Friday, July 31, 2009


Bob Bailey, Ben Ewers and Hank Larsen are three of the best over-age-60 mulisportsmen in America. Ewers, in fact, is probably the very best 60-64 triathlete in the Land. And there may not be a faster 69-year-old swimmer-biker-runner in the U.S.A. than Larsen. And Bailey may well return from North Carolina next month with a World Duathlon Championship medal around his neck.

There are many talented 60-plussers in our state, but these guys are currently setting the highest standards. Here's what they've done thus far in 2009:

* Bob Bailey, 65, Woodbury

Divisional wins at Winter Be Gone, Falls Duathlon, Apple Worlds Qualifier & Du the Dam, where he finished 9th overall!

* Ben Ewers, 63, North Oaks

Divisional victories & course records at Albert Lea, Buffalo Olympic, Lake Minnetonka, Lake Waconia & Graniteman. He also dominated his division at the prestigious Vineman 70.3 (4:58!), winning by almost 40 minutes.

* Hank Larsen, 69, Glencoe

Divisional winner at Oakdale Duathlon, Gear West, Lake Waconia and Heart of the Lakes. He lowered his own divisional record at HOLT. He finished 2nd in his division (behind Bob Bailey) at The Apple.

(Photos: Bob Bailey running at The Apple and Ben Ewers after the Lake Waconia.)