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MINNESOTA MULTISPORT HONORS - While most of the MMH recipients were difficult to determine, one was a slam dunk: ROOKIE OF THE YEAR.  

HEATHER TAYLOR was the clear choice.

Not only did her resume include a win (CyMan), she also managed to break 2:20 at Olympic distance, which is a big deal for newcomers. And she did that twice. 

Additionally, she outraced several regional elites at Maple Grove Olympic.

There could be a spot for her on Team Minnesota as early as next season.

Here are Heather's 2018 highlights:

- 1st @ CyMan Sprint (IA)

- 2nd @ St. Paul Sprint

- 4th @ High Cliff Olympic - 2:13:32

- 5th @ Maple Grove Olympic - 2:16:09

 

Determining the recipient of JUNIOR OF THE YEAR required much thought and debate. A strong case was made for MACY IYER, 14, who blew away the teen records at Cinco Du Mayo Sprint, which she won!, and YWCA Women's Tri. A similarly strong case coulld be made for 2017 JOY TAYLOR LUNDQUIST, 19, whose record-setting effort at Timberman Sprint was arguably the junior performance of the year....

Erin's Five Favorite Running Routes in Minneapolis ....

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By Erin Klegstad (sweetsweatlife.com)

 

I’ve been lucky enough to run in some pretty beautiful places – Whistler, BC; Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; along the California coast; the Bahamas; and Kona, Hawaii....

Coffee Catch-up - Summer 2018....

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By Erin Klegstad (sweetsweatlife.cm)

 

And just like that, it’s OCTOBER(!). Since we really didn’t get spring this year – remember that blizzard on April 15 when two feet of snow fell?! – summer felt so short, but the good news: it was crammed with fantastic – from yard work to cruiser rides to dinners al fresco to weekend trips.

it’s been a while since I’ve done a life update, so I’m stealing this coffee date catch-up from a few other blogs. My favorite coffee lately: iced oat milk lattes at our neighborhood coffee shop, Angry Catfish. Anyone else love oat milk? What’s your go-to coffee drink? Grab it, and let’s cheers and chat!  Here’s what’s been up and on my mind…

1 – the AG Kona allocation system

Bummed is an understatement about my AG only having one Kona spot at IMMT. I was crushed – and then I was, and still am, angry. So I looked into it a little more to figure out why there was only one spot in my AG (35-39) when every race has had two spots since they dropped from 50 spots to 40. Turns out, I’m not the only one curious about the AG KQ allocation. Russell Cox has been analyzing AG races and the allocation for a while, and the Live Fiesty ladies have been asking questions, too. ...

Team Minnesota 2018....

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2018 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT HONORS - Today we reveal the names of the Top 10 men and women who were named to Team MInnesota. The selections were based on 2018 resume, not reputation. Criteria includes performance quality relative to field and records, racing volume and head-to-head results.

In addition to the Top 10s, we've done some extra name-dropping, listing the names of other athletes who were part of the Team Minnesota discussion. They are very loosely ranked here.

New names on the Top 10 lists this year are TED TREISE, JOE ADRIAENS (photo L) and CHERYL ZITUR, whose racing excellence at the age of 54 has earned her a berth. Returnees to the Team after an extened hiatus were BECKY YOUNGBERG (7 years) and SAM HAUCK (10 years).

Over the next few weeks we will break down Team MInnesota and the other MMHs, which were arrived at through a domocratic process. This content will be inspersed with race reports, athlete blog posts and other news.

TEAM MINNESOTA - WOMEN ...

Three MMHs for Hanna. Jan Collects #18...

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2018 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT HONORS - Here, as promised, are the recipients of the 2018 Minnesota Multisport Honors. In future posts, we will explain how these selections were determined.

(The MMHs were introduced in 1999. In parenthesis are the career totals of honors won by each 2018 recipient.)

 

TRIATHLETE OF THE YEAR - HANNA GRINAKER (6) & WADE CRUSER (4)

 

LONG DISTANCE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR - HANNA GRINAKER (6)

 

DUATHLETE OF THE YEAR (Coed) - JESSON BAUMGARTNER (1)

 

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR - HEATHER TAYLOR (1)

 

JUNIOR OF THE YEAR - ARIANNA WERTS (1) ...

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