Branden Rakita (Colorado Springs, Colo.) is the lone American elite on the start list. He finished ninth at 2012 Cross Worlds, which were held in Pelham, Ala. Click here for the complete start lists. A full preview of the elite men’s and women’s races is available on triathlon.org.
Team USA is comprised of 28 age-group athletes from 18 states ranging in age from 25-66. In the two-year history of the event, U.S. age-group athletes have combined for 21 world titles and 53 total medals in the off-road multisport event. Richard Wall (65-69, Colorado Springs, Colo.) seeks to defend his age-group title from last year, while Kathy Hudson (45-49, Highland Village, Texas), Scott Ewing (55-59, Destin, Fla.) and Annette MacNiven (55-59, Wainscott, N.Y.) also return to the event after having won silver in their respective age groups last year.
Athletes who raced last year at Cross Worlds were granted automatic qualifying slots for Team USA, and athletes could also qualify with top performances in select XTERRA races. Click here for more information more on Team USA.