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Talented Field Set to Compete Saturday at USA Triathlon’s Duathlon Nationals
Nearly 800 run-bike-run athletes will race for national titles and Team USA spots
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—The 2013 USA Triathlon National Championships season comes to a close Saturday in Tucson/Oro Valley, Ariz., as nearly 800 athletes compete in the USA Triathlon Duathlon National Championships, presented by TriSports.com.
For the third consecutive year, Ventana Medical Systems will host elites, age-groupers and paraduathletes chasing national titles in both standard-distance (5-kilometer run, 35-kilometer bike, 5-kilometer run) and sprint-distance (2.5k run, 17.5k bike, 2.5k) events. Race-day action is set to begin at 7:30 a.m. PT with the standard-distance Elite Duathlon National Championships. Standard age-group duathlon championships will follow with the first wave set to take off at 7:45 a.m., and the first wave of the sprint race for age-groupers and paraduathletes will start at 11:45 a.m. Visit usatriathlon.org for complete event details.
Patrick Parish (Bloomington, Minn.) won the overall Duathlon Nationals title in 2012, and will compete this year in the elite championship, which also includes 2010 Elite Duathlon National Champion Matthew Sheeks (Woodinville, Wash.). In the paraduathlon event, David Kyle (TRI-3, Athens, Ala.) seeks another title following his win in 2012 and a gold medal at the August 2013 ITU Duathlon World Championships in Ottawa, Canada.
In the age-group events, 22 returning national champions highlight the field in Saturday’s season finale.
Standard-Distance Defending Champions
Dave Slavinski (M40-44, Point Pleasant, N.J.)
Kirsten Chapman (F45-49, Edmond, Okla.)
Shane Thread (M45-49, Evansville, Ind.)
Ellen Hart (F50-54, Denver, Colo.)
Bruce Balch (M50-54, Las Vegas, Nev.)*
Bridget Dawson (F55-59, Portland, Ore.)
Scott Hajicek (M55-59, Lakewood, Colo.)
Karin Bivens (F65-69, Tucson, Ariz.)
Lyle Langlois (M80-84, Phoenix, Ariz.)
Robert Powers (M85-59, White Bear Lake, Minn.)
Sprint Defending Champions
Timothy Winslow (M19U, Elk Grove, Calif.)
Caleb Brantley (M25-29, Tucson, Ariz.)
Shannon Horn (M35-39, Post Falls, Idaho)
Anne Ekern (F40-44, Houston, Texas)**
Nancy Ellis (F45-49, Tucson, Ariz.)
Valerie Eipper (F50-54, Longmont, Colo.)
Dean Maruna (M50-54, Erie, Colo.)
Patty Peoples-Resh (F55-59, Redlands, Calif.)
Russ Jones (M55-59, San Juan Capistrano, Calif.)
Carol Moore (F65-69, Portland, Ore.)
Bill Kircher (M65-69, Newport Coast, Calif.)
Don Ware (M70-74, Tulsa, Okla.)
Edward Maruna (M80-84, Arvada, Colo.)
*Indicates athlete is racing in the sprint event
**Indicates athlete is racing in the standard-distance event
Additionally, 31 age-group medalists from the 2013 ITU Duathlon World Championships on Aug. 10 in Ottawa, Canada, will also be in the mix for national titles, including 10 gold medalists.
Duathlon Nationals is the sole qualifying event for the age-group 2014 Standard- and Sprint-Distance ITU Duathlon World Championships in Pontevedra, Spain, on May 31-June 1, 2014. The top 18 finishers in each age group, rolling down to 25th place, will qualify for Team USA.
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 – 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 550,000 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).