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Team USA to Compete for Cross Triathlon World Titles in the Netherlands

Nearly 30 Americans set to race in the third year of the event


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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Nearly 30 U.S. athletes will compete for off-road world titles Saturday at The Hague-Kijkduin in the 2013 ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships, held in Den Haag, Netherlands. 
The elite and age-group course features a 1-kilometer swim, 26-kilometer mountain bike and 9-kilometer cross country run along the beach, challenging athletes with steep hills, sand and stair climbs. Visit for full event details. 
Branden Rakita (Colorado Springs, Colo.) is the lone American elite on the start list. He finished ninth at 2012 Cross Worlds, which were held in Pelham, Ala. Click here for the complete start lists. A full preview of the elite men's and women's races is available on
Team USA is comprised of 28 age-group athletes from 18 states ranging in age from 25-66. In the two-year history of the event, U.S. age-group athletes have combined for 21 world titles and 53 total medals in the off-road multisport event. Richard Wall (65-69, Colorado Springs, Colo.) seeks to defend his age-group title from last year, while Kathy Hudson (45-49, Highland Village, Texas), Scott Ewing (55-59, Destin, Fla.) and Annette MacNiven (55-59, Wainscott, N.Y.) also return to the event after having won silver in their respective age groups last year. 
Athletes who raced last year at Cross Worlds were granted automatic qualifying slots for Team USA, and athletes could also qualify with top performances in select XTERRA races. Click here for more information more on Team USA.