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Draft-Legal Action Heads to Dallas for Pan American Cup Event
More than 40 Americans set to race on Saturday
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Red, White and Blue will be well represented Saturday, when more than 40 U.S. elite triathletes compete on home soil at the Dallas ITU Pan American Cup.
Race-day action begins with the women’s race at 9 a.m. Central on the draft-legal Olympic-distance course (1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike, 10-kilometer run), followed by the men at noon.
The women’s start list includes Johanna Gartman (Chattanooga, Tenn.) and Erin Jones (Hood River, Ore.), members of the Colorado Springs-based Elite Triathlon Academy. Jones recently finished third at the Bridgetown ITU Sprint Pan American Cup in Barbados. Amanda Hahn (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) is the top returning finisher from the 2012 event, where she finished sixth. Visit triathlon.org for a complete women’s start list.
On the men’s side, four-time Olympian Hunter Kemper (Colorado Springs, Colo.) is set to race following Monday’s win at the Austin, Texas, non-drafting Life Time Tri CapTex. William Huffman (Colleyville, Texas) and Greg Billington (Colorado Springs, Colo.) are also on the start list, having earned podium finishes earlier this season at the Roatan ITU Pan American Cup.
Elite Triathlon Academy teammates Luke Farkas (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Ryan Bice (Colorado Springs, Colo.) will compete, along with Joe Maloy, who was the runner-up at the 2013 USA Triathlon Elite National Championships thanks to a top-20 finish at April’s Omegawave World Triathlon San Diego. Visit triathlon.org for a complete men’s start list.
A handful of athletes with Dallas-area ties are slated to compete, including rising star Huffman, 2012 Elite Duathlon National Champion D’Ann Arthur (Dallas, Texas) and the husband-and-wife tandem of Barrett and Lauren Brandon (Fort Worth, Texas).
In addition to the ITU Pan American Cup, Dallas will also host the PlayTri Youth F1 (ages 12-17) Sunday morning. The sprint-distance event is designed to provide top up-and-coming triathletes with draft-legal racing experience. Action begins at 7 a.m. Visit playtri.com for complete event information.
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).