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By Simone Lundquist (sisterswhotriblog.com)


Buffalo Sprint Race Report - After what seemed like an eternity, the triathlon season has finally begun! The busy off season sports and even busier school year seemed to take up all of my time and energy. It became difficult to find the time to even think about triathlons let alone finding the time to properly train for them. Although it was frustrating at times not being able to find the time to train the way I would have liked to, it was still a wonderful year with many accomplishments and happy memories.

The week before the Buffalo Triathlon I almost forgot that I would be competing. All of my time and focus had been on my track team as we were approaching sections that same weekend. As much as I wanted to work hard and focus on my first triathlon of the season, I knew that I had made a commitment to my team and my focus would have to be on our track meet. It all paid off because on Saturday I got to see my 4×800 team win our section race and qualify for the state championship. The celebrating was short lived as my family had to go home and get some sleep for the early morning ahead of us....

Shelper & Keppers...


TIMBERMAN SPRINT - This race, like Timberman Olympic, has an extremely loyal following. As we study the bios of th 2019 entrants, we see that so many of them have done this event five-or-more times. As a result, we expect a gaggle of recidivists to claim the overall and age group podiums.

The battle for the men's victory should be between seven-time T-Man Sprint winner ADAM HIMES, and reigning champ / course record holder JOHN SHELP. The 2018 race was Shelper's  first sprint effort here, though he came into the race with an impressive Timberman Olympic resume, which boasted six Top 5 finishes, including 2nd places in 2011 and 2010. His career tri record is more extensive than Himes'.

Advantage on Saturday goes to Shelp.

The women's race features lots of usual suspects. TARA MAKINEN is one of them. She won this race four times, and podiumed on three other occasions.

Another returnee is JENA OGSTON, who won here in 2015, and has six other Top 3 finishes....

Timberman Turns 35!


Photo by Matt Fulton - Hanging out on the bluff after the 2015 Timberman. L - R - Rembrandt Kandiko, Bob Powers, 90 (!), Tommie C. and Tiffany Kari, who is a HOOT!


35th TIMBERMAN OLYMPIC TRIATHLON - We were bummed when we learned that CHRISTINA ROBERTS, winner here the last three years, will be unable to return.

Then we learned that there's a very strong possibility that BECKY YOUNGBERG, winner here in 2011 and 2004, will make the trek up to Sugar Lake Lodge for next Saturday's race. She's raced five times this season, winning twice, setting Masters records each time. HHer lowest finish was a 3rd at Madison 70.3 behind DANI FISCHER and GABY BUNTEN.

Then perennial Team MInnesotan NICOLE HEININGER let us know that she plans to make her Timberman debut next weekend.

Adding Nicole's and Becky's names to the women's start list that already features three-time Master of the Year CHERYL ZITUR, who like Heininger, is a first-time Timber-person, and three-time Master of the Year nominee / four-time Timberman runner-up / Timberman masters record holder ANDREA MYERS, means that the 2019 T-Man Olympic women's race will be among its most competitive ever.

But wait, there's more! Bemidjians CHRISTEL KIPPENHAN, like Myers, a three-time MOY nominee, and JESSIE MAHER are also in the field. Christel has cracked the Top 5 here twice, and Maher is coming off her first career tri win at Perham...

Branden & Jessie....


PERHAM TRIATHLON - The 16th edition of this event happened last Saturday. Ninety-nine athletes crossed the finish line.

The men's race featured the return of Fargo's BRANDEN SCHEEL, who is living and training in Tucson these days. As expected he won the race, his third consecutive W here. Also predictable was his substantial margin of victory: 4:50.

While Scheel's win was forgone, the women's race was won by a true darkhorse, an athlete who had yet to win a race. Her name is JESSIE MAHER (photo). She's a 35-year-old Bemidjian, who trains with three-time MInnesota Master of the Year nominee, and no stranger to winners circles, CHRISTEL KIPPENHAN.  

Jessie's previous best placing was a 5th here in 2018. Her time was 1:23:51.

She kicked off the 2019 season with a surprising 8th place finish against a very deep women's field at Lake Minnetonka. It was obvious that she'd gone to the next level. But was she ready to win? ...

Three-Peat For Storhaug...


Ed. MTN loves to post newspaper coverage of Minnesota triathlons. Here is the St. Cloud Times (sctimes.com) Graniteman Clearwater story that posted on their site last Monday. It's good tuff!


By Tom Elliott (sctimes.com)


CLEARWATER — It's safe to say Brian Storhaug really likes the Graniteman Clearwater Triathlon.


"I do," he said.
Storhaug won the men's sprint division for the third straight year Saturday at Lake Warner County Park.

He completed the .44-mile swim, 14.33-mile bike and 3.1-mile road race with a time of one hour, eight minutes and 22 seconds....

Paid in Full...


GRANITEMAN OLYMPIC - The men's Olympic podium last Saturday was comprised of three guys who have truly paid their dues, and are now taking their places among our region's elite multisportsmen. ...

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