Race Coverage

A Special Event...

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TIMBERMAN OLYMPIC COVERAGE - Approximately 320 triathletes signed up for this year's Timberman, 83 of which participated in its Olympic distance--1900 yds - 25 miles - 6 miles - race. Before PRESTON YOUNGDAHL enrolled on the eve of the event, what appeared to be a three-man battle for first between defending champ JOSH BLANKENHEIM, the Minnesotan who has Top 10ed in both the Sprint and Olympic races at Nationals for the last two years, HENRY JESSEN, and former college runner on the verge of breaking into the elite ranks MICAH WARNING became a three-man battle for 2nd. Since June of 2022, Youngdahl has been unbeatable on Minnesota soil, and that didn't change last Saturday. A quick swim and a brisk run bracketed the kind of bike split that left no doubt who would come out on top. Two-plus MPHs faster than his closest compeitors landed Preston in T2 with an insurmountable lead....

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Trinona Notables ...

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TRINONA OLYMPIC COVERAGE - The last time an amateur triathlete broke two hours on Trinona's legendary course was 2012, that is until last Sunday when SEAN COOLEY proved that he is returning to the form that earned him the Minnesota Triathlete of the Year honor in 2017 and consecutive nominations in 2018, and 2019, the year the pandemic urged him to step away. Well, Sean's back, and that is a great thing. His time last weekend was 1:58:30, which necessitated his signature monster bike split. He now has two wins in three starts this season, his career victory total is at least 23.

Sean was not the only athlete to kick Olympic ass in the Winona hinterlands. PETER WIKMAN, arguably, if not unquestionably, the current frontrunner for Minnesota Most Improved, placed 2nd, matching his placing at Buffalo the previous weekend. Moreover his time--2:00:15--was a personal best at the Olympic distance.

Perhaps the finest performance of the day however was turned in by women's winner CARYN HERRICK, who was too busy racing with the faster men to concern herself with the competition in her own gender. Her winning 2:12:37 was, like her husband's (Peter Wikman), her finest..

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Record Turn-out at SWIM-OFF...

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By Doobie Kurus

SWIM-OFF to Summer - It was a gorgeous day for a swim, with temperatures climbing into the upper 80s/lower 90s for the 4th annual SWIM-Off to Summer open water challenge that took place on Saturday, June 3 at Shady Oak Beach. This event attracted nearly 200 participants from 7 different states, and as far away as Texas, California, and Oregon. Although people could choose from 3 triathlon inspired distances, the majority (120) opted for the 1.2 mile swim. As in past years, people were asked to self identify as a "triathlete" or a "swimmer" while registrating to help us determine who "rules the open water!" 

In the 1.2 mile distance, Christina Roberts was not only the top female, but the 3rd overall, and retained the title on behalf of Team Triathletes. She edged out (swimmers) Margaret Werba, who came in 2nd place, and Lauren Rose, of Fort Worth Texas, who came in 3rd. All 3 had sub-30 minute swim times. In the men's category, Team Swimmer, swept the podium, with Tyler Schultze, Seth Baetzold, and Zach McCarty coming in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd respectively....

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Syvertson Crushes Course Record at Tinman XXXVIII...

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38th Morris Tinman Sprint & Olympic - Alexandria's swole BRIAN STORHAUG collected his second consecutive win at Tinman Sprint on May 6. The W was, according to our records, the 8th of Brian's impressive triathlon career. His clocking--59:32--was the second fastest in event history, eclipsed ony by his 2022 time of 57:33. Our guess is that weather conditions were more accomodating last season....

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Stellar Performances at Buffalo Sprint...

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Photo - Meghan and Mark Henry. Mark placed 3rd in the men's race. Meghan took 6th in the women's.

2023 BUFFALO SPRINT COVERAGE - Race morning was warm and a tad humid, but that didn't slow things down. Indeed, yesterday's Buffalo Sprint was one of the fastest ever, as seven age group records were rewritten and several others were flirted with.

But let's start with what unfolded at the front of the race, starting with the men's competition. Pre-race favorite PRESTON YOUNGDAHL was a no-show, meaning that the men who would battle for 2nd were now battling for first. On paper those men were BRIAN STORHAUG, a two-time runn-up here, and elite master THAD INGERSOLL. Having started in an earlier wave, ...

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Say Hello to Eric! Joe's Back! Peter and Cami Rocked...

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2023 BUFFALO OLYMPIC COVERAGE - Due to an aggravated injury, race record holder TED TREISE was unable to defend his title last Sunday. He was able to cover all but the final 4.7 miles of the route before prudence dictated his plug-pulling. After the race, Ted sent us these words:  ...

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