Race Coverage

Records for Ted and Heather...

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MAPLE GROVE OLYMPIC COVERAGE - TED TREISE is a pro, and he certainly has been racing like one in 2022. When not competing in national and interantional 70.3 events, he has been busy torching regional course records, many of which have stood for many years. It started at Buffalo Olympic (1:53:40). Then he threw down a barely believable 1:51:39 at Tri West. Then yesterday he sliced a pudgy 5:16 off Wade Cruser's course record at Maple Grove Olympic, his 1:49:05 arguably the the best performance by a Minnesota male triathete on Minnesota soil in the last several years.

HEATHER LENDWAY used to be a pro. After a three-year absence, she returned to racing and her results have been pro level, especially her performance at Maple Grove yesterday, when she blew away the women's course record. Her 2:01:30 was jaw-dropping, and lowered the women's seemingly untouchable, i.e. untouchable during Lendway's apparent retirement, at least, CR--Becky Youngberg's 2:05:01 set  in 2018--by 3:31. HL's time would have won the overall title in three of the twelve editions of this race....

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Repeaters...

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YOUNG LIFE SPRINT TRIATHLON COVERAGE - In our race preview we predicted that rising star CAMI ECKHOFF would rewrite a course record. We were wrong. But she did set a new record...

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Something You Don't See at Most Races...

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By Doobie Kurus

Moose Lake Race Report - A couple of years ago, I had an idea. "Wouldn't it be cool if I extended an invitation to past participants of the Hopkins Royal and 4WOMEN Triathlons to join me in a small town triathlon?" The thought being to get some familiar faces together to socialize and compete, while making a noticable increase to a smaller size race's registration numbers. Well after doing Moose Lake Triathlon (for the first time) last year, I decided that it might make a good option to try it out. For those that don't know, the Moose Lake Tri is located a little over 100 miles north of the Twin Cities, the bike course uses a few miles of the Willard Munger Trail, and the rest stop for the run course is next to the Moose Lake Correctional Facility. Got to admit, that's not something that most races can offer.

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Brooks and Cheryl Repeat at Northwoods...

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NORTHWOODS COVERAGE - The 55-59ers really took care of business last weekend. On Saturday, ROD RAYMOND, 57, and AMY WOOLSEY, 56, took home the top prizes at Moose Lake. On Sunday CHUCK HENGEL, 58, and TERESA VAN HYFTE, 56, excelled at Green Lake Sprint. Hengel finished 6th overall and was beaten by only one over-40 triathlete. Unsurprisingly, Van Hyfte, a three-time Green Lake winner, landed on the overall podium....

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Gnarly Conditions...

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Re: 34th Brewhouse Coverage:

Text & Photos - Steve Kuchera - duluthnewstribune.com

ISLAND LAKE — Nick Ellis was still smiling when he crossed the finish line for the Brewhouse Triathlon on Sunday.
Ellis, 36, of Minneapolis, was exhausted after completing his first-ever triathlon, but was proud that he had battled through some conditions that challenged everyone on the course...

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Sloshing in Sherburne County...

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GRANITEMAN BIG LAKE COVERAGE - The weather for the 2020  Big Lake Triathlon was ideal for racing; the conditions greeting the event's 2021 participants were not. Rain had made for conservative pacing.

The forecast for this year's Big Lake races (Olympic and Sprint) called for rain again, lots of it, and that's exactly what confronted the 300-plus entrants who arrived at Lakeside Park last Saturday. In fact, it, pardon the awkward metaphor, rained like a banshee and didn't let up, ironically, until almost everyone had sloshed across the finish line.

Naturally, the situation caused some attrition, but many of 231 athletes who ultimately perservered praised the event and were justifiably pleased with themselves for meeting the heightened challenge.

After a mandatory 30-minute lightning delay, the Olympic race got underway. Immediately, the men who would ultimately claim the Top Four spots broke into two groups. The first pair consisted of past champions PRESTON YOUNGDAHL, who would once again demonstrate that he is the frontrunner for 2022 Minnesota Male Triathlete of the Year, and 2020 Big Lake winner JOSH MORK, who is enthusiastically on what can be described as "the comeback trail." 

The second pair consisted were recent Turtleman Olympic winner JASON LIEBSCH, and STEVEN VOSS, who like Jason, is enjoying a very successful 2022 tri season. In their last meeting at Graniteman Clearwater, Voss outswam and outran Liebsch, but was unable to overcome the deficit created on the bike. The result at Clearwater was a 4th place finish for Jason and a 2:58 margin over 6th-placing Voss....

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