Saturday, May 22, 2010


Rain. Wind. Thunder. Lightning zapped a tree across the street from the venue. Seventy minute delay. Squeegees in transition. A fine event, nevertheless. Baby back ribs and pulled pork afterward. Gastronomic heaven.

The girl in the picture (L) is Amy Woolsey. We filched the pic from Facebook. This Amy Woolsey is NOT the Amy Woolsey who won the inaugural Green Lake Duathlon this morning, but this was the only Amy Woolsey photo we could find.

The Amy Woolsey who won the duathlon, her first career multi win, is a statuesque 44-year-old dark haired math teacher from Sauk Rapids. Third after the soggy first run, an aggressive bike split landed her in T2 ahead of the women's field. Not knowing that her lead was insurmountable, Amy ran the final 2.5 mile leg in a state of terror. Her eventual margin over runner-up Josie Thole, 23, of Benson, was 3:19. Fifteen-year-old Jessica De Groot of Prinsburg grabbed third.

The man in the picture (R) is Lucas Pedersen. The photo was taken in 2007 at the Buffalo Triathlon. There, he and two-time Minnesota Junior of the Year nominee Sarah Daniels (in photo) were junior champs.

Lucas, like Amy Woolsey, who is totally not the woman in the picture at the top of this post, won his first multi ever this morning at Green Lake. A three-time podium finisher at the popular Green Lake TRIATHLON, Lucas loves to race on this course and its variations. First into T1 and 2nd into T2, the 22-year-old Richfield resident out-split eventual 2nd placer Andrew Turner, 22, of Scandia,--the guy who was leading after the first two segments--by just under a minute in the final run to claim an exciting seven second victory. Shawn Gort of Superior, Wisconsin placed third.

Just over 100 athletes made the pilgrimage to Spicer for this debut event. RESULTS

ALSO: A pair of talented Junior triathletes from Winnipeg captured the top spots at the Thief River Falls Triathlon this morning. Sixty-plussers Neil King of Nevis and former Turtleman director Dan Conway turned in noteworthy efforts. RESULTS