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2010 USA Triathlon National Championship Highlights

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Enjoy these highlights from the 2010 USA Triathlon Age Group National Championship in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Burlington, Vermont will host Nationals next August, and will serve as the sole Team USA qualifier for the 2012 ITU World Championship. This four-day ITU event will take place from 18-22 October 2012 at Queens Wharf in the heart of Auckland, New Zealand. Get motivated, set your goals, and start planning your 2011 triathlon racing season!

BURLINGTON TO HOST 2011-12 CHAMPIONSHIPS

USA Triathlon January 11, 2010

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Triathlon has announced the picturesque city of Burlington, Vt., will host the 2011 and 2012 USAT Age Group, Sprint and Elite National Championships.

The date of the events has not been determined, but organizers expect the events to be held in August in both 2011 and 2012 at a venue near Lake Champlain and Battery Park.

“On behalf of USA Triathlon, we are thrilled to be bringing our National Championships to Burlington in 2011 and 2012,” said USA Triathlon CEO Skip Gilbert. “The athletes will face a very difficult course putting their athleticism to the full test. On a more personal note, as a graduate of the University of Vermont, I can’t say enough great things about Burlington, the community and I’m confident that our members will find this a championship weekend they won’t want to miss.”

The USA Triathlon Age Group and Sprint National Championships feature the top amateur athletes in the U.S. competing for national titles in their age groups as well as spots on Team USA to compete in the 2012 ITU World Championships (location TBA). The 2010 Age Group, Sprint and Elite National Championship events will take place in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Course distances for each event:
Age Group National Championship – 1.5k swim, 40k bike, 10k run
Sprint National Championship – 750m swim, 20k bike, 5k run
Elite National Championship – 1.5k swim, 40k bike, 10k run; conducted in the Olympic-style format of racing – draft-legal with multiple loops

Burlington is located on the eastern shore of Lake Champlain against the backdrop of the Green Mountains and is the largest city in the state of Vermont. Climate for the month of August is mild with an average high of 78 degrees and an average low of 58, according to the National Weather Service.

The city offers athletes the convenience of Burlington International Airport, a 15-minute drive from the venue. Area attractions include the Church Street Marketplace, downtown Burlington’s open air mall featuring historical architecture, dining, shopping, year-round festivals, street entertainers, music and more. Burlington also is home to the University of Vermont.

The USAT National Championship weekend will include a Health & Fitness Expo to be held at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center where athletes, spectators and the general public will be able to browse through the offerings of dozens of exhibitors, all in the comfortable surroundings of the host hotel. The expo will feature a variety of items needed to enjoy an active lifestyle and it will also offer a number of homegrown Vermont products.

USAT is pleased to partner with the Burlington community and RunVermont, home of the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon, to bring this prestigious event to the shores of Lake Champlain.

“We are pleased to be the first course in the Northeast to host this event,” said Rick Milliken, the General Manager of the Doubletree Hotel Burlington and past Chairman of the Vermont State Sports Council. “Burlington’s combination of Lake Champlain scenery in an urban setting provides a spectacular landscape for the competition.”

In the summer, the Burlington region offers outdoor activities like kayaking, fishing, sailing, hiking, cycling and more.

Oakley Armchair TV – Training, Racing for the London Triathlon with Olympian Tim Don

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Here’s a little bit of reality tv fun for the weekend, from across the pond. Have a great weekend, weather looks awesome for the entire week ahead! TRAIN ON.

2010 Immenstadt ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships

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On August 1st, the vibrant resort area of  Immenstadt-Oberstaufen (Allgäu, Germany) hosted the world’s toughest long-distance triathlon — 2010 Immenstadt ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships (4k swim, 130k bike and 30k run). The rugged Allgäu Alps tested the world’s top long distance triathletes.  The 130-kilometer cycling course from Immenstadt to Oberstaufen is one of the most difficult bike courses in the world. Triathletes were forced to ride inclines of up to 18 percent and over 2,000 meters of vertical gain. Since 1983, Immenstadt has been the venue of the world famous Allgau Triathlon.  The championships moves to Las Vegas and the Silverman course in 2011. Enjoy the clip!

O’DONNELL TAKES SILVER TO LEAD USA AT LONG DISTANCE WORLDS 

USA Triathlon August 01, 2010 

IMMENSTADT, Germany – Defending champion Timothy O’Donnell captured the men’s elite silver medal to lead Team USA Sunday at the 2010 ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships. 

A part of USA Triathlon’s Project 2012 program, O’Donnell (Boulder, Colo.) posted a time of 6 hours, 29 minutes, 35 seconds to finish second to France’s Sylvain Sudrie, who covered the course in 6:24:57. The event featured a 4-kilometer swim, a challenging 130-kilometer bike and a 30-kilometer run. 

O’Donnell and Sudrie posted fairly even splits on the swim and run, but the difference came on the bike where Sudrie’s split bested O’Donnell by nearly five minutes. American Justin Hurd (Boulder, Colo.) was 24th in 7:05:13, and Adam Jensen (Seattle, Wash.) took 32nd in 7:33:38. 

In women’s elite action, Haley Cooper (Spokane, Wash.) and Lisa Ribes (Tucson, Ariz.) finished eighth and ninth, respectively, to give the U.S. a pair of top-10 finishers. Cooper logged a time of 7:56:55, less than two minutes ahead of Ribes’ 7:58:20. Rachel Sears (Richmond, Calif.) was 15th in 9:33:23. Switzerland’s Caroline Steffen was the women’s elite winner in 6:55:21. 

More than 50 Americans were in action in the age group portion of the world championships with Adrienne Greenough (Durham, N.C.) claiming bronze in the women’s 20-24 age group in 9:52:15. She was the 2009 U.S. long course champion in the same age group. 

In addition to Greenough’s third-place performance, four other Americans posted top-10 finishes: William P. Ankele, Jr. (Centennial, Colo.) was 10th in the men’s 55-59 age group, Katie Arnold (Columbus, Ohio) finished seventh in the women’s 25-29 age group, Daniele Rosman (St. Louis, Mo.) was fifth in the women’s 30-34 age group and Cheryl Rosentreter (Geneva, Ill.) was sixth in the women’s 50-54 age group. 

Arnold’s time of 8:30:47 was the top American performance on the women’s side and was good for 20th overall. Holger Beckmann (Redondo Beach, Calif.) logged the top U.S. men’s time of 7:52:40 to finish 13th in the 45-49 age group and 77th overall.

Auckland to Host 2012 ITU Age Group World Championship

Monday, 28 June 2010

AUCKLAND TO HOST 2012 GRAND FINAL

ITU announced today that Auckland, New Zealand will host the 2012 ITU World Championship Series Grand Final. The news was made official by members of Triathlon New Zealand at a press conference on the Auckland Waterfront this afternoon. Auckland was awarded the bid over cities from Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

The Grand Final is the most prestigious race on the ITU calendar each year, and the Auckland event will be the final race to decide the 2012 ITU World Champions. The four-day event is set to take place from 18-22 October 2012 at Queens Wharf in the heart of Auckland. The sport’s biggest superstars, including Olympians from over 20 nations, will come to New Zealand, a country with a great triathlon history. Triathlon is one of the fastest growing sports in New Zealand and is home to many of the world’s greatest triathletes, including 2004 Olympic gold medallist Hamish Carter and two-time Olympic medallist Bevan Docherty.

“New Zealand is a very passionate triathlon country,” Docherty said. “We have a very strong history – with Hamish [Carter] winning gold and with my two Olympic medals – it is a fairly well recognised sport already.”

Fellow Kiwi Andrea Hewitt, who finished last season ranked third in the world, echoed Docherty’s comments.

“To have the 2012 World Championship Grand Final in Auckland will be amazing, not only for us as competitors, but for the spectators and public as well. Everyone loves triathlon in New Zealand, so it will be great to host the best race of the season in front of an appreciative home crowd.”

Triathlon New Zealand CEO Dave Beeche feels the event will be very beneficial to the city of Auckland.

“Hosting this World Championship Series Grand Final will be a huge boost for the profile of Auckland and New Zealand, with an estimated global audience in excess of 13 million watching on TV. But just as important is what this event will do for the sport and the profile here in New Zealand. This is like having the Olympics come to town for our sport—the very best in the world will race the likes of Bevan Docherty, Kris Gemmell, Andrea Hewitt and Debbie Tanner in our own backyard.”

The race, which will take place along the world famous Auckland Waterfront, will double as the 2012 ITU Age-Group World Championship, bringing thousands of age-group athletes and triathlon fans to New Zealand.

This year’s Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series Grand Final will take place in Budapest, Hungary on 8-12 September, with the 2011 Grand Final set to take place in Beijing. The World Championship Series began in 2009, staging eight events throughout the world, including the first-ever Series Grand Final in Gold Coast, Australia. This year’s seven-race series will culminate in Budapest, with stops along the way in Sydney, Seoul, Madrid, Hamburg, London and Ktizbühel (Austria).

Auckland has hosted an ITU World Cup event on four occasions, from 1995-1998.

Silverman Hosts 2011 Long Course Triathlon World Championship

 

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Here’s a terrific, new USA Triathlon video release. The Silverman Triathlon hosts the 2011 ITU Long Course Triathlon World Championship in Henderson, Nevada near Las Vegas. Team USA last hosted the ITU LC Tri World Championships in 1996. For more event details, check out our previous blog post here – http://wp.me/pzmms-oZ. Have a great weekend, and day of racing fun at the Spring Meadow Tri!

2011 ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships Update

2011 ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships
USA Triathlon, May 27, 2010

The 2011 ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships will be hosted in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 5, 2011. The event has been awarded to Lowery’s Multi-Sport Races, owned and operated by Frank and Meghann Lowery of Henderson, Nevada. The Lowery’s also own and operate the Nevada Silverman Triathlon. The ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships will take place on the Silverman course. This is your chance to be part of Team USA!

Perth, Australia hosted the 2009 ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships, a year after Almere, Holland staged the event. The last time the Long Distance Triathlon World Championships were held in the United States was in 1996 in Muncie, Ind.

“We are thrilled to have the ITU Long Distance World Championships on American soil,” said Jeff Dyrek, USA Triathlon’s National Events director. “Henderson & Las Vegas will provide athletes with a great event and world class entertainment.”

The 2010 TriSports.com Halfmax Championship will be the sole qualifying event for the 2011 World Championships.The top 20 in each age group will qualify for the 2011 World Long Course Championship in Southern Nevada. Review the qualifying guidelines at www.halfmaxchampionship.com.  The standards may be revised and updated throughout the year. Athletes must earn a qualifying slot in the 2010 Halfmax Championship to be eligible to compete for Team USA and ultimately race in the 2011 ITU World Long Course Championship. There are several ways to qualify to be a part of history and race at this event.

OPTION ONE –
You can qualify at one of the selected Qualifying Events (see below). The top 33% in each age or weight division at these events will qualify an athlete for their choice of the 2010 or 2011 Halfmax Championships. You can also qualify at one of the Super Qualifiers (see below). The top 45% at The Redman Triathlon, The Pumpkinman Triathlon, and the Halfmax Championship will qualify an athlete for their choice of the 2010 or 2011 Halfmax.

OPTION TWO –
Finishing under the established time standards is the only way to qualify at events outside of the qualifying network. Only USA Triathlon sanctioned half iron-distance or full iron-distance events are eligible for time qualification. For more information on this please visit www.halfmaxchampionship.com.

Qualifying Events:
Rage Triathlon – Nevada (April 2010)
Kinetic Triathlon – Virginia (May 2010)
White Lake Triathlon (1 & 2) – North Carolina (May 2010)
Coliseum Triathlon – Georgia (June 2010)
Deuce Man Triathlon – Arizona (June 2010)
Fresh Ideas Quarter Max Triathlon (June 2010)
Chelanman Multi-Sport Weekend Triathlon – Washington (July 2010)
Patriots Triathlon – Virginia (September 2010)
Harvest Moon Triathlon – Colorado (September 2010)
Grand Columbian Triathlon – Colorado (September 2010)
Atomic Man Triathlon – Tennessee (September 2010)
Nevada Silverman Triathlon – Nevada (November 2010)

Superqualifier Events:
Redman Triathlon – Oklahoma (September 2010)
Pumpkin Man Triathlon – Nevada (October 2010)
Trisports HalfMax Championships – South Carolina (October 2010)

For more information please visit www.halfmaxchampionship.com.

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