I’m excited to take on a whole new race lineup for 2015. As I mentioned in this previous post, I’m back in the saddle, training for another season of short to middle-distance triathlons and running events. These will all be in Minnesota too, where I live now.
The endurance sports community is incredible in the Twin Cities. It’s home to several professional triathletes, including Olympian and 2014 ITU World Champion Gwen Jorgensen. Life Time Fitness, the title sponsor for several endurance race series is headquartered here. A professional cycling team is based here. The great Greg LeMond makes his living designing bikes at his shop here in Minneapolis. Anyway, you get the point. It’s an exciting scene and community to be apart of.
Not a shocker, there is no shortage of races (running, cycling or triathlon) in Minnesota. The summertime is also just about perfect. And when you’re in the land of 10,000 lakes, why go anywhere else?
I’m still working through a few of the details, but here are a few highlights of what’s to come in 2015.
Fred Kurz 10 Miler (April) – This is the oldest continuously held running event in Minnesota, first held in 1962. What’s so different about the race though is that it’s a handicapped start, the opposite of a normal race. Runners start at different times based on their predicted finish time. The faster your pace, the greater your time handicap. It’s a big game of catch the person in front of you. I’m also excited about this particular race because next year I will be taking over as its race director.
Life Time Triathlon Minnesota Series (June-August) – Best known for the Minneapolis Triathlon, which attracts some of the top short-course triathletes, Minnesota also hosts two other Life Time events: Trinona and Maple Grove. Last year, Life Time bundled the three races into a mini series, complete with its own scoring system and awards.
TOUGHMAN Minnesota (July) – I’ve never competed in any of the TOUGHMAN series events, which has its championship race in New York. They now have 11 races across the country, including one hosted in Minnesota for the first year. I figure why not give it a shot and try something different.
Superiorman (August) – Held in Duluth, Minnesota, this race features a swim start on a ferry, jumping into the frigid waters of Lake Superior. As the largest freshwater lake in the world by surface area, its surface water doesn’t react much to temperature changes. A water temperature in the high 50’s in August isn’t uncommon. The scenery around Duluth (host also of the famous Grandma’s Marathon) is also supposed to be spectacular. I haven’t been up there yet, but I can’t wait.
Other Local Running Events – Between April and November, there might be a 5k or 10k almost every weekend. In the summer, it’s common for there to be multiple on the same day. With no shortage of options, I’ll sprinkle some of these events throughout the year.
The list is still a bit in flux. Because of some life conflicts, I won’t race IRONMAN 70.3 Galveston this April, as I planned. It was going to be my A race for the year. That means I’m still on the hunt for a replacement Half-Ironman for either April/May or September. Or, I do have the opportunity to race at the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships in Milwaukee again, which I qualified for. A few options, but I’m still not 100% certain. If you have suggestions, shoot them my way.