Race Previews

2022 Apple Preview - Part I...


applelaunch.jpgSARTELL APPLE DUATHLON PREVIEW - Part I - The historic 40th edition of America's oldest ongoing run-bike-run is happening next Saturday (May 21 - 5K on May 20). To honor this iconic event, we are sharing some competitive history. Here are the Top 10 fastest times for men and women on Apple's challenging 5K - 33K - 5K course. Note that every male athlete listed is a former National Duathlon Champion and/or US Duathlete of the Year, and four of six women in the Top 10 have similar credentials.


1. Ryan Giuilano, IL - 1:19:46 – 2019 – AMCR  - ( Former US Duathlete of the Year, multiple podium finishes at Du Nationals))
2. David Thompson (P) -  1:19:57 – 2010 - PCR - (Former US Ekite National Champion, Elite Duathlete of the Year, multiple Powerman Alabama wins)
3. Matt Payne  - 1:20:45 – 2015 (2x Duathlon National Champion; Former US Amateur Duathlete of the Year)
4. David Thompson (P) - 1:20:52 – 2007
5. David Thompson (P) - 1:20:54 – 2009 ...

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Cinco is Back!



CINCO DU MAYO PREVIEW - After a three-year hiatus, the Cinco Du Mayo Du is returning to the calendar on May 7 . Staged at Square Lake, which is one of our state's premier racing venues, this event will consist of a newly designed Standard Distance Sprint course (5K - 30K - 5K) race only. (The prior Sprint was 2 -10 - 2.) In year's past, Cinco had also featured a Long Course race (3 - 20 - 3), though that race has been dropped as the post-pandemic multisport world works to rebuild its participant base. The sprint race is a wonderful test for athletes of all performance and fitness levels, but is especially welcoming for newbies.

Had a Long Course race been included, this year would mark its 13th edition. The "old" Sprint had a ten year run. The new race is just that: new. And improved, too. (It's using the popular Square Lake Triathlon's run and bike courses.) So check out the inaugural edition of the "new" Cinco Du Mayo Duathlon on May 7.

MTN pays close attention to the performance histories of Minnesota's multisport races. Here are the top performances turned in at Cinco in both the Sprint and Long Course races leading up to this year's event:  ...

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May is "Waterless Triathlon" Month....


In 1985 a race management company known as Klein & Clark produced a terrific "waterless triathlon" in Palm Springs, California. It was called "Desert Princess." As the well-promoted inaugural run-bike-run, it drew the top triathletes in the world at the time, guys like Mark Allen, the Scott's Tinley, Molina and Dave, and women like Erin Baker and Paula Newby Fraser, plus some new kids that would soon become the elite run-bike-runners. We are talking about Kenny Souza, George Pierce, Liz Downing and others....

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Central Minnesota Endurance Classics!


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Central Minnesota's Premier Race Event, the 22nd Earth Day Run is back after a two-year pandemic hiatus, and it promises to be better than ever! We invite you to join more than 2500 other runners and walkers next weekend for this annual classic. ...

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Check Out the Sub7Sub8 Challenge...



By John Levison (tri247.com)

At last, the date is set, and Pho3nix Foundation Sub7Sub8 Project is officially on as the countdown begins to one of the year’s most hyped triathlon events.

Kristian Blummenfelt, Alistair Brownlee, Lucy Charles-Barclay and Nicola Spirig will take centre stage on June 5-6, 2022 as the eyes of the triathlon world focus on the Dekra Lausitzring near Dresden in Germany.

What is Sub7Sub8?

Exactly what it says on the tin. Two male athletes will attempt to become the first ever to go under seven hours for an Ironman distance race. The fastest time to date is 7:21:12, clocked by Blummenfelt on his full-distance debut at IRONMAN Cozumel in November 2021...

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What Are You Doing Before the Big Game?


SUPER SUNDAY FAT TIRE RIDE! - Sponsored by Gear West & Birch's On The Lake

 - Sunday, February 13th at Birch's On The Lake
- 10:00 am start for the 60-minute long ride or the 45-minute short ride
- $20 Registration Fee Includes Trail Prep, Free Birch's Beer Ticket, and $10 Gear West Gift Certificate. ...

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