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Team USA Gears Up for ITU Duathlon World Championships
Nearly 400 U.S. athletes to race for run-bike-run titles in Ottawa, Canada
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—With world titles on the line, a nearly 400-member U.S. team comprised of top age-groupers, Juniors, Under-23s and paraduathletes heads to Ottawa, Canada, for Saturday’s ITU Duathlon World Championships.
The standard-distance age-group race is contested in a 10-kilometer run, 40-kilometer bike, 5-kilometer run format, while the sprint, Junior, Under-23 and paraduathlon events consist of a 5k run, 20k bike and a 2.5k run. Race-day action is slated to begin at 7:15 a.m. ET. Visit triathlon.org for more on the event.
Four defending world champions are on the start list for Team USA after earning gold last year in Nancy, France: paraduathletes Robin Caruso (TRI-4, Ridgefield, Conn.) and David Kyle (TRI-3, Athens, Ala.), and age-groupers Edwin Bixenstine (85-89, Kent, Ohio) and Kristin Villopoto (50-54, Chapel Hill, N.C.). World medalists seeking another podium finish also include 2012 silver medalists Nicole Sin Quee (40-44, New York, N.Y.), Heather Leach (55-59, Seattle, Wash.), Keith Woodward (60-64, Stowe, Vt.) and William Logan (70-74, Perryville, Mo.), as well as Kirsten Chapman (50-54, Edmond, Okla.), who won a bronze medal last year.
Additionally, 14 national champions from the 2012 USA Triathlon Duathlon Nationals in Oro Valley, Ariz., will compete in the age-group events. In total, 372 age-group athletes, six paraduathletes, three Juniors and two Under-23 athletes will don the Red, White and Blue on Saturday.
Age-groupers competing in Ottawa qualified for Team USA through their 2012 USA Triathlon ranking or a top finish at one of three events held around the country. Qualifying races include the Double Oak Duathlon in Pelham, Ala., on April 6 (top-six finish, rolling down to 10th place), the Orange County Duathlon in Mission Viejo, Calif., on May 19 (top-six finish, rolling down to 20th place) and the Apple Duathlon in Sartell, Minn., on May 25 (top-six finish, rolling down to 20th place).
Team USA is comprised of amateur athletes who represent the U.S. at each ITU World Championship event. Visit usatriathlon.org for more on Team USA in Ottawa.
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).