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Cayuga Lake Triathlon Prepares for USAT Sprint National Championship

July 29, 2008, 4:49 p.m. (ET)

Some of the top sprint distance triathletes will compete at the 2008 USA Triathlon Sprint National Championship (Cayuga Lake Triathlon) on August 3 in Trumansburg, N.Y.

The organizing committee of the Cayuga Lake Triathlon, which is in its sixth year, will host the sprint distance race for individual and relay competitors. The event reached its capacity months ago with 640 individuals 39 teams registered.

“The Cayuga Lake Triathlon’s race committee and the Ithaca Triathlon Club are thrilled to be hosting this year's USAT Sprint National Championship,” said race director Jane Miller. “Undoubtedly, this championship will bring a level of competition to our race we haven't seen yet.  We are excited that athletes from more than 30 states will get to see the beauty of our race venue and region.”

The race consists of a 750-meter swim, a 14-mile bike and a 5k run and will take place at Taughannock Falls State Park in the Finger Lakes Region of upstate New York.

Athletes begin the race with a swim in one of the crown jewels of the region, the delightfully cool waters of Cayuga Lake, then bike along scenic rolling hills, finishing with a run near the lake shore through the shaded and magnificent gorge trail to the park’s namesake, Taughannock Falls – the highest water fall in the Northeast at 215 feet.  Runners continue back to the cheering crowds near the start.

What: USA Triathlon Sprint National Championship
Where: Taughannock Falls State Park in Trumansburg, N.Y.
When: 8 a.m. Eastern time on Sunday, August 3
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