The Tri Arkansas International Distance Triathlon on Aug. 16 has been designated as the USA Triathlon Clydesdale and Athena National Championships, which will be held as a standalone event for the first time in 2014. The Aug. 17 DeGray Lake Sprint Triathlon has been designated as the USA Triathlon Clydesdale and Athena Sprint National Championships. All athletes will be eligible for the event awards, and USA Triathlon National Championships awards will be provided to individuals within the Clydesdale and Athena categories competing in championship wave of each race.
If you're a Clydesdale or an Athena athlete, this is a prime opportunity to compete in two national championships in two days in one location. Athletes in the Clydesdale and Athena divisions will be weighed in at packet pick-up. According to USA Triathlon Rules, athletes competing in the Clydesdale division must be a minimum of 220 pounds, and athletes in the Athena division must be a minimum of 165 pounds.
DeGray Lake itself has been rated as one of the top 10 cleanest fresh water lakes in the United States by the U.S. Army Corp. The swim start and finish uses a large boat ramp, which makes getting in and out of the water very easy for the athletes. Water temperature at this time of year makes this a no wet suit swim. The bike courses use low traffic roads within Clark County, and the run uses tall pine tree lined roads within the park area. The roads for the bike and the run feature rolling hills.
Please visit the following webpages for registration information for both the international and sprint distance races:
Event Type: National
Event Date: Aug. 16 - 17, 2014
Distance: Olympic: 1.5K Swim, 39K Bike, 10K Run; Sprint: 500 yard Swim, 16 mile Bike, 3.5 mile Run
Website: Tri Arkansas International Dist. Triathlon
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