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Team USA Set to Race at ITU Duathlon World Championships This Weekend
More than 250 U.S. athletes will compete for run-bike-run titles in Pontevedra, Spain
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — More than 250 top multisport athletes from the United States will compete against the best in the world at the 2014 ITU Duathlon World Championships in Pontevedra, Spain, this weekend. The 2014 U.S. team is the largest Team USA for all non-North American duathlon world championships over the past five years.
The championship weekend kicks off Saturday, May 31, with the junior, paratriathlon, elite and U23 events. Patrick Parish (Bloomington, Minn.) and Jake Shoemaker (Stow, Mass.) will represent the U.S. in the men’s elite race, starting at 12 p.m. ET.
On Sunday, over 130 Team USA age-groupers will race in the 5-kilometer run, 20-kilometer bike, 2.5-kilometer sprint format, slated to begin at 2:30 a.m. ET. Another 130 U.S. duathletes will be competing for world titles in the standard-distance 10k run, 40k bike, 5k run event, beginning at 6 a.m. ET.
Eight defending world champions are on the start list for Team USA after earning gold last year in Ottawa, Canada: paraduathlete Gerard Ah-Fook (PT1, Tucson, Ariz.), and age-groupers Keith Jackson (M20-24, McDonough, Ga.), Steven Pyle (M55-59, Boulder, Colo.), Keith Woodward (M60-64, Stowe, Vt.), Barb Morgan (F70-74, Tioga, Pa.), Tony Marshall (M70-74, Carlsbad, Calif.), James Girand (M75-79, Palo Alto, Calif.) and Edward Maruna (M85-89, Arvada, Colo.). Joining them are seven returning silver and bronze world champions.
Nearly 20 national champions from the 2013 USA Triathlon Duathlon National Championships in Tucson, Arizona, will also compete in the age-group events, along with Duathlete of the Year Honorable Mention Eric Burnett (M30-34, Pasadena, Calif.).
Age-groupers competing in Pontevedra qualified for Team USA through their 2013 USA Triathlon ranking or a top finish at Duathlon Nationals. 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 Pontevedra.
About USA Triathlon
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).