SARASOTA, Florida — The first-ever Sarasota-Bradenton ITU Triathlon World Cup and ITU Paratriathlon World Cup are headed to Nathan Benderson Park this Saturday and Sunday, highlighting a weekend of elite, paratriathlon, collegiate and age-group racing at the Sarasota-Bradenton Triathlon Festival.
Due to the level of algae in the lake at Nathan Benderson Park following uncontrollable recent weather conditions, USA Triathlon and the ITU today announced that all of the weekend’s races will shift from triathlons (swim-bike-run format) to duathlons (run-bike-run format). The schedule and start times for all races remain the same.
The cancellation of the swim portion for the weekend’s races was required per USA Triathlon and ITU standards, as the safety of the athletes is the highest priority at all USA Triathlon-sanctioned events.
The ITU Triathlon World Cup, set for Saturday at 1 p.m. ET for the elite women and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET for the elite men, will now cover a 5-kilometer run, 40-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run. This event will also serve as the USA Triathlon Elite National Championships, with the top U.S. finisher in each race earning the title of national champion.
The Women’s Collegiate East Regional Qualifier (Saturday at 5 p.m. ET) and the ITU Paratriathlon World Cup (Sunday at 10 a.m. ET) will each cover a 2.5k run, 18.3k bike and 2.5k run.
The Age Group Draft-Legal World Qualifier (Saturday at 7:15 a.m.) and the Age Group Open Sprint Triathlon (Sunday at 7:10 a.m.) will each cover a 2.5k run, 18k bike and 2.5 run.
Final course maps for all races will be available at usatriathlon.org/2017sbtrifest within the next 24 hours.
The start lists for the elite men’s, women’s and paratriathlon races are now final, and athletes are ranked according to the current ITU rankings. Leading the women’s start list is 2016 U.S. Olympian Katie Zaferes (Hampstead, Md.), who finished third in this season’s ITU World Triathlon Series standings. The men’s start list is led by Henri Schoeman of South Africa, who took gold in 2016 at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Cozumel, Mexico.
The top American on the men’s start list is Kevin McDowell (Geneva, Ill.) at the No. 3 position. McDowell has momentum on his side after taking silver at the Huelva ITU Triathlon World Cup last month.
Leading the start lists for their respective divisions at the ITU Paratriathlon World Cup are Zach Young (PTWC, Jackson, Mo.), Andrea Walton (PTS4, Washington, D.C.), Ruth-Ann Reeves (PTS5, Hattiesburg, Mo.) and Amy Dixon (PTVI, Encinitas, Calif.)
Complete event information for the Sarasota-Bradenton Triathlon Festival is available at usatriathlon.org/2017sbtrifest.
MEDIA CREDENTIALS: To apply for a media credential to cover the races, please fill out the USA Triathlon Media Credential Request Form or contact Caryn Maconi, USA Triathlon Communications Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 719-200-2384. Media credentials may be picked up on Saturday or Sunday at the Media Center, located in the Nathan Benderson Park Finish Tower on the second floor.
COVERAGE: Results, event recaps and photo galleries will be posted to usatriathlon.org at the conclusion of each day of racing. For live coverage of the elite races, follow @TriathlonLive on Twitter. The official event hashtag is #2017SBTriFest.
Saturday, Oct. 7
7:15 a.m.: Age Group Draft-Legal World Qualifier
11:10 a.m.: Age Group Draft-Legal World Qualifier Awards Ceremony
1 p.m.: ITU Triathlon World Cup Elite Women
3:30 p.m.: ITU Triathlon World Cup Elite Women Awards Ceremony
5 p.m.: Women’s Collegiate Triathlon East Regional Qualifier
7 p.m.: Women’s Collegiate Triathlon East Regional Qualifier Awards Ceremony
Sunday, Oct. 8
7:10 a.m.: Age Group Non-Draft Open Sprint Triathlon
9:20 a.m.: Age Group Non-Draft Open Sprint Triathlon Awards Ceremony
10 a.m.: ITU Paratriathlon World Cup
1 p.m.: ITU Paratriathlon World Cup Awards Ceremony
2:30 p.m.: ITU Triathlon World Cup Elite Men
4:45 p.m.: ITU Triathlon World Cup Elite Men Awards Ceremony
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).