MIAMI, Fla. — More than 40 age-group champions were crowned on Sunday at the USA Triathlon Aquabike and Long Course Triathlon National Championships in Miami, marking the last stop of the 2017 USA Triathlon National Championships calendar.
The event was held in conjunction with the Miami Man Triathlon organized by MultiRace. The aquabike featured a 1.2-mile swim and 56-mile bike, while the long-course triathlon featured the same distances on the swim and bike with the addition of a 13.1-mile run.
Athletes faced windy, challenging conditions on the bike course. The run passed directly through Zoo Miami, giving competitors a unique opportunity to run past giraffes, elephants and other animals on their way to the finish line.
Kirsten Sass (McKenzie, Tenn., F35-39) earned her third consecutive overall long-course triathlon national title, breaking the tape as the leading woman with a time of 4 hours, 50 minutes, 49 seconds.
“I had a way better race than I could have hoped for. With the conditions coming in, I know a lot of people were worried about the wind and the chance of storms, but it really ended up quite alright. It was a little windy on the bike, but the bike is my strength, so I was alright with that,” Sass said. “The competition is always stiff here at Nationals. It’s the best of the best in the nation.”
Luis Pou (Longwood, Fla., M40-44) was the men’s overall long course triathlon champion, clocking in at 4:27:01.
Mike Wien (Marietta, Ga.), Vice President of the USA Triathlon Board of Directors, defended his 2016 national title in the men’s 65-69 age group with a time of 5:25:39.
“[Long Course Nationals] was a first-class race. It was a terrific course with lots of headwinds and tailwinds. It was also very flat and fast, which I enjoy. It's not often that I get to run past giraffes grazing!” Wien said. “MultiRace did a fantastic job organizing an event that appeals to all athletes enjoying the multisport lifestyle.”
John Strait (New Port Richey, Fla., M70-74) and Payne Pachuda (West Chester, Pa., M16-19) also defended their 2016 long-course triathlon national titles in their respective age groups.
In the Aquabike National Championships, Adam Voss (M25-29) claimed the men’s overall crown in 2:44:19, while Karin Biskovich (F40-44) took the women’s overall title in 3:00:53. Garry Castelli (Belleville, Ill., M65-69), Michael McCombs (Marlborough, Mass., M60-64), Kerry Simmons (Lake Mary, Fla., F50-54) and Julia Wreski (Fort Meyers, Fla., F45-49) all defended their age-group national titles from 2016.
In both races, the top 18 finishers in each age group (rolling down to 25th place) earned the opportunity to represent Team USA at the 2018 ITU Multisport World Championships Festival in Odense, Denmark. The festival is set for July 6-14, and includes world championships in six disciplines. Both the Aquabike and Long Distance Triathlon World Championships will take place July 14. For more information about Team USA, the select group of amateur multisport athletes who represent the U.S. at each ITU Age Group World Championship event, visit usatriathlon.org/teamusa.
In 2018, the Miami Man Triathlon will host the inaugural USA Triathlon Multisport National Championships Festival. The event, set for Nov. 10-11, will feature national championships in long-course triathlon, long-course duathlon, long-course aquabike, international-distance aquabike and aquathlon. For more information about the 2018 Multisport National Championships Festival, click here.
USA Triathlon Long Course Triathlon National Championships
1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run
*Complete results will be available at miamimanhalfiron.com/results.
Overall Female: Kirsten Sass (McKenzie, Tenn.), 4:50:49
Overall Male: Luis Pou (Longwood, Fla.), 4:27:01
F16-19: Heather House (Ponte Vedra, Fla.), 5:53:51
M16-19: Payne Pachuda (West Chester, Pa.), 5:01:00
F20-24: Taylor Fogg (Colorado Springs, Colo.), 5:07:28
M20-24: Patrick Martin (Carmel, Ind.), 4:59:40
F25-29: Karah Osterberg (North Aurora, Ill.), 5:13:45
M25-29: Christopher Loy (Gainesville, Fla.), 4:45:09
F30-34: Kelsey Morfitt (Bonney Lake, Wash.), 6:03:23
M30-34: Luis Iturralde (New Orleans, La.), 4:39:25
F35-39: Kirsten Sass (McKenzie, Tenn.), 4:50:49
M35-39: Reece McGregor (Englewood, Colo.), 4:43:27
F40-44: Julie Kress (Orlando, Fla.), 5:30:28
M40-44: Luis Pou (Longwood, Fla.), 4:27:01
F45-49: Lesley Brainard (Collierville, Tenn.), 4:58:06
M45-49: Thomas Woods (Lincoln, Neb.), 4:35:30
F50-54: Linda Robb (Juno Beach, Fla.), 5:07:45
M50-54: William Walker (Brooklyn, N.Y.), 4:42:58
F55-59: Rebecca Smith (West Chester, Pa.), 5:18:26
M55-59: Frank Green (Miami, Fla.), 5:00:15
F60-64: Susan Briers (Saint Augustine, Fla.), 6:27:40
M60-64: Ron Gierut (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), 4:57:52
F65-69: Anne Viviani (Arlington, Va.), 7:05:51
M65-69: Mike Wien (Marietta, Ga.), 5:25:39
M70-74: John Strait (New Port Richey, Fla.), 6:31:16
F75-79: Sibyl Jacobson (New York, N.Y.), 7:34:43
USA Triathlon Aquabike National Championships
1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike
National Champions — Complete Results
*Complete results will be available at miamimanhalfiron.com/results.
Overall Female: Karin Biskovich (Amherst, N.H.), 3:00:53
Overall Male: Adam Voss (Muncie, Ind.), 2:44:19
F20-24: Brittany Barker (Arlington, Va.), 4:51:50
F25-29: Bethany Casanova-Garcia (Altamonte Springs, Fla.), 4:04:19
M25-29: Adam Voss (Muncie, Ind.), 2:44:19
F30-34: Amber Smolik (Stafford, Texas), 3:01:35
M30-34: Andy Nenninger (Boynton Beach, Fla.), 3:19:30
F35-39: Robin Sandos (Shrewsbury, Mass.), 3:03:52
M35-39: Marius Popovici (Hollywood, Fla.), 2:54:26
F40-44: Karin Biskovich (Amherst, N.H.), 3:00:53
M40-44: Kurt Holt (Santa Rosa, Calif.), 2:55:11
F45-49: Julia Wreski (Fort Meyers, Fla.), 3:07:02
M45-49: Keith O’Connell (Travelers Rest, S.C.), 2:58:44
F50-54: Kerry Simmons (Lake Mary, Fla.), 3:20:38
M50-54: Blair Saunders (Newark, Del.), 2:50:17
F55-59: Barbara Cronin-Stagnari (Mineola, N.Y.), 3:17:10
M55-59: Jason Engel (Irvine, Calif.), 2:57:59
F60-64: Rose Wilson (Greenville, S.C.), 3:25:13
M60-64: Michael McCombs (Marlborough, Mass.), 3:08:30
F65-69: Diane Ragalie (Highland Park, Ill.), 3:50:05
M65-69: Garry Castelli (Belleville, Ill.), 3:17:00
M70-74: Tom Chiotti (Sarasota, Fla.), 3:57:52
F75-79: Peggy McDowell-Cramer (Santa Monica, Calif.), 4:25:33
M75-79: Albert Leon (Miami, Fla.), 4:56:22
M80-84: Fredric Silverblatt (North Kingstown, R.I.), 4:57:44
Miami Man Long Course Triathlon Overall Males*:
1. Yunior Rosete Torres (elite) 4:19:55
2. John Kelly (open) 4:23:14
3. Luis Pou (40-44) 4:27:01
Miami Man Long Course Triathlon Overall Females*:
1. Kirsten Sass (35-39) 4:50:49
2. Lesley Brainard (45-49) 4:58:06
3. Hilary Cairns (open) 5:05:27
Miami Man Aquabike Overall Males:
1. Adam Voss (25-29) 2:44:19
2. Blair Saunders (50-54) 2:50:17
3. Leandro Lobo (30-34) 2:52:20
Miami Man Aquabike Overall Females:
1. Karin Biskovich (40-44) 3:00:53
2. Amber Smolik (30-34) 3:01:35
3. Robin Sandos (35-39) 3:03:52
*Please note: Athletes registered in elite, open, Clydesdale or Athena divisions, as well as non-U.S. citizens/nationals, are not eligible for national championship awards.
About USA Triathlon
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).