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USA Paratriathlon National Championship Set for New York City
A record total of more than 70 paratriathletes is expected to compete in New York City with national championships and Team USA spots for the 2010 ITU Paratriathlon World Championship on the line in six different paratriathlon categories. Additionally, athletes will compete in USA Triathlon’s new Physically Challenged Division, which helps meet the needs of emerging populations of paratriathletes.
“USA Triathlon is thrilled to once again work with the New York City Triathlon to host our USA Paratriathlon National Championship,” said Jeff Dyrek, USAT’s national events director. “The growth of this event is exciting to see, and we’re looking forward to another outstanding race.”
In order to qualify for Team USA for the ITU Paratriathlon World Championship in Budapest, Hungary, on Sept. 8-12, athletes must compete in the national championship wave and must cover the Olympic-distance (1.5k-40k-10k) course in less than four hours. Visit usatriathlon.org for more information on the qualification process.
Six defending world champions are slated to race in New York City: Megan Fisher (TRI-5, Missoula, Mont.), Ivonne Mosquera (TRI-6, Midland, Mich.), Matt Perkins (TRI-2, Boise, Idaho), Sarah Reinertsen (TRI-2, San Juan Capistrano, Calif.), Aaron Scheidies (TRI-6, Seattle, Wash.) and J.P. Theberge (TRI-5, Carlsbad, Calif.).
A total of 10 defending national champions will return to the Big Apple looking for a repeat victory. In addition to Mosquera, Perkins, Scheidies and Theberge, Robin Caruso (TRI-4, Ridgefield, Conn.), Minda Dentler (TRI-1, New York, N.Y.), Sandy Dukat (TRI-2, Denver, Colo.), Beth Price (TRI-3, Spanish Fort, Ala.), Joel Rosinbum (TRI-4, Portland, Ore.) and Oscar Sanchez (TRI-1, La Mesa, Calif.) will look for back-to-back titles.
The entire roster of the 2010 USA Paratriathlon National Team will be in action in New York.
The USA Paratriathlon National Championship is the first of three events that comprise the 2010 USA Paratriathlon Race Series. The other two stops are the Aug. 28 Chicago Triathlon and the Sept. 12 Malibu Triathlon.
About USA Triathlon
USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon – one of the fastest growing sports in the world – as well as duathlon, aquathlon and winter triathlon in the United States. USAT sanctions 3,100 races and connects with more than 133,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work with athletes, coaches, and race directors on the grassroots level, USAT provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including World Championships, Pan American Games and the Summer Olympic Games.