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Top Run-Bike-Run Athletes Honored as USA Triathlon Duathletes of the Year
Age-groupers, juniors and elites recognized for season-best performances
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Triathlon today announced the 2013 Duathletes of the Year, including the nation’s top age-group, junior and elite duathletes, recognized for outstanding performances in the United States and abroad. The honor, presented by Garmin, is awarded annually by USA Triathlon’s Age Group Committee, following nominations by the Duathlon Committee.
"Duathlon competition results in 2013 highlighted many of our competitive and outstanding athletes,” said Steve Sutherland, chair of the USA Triathlon Age Group Committee Athlete of the Year Subcommittee. “To rise above and stand out in this group as a Duathlete of the Year is truly a great accomplishment."
Alex Arman (St. Charles, Ill.) and Jenn Scudiero (Eagan, Minn.) were named the overall Duathletes of the Year. Arman was the first amateur finisher at the Apple Duathlon, and he finished second in the 25-29 age group at the ITU Duathlon World Championships in Ottawa, Canada, where he was eighth overall. Scudiero was the first overall amateur female finisher in the standard-distance USA Triathlon Duathlon National Championships, and she set course records en route to wins at the Falls Duathlon and the Dubuque Duathlon.
Masters Duathlete of the Year honors were granted to Andy Ames (Boulder, Colo.) and Ann Davidson (Portland, Ore.). Ames was the first-place finisher in the 50-54 age group at ITU Duathlon Worlds and USA Triathlon Duathlon Nationals, where he finished seventh overall. Davidson was the first 50-plus finisher and sixth overall at ITU Duathlon Worlds, and she was the first Masters finisher and second overall at the Mt. Rainier Duathlon, which also served as USA Triathlon’s Long Course Duathlon National Championships.
Kerry Mayer (Brookfield, Wis.) and Patty Peoples-Resh (Redlands, Calif.) claimed Grand Masters Duathlete of the Year titles. Mayer won the 65-69 age group at USA Triathlon Duathlon Nationals and ITU Duathlon Worlds. Peoples-Resh also clinched victory in her age group, topping the podium for 55-59 year olds in the sprint-distance events at USA Triathlon Duathlon Nationals and ITU Duathlon Worlds.
For the second straight year, Alistair Eeckman (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Colleen Sands (Princeton, Mass.) were the top Junior Duathletes of the Year. Eeckman was the first-place junior at USA Triathlon Duathlon Nationals and ITU Duathlon Worlds. Sands was the victor of the junior division at the Just Du it Du and USCF MWR Duathlon.
Elite duathletes Dan Hedgecock (St. Paul, Minn.) and Ruth Brennan Morrey (Rochester, Minn.) were awarded Elite Duathletes of the Year for their podium finishes in 2013. Hedgecock, a repeat winner, raced his way to first place at the Gear West Duathlon and the Apple Duathlon. Brennan Morrey was the top American on the international scene with a third-place finish at both the British Elite Duathlon Championships and Powerman Zofingen ITU Long Course Duathlon Worlds.
The 2013 USA Triathlon Duathletes of the Year and honorable mention selections are as follows:
Men’s Duathlete of the Year: Alex Arman (St. Charles, Ill.)
Honorable Mention: Eric Burnett (Pasadena, Calif.), Jeff Wilson (Copley, Ohio)
Women’s Duathlete of the Year: Jenn Scudiero (Eagan, Minn.)
Honorable Mention: Glenda Adams (Austin, Texas), Celia Dubey (Tarpon Springs, Fla.), Courtney Robles-Wiseman (Corona, Calif.)
Men’s Masters Duathlete of the Year: Andy Ames (Boulder, Colo.)
Honorable Mention: David Burkhart (Brighton, Mich.), David Slavinski (Point Pleasant, N.J.), Shane Thread (Evansville, Ind.)
Women’s Masters Duathlete of the Year: Ann Davidson (Portland, Ore.)
Honorable Mention: Glenda Adams (Austin, Texas), Kirsten Chapman (Edmond, Okla.), Kristin Villopoto (Chapel Hill, N.C.)
Men’s Grand Masters Duathlete of the Year: Kerry Mayer (Brookfield, Wis.)
Honorable Mention: Don Ardell (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Bill Logan (Cape Girardeau, Mo.), Keith Woodward (Stowe, Vt.)
Women’s Grand Masters Duathlete of the Year: Patty Peoples-Resh (Redlands, Calif.)
Honorable Mention: Ellen Hart (Denver, Colo.), Barb Morgan (Tioga, Pa.), Pam Stevens (Sartell, Minn.)
Men’s Junior Duathlete of the Year: Alistair Eeckman (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Honorable Mention: Daniel Pearson (Brookfield, Wis.)
Women’s Junior Duathlete of the Year: Colleen Sands (Princeton, Mass.)
Honorable Mention: Elizabeth Edwards (Kennett Square, Pa.)
Men’s Elite Duathlete of the Year: Dan Hedgecock (St. Paul, Minn.)
Women’s Elite Duathlete of the Year: Ruth Brennan Morrey (Rochester, Minn.)
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 Olympic and Paralympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the ITU and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).