Race Coverage

Last Weekend Today....Updated...

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Dane Nelson Photo - Alyssa Knese throwing down a breakout performance at Apple.

APPLE & OAKDALE DUATHLONS - The pandemic's "uncertainly" effect on the multisport racing scene was STARKLY evident last weekend, as both the Apple and Oakdale duathlons experienced lower that normal participation. Still, "The Race Must Go On," and there were plenty of positive takeaways. At Apple, which celebrated it's 40th anniversary, Sartell's ANDY ZABEL collected his dozenth career W, doing so in a time that lowered his Apple PR by one second. He and former Apple amateur winner BROOKS GROSSINGER went one-two, managing to stay in front of decorated out-of staters STEPHEN ELES of Colorado and TOM WOODS of Nebraska, guys who cracked the overall Top 10 at last month's Duathlon National Championships.

Finishing 4th between Eles and Woods was 2021 Junior of the Year runner-up / current JOY frontrunner NOAH BILLINGS.  ...

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40th Anniversary Apple Du Kicks Off 2022 Multisport Season...

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ED. SC Times always posts their Apple Duathlon coverage on the afternoon of the race. That is so cool. The photo here is of men's winner Andy Zabel approaching the finish line, and setting PR in the process. Here is their coverage of yesterday's run-bike-run, the oldest du in the US:

Story & Photo By Brian Mozey  (SCTimes.com)

A cool and breezy May morning greeted competitors to the 40th Apple Duathlon on Saturday. 

Standing near the transition area was Daryl Stevens, reflecting on the history of the race. Stevens co-founded the Apple Duathlon in 1983 with Rich Schwegel as a health promotion for  St. Cloud Hospital....

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Minnesota Medalists at 2022 Du Nationals...

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The USA TRIATHLON MULTISPORT FESTIVAL, featuring DUATHLON NATIONALS, was staged last weekend in Irving, Texas. At least four Minnesotans--see below--excelled. If we've missed anyone, please accept our apologies, and let us know how you did on MTN's Facebook page.

- ISABELLA BUENTING - 2021, 2019 Minnesota Junior of the Year; 2021 Division II All American (Athletic & Academic)

16th overall woman / 2nd 15-19W - Draft Legal Duathlon Sprint Nationals

- CHRISTEL KIPPENHAN - 3-time nominee for Master of the Year; 10 career multisport wins

49th overall woman / 2nd 55-59W - Draft Legal DuathlonSprint Nationals ...

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"Tasting My Breakfast Again"...

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By Jeff Gilmer

Lake Murray (SC) Triathlon Race Report - One year ago it was my return to Triathlon following Achilles surgery. It was not the traditional race, as it was only two months since I had been given permission from my surgeon to start a run/walk strategy. It was great to be back participating again, but strict parameters from my coach "On the Run, You will NOT go after anyone who passes you". It was a reality check, but also puts into perspective all the other great things about Triathlon than just competition.

Today was the first 2022 Triathlon, same race, same venue, same weather, but with a new approach. This was the first race I was given the OK to run with no walking for the entire run segment. I really didn't know what to expect and saw the competition was much stronger than last year, and of course the two top athletes in my division were strong runners.

As I was treading water waiting for the starting gun to go off, it gave me time to reflect on how much has changed in a year. I almost missed the start as I saw the athlete next to me... 

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Bad Mantras and a Face Full of Ocean...

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ED. At MTN we love stories like this. We'd like to hear about your introduction to the triathlon lifestyle. You can contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on Facebook.

By Mary Miller (beginnertriathlete.com

It was 2009 and I was going to turn 50 soon. I wanted to feel like I at least accomplished something in my life before I hit the big 5-0. So, hey, why not do a triathlon?! I was overweight by about 100 pounds. I trained by myself and followed one of Beginner Triathlete’s training plans, which was crucial because I would not have trained correctly and probably would have had an injury. Beside my stomach in knots and not breathing for the hours leading up to the start horn at the lake, I felt I was ready. Unlike the majority, I was not worried about the swim. I love to swim. But the bike and run were different – I’m a LOT less buoyant! 

The most important lesson I learned about my first tri was, don’t worry if you’re last or not, or what place you’re in. You won’t know for sure until it’s over anyway. Just do your very best and finish – no matter how you get there! I was so consumed with not being last, it ruined the whole experience for me. It was horrible. What a horrible mantra that was. Yes, I finished. No, I was not last. Sure, I knew I had work to do, but I failed to see the accomplishment of all the hard work I had put in. ...

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Bazooka Laps & Track Clumping...

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By Ted Treise

Clash Miami Race Report - Hands down my favorite race ever – a curvy lap course on the Homestead Miami NASCAR Speedway, world class competition, and a race promoter that treats triathlon’s elite like actual professionals. Let’s dive in.

Lead Up

The lead up into the race started with Ironman Florida, the second week of November 2021. After I found out Ironman’s are in fact quite hard; I took 6 weeks off and put a start to structed training around mid-December. Getting going from the off-season to race season is something like…

1. I took too much time off, there’s no turning this liquored fueled pizza ship back into an athlete.
2. I guess that workout wasn’t a complete disaster and we might have a chance.
3. I am a god – may the lord have mercy for those who stand against me!  ...

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