Race Previews

Check Out the Sub7Sub8 Challenge...

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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?

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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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New Gravel Tri Series!

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By Caley Fretz (cyclingtips.com)

Cycling is in a transition zone, and the triathletes have taken notice.

Following on the multi-year rise of gravel racing in the cycling world, our multi-talented siblings over in triathlon now want a piece of the pie. On Wednesday, the American governing body for the sport, USA Triathlon, announced the creation of a new gravel tri series, kicking off this year. ...

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To the Land of Endurance...

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By Brian Storhaug

Top professional and age-group triathletes from around the world will test their mettle while traversing the red rock canyons in St. George, Utah, at the 2021 Intermountain Healthcare IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship. The challenging course with breathtaking views of American Southwest scenery is an athlete-favorite that attracts the best in the sport. This marks the first time the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship will be held in St. George.

On September 18th, two local Triathletes are making the trek to St George Utah- nicknamed The Land Of Endurance. Tom Emmerich (photo L) and Brian Warzecha (photo below) became qualifiers to compete in the Half Ironman Stage of the World Championships at their most recent race in Des Moines Iowa. The top five to ten percent in each age group are eligible to make the trip. For those who don’t know- a half ironman entails a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride, followed by a half marathon- a 13.1 mile run. Only the best of the best qualify for a chance to represent their country. 

Brian Warzecha- had been a 3 sport athlete in high school- including football, basketball and was an avid golfer, as well. Growing up, and through his post-high school years, he enjoyed the sport of running to stay in shape. As a medical nurse, working in the city of Rochester, he met his soon-to-be wife, who unbeknownst to him, was (and still is) quite the endurance athlete herself. His second date was actually the longest run of his life (5 miles). Trying to impress her, he kept up with the training volume and eventually worked himself up to competing in his first marathon.

If you know Brian, it would not come as a surprise that his first road race was the Twin Cities Marathon. He kept training after his first race with more of a focus on the half marathon distance. He achieved his goal of one hour and thirty minutes (~6:50 min/mile pace) and then slowly made his transition back to marathon distance once his kids...

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Hopkins Prognostications...

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HOPKINS ROYAL TRIATHLON PREVIEW - Typically, when we preview a race our primary goal is to stimulate additional registrations. But there are a select events that fill early, thus don't need a boost from us. Northwoods, Lake Minnetonka and Hopkins Royal are three such races. We've previewed the first two already. Today we are previewing the 7th edition of Hopkins Royal, a two-time Race of the Year recipient, and perennial nominee for that honor.

MTN likes to make predictions, so here are some about Saturday's HRT.

The following six athletes (out of the 470+ enrollees!) are our picks to claim podium spots. Let's start with the women. In alpha  order, we believe that these talented ladies with make the Top 3:

CATHERINE LEE, 47, Minneapolis (photo) - She loves this race and has podiumed here on five occasions, including a course-record win in the Super Sprint. She is racing well this year, as her 2nd at Buffalo Sprint and 4th at Door County Sprint attests. Unfortunately, she was derailed by a bee sting in her mouth (OUCH!) at 4WOMEN, which allowed her co-leader at the time, Bette Rowley, to charge on to a convincing win. She'll try to correct that next Saturday....

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Don't Miss Your Chance to be a Part of It...

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LAKES COUNTRY PREVIEW - Next Sunday's Lakes Country Triathlon in Baxter, which will celebrate its 21st anniversary, has the distinction of being the only multisport race of the weekend. We encourage everyone who isn't already signed-up to register.

As of last week, the enrollment basically matched that of 2019. Race organizers are therfore optimistic, expecting 200-plus participants this year...

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