Race Coverage

Blankenheim, Bacigalupi Bring Home Titles...

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Story & Photos by Kelly Humphrey (Brainerddispatch.com)

BAXTER — Josh Blankenheim of Duluth and Baxter’s Jacquelyn Bacigalupi captured the Lakes Country Triathlon Sunday, Aug. 27, at Whipple Beach....

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Angry Hamstrings & Gratitude...

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By Cami Eckhoff

Young Life Olympic Race Report - It was a great morning at the 20th Anniversary of the Younglife Triathlon yesterday, filled with the best volunteers and spectators!! Everyone on course cheering, including my parents, Keith and the boys, were super uplifting! It made the race extra fun having you all out there! ...

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"Trying Not to Slow Down"...

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Duluth's SHYANNE MCGREGOR has established herself as one of America's premier amateur long-distance triathletes, especially at the 70.3 distance. Back in May she placed 3rd at Chattanooga, then three weeks ago she won Ironman 70.3 in Augusta Maine. Her time was fast--4:28:25-and admittedly assisted by a downhill river swim. A flat water swim would have yielded a sub-4:40.

She had this to say about her Maine performance on Facebook:

What a day! The swim was fast thanks to the river. The bike was hilly but I felt strong. the run was just me trying to not slow down. Happy to take the overall female amateur win yesterday!

Thank you to my husband for putting up with me when I’m nervous and supporting my dreams.

Thank you to my family and friends for your love, prayers and words of encouragement!

Thank you to my coach @pedrogomestri for preparing me and building a unique plan that works for me. @pgtrisquad

Time to recover and build for the next one!

Here are some of Shyanne's long distance highlights: ...

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North Dakotans Excel at 20th Younglife Triathlon...

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YOUNGLIFE OLYMPIC & SPRINT COVERAGE - North Dakotans have always supported the Younglife Triathlons, but never like this. Not only were their attendance numbers greater this year, but the lion's share of awards went to Peace Garden Staters. For instance, the Top 2 male finishers in the Olympic race were from Bismarck and Fargo respectively, and three of the Top 4 Olympic women also reside on the west side of the Red River.

The men's winner was JOSH ASKVIG, a perennial winner of his hometown tri, the Bis Man, Josh is also the race director of the Bismarck Marathon. A great guy.

Speaking of great people, Bismarckian MARNIE WALTH placed 2nd for the Olympic women. She is her state's winningest triathlete ever, gender notwithstanding, and has won the Younglife race on multiple occasions, as well as many other Minnesota tris and dus, e.g. Apple Du, Heart of the Lakes, Timberman, Square Lake, Blaine. Yesterday, she finished behind Detroit Lake's tri star CAMI ECKHOFF, Minnesota's Rookie of the Year in 2021 and Most Improved in 2002. 

This performance was Cami's 3rd YL victory. She won the Sprint race in 2022 and 2021...

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Okay Races Are Better Than a Good Day at the Office...

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By Mitchell Clayton

Northwoods Race Report - My first race of the year was the Buzz Ryan Sprint Triathlon in mid-July, but before that I hadn’t done a multisport race since August of 2021. I decided to get back into racing triathlons this year with the goal of enjoying the process, not getting injured, and getting fit enough to begin “real” training in September, hopefully setting myself up for a big 2024 season. As part of this return-to-tri year, I registered far in advance for the Northwoods Sprint Tri, which took place in the small town of Nevis this past Saturday.

My wife, Vessa, and I live in Rochester. It’s a good city for us, but not exactly close to Nevis. We woke up at 12:45 on Saturday morning and made the 4.5 hour drive up north. We got to the venue and I immediately thought to myself, “This is why I do triathlons”. The transition area, the...

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Fast Kids...

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GREEN LAKE COVERAGE - The 20th Green Lake Triathlon was another goodie. Friendly weather and a laid-back social vibe laid the groundwork for a wonderful event, and while most of the nearly 300 participants were enjoying the challenge, there were some at the front of the race that were serious about speed and podiums....

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