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Brasel triumphs in No Spandex Necessary Triathlon

Michael Brasel of Perham took top honors in the third annual TriWadena No Spandex Necessary event Saturday morning. Brasel posted an overall time of 53:20 in the triathlon. Brian Hansel/Pioneer Journal1 / 4
Laura and Jeremy Moonen both competed in the No Spandex Necessary Triathlon Saturday. Laura won the women's division and Jeremy took third in the men's division. Brian Hansel/Pioneer Journal2 / 4
Melissa Seelhammer competed Saturday morning in the third annual TriWadena No Spandex Necessary Triathlon at the Maslowski Wellness and Research Center. Brian Hansel/Pioneer Journal3 / 4
Defending men's division champion David Sundheim of Wadena rounded the first turn Saturday morning in the 11.8 mile biking competition. Brian Hansel/Pioneer Journal4 / 4

Perham's Michael Brasel set the winning pace in the third annual No Spandex Necessary Triathlon Saturday morning in Wadena.

The muscular 42-year-old notched a time of 53:20. Runner-up honors went to Adam Krog of Clearbrook with a 56:09.

Rounding out the top five finishers were Wadena's Jeremy Moonen, with a 57:21; Baxter's Robert Gawboy, with a 57:21 and Wadena's David Sundheim, with a 59:21.

The best time turned in by a female was a 1:01.47 by defending champion Laura Moonen, who practices medicine as Dr. Laura DuChene.

"For me it's to prove to myself that I can," Moonen said. "I like the competition."

Placing second in the female division was Menahga's Jennifer Pinoniemi with a time of 1:03.58. Third place in the female competition went to Wadena's Chelsa Golberg with a 1:04.27.

A field of 32 athletes competed in the event which was organized by Tri-County Health Care and the Maslowski Wellness and Research Center.

Dr. David Kloss, who ran the swimming, biking and running event, was all smiles as he watched event come off under sunny skies. Kloss had more than 30 volunteers scattered over the course.

"They'll practice at home and they'll know they have some level of fitness," Kloss said. "The most important thing is that we want people who might do the race."

Sundheim, who won the event last year, was pleased with his performance in Saturday's race.

"This is the most prepared I'd ever been and I was hoping to be pushed and there are some real athletes here who pushed me," Sundheim said.

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Necessary Triathlon Results


Michael Brasel (Perham) 53:20, Adam Krog (Clearbrook) 56:09, Jeremy Moonen (Wadena) 57:21, Robert Gawboy (Baxter) 57:21, David Sundheim (Wadena) 59:21), Bill Burns (Moorhead) 1:00.23, Laura Moonen (Wadena) 1:01.47, Jennifer Pinoniemi (Menahga) 1:03.58, Chelsa Golberg (Wadena) 1:04.27, Debbie Pinoniemi (Menahga) 1:05.54, Travis Collins (Deer Creek) 1:05.55, Lance Liljenquist (Apo) 1:07.36, Tanya Collins (Deer Creek) 1:08.09, Melissa Seelhammer (Wadena) 1:11.51, Brenda Lorentz (New York Mills) 1:13.30, Kaisa Winckler (Willmar) 1:13.41, Julie Heuer (Fargo) 1:13.51, Trisha Wesa (Hopkins) 1:14.05, Mark Monke (Clitherall) 1:14.12, Amber Kern (Wadena) 1:15.27, Nathan Roquet (Wahpeton) 1:16.43, Brian Thomas (Waseca) 1:17.54, Audrey Brandt Loer (Wadena) 1:18.11, Nick Grabe (Wadena), 1:19.29, Sarah Israelson (Staples) 1:23.58, Elizabeth Peterson (Staples) 1:24.03, Alayna Anderson (Hopkins) 1:25.22, Philip Haedtke (South St. Paul) 1:26.36, Julie Benson (Staples) 1:26.58, Junny Bunio (Motley) 1:34.32.