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USA Triathlon Age Group & Sprint Nationals Head to Burlington Next Month

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — More than 2,500 of the nation’s top amateur triathletes will be in action Saturday, Aug. 20 at the USA Triathlon Age Group and Sprint National Championships, presented by Subway and People’s United Bank, which will be contested in Burlington, Vt., for the first time.

Burlington is assured of hosting the largest USA Triathlon-owned national championship event in the organization’s history. Held each year since 1983, Age Group Nationals sold out in record time and for just the second time ever earlier this month. A USA Triathlon-owned national championship event for the second straight year, Sprint Nationals registration also reached capacity.  

National titles will be up for grabs in 28 age groups. The Olympic-distance age group event consists of a 1.5-kilometer swim, 40-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run course, while the sprint event is comprised of a 750m swim, a 20k bike and a 5k run.   

Action will begin with Age Group Nationals at 7:30 a.m. at Waterfront Park, followed by Sprint Nationals at 12:30 p.m. Visit usatriathlon.org for a complete schedule of events. 

The competitors in both events are among the best amateur triathletes in the country, with many having garnered numerous USA Triathlon All-America honors, national championships and world titles. They will travel to Burlington from all 50 states and the District of Columbia after meeting qualification standards at USA Triathlon-sanctioned qualifying events throughout the 2011 season.
 
In addition to the bragging rights of claiming a national title, the age groupers and sprint athletes will be competing for coveted spots to represent the U.S. at the 2012 ITU World Championships in Auckland, New Zealand, in October 2012. The top 18 finishers (rolling down to 25th place) in each age group in both the Olympic-distance and sprint events in Burlington will qualify for a Team USA slot.

Team USA is comprised of amateur athletes that represent the United States at each ITU world championship event. The 2011 ITU World Championships, which age groupers qualified for in Tuscaloosa, Ala., last year, will take place Sept. 10-11 in Beijing, China.   

The Burlington-area community is encouraged to come out and support the competitors and experience the excitement of multisport. Admission is free to all spectators.

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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