Race Coverage

Records Tumble at TriWadena...


The 3rd annual TriWADENA, aka "No Spandex Necessary Triathlon," happened last Saturday. It was highlighted by a record turnout—34 finishers, up from 29 in 2017—and course records for both genders.

Leading the way for the women was Wadena-ian, LAURA MOONEN (photo with husband Jeremy), who became a three-time winner by covering the 220yard pool swim – 12 mile – 2 mile course in 1:01:47, which lowered her 2016 CR by twenty seconds.

Third here 2017, JENNIFER PINONIEMI from nearby Menagha, claimed the silver medal this time, her 1:03:58 was 6:02 faster than her clocking last year.

Third was earned by last year's runner-up CHELSA GOLDBERG, whose bronze medal time at her hometown race was 4:02 quicker than her silver medal effort in 2017.

Perham's MICHAEL BRASEL of Perham crushed the men's race best, his 53:20 was almost four minutes better than JEREMY MOONEN's prior CR.

We suspect that JEREMY and LAURA are related.


We were able to find a Michael Brasel on Facebook, and we hope that it is the same guy who won the triathlon. Why? Because the FB guy has a Yosemite Sam mustache and loves Death Metal music.

Placing 2ndand 3rd for the guys were Clearbrook's ADAM KROG, who also slipped under the previous course best, and 2016 winner JEREMY MOONEN.

FYI - Adam Krog is a total outdoorsman, possessing mad hunting and fishing skills. He also sports a very outdoorsy beard and looks great in orange clothing. RESULTS


Brian Hansel/Pioneer Journal photo - Laura and Jeremy Moonen.

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