Race Coverage

Did You Know That There is a Rapper Named "Loon?"

The 2010 Loon Lake Triathlon was staged in or near the community of Lake Crystal which has, according to its website,

Prelude to Race Coverage...

MTN's Darin Wieneke (photo) will be posting a Trinona race report later today. Moments ago he sent us this cool, capitol-free, terse and borderline-pithy e-mail:

darini am still waiting for alex hoooke's email.  you do not have it by chance
do you?

trinona was very nice. the park is great and very scenic. one of the
better parks that i have seen with a close transition area. good food.
bbq pork sandwiches. the big hill is a challenge.

A Manitou Does Not Have Antlers...

manitouDo you know what "Manitou" means? Neither did we, though we incorrectly assumed it had antlers, until we googled the word. The scary image displayed here IS NOT the Manitou for which the popular triathlon was named. But it does make us want to rent the movie. The un-frightening definition comes from Algonquin culture. A totally cool old Native American deal referring to the interconnection of spirits and balances in nature. That kind of mystical/philosophical stuff.

Here's the Wikipedia LINK

Observations about the 21st Manitou Triathlon, a totally spirited event:

* The event hosted Youth Elite, Junior Elite and Elite Development athletes from all over the U.S. The youngsters put on

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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..

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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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