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More Than 250 Americans Headed to ITU Duathlon Worlds
The U.S. contingent will face the world’s best elite and age group competitors at Edinburgh’s Holyrood Park to compete for six world championship titles, 27 age group gold medals and a total prize fund of 75,000 euro for the elites.
The paraduathlon competition kicks off the weekend on Friday, Sept. 3, followed by the age group world championship races Saturday, Sept. 4 and the elite, junior and under-23 world championships on Sunday, Sept. 5. Visit the event website for full schedule information.
A trio of Americans will be in action in the paraduathlon, which is comprised of a 5.75-kilometer run, a 23.3-kilometer bike and a 3-kilometer run. Lamar Brown (TRI-6, Bronx, N.Y.), David Kyle (TRI-3, Athens, Ala.) and Ben Simmons (TRI-2, New York, N.Y.) each won their respective category at USA Triathlon’s 2010 National Duathlon Festival in Richmond, Va., in April.
Team USA is scheduled to feature 238 Americans – ranging in age from 18 to 84 – in the Saturday, Sept. 4 age group events. The athletes will cover a 10k run, 41.6k bike, 5k run course. Sixteen 2010 U.S. age group duathlon national champions are scheduled to be in action in Edinburgh:
• Edwin Bixtenstine (84-89, Kent, Ohio)
• Roger Brockenbrough (75-79, Pittsburgh, Pa.)
• David Burkhart (55-59, Brighton, Mich.)
• Ann Davidson (45-49, Portland, Ore.)
• Pat Fossum (75-79, Montgomery, Ala.)
• Eneas Freyre (30-34, Norwalk, Conn.)
• Ashley Heinlein (18-19, Stillwater, Minn.)
• David Lowe (60-64, Greenville, S.C.)
• Anne Mitchell (55-59, Bala Cynwyd, Pa.)
• Barb Morgan (65-69, Tioga, Pa.)
• Marge Rajczewski (70-74, Ballston Lake, N.Y.)
• Dave Slavinski (35-39, Point Pleasant, N.J.)
• Marty Stiegmann (50-54, Glen Allen, Va.)
• Warren Taylor (70-74, Telford, Pa.)
• Kristin Villopoto (50-54, Chapel Hill, N.C.)
• Anne Viviani (60-64, Arlington, Va.)
In the Sunday, Sept. 5 elite races, 12 Americans will be in action, including 2010 USAT elite duathlon national champions Marisa Asplund (Durango, Colo.) and Matthew Sheeks (Woodinville, Wash.). David Thompson (St. Paul, Minn.), who currently leads the 2010 Life Time Fitness Triathlon Series Race to the Toyota Cup standings, and USAT Project 2016 program member Gwen Jorgensen (Milwaukee, Wis.) also are slated to represent the U.S in the 10k run, 38.4k bike, 5k run event.
Other American elites scheduled to race include Melissa Miller (San Antonio, Fla.), Anne Preisig (Falmouth, Mass.), Heidi Sarna (Chicago, Ill.) and Rachel Sears (Richmond, Calif.) on the women’s side, and Sean Jefferson (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.), Josh Merrick (Alamosa, Colo.), Matt Russell (Ogdensburg, N.Y.) and Dereck Treadwell (Laurens, N.Y.) in the men’s race.
Brice Winkler (Santa Rosa, Calif.), who made his ITU Continental Cup debut in San Francisco in July, is slated to be the lone U.S. competitor in the U23 event.
A pair of U.S. juniors will be in action in the 5k run, 21.2k bike, 2.5k run world championship event. Hunter Honeycutt (Tifton, Ga.) is fresh off a runner-up finish at the 2010 USA Triathlon Junior Elite National Championship on Aug. 14, while Ryan Peterson (Richmond, Va.) captured his second straight junior national duathlon title in his hometown this spring.
Click here for a complete roster of Team USA competitors in Edinburgh.
The Edinburgh course is expected to be one of the most challenging ever used for an ITU Duathlon World Championships, as athletes contend with the tough climbs of a multiple lap circuit around Holyrood Park and Arthur’s Seat. Click here to view the course maps and profiles.
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.