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Long Course Duathlon Nationals Set for May 18


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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 15 2008) – Elite and age group athletes will converge in Auburn, Calif., referred to locally as the “Endurance Capital of the World,” this weekend for the 2008 USA Triathlon Long Course Duathlon National Championship.

The weekend schedule includes the USAT Long Course Duathlon National Championship, the Auburn World’s Toughest Half Triathlon and the Auburn International Triathlon – all on Sunday, May 18.

Hosted by Bradventures, LLC, the Damage Control Master Formula Auburn International Duathlon will serve as an official Team USA qualifier for the International Triathlon Union World Duathlon Championships on August 10 in Geel, Belgium. Eight Team USA slots per age group, rolling down to 15th place, will be up for grabs in Auburn.

 “We look forward to crowning our national champions this weekend at the Auburn International Duathlon for USAT’s Long Course Duathlon National Championship,” said USAT National Events Director Jeff Dyrek. “USAT had a successful Short Course National Championship in Richmond, and we look forward to another great Duathlon National Championship event in Auburn.”

This event includes a 3K run, 90K bike and a 21K run on a course that is lauded as one of the most scenic – and challenging – courses in the sport. The duathletes and triathletes will race head to head in the final two stages as the start of the duathlon will be coordinated with the swim start.

"It's an honor to host the national duathlon championships," said race director Brad Kearns. "A championship event should be held on a tough course to truly select the top athletes. We're excited about having the duathletes race 'head to head' by staggering the start of the first run and the half-ironman swim to predict arrival in T1 together. We will have a duathletes vs. triathletes battle royale going on - a race inside the real races."

The setting for the USAT Long Course Duathlon National Championship is the beautiful Sierra foothill gold rush town of Auburn (near Sacramento). The city earned its moniker of “Endurance Capital of the World” as the home to the Western States 100-mile run, the Tevis Cup 100-mile endurance horse ride and the World’s Toughest Series.

The bike course is extremely quiet and includes sustained gradual climbs, rolling hills and a few short climbs. The run course is in Auburn State Park and features scenic river canyon views and two extremely difficult climbs.

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