Up North: 31st Brewhouse Triathlon

Eyewitness Sports
August 07, 2017 08:32 PM

From the Pike Lake Auto Club to their newer location at Island Lake Park, in its 31 years the Brewhouse Triathlon has evolved.

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"I think this is my eighth or ninth time in this particular race, so it was my first triathlon I ever did back in 2004," said Lisa Lendway.

Organizers say that their goal is to provide a local, dynamic race that incorporates athletes of all abilities.

"In northern Minnesota there's not a race every weekend. We draw people in from the Iron Range, from Canada, and all over the United States," said Race Director Rod Raymond. "They come from all around the world to do the Brewhouse Triathlon, but in essence, half the population here have only done one or two races in their entire life," he added.

The Brewhouse Triathlon was a first for Tim Grenier.

"Being a first timer was a little bit of angst going into it, especially for the swimming portion of the day for me," said Grenier.

He wasn't the only participant who thought the swim was the hardest leg of the race.

"The toughest part for me I think is the swim," said Mike Ward. Island Lake is beautiful, so that makes it a bit easier," he added.

Luckily following the swim was the bike ride and the run, which was more of a favorite for the participants.

"It's really flat, really smooth, great roads, it's a pretty perfect bike course in my opinion," said Ward.

"I love the running parts here where you actually get to run through the woods a little bit. That's kind of unique and different and feels very Duluth," said Lendway.

The course distances vary with the long course modeling the distance of the Olympic races. Stretching about a mile on the swimming leg, a 24.8 mile bike ride, and a 6.2 mile run, the race still has its difficulty.

"While the challenge is hard and the sweat is big, the smiles are also large and the experience is also big," said Raymond.

Which makes crossing the finish line a moment to remember.

"You will not walk away from it regretting completing the event," said Grenier.


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