Shoreview triathlete inducted into the Minnesota Senior Sports Hall of Fame

Jeanne Minder of Shoreview was inducted into the Minnesota Senior Sports Hall of Fame in May. Hall of Fame Chair Lowell Thompson presented the award.

Minder in her element.

Pamela O’Meara

Review staff


Avid triathlete and Shoreview resident Jeanne Minder was inducted into the Minnesota Senior Sports Hall of Fame as one of its 2016 inductees at a banquet May 13. Other inductees included seniors who have excelled in sports, created opportunities for other seniors and who have provided inspiration.

“Triathlons bring together a group of like-minded people who are dedicated to their sport,” Minder says. “It is an awesome sport.”

In the last 33 years, Minder has competed in more than 300 triathlons, in which racers bike, run and swim in succession over distances, and more than 25 marathons, among other races. Last July she reached a new milestone when she won a gold medal in her 60-64 age group at the National Senior Games triathlon at Lake Phalen in St. Paul. 

She says she was always driven to excel and to keep setting new goals. Some friends might think she’s obsessed while others find her inspiring and encouraging.

“I set goals, like doing the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon, the Boston Marathon, Birkebeiner cross country ski race and the Ride Across Minnesota,” Minder says, referencing past racing exploits. “After I accomplished one goal, I moved towards another. 

She started up the triathlon team for the County Cycles bike shop in Roseville, and was the driving force in getting people together, knowing when the races were and planning social activities like the end-of-the-season party. 

“She was always helping others,” says team member and Shoreview resident Ken Hola.

Besides working out at the Shoreview YMCA and helping people there, Minder has been a certified personal trainer at the New Brighton Community Center for 20 years. She says she loves her job, training beginners to elite athletes.

“We can see through venues like the National Senior Games for ages 50 plus how staying fit can bring us a great life, new friendships, great comradarie and stories to tell,” Minder says

“I came from no background in sports in 1982 as a 30-year-old, to winning a gold medal for Minnesota last summer,” she says, adding  that she thanks all those who supported and motivated her over the years. Many would claim it’s the other way around — she’s the inspiration.

Being inducted into the Hall of Fame, Minder says, “is meaningful to me because it helps to bring recognition and acknowledgement to the sport and the many people who train so hard and are striving to be fit for life.”

“The award is not all about me, it’s about of the people that got me to this point, that helped to motivate me for all of the 100-mile rides and the 2-3 mile swim workouts, and the 20 mile runs over many years of training,” she says. “They deserve this award, they are all champions!”

Hall of Fame or not, Minder’s far from done. She raced in New Brighton’s New Bri Tri on June 4 and plans to be out and moving throughout the summer.


Pam O’Meara can be reached at or 651-748-7818.

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