Tuesday, September 29, 2009


(Photos: From top - Marlo, Kevin & Julie.)

The Minnesota Multisport Awards Selection Committee announces its nominees for 2009 Minnesota Duathlete of the Year.

* JULIE HULL, 35, Farmington - With three wins--Oakdale, Treadman and Iron Girl--and a 2nd at Turtleman Du--Julie is an obvious choice here. This is her 2nd DOY nomination.

* MARLO MCGAVER, 38, Duluth - Going for her 4th consecutive DOY award, Marlo's '09 resume was highlighted by two HUGE wins--Apple and the Minneapolis Du--and a 2nd (by 1/100th of a second at Gear West!). She was also the 1st US Pro/Elite female (16th overall) at the ITU World Duathlon Championships.

* KEVIN O'CONNOR, 38, Medina - An obvious choice, Kevin truly excelled at run-bike-run in 2009. He won three of the four dus he entered. And his non-winning effort--9th overall / 2nd 35-39M at Duathlon Worlds--was every bit as impressive as any of his regional victories.

Other successful duathletes receiving consideration include Jesse Nelson (33, Red Wing), Jeanne Fleck (44, Proctor), Suzie Finger (26, St. Louis Park) and Diane Hankee (32, Lino Lakes).

The Minnesota Multisport Awards will be presented Academy Awards-style at Tri-Night '09 at St. Paul College on November 7. Will you be there? We hope so.