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USA Triathlon Clydesdale and Athena Nationals Set for This Weekend in Arkansas
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The first-ever standalone USA Triathlon Clydesdale and Athena National Championships will be held this weekend in DeGray Lake, Ark., in conjunction with the Tri Arkansas International Distance Triathlon and the DeGray Lake Sprint Triathlon.
Thirty athletes from 13 states and Washington, D.C. will toe the line for Olympic-distance and sprint national titles. The Clydesdale and Athena competitive divisions are based on weight minimums outlined in the USA Triathlon Competitive Rules. Athletes competing in the Clydesdale division must be a minimum of 220 pounds and athletes in the Athena division must be a minimum of 165 pounds. Awards will be given to the top three finishers in three age categories at the event, including Masters and Grand Masters.
The Tri Arkansas International Distance Triathlon will begin at 7:15 a.m. CT on Saturday, Aug. 16, and athletes will compete on a 1,500-meter swim, 39-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run course centered at DeGray Lake. Then, on Sunday, Aug. 17, race action begins at 8 a.m. CT on a 500-yard swim, 16-mile bike and 3.5-mile run course. Of the 30 competitors vying for national titles, six are registered to compete in both events.
Lance Fargo (Ocean View, Del.), who won an Olympic-distance national title in the Clydesdale 40-plus division in 2013, is on the start list. Additionally, Nicholas Evans (Highland Valley, Texas), who won a 2011 sprint title in the Clydesdale 40-plus division, is also scheduled to compete.
More information about the event can be found at usatriathlon.org/usatca14.
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).