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Defending Champions Highlight USA Triathlon's Duathlon Nationals Field

Action slated to begin at 8 a.m. Saturday in Oro Valley, Ariz.

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Fourteen defending national champions and five duathletes of the year highlight a field of nearly 600 athletes set to compete Saturday in Tucson/Oro Valley, Ariz., at the 2012 USA Triathlon Duathlon National Championship, presented by Trisports.com.

Ventana Medical Systems will once again host duathletes seeking titles in both standard-distance (5-kilometer run, 35-kilometer bike, 5-kilometer run) and sprint-distance (2.5k run, 17k bike, 2.5k) events, scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. The Paraduathlon National Championship will also take place as part of the sprint-distance event. New this year is a free Kids Fun Run, which will be held on Friday at 5:45 p.m.

Returning national champions from 2011 include:

  • Shannon Hawrylo (25-29, Reston, Va.)
  • Jesson Baumgartner (25-29, Wakuee, Iowa)
  • Gail Kattouf (35-39, Greenville, S.C.)
  • Dave Slavinski (40-44, Point Pleasant, N.J.)
  • Kirsten Chapman (45-49, Edmond, Okla.)
  • Patty Peoples-Resh (55-59, Redlands, Calif.)
  • Scott Hajicek (55-59, Lakewood, Colo.)
  • Ruth King (60-64, Ambler, Pa.)
  • Steve Ruckert (60-64, Woodbine, Md.)
  • Corinna Goodman (70-74, Oro Valley, Ariz.)
  • Warren Taylor (70-74, Telford, Pa.)
  • Edward Maruna (80-84, Arvada, Colo.)
  • David Kyle (TRI-3, Athens, Ala.)
  • Michael Johnston (TRI-5, San Diego, Calif.)

Kattouf and Slavinski also earned the overall standard-distance national titles and were named Duathlete of the Year and Masters Duathlete of the Year, respectively, while Peoples-Resh was named Grand Masters Duathlete of the Year. Ann Davidson (Portland, Ore., Masters Duathlete of the Year) and Keith Woodward (Stowe, Vt., Grand Masters Duathlete of the Year) are also on the start list.

Duathlon Nationals is the sole qualifying event for the 2012 Standard-Distance ITU Duathlon World Championships in Nancy, France, on Sept. 22-23. The top 18 finishers in each age group, rolling down to 25th place, will qualify for Team USA. Paraduathletes finishing the race in 2 hours or less will qualify for 2012 ITU Paraduathlon World Championships. Athletes competing in the sprint-distance Duathlon National Championship or the sprint open wave are not eligible to qualify for Team USA or the ITU World Championships.

Team USA is comprised of the nation’s top multisport athletes who represent the U.S. at each ITU World Championships event. Visit usatriathlon.org for more on Team USA.

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 4,000 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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