Dear Mr. and Mrs multisport enthusiast, the2008 Life Time Fitness Triathlonis here again and we will do our best to cover it as it has never been covered before. I do not have to mention how this is THE biggest triathlon in Minnesota. Or that it has become a catalyst for theToyota US Open Life Time Fitness Series- the most important triathlon series in the world of non-drafting racing. We will have reports from the field on Thursday and Friday, as well aslive twitter updateson Saturday race day.
When:Saturday July 12, 2008
Where:Lake Nokomis in South Minneapolis (north of intersection of Highway 62 and Hwy 77/Cedar Avenue)
Time:Professionals go off at 7am - you do not want to miss Beijing Olympics bound triathletes from around the world racing in our backyard! Then we have a stream of over 2,000 normal folks like me and you racing their hearts out.
Tips:bring lawn chairs if you need to sit, bring comfy shoes to walk in (don’t worry if you park far away, it’s worth it), camera, and bring water bottles to refill - race day every year proves to be VERY hot - dress/plan accordingly.
Where to watch: we have 3 miles of FRONT ROW SEATING for you - all of the competitors run around Lake Nokomis at least once. You can also watch the bike from the Parkway or either East/West River Roads.
Why: you will NOT get the chance to see world-wide Olympic athletes compete in the Midwest before the Beijing Olympics - no I am not kidding, regardless of sport this is the deepest and best field of Beijing contenders before the Olympics start. When you sit and turn NBC on, don’t you want to recognize some Olympic athletes? This is your chance to stand inches away from them as they blaze through the swim, bike, and run.
Why not?I cannot come up with anything else that is happening on Saturday that will be FREE, as much fun, and might even inspire you (or your kids!) to get out and get active. Every year first time spectators realize that they miss swimming, or get the triathlon bug, or realize they can help Team Ortho or Team in Training, or realize that they should teach their kids how to ride a bike.
History:Last year Greg Bennett (also won US Open Cup - biggest $prize year any triathlete has ever earned) and Vanessa Fernandes (Portuguese phenom who will probably win 20th ITU World Cups this year) won the race. In the early days it was an equalizer format with an official time gap pitting men versus females. That is no longer set and we are back to non-drafting normal racing.
Who to watch for: Greg Bennett will try to repeat, while Vanessa is not coming back. On the men’s side Andy Potts and Hunter Kemper meet again after Hunter (previous Life Time winner) won the last slot at Hy-Vee, while Craig Alexander (previous Life Time winner) will also be racing. The bike battle will come down to David Thompson (St. Paul native and owner of fastest bike records at Life Time) versus Jordan Rapp and TJ Tollakson. Lastly, some ITU specialists like Simon Whitfield and Bevan Docherty have what it takes.
On women’s side, Emma Snowsill has won this race before and she just won theHy-Vee ITU Triathlon in Iowa ($200k). Sarah Haskins is coming off securing an Olympics slot at Hy-Vee, while Julie Dibens will be looing to move up on her 3rd place last year. Becky Lavelle can be a powerhouse on the bike as well, while Mirinda Carfrae and Laura Bennett might have the run to nail it.
Age Group race:no it’s not all about the pros - this race will serve as the2008 USA Triathlon Regional Championship for the Midwest. Additionally, the elites are eligible to win a paid trip to Dallas to race in the US Open series final - top 5 and you get the trip! Last year our very own Cathy Yndestad won the race again, so if she does it again it will be a three-peat. The guy’s side is stacked as Mark Harms and Curt Wood battle again.
Iwilltri.com plans: we will be shooting video again (over onyoutube.com.willtri are the 2007 videos) and taking pictures. If you see my big Mexican sombrero, then you have found us. My buddy Aaron will be helping, and we will also probably be running around withKerry from yndecam.com(he takes awesome photos)