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Nation's Top Amateur Triathletes Prepare to Race in Milwaukee

Athlete of the Year banquet, event expo kick off national championship weekend


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MILWAUKEE — This weekend, the fastest age-group triathletes from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and over 10 countries worldwide, return to Milwaukee for the 2014 USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships.

The annual Athlete of the Year and Multisport Award winners banquet kicked off the championship weekend on Thursday, Aug. 7 at the Harley-Davidson Museum.

The dinner and ceremony honored 20 accomplished athletes, who were named the 2013 Athletes of the Year for their impressive race resumes and dominance in a variety of distances. USA Triathlon also recognized athletes and contributors in six categories for fueling the multisport lifestyle in 2013.

Kirsten Sass (McKenzie, Tenn.) accepted the award for the 2013 Female Triathlete of the Year and thanked all of her supporters, describing how it takes a village to train a triathlete. Sass is also competing in back-to-back races this weekend.

“I raced here last year and I absolutely loved the venue. It’s just beautiful. And of course, with Chicago being next year, that’s really what I’m going for,” she said.

Prerace activities continued on Friday with the packet pick-up, expo, swim practice in Lake Michigan and age-group rules briefing.

For many, this is their first national championship. Others had the opportunity to race in Milwaukee last year and are excited to be back at this premier venue for a second time.

“The swim course was easy to sight; it was really well organized; transition was close to swim exit. It’s a beautifully run race,” said Mike Dunn (Colorado Springs, Colo.), who is competing in the Olympic-Distance National Championships on Saturday. “The course is awesome. It’s the best one I’ve done.”

Cheryl Zitur (Corcoran, Minn.) is returning for her third national championship and looks forward to competing in the Olympic-distance event on Saturday.

“[The venue] is just awesome right along the water. I’m excited to do it twice and hopefully drop some time, and I want to qualify to go to worlds next year in Chicago, because it’s so close to home,” said Zitur, who will be racing in Edmonton later this month for the 2014 Transcanada Corp. World Triathlon Grand Final and World Championships.

Racing begins Saturday, Aug. 9 at 7:30 a.m. CT with the Olympic-Distance Nationals, which consist of a 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run course. Sprint Nationals, comprised of a 750m swim, a 20k bike and a 5k run, start at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 10. 

To learn more about Age Group Nationals, visit the Olympic-distance and sprint event pages.

Live Stream and Live Blog
USA Triathlon will provide live race coverage and results starting at 7:30 a.m. CT on Saturday and Sunday. Visit the Olympic-distance and sprint coverage pages to follow the action.

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).