4:59 am - Tuesday December 12, 2017

USA Triathlon Junior and Youth Nationals Set to Take Place in One Month

The USA Triathlon Junior and Youth National
heads to a new location this year, with West Chester, Ohio, set to
host all levels
of youth triathletes from beginners to the nation’s top rising multisport stars
Aug. 11-12 at the Voice of America Park.

More than 600 up-and-coming triathletes will compete in the Aug. 11-12
events. (Rich
Cruse/USA Triathlon)

Action is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11 with the
draft-legal Junior
Elite (ages 16-19) and Youth Elite (ages 13-15) nationals
championships. Athletes
earned their spots to compete at qualifying events, including last
year’s championship
and Junior and Youth Elite Cups. The events feature a 750-meter swim,
bike and 5-kilometer run course for Junior Elites and a 375m swim, 10k bike and
2.5k run course for Youth Elites.

The third-annual draft-legal team relay will be held Sunday, Aug. 12
at 8 a.m. for
athletes ages 13-19. All athletes on the four-person teams will complete a 250m
swim, a 5k bike and a 1.2k run.

The age group Youth National Championship will be held at 10:20 a.m., following
the relay event. The event, which is sold out as of July 11, features
six age and
competition divisions for athletes ages 7-15. Younger athletes will
complete a 100m
swim, 5k bike and 1k run, while athletes 11-15 will race on a 200m
swim, 10k bike,
2k run course.

More than 600 athletes and nearly 50 relay teams are expected to compete in the
13 events. National championship titles will also be awarded to the
top youth club
(non-drafting events) and development team (draft-legal). Visit usatriathlon.org
for more information on the event.

“We are excited to host youth and junior triathletes from across the
United States
in a new venue this year,” USA Triathlon National Events Director Jeff
Dyrek said.
“With near-record participation we know this national championship is
an opportunity
many athletes look forward to. The enthusiasm these young athletes
demonstrate for
the sport make this a fun event for all involved.”

The youth demographic (ages 7-17) is the fastest growing segment of
USA Triathlon’s
annual membership. At yearend 2011, USA Triathlon featured 42,626 youth members,
which comprised nearly 30 percent of the organization’s total membership.

About USA Triathlon

Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body
for triathlon – one of the fastest growing sports in the world – as
well as duathlon,
aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon and paratriathlon in the United
States. USA
Triathlon sanctions 3,500 races and connects with more than 150,000 members each
year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In
addition to
its work with athletes, coaches, and race directors on the grassroots level, USA
Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing
at international
events, including ITU World Championships, Pan American Games and the
Summer Olympic
Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the International Triathlon Union and
the United States Olympic Committee.



Filed in: sports / deportes