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USA Triathlon Super Sprint Series Makes Las Vegas Stop on Sept. 11

Prize purse of $70,000 available to top elite triathletes

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Triathlon, in conjunction with KANGA Productions, is pleased to announce the 2014 USA Triathlon Super Sprint Series will return to the Las Vegas Convention Center on Thursday, Sept. 11. The event, officially designated as the 2014 USA Triathlon Elite Sprint National Championships, will offer $70,000 in prize money to top elite triathletes in a thrilling, spectator-friendly format.

Featuring the growing super-sprint format, professional triathletes will complete two continuous, non-stop circuits of the same course, including a 300-meter pool swim, 8-kilometer bike and 2.5-kilometer run. Qualifying heats will be held throughout the morning, with finals set to begin at 6 p.m. PT. For the second year in a row, Universal Sports Network will televise the event to a nationwide audience on Oct. 1 at 8 p.m. ET.

The invitation-only elite field, consisting of 30 men and 30 women, will compete for a total of $70,000 in prize money, more than double the amount awarded at this event in 2013. A $62,500 prize purse will be shared equally between the overall men’s and women’s fields, with the winners earning $10,000. The top 15 finishers will earn a portion of the overall prize purse. Additionally, $7,500 will be shared among the top three U.S. men and women for the Elite Sprint Nationals podium.

“Las Vegas was an ideal location for the USA Triathlon Super Sprint Series last fall, and we’re ecstatic to bring this event back to Las Vegas again this year,” said Rob Urbach, USA Triathlon CEO. “Spectators will see the best draft-legal talent competing under lights near the strip at night, due in part to the prize money we’re able to offer the field. This is a must-see event for all.”

This is the second consecutive year that the USA Triathlon Super Sprint Series is contested in Las Vegas. The race will take place during Interbike, the largest annual cycling trade show in North America, allowing endurance industry leaders to experience the engaging course design firsthand. In 2013, Gwen Jorgensen (St. Paul, Minn.), currently ranked No. 1 in the world, captured victory at the Las Vegas event, while Australian Peter Kerr won the overall men’s title.

To be eligible for invitation, athletes must be a current USA Triathlon elite license holder or an international professional. A minimum of 50 percent of the field will be reserved for U.S. athletes, providing an opportunity for the nation’s emerging and Olympic-level triathletes to enhance draft-legal cycling skills and race tactics. Athletes may nominate for this event via ituentries@usatriathlon.org.

Visit usatriathlon.org/ss14lasvegas for more information, including a full event schedule. Media inquiries may be sent to Lindsay Wyskowski at lindsay.wyskowski@usatriathlon.org.     

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).

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