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Day 2 Photos: Duathlon National Championships in Tuscaloosa

by USA Triathlon

The nation's top run-bike-run athletes ages 14-85 converged on Tuscaloosa, Alabama, this weekend for the 2021 USA Triathlon Duathlon National Championships — the first USA Triathlon-produced National Championship event to take place since August 2019. Day two of racing featured the Draft-Legal Sprint Duathlon National Championships. Fourteen-year-old Clara James-Heer (Grand Rapids, Mich.) dominated the women's race, winning the national-title with more than a five-minute margin on her closest competitors, Cassidy Hickey (Parker, Colo.) and Kirsten Sass (McKenzie, Tenn.). In the men's race, Adoh Doherty (Taunton, Mass.) earned his first-ever Duathlon Nationals overall title, while Nick Aguila (Manchester, N.H.) and Todd Buckingham (Big Rapids, Mich.) joined him on the podium in second and third. 

Check out the top photos from the day, taken by the talented Vasha Hunt. Click here (day one) and here (day two) for the full race recaps from Duathlon Nationals, and click here for the photo gallery from day one. Visit for complete 2021 Duathlon National Championships information.

USA Triathlon Foundation Ambassador Kimee Armour earned the Draft-Legal Sprint Athena 40-54 national title.

Cynthia Abrami captured the women's 50-54 Draft-Legal Sprint national title.

Cassidy Hickey in transition, en route to placing second overall in the Draft-Legal Sprint. 

Women's overall champion Clara James-Heer had nearly five minutes on the rest of the field at the second transition, and she continued to increase that gap throughout the race.

Clara James-Heer and her mom share an embrace at the finish line after James-Heer's dominant performance.

Vicki McCloskey en route to a Draft-Legal Sprint national title in the women's 70-74 age group.

Athletes ages 14-85 toed the line at Duathlon Nationals, including many who raced in multiple events throughout the weekend. 

The women's Draft-Legal Sprint race gets off to a fast start, led by James-Heer (middle, in pink) and Hickey. 

The women's Draft-Legal Sprint overall podium, from left: James-Heer (gold), Sass (bronze) and Hickey (silver). 

James-Heer recovers at the finish line after dominating a hot and humid race in Tuscaloosa. 

USA Triathlon Chief Sport Development Officer and longtime National Championships announcer, Tim Yount, calling the race with his usual enthusiasm. 

Jodie Bolt sprints down the finish chute to take the women's 55-59 Draft-Legal Sprint national title.

Pam Tate (#1217) and Kerri Robbins (#1214) on the run at the Draft-Legal Sprint Duathlon National Championships.

Nearly 800 athletes competed at Duathlon Nationals, including more than 200 in Sunday's Draft-Legal Sprint.

Duane Amato arrives at transition to rack his bike. Duathlon Nationals participants wore masks at all times at the venue except while actively racing. 

The men's Draft-Legal Sprint start line, with overall champion Doherty at center (#1081). 

Danny Clark pushes through heat and humidity on the run at the Draft-Legal Sprint Duathlon National Championships.

Leonardo Contreras on his way to a national title in the men's 45-49 age group. His father, Leonardo Contreras senior, won the men's 75-79 age group.

Tyler Galley on the run during the Draft-Legal Sprint Duathlon National Championships.

Thomas Woods (#1232) pushes the pace en route to the men's 50-54 Draft-Legal Sprint national title.

David Fraser enjoys a Coke to get himself through the second run. 

Aguila (left) and Doherty (right) approach the second transition — on their way to placing second and first overall, respectively. 

81-year-old Lockett Wood competed in all three events of Duathlon Nationals weekend, grabbing two age-group national titles in the process.

Buckingham heads toward transition after the bike. He took third in the Draft-Legal Sprint, his second overall podium of the weekend after winning the Non-Drafting Sprint.

Doherty takes a moment at the finish line after winning the overall men's title at the Draft-Legal Sprint Duathlon National Championships.

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