Race Coverage

A New Star is Born...

Chain of Lakes Tri LogoGOPHER PULLS UPSET AT COLT...University of Minnesota triathlete Sam Janicki and 2009 TriMinnesota Series women's champ Brooke Larsen shared the Winners Circle at the the 8th annual Chain of Lakes Triathlon today. Cloudy, cool (4os) and extremely windy conditions prevailed, making Janicki's 55:11 ever more impressive. Only Matt Payne (2009) has gone faster on this sprint course. The 24-year-old, whose 2009 performances did little to portend his emergence, nor did his solid but unspectacular effort in Lubbock, TX at Collegiate Nationals two weeks ago, out-raced pre-race favorite Steve Sander in every discipline, beating the amiable smooth-headed Sander, who took 2nd, by 2:16. A fine 58:57 landed Ross Weinzierl on the final step of the podium.

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Duathlon Nationals: Kevin Reflects

Kevin O'ConnorKevin O'Connor placed 6th overall / 2nd 35-39M at Duathlon Nationals last weekend. The 2009 US Duathlete of the Year was not satisfied with these results, but as ever, kept smiling. He was philosophical about the experience. These are his comments:

"Du Nationals was run extremely well.And the people in VA are so very polite and nice. "Minnesota Nice" has to be retired.

"The course was as goofy as Worlds.Several turns per

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More Alcatraz Stuff...

ALCATRAZ ACCOMPLICES: DKT & Laura Sampsell Hoffman

* Part III of Escape From Alcatraz Coverage

by Darin Wieneke

Over the 29 years that Alcatraz was operated as a federal penitentiary, 36 men were involved in 14 separate unsuccessful escape attempts. One unsuccessful escape attempt was made by John Bayless while on garbage duty on September 14, 1941. While hedid make it into San Francisco Bay on that day, he gave up shortly thereafter due to the cold water.

As MTN does not want any of the brave Minnesotans competing at the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon to be unsuccessful or give up, MTN has enlisted the assistance of Escape From Alcatraz veterans David Thompson (2nd Overall in 2009) and Laura Sampsell Hoffman to answer some questions from first-time Escape artists Gabbe Keller, Jen Martone, David Swanson and myself.

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Weekend Stuff...


USA Triathlon Coverage:

Richmond, VA - April 25, 2010 - Kaleb VanOrt of Mishiwaka, Ind., and Amy Farrell of Saranac Lake, N.Y., outlasted a record field of nearly 1,300 participants, including Travel Channel and NFL star Dhani Jones, to claim overall national titles Sunday at USA Triathlon's Duathlon Age Group National Championship.

VanOrt, a former collegiate runner at Notre Dame, clocked 5-kilometer run splits of 15:19 and 15:25 to earn the victory in his duathlon debut with a time of 1:30:39. VanOrt, 26, finished nearly 30 seconds ahead of overall runner-up Dave Slavinski (Point Pleasant, N.J.) and won the men's 25-29 age group by more than 4 minutes. READ

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Brian Does Arkansas

By Brian Maas

The Iron Mountain Multisport Stage Race is unique new concept in Racing. On Saturday (4/24) evening there will be a Sprint Triathlon event. A little over 12-hours later on Sunday (4/25) will be a duathlon. Together they become the Iron Mountain stage race.

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26th Tinman Results...

For UMN Tinman results link through pickleevents.com. Event coverage will be posted on Monday, April 26.