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Russell nears norwood dualthlon record

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NORWOOD - Professional triathlete Matt Russell is currently enjoying a month-long visit to his native Lisbon where he spends a lot of time at his family’s cottage on the St. Lawrence River.

Russell, who now lives in Scotsdale, Ari, enjoys swim training in the heavy current of the St. Lawrence and competing in area racing events which were part of the roots of his ascension to the ranks of the elite Ironmen in world.

On Tuesday he entered the third race in the Norwood Beach Duathlon Series which will conclude on Tuesday. He led the field in 35:16 for two 1.5-mile runs sandwiched around an eight-mile bike run. He finished one second off of a course record he set in 2010. (35:15).

Unfortunately he was among a group of athletes who were left out of event’s results. Norwood Beach Duathlon officials have indicated that the oversight has been corrected and that complete results will be listed along with the final duathlon of the series on Tuesday.

“I’m looking to break 35:00 next Tuesday in the last Norwood duathlon,” says Russell who will enter Ironman Mont Tremblant in two weeks. The course for Mont Tremblant lies between Ottawa and Montreal.

Russell recently placed fourtn in Ironman Lake Placid and has earned one of the 50 professional spots for the Ironman World Championships. Russell, a two-time national duathlon champion, ranks 33rd in the world and is the second of of four Americans to qualify for the world championships.

Russell will enter the Waddington Homecoming River Run today.

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