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USAT Winter Triathlon Nationals This Weekend

Feb. 06, 2008, 12 a.m. (ET)

BEND, Ore. (Feb. 6 2008) The winter wonderland of Mt. Bachelor Resort near Bend, Ore., is the site for the USA Triathlon Winter Triathlon National Championship, set for Saturday, Feb. 9.

The 4k run, 10.5k mountain bike, 8k cross country ski event is set for 9 a.m. and will feature close to 80 athletes – both elites and age groupers – competing for national titles, a $3,000 prize purse, and World Championship slots.

The top-three elite men and women and the top-five men and women in each age group will earn a spot on Team USA that will be competing at the ITU Winter Triathlon World Championship in Freudenstadt, Germany on February 22.

Athletes to watch on the elite level include last year’s overall champion Mike Kloser (Vail, Colo.), as well as Brian Smith (Gunnison, Colo.) and Spencer Powlison (Boulder, Colo.), who finished second and third, respectively, at last weekend’s winter triathlon in Durango, Colo. On the women’s side, the main contender will be Heather Best (Fairbanks, Alaska), last year’s bronze medalist. Expect to see some local Bend athletes fighting for those top spots, as well.

The majority of winter triathlon participants come from a background that includes adventure racing, cross country skiing, snoeshoeing, and other winter activities. However, the sport is a growing discipline in multisport and has become a great off-season training element for triathletes and duathletes alike.

Athletes can still sign up online or at the event on Saturday.

More details and registration information can be found here

About Mt. Bachelor
Minutes from Bend, Redmond, Sunriver and Sisters, Oregon, Mt. Bachelor is one of the largest resorts in the country, offering nearly 3,700 acres of varied terrain. Located in the high desert of the Central Cascades, the mountain is known for dry snow and the best skiing and riding in the West.