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ITU World Championships - Recaps from the Midwest participants
This past weekend, a group of 350 individuals all made the choice to pack up their race gear, board a plane and represent the United States of America at the ITU World Championships. There were 4 main events: Paratriathlon, Aquathlon, Sprint course and Olympic course. All the events took place over two days.
From Kris Swarthout, Team USA Coach from Minneapolis, MN
"Getting there was the easy part, the hard part was molding 350 individuals into a team, that was my task when USA Triathlon chose me as the team coach for Team
Once I arrived in
From Tanelle Berard, USA Triathlon Junior Elite National Champion from Clive, Iowa
"So this weekend was a lot of fun for me. I didn't have the perfect race by any means, but it all turned out great in the end. I started out in the second bike pack after the swim which was not usual for me. I had a slower swim than usual, but I caught up to the main group quick on the bike. There was a big group of us that did the whole bike together. The race was really technical, so there was no chance for a break away. Therefore, we all came off the bike together about 30 seconds off the second pack. I had a great run. I had been focusing on my running for the past month before the race, so I knew I was prepared for a quick run. I ran my way to 7th place and crossed the finish line in 59 minutes.
I had a good race, despite a slow swim. In the future, I am looking to improve my run even more, so I can continue to improve. I am focusing on cross country for the rest of the season, so I won't pick up triathlons again until the spring. Overall, I ended my season very well and I am super proud of my performance at my first Worlds race."