Race Coverage

SUNDAY HEADLINES...Serious Racing..

manitou* Devon & Cathy Do It Again at Manitou! Winning Ways Continue for Parish. Rookies Rock! MANITOU XXI WAS A SERIOUSLY COOL RACE! (Way to Go Nicole P & Dr. Josh!) Stories and Photos on Monday...RESULTS


libertyTwas a moody day at Lake Independence, intermittently chilly, breezy and rainy, though never harsh enough to make for miserable racing no nameconditions. A sullen, not angry day. The conditions didn't slow down the men's podium finishers in the half, as each turned in satisfying efforts. Josh Riff's 4:16:13 led the way. He was followed by Steve Sander (4:24:40) and an elated Todd Landgraff, whose 4:25:31 was a nine minute improvement on his previous PR. For Sander, it was his 3rd consecutive runner-up effort of the season; he also placed 2nd at COLT and Buffalo Olympic. The win broke Riff's string of 4ths--Gear West and Apple.

The absence of pre-race faves Marlo McGaver and Karen Rosehart, each of whom have won this race twice, allowed Illinois' MJ Slikas to bask in the winner's spotlight. Slikas, who was the top master and 15th woman overall (10:46:46) at Ironman Louisville last year, posted a 4:54:47, a masters record..

Buff Stuff...

buff logoIn vague, but enthusiastic terms, the 7th edition of the Buffalo Triathon was totally cool. During clean-up, SWIMRace Director Brett Oden said, in effect, that the event was everything he had hoped it would be. With cooperative weather and the diligence of the 400+ volunteers, the event plan was executed as close to flawlessly as could be hoped for.

For women


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(Photo: Incognito MJETs. Devon shaved his Hitler 'stache before the race. Lauren did not.)

St. Paul's Devon Palmer (photo) collected his 7th career multisport win on Sunday at the 18th annual Pigman Sprint mustachesTriathlon. The bright and amiable first-year pro who has cool hair, the bushy kind that never needs to be combed, was the first of six Minnesota men to crack the overall Top 8. The others were 6 or 7 time Pigman Sprint winner Kevin O'Connor (2nd), eight-time PS champ Brian Bich (4th), 20-year old Kyle Serreyn (6th), John Heinlein III (7th) and three-time Minnesota Junior of the Year Michael Williams (8th).

A great swim followed by his signature supersonic bike split--1:19 faster than O'Connor's 2nd fastest split--delivered Palmer to T2 with a nearly insurmountable lead. Kevin was able to make up 54 seconds on the run (and a faster transition). Still Devon won by a thick margin of 56 seconds....

Jody's "Jihad Chant".......

jenny5th Annual NEW BRI TRI....June 5..S-800m-ish, B-14ish miles, R - 3ish miles

1. Karl Shultz, 40 - 1:06:12........1. Jenny Wilcox - 1:11:02

The Apple: BFFs Go 1-2...

Apple LogoCathy and Julie are best friends. They do almost everything together and between them they have 64 blindingly white teeth that are rarely covered. Julie pointingSingularly and collectively, they radiate happiness and good will.

They are also top level multisport athletes. Heck, Cathy was the 2009 US Athlete of the Year. And Julie's not far behind. On Saturday at the 28th edition of the Apple Du, she was ahead. Until the final mile of the final run, that is. In the end, the AOY demonstrated why she had won that award. And 11 skinny seconds after Cathy finished, Julie was there to give her a big, toothy hug! Walking away from the line, the lettering on their bums reminded us that their last names were Yndestad and Hull.

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