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Course Changes for Duathlon Nationals

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USA Triathlon and Richmond Sports Backers have announced changes to the race course for the 2009 USAT Short Course Duathlon National Championship being held in Richmond, Va., April 26.

The championship is part of the second annual National Duathlon Festival that features eight duathlon races over two days (April 25-26). 

The courses promise to be more open and simplified compared to last year with fewer loops. 

"Logistically, it's going to be a much better race course," said Mike Plumb, USAT Duathlon Committee Chairman and former elite triathlete and duathlete. "The differences between this year's course and last year's are night and day."

The bike course for the on-road age group championships will consist of three 13k loops with no switchbacks or sharp turns. And the on-road run course will be 99 percent on road. The first 10k will be one simple fast loop. There will be some rolling hills but there is a net drop in elevation of about 50 feet. The second 5k run will be the most scenic part of the course along the Canal and promises to be extremely challenging. 

"Our focus on this event and the desire to make the courses world-class represents our intent to raise the profile of the sport of duathlon," said USAT Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications Tim Yount.

In addition to the course changes, the men and women's starts will be an hour and a half apart to help prevent bike course congestion. There will also be a party-like atmosphere with built-in cheering zones, and plans are in the works for a post-race tailgate party.

"What is great about the course changes is that while we've simplified things logistically for the duathletes, the courses are extremely challenging and offer a lot of appeal," said Jon Lugbill, executive director of the Sports Backers. "It's going to be a top-notch competition that will take the sport of duathlon to a whole new level."

USAT Duathlon Nationals qualifies athletes to compete in the ITU Duathlon World Championship in Concord, N.C., later in 2009.

No qualification is necessary to compete in any of the Duathlon Festival events.

New course maps and registration details for all the races can be found at http://www.duathlonnationals.com/.

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USAT Media Contact:
Jason Mucher
Communications & Media Relations Manager
PH: 719-597-9090 ext. 105
FAX: 719-597-2121

Richmond Sports Backers Media Contact:
Mike McCormick
804-285-9495 x247
804-901-9047 (mobile)

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