Registration for USA Triathlon's 2012 Duathlon National Championship, presented by TriSports.com, opens Thursday. The nation's top run-bike-run event will be held April 28, 2012, in Tucson/Oro Valley, Ariz.
Duathlon Nationals returns to Arizona in 2012. (David Sanders)
Visit usatriathlon.org for more information on 2012 Duathlon Nationals and for a link to register.
Contested in Tucson/Oro Valley for the second straight year, Duathlon Nationals features standard-distance (5k run, 35k bike, 5k run) and sprint-distance (2.5k run, 17k bike, 2.5k run) events.
"Following a very successful event last year, USA Triathlon is excited to return to Tucson/Oro Valley for 2012 Duathlon Nationals," said USA Triathlon National Events Director Jeff Dyrek. "By offering two different race distances next year, more athletes will be able to enjoy competing for national titles on what is a scenic and challenging course."
Team USA spots for the 2012 International Triathlon Union Short Course Duathlon World Championships in Nancy, France, on Sept. 22-23, 2012, will be on the line in the sprint- and standard-distance races. The top 18 finishers in each age group (rolling down to 25th place) will earn the chance to represent the United States on the world stage.
The 2012 Paraduathlon National Championship will be held in conjunction with the sprint-distance event.
Additionally, the sprint-distance event features an open division, geared toward first-time duathletes. Competitors in the open wave will race against other first-time athletes and will not be eligible for national titles or Team USA slots.
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.
John Martin, USA Triathlon Communications & Media Relations Manager
Phone: (719) 955-2805