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Athletes mount their mountain bikes at the National Duathlon Festival in Richmond
Athletes mount their mountain bikes at the National Duathlon Festival in Richmond
photo: Heidi Herboldsheimer / USAT

Duathlon Festival First Day Features Off-Road Events

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The USA Triathlon Age Group Duathlon National Championship is a day away, but the action has already begun in Richmond, Va., with Saturday’s off-road races.

More than 200 junior, age group and sport competitors participated in the Off-Road Championships.

See race results.

And for Sunday’s competition, over 1,500 on-road duathletes from around the country have signed up for a number of events for youth, juniors and adults, highlighted by the 1,200-participant USAT Age Group Duathlon National Championship.

All the events are part of the USAT National Duathlon Festival, April 25-26, which has turned out more than 1,700 competitors, making it the largest run-bike event ever held in the United States.

“This is a break-out event,” says Sports Backers executive director Jon Lugbill, the event organizer.  “The response has been a tremendous boost to the sport of duathlon. Having such an event in Richmond is a big accomplishment for our organization, USA Triathlon, USA Triathlon Mid Atlantic Region and the Richmond Triathlon Club who have all worked hard on it, and growing it into the largest ever in the U.S. is extra special.”

The age group athletes competing in the USAT National Championship on Sunday can qualify for the ITU Duathlon Short Course World Championships in Concord, N.C. in September. Twelve qualifying slots per age group are up for grabs to be a part of Team USA.

The USAT National Championship will feature a 10k run, 38k bike, 5k run through downtown Richmond. With a record number of participants competing in the race — last year there were 450 competitors — it’s hard to predict overall champions or winners in particular age groups. There are a number of past champions and Team USA members on the start list, however, giving us a hint at who could challenge for the overall titles. Here's a sampling of the contenders:

Men
Christopher Giordanelli, 44
Casey Williams, 40
Jeff Miller, 41
Jeremy Dodds, 39
Kevin Weed, 37
John Hessian, 38
Dylan Johns, 35
Jimmy Parrott, 34
Christopher Garges, 33
Greg Close, 25
Alex Eversmeyer, 27
Michael Marsteller, 26
Adam Ostot, 26
David Roche, 20
James Register, Jr, 21
Travis Tyrell, 21
Zakary Noles, 21
Todd Wiley, 39
Nicholas Sturghos, 22
Rick Fesler, 28
Scott Myers, 33
James Duff, 33

Women
Kristin Villopoto, 48
Kristine Kuss, 40
Joanna Younts, 41
Jeanne Fleck, 43
Julie Deery, 43
Gail Kattouf 35
Catherine Satzke, 38
Leslie Curley, 39
Kerri Robbins, 38
Suzanne Huelster, 34
Janelle Renschler, 32
Shannon Dawkins, 31
Tammy Guld, 33
Sabrina Oei, 34
Andrea Myers, 33

Duathlon is a run-bike-run event. The start, finish and transition area is on the New Market Corporation property adjacent to Gambles Hill Park by 2nd and Byrd Streets. Sunday’s USAT Duathlon National Championshipswill offer a festival atmosphere for spectators and participants with a live band and a beer garden open from 10 a.m. until the awards ceremony concludes at approximately 4:00 p.m.

Learn more about the weekend at www.duathlonnationals.com.

Event Schedule
Sunday, April 26, 2009

7:30 a.m.
Men and Women's USAT Age Group National Championships (10k run, 38k bike (3 loops), 5k run)

2:30 p.m.
Youth Nationals (ages 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12 - No drafting) (1k run, 4k bike, 1k run)

3 p.m.
Junior Nationals (13-15 and 16-19 - No drafting) (5k run, 17k bike (2 loops), 2.5k run)

3 p.m.
Sport Race (5k run, 17k bike (2 loops), 2.5k run)

For more information contact Mike McCormick at 804-285-9495 or go to www.sportsbackers.org.

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