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Published February 26, 2011, 03:45 PM

Racers Brave Bone-chilling Cold for Iceman Triathlon

Competitors from around the county braved the weather to compete in one of the coldest races in North Dakota. 135 singles and teams competed in thirteen miles of cross country skiing, biking and running along the greenway

56-year=old Andy Mueller has been training for the past 60 days to beat the much younger competitors in the 2nd Annual Iceman Triathlon.

"I'm old and there are lots of younger people here and the hard part is just stay at my old guy pace instead of trying to think I'm twenty again," said Mueller.

The Thief River Falls man is one the nearly 135 singles and teams competed in thirteen miles of Cross Country Skiing, Biking and running along the greenway in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks.

"There are a lot of triathlons in the summer, so we decided that we needed a winter triathlon to have some more fun," said race organizer Joel Larson.

"The excitement of all of it, it's just too much excitement for the whole winter," said racer Ted Bibby.

At the transition point is where each leg of the race starts and ends, which allows teams to switch team members and gear.

"We have little stages set up to lay our gear out as you need it and try hope to put everything on, on time to get out quickly," said Bibby.

Racers say it's not the ice-cold temperature that brought them out to race, it's the challenge.

"I think the fun part of it is, it's not a normal running course. You're running though snow drifts and across the river and so it's real challenging," said racer Laura Fuller.

"You're cold, you're tired and all you want to do is finish," said Bibby.

Andy Mueller finished in the middle of the group with a time or two hours and 13 minutes as he sleds in, across the finish line.

The top winners for the race:

Men: Sean Cooley with a time of 1 hour, 20 Minutes and 12 seconds

Women: Mandy Dockendorg with a time of 1 hour, 51 minutes

First place team: "Seek & Destroy" with a time of 1 hour and 30 minutes and 12 seconds.

Proceeds from the race will be donated to a charity...

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