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Aquathlon Action to Open World Championship Week
Aquathlon Worlds will be the first of many events over the span of five days in Budapest, which also will host the ITU World Championship Series Grand Final on Sept. 11-12. More than 400 Americans are scheduled to be in action over the course of the week, which also features sprint and Olympic-distance age group triathlon world championships, as well as paratriathlon, junior and under-23 events. Visit usatriathlon.org for full coverage of each event.
The Wednesday, Sept. 8 aquathlon event will feature a 2.5-kilometer run, followed by a 1,000-meter swim and a second 2.5k run through scenic Budapest. Click here for more on the event from ITU.
Team USA is scheduled to feature 14 national champions from the 2010 USAT Aquathlon National Championship, which was held on Aug. 15 in San Ramon, Calif. Pieter deHart (Lexington, Va.) captured the men’s 30-34 national title and was the No. 2 overall finisher at nationals, while Erika Binger (Minneapolis, Minn.) won the women’s 35-39 crown and finished fifth overall on the women’s side earlier this month.
deHart is an assistant professor of biology at the Virginia Military Academy. Binger started the V3 Youth Triathlon Team, a non-profit triathlon program working with inner-city youth in Minneapolis, which now has nearly 60 athletes learning about and competing in triathlons.
The 2010 U.S. aquathlon national champions chasing world titles next week include:
• Jaime Balboa (44-40, Los Angeles, Calif.)
• Bullet Bales (65-69, Glendale, Calif.)
• Aleksey Belikov (35-39, Palmdale, Calif.)
• Erika Binger (35-39, Minneapolis, Minn.)
• Shelly Bloom (55-59, Durham, N.C.)
• Gary Burnett (70-74, Monrovia, Calif.)
• Pieter deHart (30-34, Lexington, Va.)
• Peter Harvey (55-59, Piedmont, Calif.)
• Janet Jarvits (40-44, Pasadena, Calif.)
• Elaine Morison (50-54, Lafayette, Calif.)
• Bob Owens (75-79, Long Beach, Calif.)
• Barbara Robben (75-79, Berkeley, Calif.)
• Mary Vidovich (45-49, Los Gatos, Calif.)
• Jackie Yukawa (60-64, Pasadena, Calif.)
Additionally, Team USA is full of world championship veterans of various disciplines like Burnett, who captured age group aquathlon world titles in 2006 and 2008 and was second in the 70-74 age group at the 2009 triathlon world championships. Click here for a complete roster of the entire U.S. contingent scheduled to compete in Budapest.
For more than 30 athletes, the Sept. 8 aquathlon is just the first of two races in Budapest, as they also will be competing in either the Saturday, Sept. 11 ITU Sprint World Championships or the Sunday, Sept. 12 ITU Age Group World Championships. Click here for a complete schedule of events from ITU.
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.