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Jacobs, Thompson Capture Elite Duathlon National Titles


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David Thompson and Jessica Jacobs each made their moves on the bike leg to earn wins at the USA Triathlon Elite Duathlon National Championship in Birmingham, Ala., on Sunday, April 19.

The 2009 championship race — part of the historic Powerman Alabama — featured an 8k run, 53k bike, 8k run and a $5,000 prize purse for the elites.

In the women’s event, Jacobs, 32, of Maylene, Ala., had the fastest splits in all three legs of the race among the seven competitors. Her opening run of 31:01 gave her a slim advantage over Uli Bromme of Boulder, Colo., heading onto the bike, but that’s when Jacobs began to pull away. By the time she started the second run, her lead had grown to nearly five minutes. She finished the race with a 33:16 second run, 21 seconds faster than Bromme.

Jacobs’ final time was 2:30:25, followed by Bromme in 2:35:14. Heidi Jana Sarna grabbed third in 2:39:42.

For the men, Thompson, 31, of St. Paul, Minn., was second onto the three-loop bike course, 34 seconds behind Dereck Treadwell of Laurens, N.Y., but like Jacobs, Thompson hammered out a strong bike leg to take a five-minute lead into the final run. He made sure of his win by running a 26:32 final 8k that was nearly two minutes faster than Treadwell’s time.

Thompson’s final time was 2:12:46. Treadwell finished second in 2:19:43 with John Phillips taking third in 2:23:44.

1. Jessica Jacobs (Maylene, Ala.) 2:30:25
2. Uli Bromme (Boulder, Colo.) 2:35:14
3. Heidi Jane Sarna (Chicago, Ill.) 2:39:42
4. Kathryn Kasischke (San Diego, Calif.) 2:41:57
5. Anne Basso (Raleigh, N.C.) 2:43:39

1. David Thompson (St Paul, Minn.) 2:12:46
2. Dereck Treadwell (Laurens, N.Y.) 2:19:43
3. John Phillips (Denver, Colo.) 2:23:44
4. Matthew Russell (Boulder, Colo.) 2:24:35
5. Harrison Hungura (Bloomfield, N.J.) 2:45:18

Full results can be found at the Powerman Alabama website.

This was the first year the event was held in downtown Birmingham after 13 years at nearby Irondale. The race course was centered in historic Kelly Ingram Park, which is flanked by the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and the 16th Street Baptist Church, one of the most historically significant places in the fight for Civil Rights in the south.

The weekend of events offered a festival feel for spectators and participants. Two running events and a cyclismo were added to the already established Powerman Duathlon, the PowerKids Duathlon and Powerman's little sister, now named the ‘Magic City Duathlon.’