USAT Age Group Nationals, Colorado Does Well!

Jim Halberg with Mike Wein

By Bill Plock

The USAT Age Group Nationals took place the weekend in Cleveland, Ohio. The Olympic distance race was Saturday and the Sprint race was Sunday. 20 Coloradans were on the podium!

Seven Coloradans were on the podium in the Olympic Distance:

Lockett Wood and Eileen Croissant both earned first place in the 80 to 84 category. Steph Popelar took second in the 50 to 54. Laura McDonald (35-39) and Tim Hola (45-49) both were third. Lori Dandley (65-69) was fourth and Amy Peters (40-44) finished 5th.

In the Sprint Distance, 13 Coloradans were on the podium;

  • 1st Carter Brand (15-19)
  • 1st Lockett Wood (80-84)
  • 2nd Jonathan Mason (40-44)
  • 3rd Jack Welber (80-84)
  • 4th, Kirk Framke (45-49), Peter Valentyik (50-54), Allicia Caldwell 55-59
  • 5th, Cassidy Hickey (15-19), Katie Cullingford (25-29), Jim Halberg (40-44) Neal McLaughlin (60-64), Nancy Mallon (70-74), Susan Griffin-Kaklikian (60-64)
Dana Willett, Amy Miller, Jim Hallberg, relaxing afterwards

Congrats to all Coloradans who competed!! To find all results and search by name go HERE

Hola, McDonald, Hickey, Mason, Former Age Group Champs, Compete in Cleveland This Weekend

Tim Hola pic with Ellen Hart

Coloradans, Tim Hola, Laura McDonald both former Olympic Distance age group champions, and Cassidy Hickey and Jonathan Mason, Sprint Distance champions are competing in the USAT Championships this weekend in Cleveland. Many other Coloradans are competing as well.

Here is the official information about this weekend’s event with links to track and follow along!

Nation’s most competitive age-groupers to race for national titles in sprint- and Olympic-distance events

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Approximately 4,500 of the nation’s top amateur triathletes will return to Cleveland’s Edgewater Park this Saturday, Aug. 10, and Sunday, Aug. 11, for the Toyota USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships. In addition, an open water swim competition will be held as part of Age Group Nationals weekend for the first time on Friday, Aug. 9.

First held in 1983, Age Group Nationals is USA Triathlon’s largest and longest-running National Championships event. Athletes from all 50 states and Washington, D.C., are set to compete. The youngest athlete on the start list is 15, and the oldest is 90.

Cleveland hosts the event for the second consecutive year, and also hosted in 1992. The main venue is at Edgewater Park. Athletes will swim in Lake Erie, bike and run along the lakeshore overlooking downtown Cleveland, and finish with a sprint down USA Triathlon’s iconic National Championships red carpet within the park.

Athletes must qualify to compete in Saturday’s Olympic-distance race by earning a competitive age-group finish at a previous USA Triathlon-sanctioned event. No qualification is required for Sunday’s sprint-distance race. Both races will be qualification-based starting in 2020, when Age Group Nationals returns to its 2013-2015 host city of Milwaukee. Athletes racing this weekend in Cleveland have access to special qualification opportunities for 2020; more details can be found here.

Racing action begins Friday at 11 a.m. ET with an open water swim competition, hosted by USA Triathlon in partnership with USA Swimming and U.S. Masters Swimming. Athletes will cover a 750-meter course in Lake Erie. Also on Friday, at 6:30 p.m., Greater Cleveland Sports Commission hosts the Sunset Sprint 5K starting and ending at the USA Triathlon Age Group Nationals finisher’s arch.

On tap for Saturday are the Olympic-Distance National Championships, featuring a 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run. The first wave of athletes will go off at 6:50 a.m., the last wave starts at 9:06 a.m., and the course will close at 11:45 a.m.

On Sunday, racing continues with the Sprint National Championships, in which athletes will cover a 750m swim, 10k bike and 5k run. The first athletes will start at 6:50 a.m., the last wave goes off at 8:20 a.m., and the course closes at 11:45 a.m.

In both races, athletes will be chasing national titles in their respective age groups. Top finishers in each age group will also earn the opportunity to represent Team USA at the 2020 International Triathlon Union (ITU) Age Group Triathlon World Championships in Edmonton, Alberta, in their respective race distances.

At Olympic-Distance Nationals, the top 18 finishers in each age group (rolling down to 30th place) will earn a spot on Team USA. Sprint-distance competitors must finish in the top eight in their age groups to secure a spot for the Sprint World Championships, which will feature a draft-legal format. Athletes may also qualify for the Sprint World Championships with a top finish at the USA Triathlon Draft-Legal Sprint National Championships in Tempe, Arizona, on Nov. 16. For more information on Team USA, comprised of the nation’s top amateur multisport athletes who represent the U.S. at each ITU World Championship event, visit HERE

Eighteen national champions from 2018 will be back to defend their Olympic-distance titles, including defending Olympic- and sprint-distance men’s overall champion Justin Lippert (Middletown, N.J.) and defending Olympic-distance women’s overall champion Gabrielle Bunten (Forest Lake, Minn.). The 2018 men’s Olympic-distance Masters champion, Scott Erba (Winona Lake, Ind.), will also be back, as will both the women’s and men’s defending Grand Masters champions, Kelly Dippold (Irvine, Calif.) and Tony Schiller (Eden Prairie, Minn.).

Returning Olympic-Distance National Champions
Name (Hometown), 2019 Age Group
Abbie Sullivan (Canandaigua, N.Y.), F20-24
Justin Lippert (Middletown, N.J.), M20-24
Gabrielle Bunten (Forest Lake, Minn.), F25-29
Todd Buckingham (Big Rapids, Mich.), M30-34
Laura McDonald (Castle Rock, Colo.), F35-39
Michael Phinney (Yardley, Pa.), M35-39
Tracy Kellner (Mequon, Wis.), F45-49
Tim Hola (Highlands Ranch, Colo.), M45-49
Scott Erba (Winona Lake, Ind.), M50-54
Stephen Bosic (Walthum, Mass.), M50-54
Linda Robb (Juno Beach, Fla.), F55-59
Kelly Dippold (Irvine, Calif.), F55-59
Lee Walther (Oklahoma City, Okla.), M55-59
Carol Gephart (Hamilton, Mich.), F60-64
Tony Schiller (Eden Prairie, Minn.), M60-64
Sibyl Jacobson (New York, N.Y.), F75-79
Robert Plant (Woodside, Calif.), M75-79
Don Nelson (Tulsa, Okla.), M80-84

In addition,19 of last year’s sprint-distance national champions will return to the start line, including Lippert. Both the women’s and men’s defending Masters champions, Ginger Reiner (Lincoln, Mass.) and Vachee Loughran (Glenview, Ill.), are back to defend their titles, as are both of last year’s Grand Masters champions, Dippold and Ron Gierut (Cedar Rapids, Iowa).

Returning Sprint-Distance National Champions
Name (Hometown), 2019 Age Group
Cassidy Hickey (Parker, Colo.), F15-19
Justin Lippert (Middletown, N.J.), M20-24
Desiree Terella (Fairview, Pa.), F30-34
Todd Buckingham (Big Rapids, Mich.), M30-34
Kirsten Sass (McKenzie, Tenn.), F40-44
Ginger Reiner (Lincoln, Mass.), F40-44
Jonathan Mason (Fort Collins, Colo.), M40-44
Celia Dubey (Tarpon Springs, Fla.), F45-49
Vachee Loughran (Glenview, Ill.), M45-49
Robert Skaggs (Solana Beach, Calif.), M50-54
Kelly Dippold (Irvine, Calif.), F55-59
Clint Dowd (Goffstown, N.H.), M55-59
Ron Gierut (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), M60-64
Kathy Calabretta (Ludington, Mich.), F70-74
Terry Habecker (Ithaca, N.Y.), M70-74
Lois Leon (Miami, Fla.), F75-79
Sharon Roggenbuck (Hillsborough, N.C.), F80-84
Madonna Buder (Spokane, Wash.), F85-89
Wayne Fong (Chatsworth, Calif.), M85-89

The Cleveland community is encouraged to come out to Edgewater Park, support the competitors and experience the excitement of multisport. Admission is free to all spectators.

LIVESTREAM AND EVENTS APP: Spectators and media can access a free livestream of both races at usatriathlon.org. Live coverage will also be available on Twitter @USATLive. Race leaderboards and individual athlete tracking can be found by using the USA Triathlon Events App, free to download on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Media, family and friends can also track athletes using a web-browser-based version of the app, available here.

TRI THE BOAT receives a Special USA Triathlon Designation for 2017

 

TRI THE BOAT in beautiful Steamboat Springs CO is back and better than ever. This epic two day event features Sprint & Olympic Distance Racing on June 24th and the Half Iron Distance June 25th. Each race distance also features relay, aqua bike and dry land categories.

This year, the half- iron-distance event has been designated the 2017 USA Triathlon Rocky Mountain Long Course Regional Championship, meaning the top 10 percent of finishers in each age group qualify for the 2017 National Triathlon Championship.

The race has also gotten a little facelift, with a new transition area, new swim course layout, new run course and new finish area. Set against the backdrop of the Yampa Valley, the swim takes place in the picturesque Stagecoach Reservoir. The two-loop bike features newly paved rolling terrain, and the vast majority of the new run course takes place on packed dirt trails with scenic lake views before the waterfront finish.

 

Beat the May 31st price increase and take advantage of our special 10% off any distance race through the month of May – enter at checkout: 303TRIATHLON

 

Visit the new website for complete info and maps.

 

Triathlete Magazine has named TRI THE BOAT one of the summer’s best “non M-Dot” triathlons.  Read the full article here

 

Still on the fence?  Here’s RD Heather Gollnick to help you make up your mind.

Tri The Boat – Message from Race Director Heather Gollnick from Chris Tamucci on Vimeo.

USAT 2017 Collegiate & High School National Championships

Colorado’s Brittany Warly, the 2016 Collegiate Draft-Legal Champion. Mario Cantu/CIMAGES.

COLLEGIATE CLUB AND HIGH SCHOOL TRIATHLETES TO RACE FOR NATIONAL TITLES IN TUSCALOOSA NEXT WEEK

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The nation’s top collegiate club and high school triathletes will compete for national titles starting next Friday at the 2017 USA Triathlon Collegiate Club & High School National Championships in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, from April 21-22.

More than 1,300 collegiate athletes from 120 clubs and more than 130 high school triathletes are set to race.

The action begins Friday at 8:15 a.m. with the fifth-annual Draft-Legal Collegiate Championships, where athletes will compete over a 750-meter swim, five-lap, 20.2-kilometer bike and 5-kilometer run course. The collegiate men will race first, followed by the collegiate women at 10 a.m.

Also on the docket for Friday is the second annual High School National Championships. Athletes will compete in sprint-distance event featuring a 750m swim, three-lap, non-drafting 20.25k bike and 5k run course. The boys’ high school race will begin at 12 p.m., and the girls’ race will follow at 1 p.m. The High School Nationals race was contested for the first time last year in Clemson, South Carolina.

Racing continues on Saturday with the marquee Collegiate Club National Championships Olympic-distance race, which has long been a staple of the Collegiate Club Nationals program. Athletes will cover a 1,500m swim, non-drafting 40k bike, 10k run course, with the men starting at 7:30 a.m. and women starting at 10:20 a.m.

The weekend concludes with the Collegiate Mixed Team Relay on Saturday at 4:15 p.m. Teams are comprised of four athletes (two men and two women), with each athlete covering a 300m swim, 5.9k bike, 1.6k run course. The Mixed Team Relay event will also feature up to 10 alumni teams.

For all races, athletes will swim in Black Warrior River, bike and run on Jack Warner Parkway, the Tuscaloosa Riverwalk and surrounding roads, and finish at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater.

Qualified athletes may compete in both the draft-legal and Olympic-distance Collegiate National Championship events, and both races will count toward the overall team scores. Winners of individual races, as well as all team standings, will be announced at the award ceremony, scheduled for 8 p.m. on April 22 at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater. The Awards Ceremony will also recognize the fastest swim, bike and run splits from the Olympic-distance collegiate race.

The 2017 Collegiate Club & High School National Championships will be the first event to utilize USA Triathlon’s new National Events App. The app, which features athlete tracking, event schedules, selfie filters and more, is available now for free download on iPhone and Android devices. For more information, visit usatriathlon.org/eventsapp.

Multisport fans can also follow the action on USA Triathlon’s live blog at usatriathlon.org/usatcn17coverage. Event coverage will begin 15 minutes prior to the start of the draft-legal sprint, high school and Olympic-distance events.

The University of Colorado has earned the Collegiate Club Nationals title for the past seven years and returns as the defending champion of the overall team title. Colorado also earned the men’s team title in 2016, while UCLA picked up the women’s team title for the third straight year.

Colorado’s Brittany Warly (women’s) and Penn State’s Mike Meehan (men’s) picked up individual wins last year in the Draft-Legal Collegiate Championships. Erica Clevenger of the University of Arizona earned the women’s Olympic-distance collegiate title, while Meehan took his second national title in as many days in the Olympic-distance event. Led by 2015 Collegiate Nationals champion Kelly Kosmo, UCLA earned the Mixed-Team Relay title.

Taylor Knibb (girls’) and Jake Baugher (boys’) were the inaugural high school national champions in 2016, while Sammy’s Fox Valley Region Club earned the high school club title.

A list of all collegiate club and high school competitors is available at usatriathlon.org.

Tuscaloosa is a familiar city for USA Triathlon, as it previously hosted both Collegiate Nationals in 2011 and 2012, and Age Group Nationals in 2009 and 2010.