The Man Behind the Lake Minnetonka Triathlon: An Interview with Ross Rogney.

March 18, 2015 - 5 minutes read


[Listen] Interview with Ross Rogney

A triathlete himself Race Director, Ross Rogney, thought of bringing a triathlon to the Excelsior area after finishing his first triathlon back in 2003. Twelve years later he has established not only a successful race that sells out each year but a platform for people to change their lives.


Ross was gracious enough to find time in his busy schedule to talk with me about the Lake Minnetonka Triathlon (Listen to our interview below). After speaking with Ross on the phone I learned that he has many talents. He is a race director, chiropractor, trained chef, athlete, foodie, but most importantly just an overall great guy.

Getting ready for his twelfth triathlon as a race director, I asked what motivates him to continue to put on the race year after year, after all it is a lot of work. That was an easy question for him to answer.

“I am motivated to get older people up and off the couch and active again. It’s great to see people in their mid-forties that think their athletics days are over and to see them year after year at the race.”

With six nominations and winner of race of the year for in 2009 , I was curious why he thought the Lake Minnetonka Triathlon has been so successful, and what made his race stand out.

“It has a small town vibe but is very secure and it’s a quality race” stated Ross. He also mentioned later that the registration fee is lower than most races at $72.00. “… a high cost is something that can keep people away.”

While doing research on the Lake Minnetonka Triathlon I was amazed when I discovered that the registration fee for this race has stayed at relatively the same price point since 2009 since when Ross started using ZapEvent Online Registration. Not a lot of other races can say that.

Ross is a one man race committee. That is right, Ross puts on the triathlon each year with only the help of his wife and a group of wonderful core volunteers, most who have been with him from that start.

The Lake Minnetonka Triathlon is happening this year on Saturday, June 18 th.  The race is allowing a maximum of 500 individual registrations this year. Space is filling up fast and there is no doubt that the race will sell out again soon. Make sure to register and experience this truly one of a kind race for yourself.

New to the triathlon community?  Welcome! This is a great triathlon for beginners.

 ” The point to point swim makes it easier than the out to back, the run is flat, and the bike is just smaller rolling hills. It is a great first time race.”

For those interested in the triathlon but don’t wish to participate in the running portion of the event, the AquaBike might be just what you are looking for.  The Lake Minnetonka Triathlon  hosted the first AquaBike event  in the State of Minnesota. AquaBike is a USAT recognized event where participants race just the swim and bike portions of a triathlon. This is designed for people who can no longer run or who do not care for the run portion of a triathlon, but wish to remain active participants and enjoy the excitement of competition. The AquaBike is limited to the first 50 participants to register.

Proceeds from this race benefit many local charities including: The ICA Food Shelf, Congregational Church of Excelsior, Masonic Lodge of Excelsior, and the Lake Minnetonka  Girls Dance Team.

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You can listen to ZapEvent’s full interview with Ross Rogney below. For more information on this year’s race visit the Lake Minnetonka Triathlon website.


[Listen] Interview with Ross Rogney

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