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USA Triathlon Long Course Duathlon Nationals Set for Saturday in Cary, N.C.

More than 400 age-groupers race for national titles, Team USA spots

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — More than 400 age-group athletes specializing in the run-bike-run format will race for national titles and Team USA spots Saturday at the USA Triathlon Long Course Duathlon National Championships, held in Cary, N.C., in conjunction with the Cary Du Classic presented by The Happy Tooth.

All competitors will complete a 5-mile run, followed by a 32-mile bike and a second 5-mile run. Action is slated to begin at 7 a.m. EDT. Visit usatriathlon.org for complete event information.

Jeff Wilson (Copley, Ohio), who won the men’s 25-29 age group one year ago, is on the start list for Saturday’s event. Wilson also earned a bronze medal at the 2013 ITU Long Distance Duathlon World Championships. David Burkhart (Brighton, Mich.) is a two-time national champion in the 55-59 age group, and will compete in the 60-64 age group this year against Mike Lies (Lawrenceburg, Ind.), the defending champion in the division from 2013.

The Long Course Duathlon National Championships also serve as the lone qualifier for Team USA for the 2014 ITU Long Course Duathlon World Championships, which will take place Sept. 6-7 in Zofingen, Switzerland. The top 18 finishers in each age group (rolling down to 25th place) will qualify for Team USA. U.S. age-groupers have earned five medals at the last two Long Course Duathlon Worlds, which were also held in Zofingen.

Team USA is comprised of the nation’s top multisport athletes who represent the U.S. at each ITU World Championships event. Visit usatriathlon.org for more on Team USA.

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USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon, as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,300 races and connects with nearly 500,000 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).

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