COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — National titles and Team USA spots will be up for grabs among 280 multisport athletes representing 29 states Sunday at USA Triathlon’s Long Course Duathlon National Championship, which will be held in conjunction with the Blackwater Duathlon in Cambridge, Md.
All competitors will complete a 10-kilometer run, followed by a 70-kilometer bike and a second 10k run. Action is slated to begin at 7 a.m. Eastern. Visit usatriathlon.org for complete event information.
Highlighting the field are the defending long course duathlon national champions Gail Kattouf (Greenville, S.C.) and Dave Slavinski (Point Pleasant,
N.J.), who lifted the tape a year ago at the Powerman Alabama Duathlon. After winning 2011 USA Triathlon Duathlete of the Year and Masters Duathlete of the Year accolades, respectively, a year ago, Kattouf and Slavninski already have a national title under their belts in 2012. Kattouf won the overall title at Duathlon Nationals last month in Oro Valley, Ariz., while Slavinski claimed the masters championship.
Sunday’s Long Course Duathlon National Championship also serves as the lone qualifier for Team USA for the 2012 ITU Long Course Duathlon World Championships, which will take place Sept. 2 in Zofingen, Switzerland. The top 18 finishers in each age group (rolling down to 25th place) will qualify for Team USA. U.S. age-groupers earned five medals at 2011 Long Course Duathlon Worlds, which were also held in Zofingen.
Team USA is comprised of the nation’s top multisport athletes who represent the U.S. at each ITU World Championships event. Visit usatriathlon.org for more on Team USA.