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Talented Field Set to Compete at Accenture USA Paratriathlon Nationals

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — For the second straight year, nearly 70 top U.S. paratriathletes are scheduled to compete at the 2011 Accenture USA Paratriathlon National Championship, set to take place Sunday, Aug. 7 at the Nautica New York City Triathlon.

Athletes will compete for national championship titles and Team USA spots for the 2011 ITU Paratriathlon World Championships in six different paratriathlon categories. There also will be a number of athletes competing in the Physically Challenged Division, created last year to meet the needs of newcomers to the sport.

In order to qualify for Team USA for the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships in Beijing, China, on Sept. 9, 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.

Seven defending national champions will return to New York City: Carly Pearson (Waugh) (TRI-1, Maryville, Tenn.), Beth Price (TRI-3, Spanish Fort, Ala.), Craig Vogtsberger (TRI-3, Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Robin Caruso (TRI-4, Ridgefield, Conn.), Willie Stewart (TRI-4, Boise, Idaho), Ivonne Mosquera-Schmidt (TRI-6, Philadelphia, Pa.) and Aaron Scheidies (TRI-6, Seattle, Wash.).

Defending world champion Melissa Stockwell (TRI-2, Chicago, Ill.) is also slated to race, along with nine other members of the 2011 USA Paratriathlon National Team.

Click below to view a preview of the event produced by Endurance Films.

The popularity of paratriathlon is at an all-time high following the decision to add the sport to the Paralympic Games. The International Paralympic Committee announced in December 2010 that paratriathlon will make its debut at the Paralympic Summer Games in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.

Visit triathlon.org for more information on paratriathlon from ITU.

About USA Triathlon
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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