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Swimmers, bikers, runners head to finish line

A misty start to the Northwoods Triathlon didn't deter enthusiasm in the 7th annual event in Nevis. (Jean Ruzicka / Enterprise)

After months of training - or intended training - swimmers, bikers and runners once again set off to meet individual goals at the 7th annual Northwoods Triathlon in Nevis Saturday.

The weather appeared grim, with drizzle dropping as swimmers headed into the chilly waters of Belle Taine. But bikers and runners found the temps comfortable, especially compared to the steamy weather conditions in the southern tier of the state.

Bikers pedaled in dryer conditions, the rain abating by the time many headed out.

Brooks Grossinger, 32, of Mayer claimed his fifth win in his fifth year of competing. He finished in just under an hour, coming in at 59:17.

"It went very well," founder/coordinator Paul Schroeder said of the no-injury event.

At day's end, 237 finished the race with 103 females and 134 males competing. Average time: 1:30:12.

Nevis' David Lewis, 35, finished sixth among the individuals with a time of 1:07:06.

Top male participants included Jim Graif, 47, of Elk River, 1:03:01, second; Chip Tabor, 37, of St. Cloud with 1:04:44; Taggart Downare, 39, Sartell, 1:06:11 and Kim Patrick, 44, Sioux Falls, S.D., 1:16:44.

Females finishing with the top five times included Christel Keppenhan, 44, of Bemidji, 1:10:55; Robin Tedlund, 50, of Duluth, 1:11:47; Heidi Vosbeck, 48, Glenwood Springs, 1:12:18; Christine Mitchell, 40, of Maple Grove, 1:14:23 and Lisa Hines, 46, Waite Park, 1:15:49.

Seven male relay teams competed with the Dark Side of the Loo earning the top spot with 1:08:50 showing on the clock. The Loo crew was comprised of Jim Robin and Steve Duane.

The Blonde Ambition Trio - Dawn Pappas, Leah Walters and Jean Greseth - finished in 1:19:25 to claim top in the female relay division.

And Team Goebel - Megan and Glen - earned first in the mixed relay with a time of 1:05:59.

Registration for the 2010 event opens Jan. 4, with online registration only via Midwest

This year's triathlon registration closed within 11 days and there's no waiting list; register early.