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The USA Triathlon Age Group Nationals are again coming to the southeast.  This year on two fronts - first in Tuscaloosa, Alabama  (9/25 - 9/26) for the Intermediate and Sprint Championships and later in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (10/2) for the Long Course and Club Championships.  Both weekends promise to be exciting for athletes, families and friends.  This year - in Tuscaloosa where in past years many championship events have been staged (collegiate, age group, elite championships and Olympic Trials) - the sprint national championship will be in the mix on Sunday, 9/26 after the Intermediate, Elite and U23 events on Saturday, 9/25.

In 2009, a quarter of the field in the intermediate distance race was from the Southeast Region.  That’s crazy!  Some of the most passionate athletes in the country reside in the Southeast,  Triathlon has only grown larger since last year so give it a go toward qualifying and perhaps over a third of the field will represent the  southeast!  Someone you know maybe has had an experience at one of the past events in Tuscaloosa.  Ask them about it.

How to Qualify for the events-

For the Intermediate distance event athletes must qualify within their age group division at a qualifying race.  Qualification cannot be met in an open, masters, grand masters, etc. category.  It must be in the age group category of a race.  Athletes can meet qualification standards at any USAT sanctioned event between August 1, 2009 and September 12, 2010.  Please click here for more information and registration.

So, for the Intermediate distance event a couple of ways to get to Tuscaloosa are through - 

1) an effort at the Memphis in May Triathlon, 5/23, which was the Region’s Special Qualifier for AGN.  If you finished in the top 33 percent or top five finishers (whichever is greater) in your age group you have met the qualification threshold;  

2) the Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon, 7/11,  (Southeast Regional Championship) will also qualify the top 33 percent or top five finishers (whichever is greater) in each age group or

3) any non-championship USAT sanctioned (any distance) event will qualify the top 10 percent or top finisher (whichever is greater) in each age group.

For the Sprint distance event there are no specific qualification standards.  Just complete a sanctioned triathlon.  For all the info click here

For the Long Course or Club event qualifying standards can be viewed at:     www.halfmaxchampionship.com/qualify.php

Several of the Southeast regional council members will be at the Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon (wearing grey shirts with USAT Southeast logo).  When you see them ask any questions regarding how to get on Team Southeast.  Age Group Nationals is something not to miss... especially when its again in sweet home Alabama on a great course!

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