 32, St. Paul (photo L)

- 1st @ Liberty Long Course

- 1st @ Minneapolis Olympic

- 1st @ Superiorman Half IM

- 2nd @Heart of the Lakes

- 2nd @ Chisago - 4:09:25 ...

"Mom, We Did It......"

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By Ted Treise (venturetri.com)

 

Wow! This race is one I’ll remember forever. At Ironman 70.3 Augusta, I took the overall male win. After many years of training, sunny days, nights on the trainer, setbacks, and everything in between, we have done it. With this race win, in 2019 I’ll be able to qualify for my professional license in the sport of triathlon.
 
I’ve started on this journey 6 years ago and it’s hard to believe this moment has arrived but I could not be more thankful for everyone that has gotten me here today. I’ve learned things from so many people that we’d be here for a few days if I thank them all; whether that was the proper pedal stroke, hydration osmolality, journaling, enjoying the journey, proper nutrition, being present, swimming, not training until you fall apart, and many other things. It has all helped me greatly and I hope someone can learn from my trials and tribulations as I move forward on this adventure. Below you’ll find a long post regarding the play by play of the race. If you have any questions or recommendations, please reach out! I’d be pumped to hear from anyone who reads this...

Gaby, Hanna, Christina, Becky....

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2018 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT HONORS - The easiest, no-braineriest, MMH category to determine this year was female TRIATHLETE OF THE YEAR.The nominees were obvious choices. Not only that, this foursome rivals the group that was nominated in 2012, which heretofore was arguably the most formidable list of female TOY nominees in MMH history, which began in 1999. 

Who were those 2012 nominees? Ruth Brennan Morrey, Cathy Yndestad, Suzie Fox and Claire Bootsma.

Here, in alpha order, are the 2018 female TOY nominees and their highlights:

 

GABY BUNTEN, 26, White Bear Lake (2017 Minnesota Triathlete of the Year - photo L)

- 1st @ USAT Olympic Nationals

- 1st @ South Beach (FL) Olympic

- 1st @ Trinona Olympic

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