COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Triathlon today announced its 2016 Duathletes of the Year, made up of the top run-bike-run athletes in the nation at the elite, age-group and junior levels. The elite selections were made by the USA Triathlon Athlete Advisory Council, and the age-group awards, presented by Garmin, were selected by the USA Triathlon Age Group Committee.
Headlining the 2016 roster are Patrick Parish (Bloomington, Minn.) and Alycia Hill (Tacoma, Wash.), who were named Elite Duathletes of the Year. Parish’s 2016 achievements included a win at the 2016 USA Triathlon Long Course Duathlon National Championships in Cary, North Carolina, a third-place finish at the USA Triathlon Elite Duathlon National Championships in Bend, Oregon, and a second-place finish in the Apple Duathlon in Sartell, Minnesota.
Hill was the women’s overall champion at USA Triathlon Elite Duathlon Nationals. She also placed seventh at both IRONMAN 70.3 Victoria and IRONMAN 70.3 Augusta.
“I feel fortunate to have found a sport that attracts a diverse group of strong, dedicated and caring individuals,” Hill said. “What began as an activity to share with my dad, has now become a lifestyle.”
The Men’s Age-Group Duathlete of the Year was awarded to Keith Jackson (Englewood, Colo.). In his 2016 season, Jackson earned an overall win at Age-Group Sprint-Distance Duathlon Nationals. He also took his third consecutive age-group title at Long Course Duathlon Nationals, and was the bronze medalist in the men’s 20-24 division at the ITU Long Distance Duathlon World Championships in Zofingen, Switzerland.
“It’s an amazing honor to be recognized among such an incredible group of athletes,” Jackson said. “Thanks to my Georgia friends, Colorado training partners, Coach Jon Mason and USA Triathlon for providing these wonderful opportunities.”
Kirsten Sass (McKenzie, Tenn.), who was also named 2016 Women’s Age-Group Triathlete of the Year on Tuesday, earned double honors as the Women’s Age-Group Duathlete of the Year for the second consecutive year. The multitalented athlete earned overall wins at the ITU Standard-Distance Duathlon World Championships in Aviles, Spain, USA Triathlon Age-Group Standard-Distance Duathlon National Championships, and the Draft-Legal Duathlon World Qualifier in New Orleans.
Masters Duathlete of the Year titles were awarded to Thomas Woods (Lincoln, Neb.) and Manuela Knispel (Shorewood, Minn.). Woods earned men’s 45-49 national titles at the Sprint-Distance and Standard-Distance Duathlon National Championships, and placed second at Long Course Duathlon Nationals. Knispel placed second in the women’s 45-49 division at the ITU Long Distance Duathlon World Championships. She was the masters champion at Standard-Distance Duathlon Nationals as well as at the Apple Duathlon.
Bob Becker (Richmond, Va.) and Kristin Allyne (Chapel Hill, N.C.) earned Grand Masters Duathlete of the Year titles. Becker captured men’s 65-69 age-group wins at both USA Triathlon Standard-Distance and Long Course Duathlon Nationals, while Allyne raced to women’s 55-59 age-group wins at ITU Draft-Legal Sprint Duathlon Worlds and USA Triathlon Long Course Duathlon Nationals.
Patrick Wells (Burbank, Calif.) and Kaytlynn Welsch (Alvin, Texas) were named Junior Duathletes of the Year. Wells’ season highlights included a men’s 16-19 age group win at Sprint-Distance Duathlon Nationals, a top-10 age-group finish at the ITU Draft-Legal Sprint Duathlon World Championships, and an overall win at the Spring Sprint Duathlon in San Diego.
Welsch’s 2016 highlights included a second-place 16-19 age group finish at the ITU Draft-Legal Sprint Duathlon World Championships, the women’s overall title at the River Roux Half IRONMAN Duathlon in New Roads, Louisiana, and 12 women’s overall titles in duathlons throughout the year.
The 2016 USA Triathlon Duathletes of the Year and honorable mention selections are as follows:
Men’s Elite Duathlete of the Year: Patrick Parish (Bloomington, Minn.)
Women’s Elite Duathlete of the Year: Alycia Hill (Tacoma, Wash.)
Honorable Mention: Sarah Graves
Men’s Age-Group Duathlete of the Year: Keith Jackson (Englewood, Colo.)
Honorable Mention: Jesse Dunn, Jason Karavidas, Matthew Payne
Women’s Age-Group Duathlete of the Year: Kirsten Sass (McKenzie, Tenn.)
Honorable Mention: Jennifer Scudiero, Kaytlynn Welsch, Courtney Wiseman
Men’s Masters Duathlete of the Year: Thomas Woods (Lincoln, Neb.)
Honorable Mention: Kerry Farrell, Derek Hager, Dave Slavinski
Women’s Masters Duathlete of the Year: Manuela Knispel (Shorewood, Minn.)
Honorable Mention: Celia Dubey, Rachel Wheeler-Northup, Laura Wiley
Men’s Grand Masters Duathlete of the Year: Bob Becker (Richmond, Va.)
Honorable Mention: Keith Woodward, Mike McCarty, Wolf Hillesheim
Women’s Grand Masters Duathlete of the Year: Kristin Allyne (Chapel Hill, N.C.)
Honorable Mention: Colleen Rebant, Diane Travis, Valerie Eipper
Men’s Junior Duathlete of the Year: Patrick Wells (Burbank, Calif.)
Honorable Mention: Timothy Wells
Women’s Junior Duathlete of the Year: Kaytlynn Welsch (Alvin, Texas)
Honorable Mention: Jane Tullis
USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon, as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,300 races and connects with nearly 500,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work with athletes, coaches, and race directors on the grassroots level, USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships, Pan American Games and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the ITU and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).