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Duathlon National Championship Festival Wraps Up in Virginia

April 28, 2008, 12 a.m. (ET)

RICHMOND, Va. (April 28 2008) More than 450 athletes competed Sunday in the Duathlon National Championship Festival, which featured elites and age group competitors vying for a trip to the World Championships.

Matt Russell (Boulder, Colo.) and Anne Curi Preisig (Falmouth, Mass.) won the overall elite USAT Short Course National Championships with times of 1 hour, 58 minutes, 2 seconds and 2:20:52, respectively.

Russell, who has been a professional duathlete for only four months, combined drafting tactics on the bike and speed on the run to win. He caught defending national champion Tom Jeffrey with 2 miles remaining on the run.

Curi Preisig, a 41-year-old mother of two, handled the rain-slick streets on the bike and maintained a comfortable lead on the second run.

Chris Ganter posted the top time for the age groupers with a 2:02:08. Suzanne Huelster’s time of 2:16:26 was the top time among female age group athletes.

The Short Course National Championships, which feature a 10K run, 40K bike and a 5K run, serve as a World Championship qualifier for both elites and age groupers. Seven slots per age group and five slots for both elite men and women will be awarded to athletes interested in joining Team USA at the ITU Short Course Duathlon World Championship in Rimini, Italy, on Sept. 27-28.

The final day of the National Duathlon Festival also featured sport, junior and youth races. Saturday’s events included off-road duathlon events. The National Duathlon Festival marks the first time off-road national championship events have been combined with on-road national championship events at the same site.  The National Duathlon Festival, which is organized by the Sports Backers, will be in held in Richmond through 2010.

Elite Results

1. Matthew Russell 25 (Boulder, Colo.) 1:58:02
2. Ryan Giuliano 24 (Schaumburg, Ill.) 1:58:58
3. Ryan Ignatz 30 (Boulder, Colo.) 1:59:13

1. Anne Curi Preisig 41 (Falmouth, Mass.) 2:20:52
2. Bianca Simpson 33 (Chester Springs, Pa.) 2:22:38
*3. Nik Vogler 29 (Calgary, Alberta) 2:25:46
4. Jenifer Martin 36 (Clifton, N.J.) 2:28:05
   * not eligible for spot on U.S. team

Age Group Results

18-19: Brian Register (Middletown, N.J) 2:08:19
20-24: Zakary Noles (Pinckney, Mich.) 2:05:34
25-29: Rick Fesler (Camp Hill, Pa.) 2:02:27
30-34: Chris Ganter (Doylestown, Pa.) 2:02:08
35-39: Dylan Johns (Aspen, Colo.) 2:09:27
40-44: Stephen Dupree (Superior, Colo.) 2:04:13
45-49: Alec Petro (Duxbury, Mass.) 2:10:00
50-54: John Brockenbrough (Murrysville, Pa.) 2:09:21
55-59: John Cash (Landrum, S.C.) 2:22:27
60-64: Thomas Waldrop (Midlothian, Va.) 2:23:47
65-69: Warren Taylor (Telford, Pa.) 2:29:43
70-74: Roger Brockenbrough (Pittsburgh, Pa.) 2:51:23
75-79: Gene White (Mechanicsville, Va.) 3:07:30
80-84: Edwin Bixenstine (Kent, Ohio) 3:30:25

20-24: Brianna Cash (Washington D.C.) 2:27:35
25-29: Jacqueline Mariash (Superior, Colo.) 2:24:37
30-34: Suzanne Huelster (Riverton, N.J.) 2:16:26
35-39: Gail Kattouf (Greenville, S.C.) 2:19:09
40-44: Julie Deery (Bala Cynwyd, Pa.) 2:22:05                         
45-49: Stacy Creamer (New York, N.Y.) 2:29:53
50-54: Kate Samuelson (Livermore, Calif.) 2:35:40
55-59: Diane Proud (Irving, Texas) 2:49:37
60-64: Melinda Berge (Park City, Utah) 3:15:40
65-69: Ann Erickson (The Woodlands, Texas) 2:50:53
70-74: Sharon Roggenbuck (Hillsborough, N.C.) 3:34:21

Results of all events
Elite Results
Age Group Results
Youth Results
Junior Results
Sport Race Results

• In Saturday’s Off-Road Duathlon Championships, XTERRA pro Dominic Gillen (Milford, Conn.) won the men’s race with a time of 2:08:19. On the women’s side, 23-year-old Laura Hamm, a grad student at Virginia Tech, earned her first win with a time of 2:44:10 on the 10K run, 30K bike, 2.5K run course.

Off-Road Championship Results
Off-Road Junior Results
Off-Road Sport Race Results
Off-Road Youth Results