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Duathlon Nationals returns to Arizona in October 2012. (David Sanders/USA Triathlon)

Duathlon Nationals Returns to Tucson/Oro Valley, Ariz., in October 2013

Registration open now for annual run-bike-run event, presented by TriSports.com

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Triathlon’s Duathlon National Championship, presented by TriSports.com, will return to a familiar site in 2013 — Tucson/Oro Valley, Ariz. — however, the event will shift to Oct. 26, 2013, after an April start in each of the past two years.

Contested in Tucson/Oro Valley, Ariz., in 2011 and 2012, Duathlon Nationals will once again consist of standard-distance (5k run, 35k bike, 5k run) and sprint-distance (2.5k run, 17.5k bike, 2.5k run) events in 2013. The event also will serve as the 2013 Paraduathlon National Championship. Online registration for the event is now open via Active.com.

Nearly 600 athletes competed at 2012 Duathlon Nationals, and the event has ranked as the largest duathlon west of the Mississippi River each of the past two years. For a look back at the 2012 action, visit usatriathlon.org.

In addition to chasing age-group national titles, 2013 Duathlon Nationals competitors have the opportunity to compete for a spot on Team USA for the 2014 ITU Duathlon World Championships in Pontevedra, Spain. The top 18 finishers in each age group in both the sprint- and standard-distance events (rolling down to 25th place and after applying the age-up rule) will qualify for Team USA.

With the shift of Duathlon Nationals to October, USA Triathlon has determined that three events will serve as the Team USA qualifying races for the 2013 ITU Duathlon World Championships in Ottawa, Canada, slated for Aug. 10-11, 2013:

• Double Oak Duathlon: Standard and Sprint Distance, Pelham, Ala., April 6, 2013
• Race distances: Standard (10k run, 40k bike, 5k run) and Sprint (5k run, 20k bike, 5k run)
• Team USA qualification: The top six finishers in each age group (rolling to 10th place) in the standard and sprint events will qualify for Team USA.
     
• Orange County Duathlon; Mission Viejo, Calif., May 19, 2013
• Race distance: 2k run, 40k bike, 10k run
• Team USA qualification: The top six finishers in each age group (rolling to 20th place) will qualify for Team USA in their choice of race distance — standard or sprint. Six athletes per age group will accepted for the standard-distance event and six athletes per age group will be accepted for the sprint-distance event.
 
• Apple Duathlon; Sartell, Minn., May 25, 2013
• Race distance: 5k run, 33k bike, 5k run
• Team USA Qualification: The top six finishers in each age group (rolling to 20th place) will qualify for Team USA in their choice of race distance — standard or sprint. Six athletes per age group will accepted for the standard-distance event and six athletes per age group will be accepted for the sprint-distance event.

For more on Team USA, which consists of the nation’s top age-groupers representing the U.S. at each ITU World Championship event, visit usatriathlon.org.

About USA Triathlon
Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon – the fastest growing sport in the U.S. Olympic Movement – as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,300 races and connects with more than 455,000 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 International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships, Pan American Games and the Summer Olympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the ITU and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).

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