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USA Triathlon Age Group Nationals Returns to Burlington in One Month
Top amateurs to compete Aug. 18-19 with national titles on the line
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Forming the largest USA Triathlon National Championship event in the sport’s history, more than 3,500 of the nation’s top amateur triathletes will be in action Saturday, Aug. 18 (Olympic-Distance) and Sunday, Aug. 19 (Sprint-Distance) at the 2012 USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships, presented by People’s United Bank, in Burlington, Vt.
Held each year since 1983, the Olympic-distance race at Age Group Nationals sold out in record time this summer and for just the third time ever. A USA Triathlon-owned National Championship event for just the third year, Sprint Nationals will experience a record-high field as well. A year ago, Burlington hosted nearly 2,500 competitors in both events in a single-day format.
Over the course of two days next month, 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 Saturday, Aug. 18 with the Olympic-Distance National Championship, followed Sunday, Aug. 19 with the Sprint National Championship. Action will begin at 7:30 a.m. each day at Waterfront Park. Visit usatriathlon.org for complete event information.
“USA Triathlon is thrilled to offer more athletes the chance to compete in Burlington this year thanks to the new two-day race format,” said USA Triathlon Director of National Events Jeff Dyrek. “We have received fantastic local support for the event following a successful debut in Burlington a year ago and look forward to another outstanding race this year.”
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 2012 season.
In addition to the bragging rights of claiming a national title, athletes will be competing for coveted spots to represent the U.S. at the 2013 ITU World Championships in London. 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 2012 ITU World Championships, which age-groupers qualified for in Burlington, last year, will take place Oct. 22 in Auckland, New Zealand.
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 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.