Saturday, September 5, 2009


(Hudson, WI - September 6, 2009) Four-time Minnesota Triathlete of the Year Brian Bich and 2008 Minnesota Rookie of the Year Kortney Haag did exactly what they were expected to do on Sunday.

They won the 7th edition of the St. Croix Valley Olympic Triathlon.

Despite an aggressive challenge from likely Most Improved nominee Matt Payne, Bich was able to break away in the final two miles of the run. He finished in 1:57:39, which was 59 seconds faster than the course record that David Holden set on the previously used shorter (1 mile - 24 mile - 5 mile) route in 2006. This year's race was "full" international distance and featured many new turns on the 40K bike leg.

Payne also managed to crack the two hour mark, crossing in 1:58:06, which was also well under Holden's old standard. The final podium spot was earned by Ross Weinzierl in 2:07:51.

Haag's victorious 2:14:17 was 34 seconds faster than her runner-up time on the shorter course in 2008. This was Kortney's 4th career win.

Finishing 2nd through 5th were rising star Greta Simpson (2:22:23), rookie sensations Suzie Finger (2:27:16) and Leah Prudhomme (2:27:54), and decorated veteran Allyson Kimbrell, 47 (2:28:40).

(Greg Fleck Photo: Brian Bich making the final turn for home at Brewhouse.)

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