2015 UCare Tri-Loppet Recap

The UCare Tri-Loppet is a 7k paddle, 5k Run, 13k MTB event in Minneapolis originally created as a fund raiser for the Loppet Foundation, which aims to “create a shared passion for year-round outdoor adventure in the Minneapolis area, focusing on underserved youth and families”.

This year the Tri-Loppet featured a $1,700 cash purse in hopes of “attracting some of the best triathletes in the area as well as great individual paddlers, runners and bikers”. The total purse included: $500 for the top male and top female General Category competitors, $250 for second, and $100 for third.

Below is a recap of the 2015 event provided by www.loppet.org

What a beautiful day it was for participants in the 2015 UCare Tri-Loppet. The water was calm, the trails were dry, the skies were blue and the temperatures were in the low to upper 70’s during the duration of the race. The Loppet Foundation couldn’t have asked for a better day for the 10th annual event!

The seven kilometer paddle start at Lake Calhoun North Beach had just a few last minute course changes for racers due to milfoil boats being in the course path. Kayaks, canoes and even a few stand up paddle boards began with a quick mass start at 9 a.m.

New to this year’s event was the separation of stock boats and race boats into General and Race categories for the individual racers. Plus, a prize purse was added to the General Boat category awarding the top three male and female individual finishers with a cash prize.

Racers said that the lakes and channels were at a good water level with the rainy spring we’ve had and course spectators were out with great enthusiasm resulting in some of the fastest paddling times in recent memory, even with the boat category changes.

tri-loppet5Second place individual male in the General group, Zachary Handler said that “the separation of the Race and General Boat categories really leveled out the race this year. Stock boats can really only travel so fast and once you max out at that speed, everyone is basically traveling together.”

Racers were happy with the last two-thirds of the race with dry conditions and little to no changes from previous years to the five kilometer trail run or thirteen kilometer mountain bikes course.

First time Tri-Loppet participant and trail running-newbie, Shannon Miller, 30, of St. Louis Park said, “I enjoyed the hilly single-track of the trail run even though it was very challenging for me because I am not much of a runner, especially on uneven terrain.” When asked what his favorite part of participating was, he stated, “Being new to the city, it was really cool to see it from all different angles all over the course.”

Race Results: General Individual, Race Boat, and Relay results

General Individual

tri-loppet4Matt Liebsch, 31, of Orono won the 2015 UCare Tri-Loppet with a time of 1:32:48. Zachary Handler, 37, of Minneapolis came in second place in the general boat category with a time of 1:34:20, while Ryan Peterson, 33, of Oak Grove came in third place at 1:35:29.

For a full listing of the General Individual Male Results,click here.

For ladies, Josie Nelson, 36, of Medicine Lake came in first place with a time of 1:42:53. Loppet FAST KIDS Coordinator, Kim Rudd, 44, of Plymouth came in second place with a time of 1:43:37. And hometown Olympic Nordic skiing hero, Caitlin Gregg, 34, of Minneapolis rounded out the top three with a time of 1:44:15.

For a full listing of the General Individual Female Results, click here.




Jimmy Archer

Founder and Editor at DirtTRI.com. Jimmy has been a professional athlete for over 18 years as a runner, cyclist, mountain biker, cross country skier, and primarily, triathlete. Jimmy has a degree in exercise science from the University of Colorado and is a USA Triathlon and USA Cycling certified coach. Jimmy became a freelance writer in 2000 while competing and covering the ITU Winter Triathlon World Championship. Since that time Jimmy has been head editor at two magazines, been published in numerous publications within the endurance sport, recreation, and travel segments. Currently Jimmy is competing professionally in off-road multisport. In his spare time Jimmy passionately follows Formula 1, Moto GP, and is an avid cook.

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