Thursday, September 24, 2009


The 2nd annual Cannon-Wells Duathlon will feature a vastly larger field and a plethora of record-setting performances.

Only 43 athletes finished the inaugural version of this event. Three times that many should cross the finish line on Saturday.

Mario Minelli's and Lee Franz's course records should go down hard. Steve Sander should trim 2-3 minutes off Super Mario's 1:05:23, and Greta Simpson (pictured) should take a similar bite out of Lee's 1:19:37. (Race distances are 2 miles - 14 miles - 3 miles.) The win would be the 3rd of the season for Sander, and the 2nd of the year for Simpson.

Minelli and Franz should also better their 2008 clockings and could land podium positions. Barring any late sign-ups by elite athletes, Megan Gerst Rocker should crack the women's Top 3.