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Montana’s Powder Hound Winter Triathlon Named Host of USA Triathlon Winter Nationals

Weather conditions force shift of national championship event

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A lack of snow in the northeastern United States has forced USA Triathlon to shift its 2012 Winter Triathlon National Championship to the Powder Hound Winter Triathlon on Jan. 29, 2012, in Butte, Mont.

The annual run-mountain bike-cross-country skiing national championship event was originally slated for the Gunstock Winter Triathlon on Jan. 22, 2012, in Gilford, N.H.

“On behalf of USA Triathlon, I’d like to thank the organizers of the Powder Hound Winter Triathlon and the Gunstock Winter Triathlon for their diligence and support as we worked to resolve this situation,” USA Triathlon National Events Director Jeff Dyrek said. “We’re looking forward to partnering with the Powder Hound Winter Triathlon and hosting an exciting event next month.”

Contested at the Homestake Lodge and organized by Homestake Lodge and the Bozeman Triathlon Club, the Powder Hound Winter Triathlon is the first winter triathlon in the state of Montana and the northern Rockies. The 2012 event marks the fourth installation of the race.

Athletes will cover a 5-kilometer run, 10-kilometer mountain bike, 5-kilometer cross-country skiing course with national titles and Team USA spots on the line. The top three competitors in each age group will qualify for Team USA for the 2012 ITU Winter Triathlon World Championships in Jämijärvi, Finland on March 24-25 2012.

Registration for the event is open now at active.com.

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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 150,000 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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