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ITU Action Continues with Saturday’s Sarasota Pan American Cup
Nearly 70 international athletes set for Olympic-distance event
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — High-speed, draft-legal triathlon action continues in Florida for a second straight weekend with Saturday’s inaugural Sarasota ITU Triathlon Pan American Cup at Nathan Benderson Park.
The field of approximately 70 international athletes will cover an Olympic-distance course featuring a two-lap, 1,500-meter swim, an eight-lap, 40-kilometer bike and a four-lap, 10-kilometer run. The men’s race is slated for noon Eastern, followed by the women at 2:30 p.m. Eastern. Live timing is available via allsportsevents.com.
Many of the athletes who competed at the March 9 Clermont ITU Sprint Triathlon Pan American Cup will make the trek to Sarasota for this weekend’s race. Headlining that group for the U.S. is Kaitlin Donner (Gainesville, Fla.), who placed third last weekend, while Alicia Kaye (Clermont, Fla.), Katie Hursey (Hampstead, Md.) and Sara McLarty (Gainesville, Fla.) are also expected to race after earning top-10 finishes in Clermont. Visit triathlon.org for a complete women’s start list.
Kaleb VanOrt (Mishawaka, Ind.) leads the U.S. men into Sarasota after placing eighth in Clermont. Luke Farkas (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Joe Maloy (Wildwood Crest, N.J.) and Tommy Zaferes (Santa Cruz, Calif.) finished just outside the top 10 last weekend and are on the start list for this weekend’s race, as is 2012 USA Triathlon Rookie of the Year Lukas Verzbicas (Colorado Springs, Colo.). Visit triathlon.org for a complete men’s start list.
International standouts slated to compete in Sarasota include four London Olympians — Paula Findlay of Canada, Vendula Frintova and Radka Vodickova of the Czech Republic and Portugal’s Bruno Pais. Joao Pereira of Portugal is fresh off a fourth-place finish in Clermont, while Spain’s Carolina Routier was sixth on the women’s side.
In addition to the Sarasota ITU Pan American Cup, the NBP Challenge features a men’s USA Triathlon Under-25 Elite Development Race, as well as an Age-Group Mixed Relay, which features each athlete completing a sprint-distance version of the course before tagging the next member on their relay team. Saturday's event marks the first triathlon competition in the newly renovated Nathan Benderson Park. Visit nbpchallenge.com for full event details.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 510,000 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).