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City of Colorado Springs Ready to Host Youth National Championship

July 29, 2008, 5:28 p.m. (ET)

USA Triathlon anticipates more than 200 youth and junior triathletes will travel to Colorado Springs to compete in the Youth and Junior Elite National Championships on August 9.

Registration is open until August 1 at 11:59 p.m. Click here to find out more or to register. 

Colorado Springs boasts a number of kid and family-friendly activities as the home of the Olympic Training Center and one of America’s most famous mountains – Pikes Peak. Kids and their families will have the opportunity to tour the U.S. Olympic Training Center and experience many more of Colorado Springs’ unique qualities.

“Colorado Springs was chosen to host this event because not only is it a great locale with amazing support from the city and local authorities, but it’s also the epicenter for everything related to the Olympics,” said USA Triathlon National Events Director Jeff Dyrek. “Being in Colorado Springs provides these young, aspiring triathletes with the opportunity to visit the Olympic Training Center, where many of their idols have trained. The Olympics start August 8th and on that day, the kids will be a part of the Olympic experience as they pick up their race packets at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.”

Current participant lists are posted on the Youth National Championship pages at the USA Triathlon website.

Click here for the youth participant list.

Click here for the youth elite participant list.

Click here for the junior elite participant list.

Participants’ race bags include: a USA Triathlon hat, USAT transition towel, USAT race belts, autographed Laura Bennett Frosted Flakes box, baseball card set of the 2008 U.S. Olympians in triathlon, USA Triathlon Life magazine summer issue (includes youth section), Air Force Academy commemorative coin, Royal Gorge coupon, visitors guide to Colorado Springs, Echo Canyon rafting guide, post-race photo flyer.

Course Information

The races will take place at Memorial Park and Prospect Lake near downtown Colorado Springs. Course maps are available at the USA Triathlon website. 

Youth course maps
Youth elite course maps
Junior elite course maps

Schedule of Events

Click here to download the 2008 Youth National Championship Program

Thursday, August 7th
All Day
Tours of the USOC (The scheduled tours have been filled). The USOC conducts tours daily, every half-hour between the hours of 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. with no tour at noon. No reservations need to be made for groups under 10 people. For more information on tours of the United States Olympic Training Center, please go to their website

5 – 7 p.m. Pre-Race Social Event
There will be a free pre-race social event held at the United States Olympic Training Center in the West Wing Conference Center for all athletes and their family. Please email to RSVP to the event with the number of people that will be attending.

Friday, August 8th
8 a.m. Kids Clinic Registration, Memorial Park, Prospect Lake Beach House

9 – 11 a.m., Kids Clinic, Memorial Park, Prospect Lake Beach House

Noon – 5 p.m. Youth, Youth Elite & Junior Elite National Championship Packet Pickup in the West Wing Conference Center lobby at the Olympic Training Center

2 p.m. Youth Pre-Race Meeting in the West Wing Conference Center

3:30 p.m. Youth Elite and Junior Elite Mandatory Pre-Race Briefing in the West Wing Conference Center

Saturday, August 9th
Youth National Championship
7:00 - 7:45 a.m. Youth Transition Open
8:00 -9:30 a.m.  Elite Transition Open
8 a.m. Boys & Girls 9-10 swim start
8:05 a.m. Boys & Girls 7-8 swim start
9 a.m. Boys & Girls 11-12 swim start
9:05 a.m. Boys & Girls 13-15swim start

Youth Elite National Championship
10 a.m. Women swim start
11 a.m. Men swim start

Junior Elite National Championship
12:30 p.m. Women swim start
2 p.m. Men swim start

Awards Ceremony
Begins at approximately 4 p.m.