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USA Triathlon Adds Spots for 2012 Olympic-Distance National Championships
Qualified Athletes Encouraged To Join Wait List Immediately
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Triathlon today announced that it is now making additional slots available for the Olympic-Distance race at the 2012 Age Group National Championships, presented by People’s United Bank. The event, which will be held on Aug. 18 in Burlington, Vt., initially sold out in record time on June 5. Fortunately, USA Triathlon was able to work with the City of Burlington and local organizers to receive the necessary permits to expand the transition area by approximately 350 slots.
Any athletes who have already qualified to compete in the USA Triathlon Olympic-Distance National Championships can now add themselves to the wait list. And anyone who signed up on the previously existing Olympic-Distance wait list has been automatically entered for the race. It should be noted that USA Triathlon also will allocate a certain number of guaranteed slots to athletes who qualify later this summer at USA Triathlon Regional Championships and Special Qualifier events.
“We’d like to thank Peter Delaney, who serves as the head of our local organizing committee, as well as Mari Steinbach from the City of Burlington Parks & Recreation Department, for their assistance in expanding the transition area following the unprecedented demand we received for the Olympic-Distance race,” said USA Triathlon CEO Rob Urbach. “Thankfully we have not yet been forced to turn anyone away, but we encourage all qualified athletes to add their name to the wait list as quickly as possible because we anticipate the newly available slots will be allocated immediately. This development only serves to reinforce the fact that Burlington is an ideal venue for this prestigious event.”
The Sprint-Distance event, which will be held on Aug. 19 as part of the 2012 USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships in Burlington, Vt., is not yet sold out and registration is still open. While qualification is not necessary, athletes in the Sprint will receive the same National Championship experience and the same opportunity to qualify to represent Team USA at the 2013 International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships in London, England.
However, any athletes who register for Sprint Nationals and are later added to the Olympic-Distance National Championship via the wait list will not receive refunds.
Contested annually since 1983, the Olympic-distance event at the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships has sold out the two previous years – in 2010 when the field reached capacity one week prior to the event in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and last year when all of the slots were filled nearly two months in advance. This year’s field will guarantee that Burlington hosts the largest-ever USA Triathlon-owned National Championship. Athletes representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia are slated to compete.
Please visit usatriathlon.org to learn more about the 2012 USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships and the qualification process.