Under threatening skies that turned glorious as the morning progressed, the seventh Dakotah! Sport and Fitness Lakefront Days Triathlon drew hundreds of participants and spectators. Held on Saturday, August 4, 2012, 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 280 participants: 156 male and 124 female finishers.
“We had a great race this year,” said Race Director Renee Engeman.
The overall male winner was Andy Schiesl, 35, of Prior Lake with a time of 1:00:52. This was the fourth time Andy has won the event. Mike Ladendorf, 30, of Apple Valley came in second with a time of 1:02:45. Christopher Sachs, 32, of White Bear Lake came in third with a time of 1:02:56.
The overall division female winner was Joyce Bourassa, 44, of Lakeville with a time of 1:11:04. Tracy Serreyn, 48, of Lakeville came in second with a time of 1:12:52. Regina Horak, 23, of Elm Creek came in third with a time of 1:12:52.
“The event was extremely successful thanks in large part to the enthusiasm of our competitors, the coolweather 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.
Fastest times were: 6:25 (swim) by Jeremy Solt, 35, of Prior Lake; 32:40 (bike) by Andy Schiesl, 35, of Prior Lake; and 18:37 (run) by Mike Ladendorf, 30, of Apple Valley.
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.
All winners are from Minnesota unless otherwise specified.
Amateur Age Group Winners
19 and Under Hunter Follen, 19, Edina
20-24 Ben Dupslaff, 24, Savage
25-29 Aaron Amorosa, 29, Burnsville
30-34 Jacob Evans, 30, Red Wing
35-39 Brian Parker, 35, Savage
40-45 Stephen Bartos, 42, Saint Paul
45-49 Bryan Korb, 46, Lakeville
50-54 Jim Nack, 52, Madison Lake
55-59 John Daniles, 56, Northfield
65-69 Patrick McMorrow, 65, Eden Prairie
19 and Under Trisha Bachmeier, 15, Prior Lake
20-24 Bridgett Comee, 21, Savage
25-29 Brianna Spaeth, 26, Eagan
30-34 Kelly Vanguilder, 31, Richmond, Wisconsin
35-39 Brenna Zavadsky, 38, Shakopee
40-44 Melanie Lund, 41, Savage
45-49 Laurie Stanek, 48, Prior Lake
50-54 Pam Reimer, 50, Eden Prairie
55-59 Sara Stoltman, 55, Prior Lake
70-98 Judy Rykken, 74, Bloomington
A full list of results is available at http://www.frontrunnerusa.com/our-events/results.
The area’s premier fitness facility, Dakotah! Sport and Fitness offers a vast array of amenities with something for everyone in their 305,331 square foot facility. Amenities include an indoor track, aquatic center, indoor ice arenas, a double gymnasium, a cardio studio, a cycling studio, group fitness classes, free weights, circuit training equipment, and much more. Dakotah! Sport and Fitness is owned and operated by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, a federally recognized Indian tribe in the Prior Lake and Shakopee area of Minnesota. The SMSC is also the owner and operator of Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, Little Six Casino, Playworks, the Shakopee Dakota Convenience Stores, The Meadows at Mystic Lake, and other enterprises on the reservation south of the Twin Cities.