DSF Lakefront Days Triathlon Adds Excitement to Annual Celebration
Prior Lake, MN – Under a glorious blue summer sky, the sixth Dakotah! Sport and Fitness Lakefront Days Triathlon drew hundreds of participants and spectators. Held on Saturday, August 6, 2011, at Cleary Lake Regional Park, Prior Lake, Minnesota, the event was part of a celebration of fun that included activities, competitions, shows, food, music and much more during the city's annual Lakefront Days celebration. Dakotah! Sport and Fitness, an enterprise of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community co-sponsored the event along with the City of Prior Lake, the Three Rivers Park District, and Cleary Lake Regional Park.
The triathlon drew 277 participants: 173 male and 104 female finishers. All winners are from Minnesota unless otherwise specified.
“This is the second year we’ve had an Elite Category. At registration athletes had to declare themselves as Elite or Amateur. We did this to give all who have a legitimate chance of winning a fair shot to do so. These individuals are in the first heat of the race which allows them to compete without having to pass other participants. We had 13 participants register in the Elite category for the men. No women chose to enter in the Elite category,” said Race Director Renee Engeman.
Fastest times were: 6:20 (swim), 31:20 (bike), and 19:29 (run).
The overall male winner was Andy Schiesl, 34, of Prior Lake with a time of 59:37. Kyle Serreyn, 20, of Lakeville came in second with a time of 1:02:04. Craig Desmet, 33, of Savage came in third with a time of 1:02:1.
The overall division female winner was Tracy Serreyn, 47, of Lakeville with a time of 1:17:09. Jacqueline Shupe, 43, of Savage came in second with a time of 1:17:41. Kara Thom, 42, of Chaska came in third with a time of 1:18:32.
"The event was extremely successful thanks in large part to the enthusiasm of our competitors, the nice weather for our athletes, and all of the volunteers that took time out of their Saturday morning to come help out. This was a great event that we hope to continue hosting each year," said Dakotah! Sport and Fitness Director Tad Dunsworth.
The triathlon started at 8:00 a.m. with a 1/4-mile swim at Cleary Lake Beach. The swim was followed by a 13.5-mile bicycle loop through county roads. The third component was a 3.3-mile run through Cleary Lake Regional Park.
An awards ceremony followed the event with awards to the top three male and top three female finishers and the first place finisher in each of the men’s and women’s age group categories. All participants received a t-shirt and gift bag in addition to a participation medal.
The triathlon required the cooperation of a number of entities including the Cleary Lake Park Staff, Prior Lake Chamber of Commerce, the Prior Lake Police Department, the Scott County Sheriff's Department, Mdewakanton Emergency Services, the Prior Lake Fire Department, Allina, and numerous volunteers along the routes.
Amateur Age Group Winners
1-19 Jake Campbell, 17, Edina
20-24 Andy Wendroth, 22, Fargo, North Dakota
25-29 Jake Evens, 29, Owatonna
30-34 Joel Fredricks, 31, Saint Paul
35-39 Chris Thomes, 36, Victoria
40-45 Mike Blair, 42, Prior Lake
45-49 Sean Finn, 45, Savage
50-54 James Ertl, 53, Rosemount
55-59 Bob Nordman, 57, Savage
60-64 Patrick McMorrow, 64, Eden Prairie
65-69 Richard Trenkmann, 68, Hayward, Wisconsin
1-19 Dana Langlee, 14, Ham Lake
20-24 Jessica Nelson, 22, Eagan
25-29 Brianna Carlson, 25, Hastings
30-34 Kelly Heltemes, 33, Eden Prairie
35-39 Robin Chose, 37, Eden Prairie
40-44 Paula Schulze, 43, Shakopee
45-49 Dawn Labiosa, 46, Apple Valley
50-54 Lori Nissen, 50, Edina
55-59 Michel Sanders, 57, Saint Paul
70-98 Judy Rykken, 73, Bloomington