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500 Additional Spots Made Available for 2011 USA Triathlon Age Group National Championship

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Triathlon today announced that it is making available an additional 500 spots for the Olympic-distance race at the 2011 Age Group & Sprint National Championships, presented by People’s United Bank, on Aug. 20 in Burlington, Vt. This week the event sold out in record time. Registration is now open again for all athletes who have qualified to compete. Anyone who signed up on the previously existing Olympic-distance wait list is now automatically entered for the race as well.
 
“This year’s Age Group & Sprint National Championships have experienced unprecedented demand and, because we expect to reach full capacity once again, we are encouraging any interested athletes who have already qualified to register online as quickly as possible,” said USA Triathlon CEO Rob Urbach. “Recognizing that there are still athletes planning to compete and qualify for Nationals at upcoming USA Triathlon Regional Championships, Special Qualifiers and other sanctioned races, we continue to examine ways to allocate these spots as fairly and equitably as possible.”



Contested each year since 1983, Age Group Nationals has sold out on just one previous occasion – last year when the field reached capacity one week prior to the event in Tuscaloosa, Ala. This year 1,440 slots were filled for the Olympic-distance event nearly two months in advance, with another 500 racers registered for the sold-out Sprint Distance National Championship. These totals also guarantee that Burlington will host the largest-ever USA Triathlon-owned National Championship. Athletes representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia are slated to compete. 


Visit usatriathlon.org to learn more about the 2011 USA Triathlon Age Group National Championship and the qualification process.
 
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Founded in 1982, 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, aquabike, winter triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. USA Triathlon sanctions 3,500 races and connects with more than 140,000 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, USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including ITU World Championships, Pan American Games and the Summer Olympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the International Triathlon Union and the United States Olympic Committee.

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