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Four U.S. Olympians to Participate in Youth Kick-off Event in Washington, D.C.


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Five of North America’s top elite triathletes, in Washington, D.C., to race in the Dextro Energy Triathlon -- ITU World Championship Series, will take part in an event on Friday, June 19 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at Turkey Thicket Recreation Center (1100 Michigan Avenue, NE) with Mayor Adrian Fenty and youth from ACHIEVE Kids Tri, Inc. and Arlington Triathlon Club’s programs.

Sarah Haskins, Matt Reed, Hunter Kemper and Jarrod Shoemaker from the United States and Simon Whitfield from Canada will join Washington, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty, DC’s Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) Director Ximena Hartsock, International Triathlon Union (ITU) and USA Triathlon (USAT) officials to work with youth groups who participate in summer triathlon training programs for a work out and triathlon training demonstration.

The young people participating are part of the Arlington Triathlon Club’s summer programs and ACHIEVE Kids Tri, Inc., a Washington, DC based 501(c)(3) organization that designs and implements youth-based triathlon training and fitness programs in Washington, D.C., and Houston, Texas. The ACHIEVE program, developed in partnership with the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), takes kids through a 6-week instruction and training program, provided free of charge, insured and monitored by experienced and trained coaches. The 2009 ACHIEVE summer camp will take place June 15-July 24 at three sites in Washington, D.C.: Turkey Thicket Recreation Center, Kenilworth Parkside Recreation Center, and Benning Park Community Center. The program runs Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  On the final day of camp, July 24, kids will compete in a USAT-sanctioned triathlon.
Washington, D.C., is the only North American stop in an eight-city Dextro Energy Triathlon -- ITU World Championship Series. The winners will take a share of a $150,000 prize purse and earn points toward becoming world champion at the series finale in Gold Coast, Australia. The 65 elite men and 65 elite women triathletes will compete in an Olympic distance race on Sunday, June 21 that includes a 1.5k swim in the Potomac and 40k bike and 10k run that winds through Washington, DC’s monumental corridor. The race, which will be broadcast live in some regions via Universal Sports, is expected to attract a global audience.

Also on June 21, USA Triathlon (USAT)-sanctioned age group non-drafting competitions will take place, featuring an Olympic distance race (1.5k swim, 40k bike, 10k run) and a shorter, Sprint distance race (750m swim, 20k bike, 5k run). The age group competitors will finish in the same finish arena as the elites.

About Arlington Triathlon Club
The Arlington Triathlon Club is a free USA Triathlon-related youth triathlon development program organized for students of the Arlington, Virginia public schools. An 8-10 week developmental program teaches elementary and middle school children ages 6 – 14 how to swim-bike-run their way to fitness, health, and fun. The parents and coaches raise all needed funds to cover uniforms, race registrations, equipment, etc.  The coaches are all certified by USA Triathlon and they donate their time. Each workout begins with a club chant and a short talk on nutrition, hydration, balanced lifestyles, sportsmanship, and other important topics.
About ACHIEVE Kids Tri, Inc.
ACHIEVE Kids Tri, Inc. is a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(3) organization that was founded in 2007 by Charles (Chuck) Brodsky, founder of The Nation's Triathlon™ with the support of Washington, DC Mayor, Adrian Fenty, an avid triathlete, and Washington, DC's Department of Parks and Recreation. Through its programs in Washington, DC and Houston, Texas, ACHIEVE connects youth with healthy lifestyle activities and choices and teaches them exercise skills that last a lifetime. Achieve summer camp programs are USAT-certified training centers where all kids become USAT members and compete in a USAT-sanctioned Kids Triathlon at the end of camp. Sponsors for ACHIEVE DC include McDonald’s and The Bike Lane.

About the Dextro Energy Triathlon -- ITU World Championship Washington, DC
The Dextro Energy Triathlon -- ITU World Championship Series event in Washington, DC is produced by Upsolut Sports North America LLC.  Washington, DC is one of eight cities in the series and the only North American stop. The series is sanctioned by the International Triathlon Union (ITU) and USA Triathlon (USAT) and starting in 2010, will serve as the sole qualification mode for athletes qualifying to represent their country in the 2012 Olympics.

Contact: Jennifer Devlin, 703-966-3241

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Olympics, Elites, ITU