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Courses, Race of Nations Unveiled for ITU Championship Series Races in Washington, DC
The courses for the 2009 Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series events in Washington, DC were unveiled by race organizers recently. The events include an Olympic distance elite course and Olympic and Sprint distance age group courses. The Washington, DC elite race, which takes place on Sunday, June 21, 2009, is the only North American stop on an eight-city Olympic qualifying series taking place in locations around the world.
Two races have already been completed, with Sarah Haskins -- racing her first event of 2009 -- and Jarrod Shoemaker earned 5th and 12th places in their respective races last weekend in Madrid.
"I am looking forward to racing on home soil in Washington DC in three weeks. I am very excited to race in front of a home crowd," said Shoemaker.
Shoemaker is the top-ranked U.S. male athlete through the first two series races, standing 6th overall. Haskins is the top-ranked U.S. woman in 17th.
"I am excited about racing in the U.S. and more excited about the fact that we will be racing in front of such great historical monuments," said Haskins. "It's great that we can bring more ITU and draft-legal style racing exposure into the U.S. to show the county how exciting and fun this style of racing can be to watch....and to compete in."
Find out more about the 2009 Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series events in Washington, DC.
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Race of Nations
The event organizers have also announced the weekend will include a Race of Nations, a race-within-a-race where age group competitors can represent their country of birth. To date, nearly 500 age group competitors have signed up for the Race of Nations, representing 34 countries worldwide. The three fastest men and three fastest women who elected to compete in the Race of Nations will receive a special award at the finish line ceremony for their achievement.
Learn more about the Race of Nations.