Monday, April 19, 2010


ITEM - MTN contacted St. Paul pro David Thompson recently, asking him to comment on what he hopes to achieve at St. Anthony's Triathlon in St. Petersburg, FL on Sunday, April 24. He answered via e-mail:

"Continuing my top 10 streak would be nice. I'm more focused on improving my Escape from Alcatraz finish from last year by one position the following week." DKT

COMMENT: Our research shows that David, who will be wearing #8 at St. A's, has cracked the top 10 there in each of the last three years: 8th in 2007 & 2009, 9th in 2008, earning a total of $1600 in the process. He finished 2nd behind Andy Potts, winner at New Orleans 70.3 on April 18, at Alcatraz last season.

ITEM: The Lake Marion Triathlon entry fee will increase on May 1 as follows: Individual Registration: on or before May 1st: 65.00; after May 1st 70.00. Relay Registration: on or before May 1st 85.00; after 95.00. LINK

COMMENT: The Lake Marion Triathlon was one of the top 5 vote-getters in last year's Triathletes Choice Race of the Year polling.

ITEM: Long range forecast for the 26th annual Morris Tinman on April 24 is partly cloudy with a daily high of 60 degrees, a vast improvement over recent years. RACE WEBSITE

ITEM: MTN's new website designer/stud runner Jason Lehmkuhle finished 9th overall (2:12:24!) at 2000th running--we think?-- of the Boston Marathon yesterday. (He's also cracked the top 10--twice--at the NYC Marathon.) Fellow Minnesotan Antonio Vega placed 12th in a PB-2:13:47. The race was won by 21-year-old phenom Robert Cheruiyot of Kenya in a course record 2:05:52.

COMMENT: How cool is this!

ITEM: University of Minnesota's men's tri team placed an impressive 18th at Collegiate Nationals in grim Lubbock, TX last weekend. Individual Results: Link. Team Results: Link.

ITEM: A great close-up photo (above) of 2009 Minnesota Grand Master of the Year Ben Ewers graced the cover of the spring 2010 edition of Triathlon Life Magazine.

ITEM: Several of Minnesota's most talented multisporters, including 2009 US Duathlete of the Year Kevin O'Connor, will be competing next weekend in Richmond, VA at Duathlon Nationals. A preview will appear later this week. Stay tuned.

ITEM: MTN congratulates Wendy Tseng of Minneapolis on being the fastest Minnesotan at New Orleans 70.3. Her time was 5:04:17. Wendy was born and raised in Maryland and became a triathlete while living in Miami, FL. We've checked out her results. This girl is pretty darn good!