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Triathletes Select USA Triathlon National Championships as Best Events of 2013

Age Group, Collegiate Nationals honored at Triathlon Business International Annual Conference

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Two USA Triathlon-owned National Championship events — Age Group Nationals and Collegiate Nationals — were honored as the best events of 2013 at the Triathlon Business International (TBI) 2014 Annual Conference on Monday night in Marina del Rey, Calif. 

USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships, held in Milwaukee, Wis., were named the Best Urban Triathlon. Considered the organization’s marquee event, athletes have the option of competing for national titles in Olympic-distance or sprint races. The 2013 event, held near Discovery World and the Milwaukee Art Museum, drew a record field of more than 4,000 competitors from all 50 states, ranging in age from 15 to 89. Participation in the event has more than doubled since 2010.

The two-day event returns to Milwaukee in 2014. Registration for Sprint Nationals is now open at usatriathlon.org/agnc14sprint. Athletes who have qualified for Olympic-Distance Nationals will receive an email with registration instructions. Qualifying information is available at usatriathlon.org/agnc14oly.

New in 2013, the sprint-distance USA Triathlon Draft-Legal Collegiate Championships were named the best Draft-Legal Triathlon. The event, part of the USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championships weekend in Tempe, Ariz., showcased up-and-coming collegiate triathlon talent in the draft-legal format contested on the International Triathlon Union circuit and in the Olympic Games. Registration is now open for 2014 Collegiate Nationals, set for April 4-5 in Tempe. Visit usatriathlon.org/usatcn14 for more information.

The 10 winners of the Triathletes’ Choice: Best Events of 2013 were announced at the TBI/ACTIVE Network Awards Celebration dinner, held as part of TBI’s fourth annual conference on Jan. 26-28 at the Marina del Rey Marriott. The conference is the triathlon industry’s premier networking event and in 2014 covered anti-doping policies, water safety, the state of multisport retail, marketing best practices, sponsorship and more. Visit triathlonbusinessintl.com to learn more about TBI and the annual conference.

Triathletes’ Choice: Best Events of 2013
Best Large Triathlon Race (1,000+ participants) – Ironman Mont-Tremblant (Mont-Tremblant, Quebec)
Best Small Triathlon Race (<1,000 athletes) – Patriot Half (East Freetown, Mass.)
Toughest Triathlon Race – Ironman World Championships (Kailua-Kona, Hawaii)
Best Urban Triathlon Race – USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships (Milwaukee, Wis.)
Best Triathlon Race for Beginners – Pumpkinman Triathlon (South Berwick, Maine)
Most Scenic Triathlon Race – Ironman Lake Placid (Lake Placid, N.Y.)
Bucket List Triathlon Race – Ironman World Championships (Kailua-Kona, Hawaii)
Best Triathlon Race Swag – Pumpkinman Triathlon (South Berwick, Maine)
Best Triathlon Race Series – Sun Multisport
Best Draft-Legal Triathlon – USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championships (Tempe, Ariz.) 

About Triathlon Business International
Triathlon Business International is an industry organization dedicated to promoting the sport and the business of triathlon. Founded by a coalition of industry leaders, Triathlon Business International advocates for the interests of triathlon businesses, provides educational and informative programs, and encourages increased participation in the sport. For more information, please visit triathlonbusinessintl.com

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 and Paralympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the ITU and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).

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