2019 Trail of Tears Triathlon

Supporting local races helps build relationships within the community, promotes growth of the sport and encourages sponsors. Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation put on an excellent late-season triathlon at the Trail of Tears park. A 700-meter swim in Lake Boutin is followed by a challenging fifteen-mile bike ride before finishing with a four-mile run from

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2019 Dutchman’s Dash

A great cause, passionate organizers, community support, challenging course and fun atmosphere all contribute to the Dutchman’s Dash in Chaffee, MO being one of my favorite events of the year. In its sixth year, the Dutchman’s Dash has raised over $50,000 for The Alzheimer’s Association. With family matriarchs affected by this disease, Blaine and Morgan

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Abe’s Olympic Triathlon

2019 was my third Iron Abe Olympic Triathlon (now Abe’s Olympic Triathlon) in Springfield, IL. During the pre-race meeting, director Steve O’Connor described the course as undulating. He was talking specifically about the bike portion of the race. I knew from previous years there were rolling hills and gradual elevation changes, but nothing very steep

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Columbia (MO) Coffee

I don’t normally compare coffee shops, preferring to find the uniqueness and redeeming qualities of each shop, independent of comparison. In some instances I have refrained from reviewing a shop because my first impression may not have been complete enough to commit it to words. Regardless of past practice I am posting this comparative blog

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French Truck Coffee

French Truck Coffee is a New Orleans based roaster and coffee shop. The Memphis shop is located in the Crosstown Concourse, a multi-use building originally built as a Sears warehouse and retail space. The shop is attractive and accessible within the complex. French Truck offers coffee, tea and smoothies from one half of the counter,

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Memphis in May Triathlon

In a sport that has existed less that 45 years, the Memphis in May Triathlon is among the world’s oldest continuously-running events. This year marked the 37th year for the swim-bike-run event. The weekend event featured a sprint-distance race on Saturday and an Olympic-distance race on Sunday as well as an expo and clinics throughout

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Strange Magic

Alright, who let mom play with my phone while I was running this morning? Returning from a run, I noticed additional letters with accents on my keyboard. Uh, OK. As I typed, every word autocorrected to Dutch words that I’m pretty sure I didn’t mean to say. After a little exploration I found where I

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Overdressed for Success

Preparing for most triathlons, my greatest gear decision is whether I’ll wear socks or not. Run distance, terrain and weather all play a part in that decision, but it’s pretty easy to go through the options and make a decision. With temperatures in the mid 40’s and a 14 mph north wind, dressing appropriately for

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