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USA Triathlon Long Course Nationals Titles to be Awarded on Sunday
Team USA spots awarded in Grand Rapids, Mich.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — More than 800 athletes will go the distance on Sunday at the 2014 USA Triathlon Long Course National Championships, held in conjunction with the Grand Rapids Triathlon in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
The long course triathlon event will begin at 7 a.m. on Sunday, June 8, featuring a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run at the Thornapple River. Grand Rapids has earned national recognition for its biking environment, with the League of American Bicyclists naming the city a top Bicycle-Friendly Community in 2009 and Outside Magazine naming the city the Best Town for Mountain Biking in 2010. The Grand Rapids Triathlon also features aquabike, sprint- and Olympic-distance triathlon events, but no national titles will be awarded at these distances.
In 2013, Jana Richtrova (Ipswich, Mass.) and Dave Slavinski (Point Pleasant, N.J.) earned overall titles at Long Course Nationals, which was held in Anderson, South Carolina, as part of Rev3 South Carolina. Slavinski is on the start list for this weekend’s event, seeking to defend his title for the third year in a row. A searchable list of participants is available here.
In addition to chasing national titles, athletes competing in Long Course Triathlon Nationals will be vying for spots on Team USA for the 2015 ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships, which will be held in Motala, Sweden, on June 27, 2015. The top 20 athletes per age group (rolling down to 25th place) will earn a Team USA spot. Team USA is comprised of age-group athletes who represent the U.S. at each ITU world championship event. Visit usatriathlon.org for more information on Team USA.