More Than 1,100 Registered for Duathlon National Championships This Weekend in Greenville

By USA Triathlon | April 04, 2018, 10:52 a.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The top amateur run-bike-run athletes from all 50 states and Washington, D.C., are set to compete for national titles and world championship spots this Saturday and Sunday in Greenville, South Carolina, at the 2018 USA Triathlon Duathlon National Championships. More than 1,100 are registered for the weekend of racing at Lakeside Park, making this year’s event the third-largest in Duathlon Nationals history.

Racing begins Saturday at 7:30 a.m. ET with the Draft-Legal Sprint Duathlon National Championships, which feature a 5-kilometer run, 18-kilometer bike and another 2.85-kilometer run. The fast-paced draft-legal format, which encourages athletes to ride in packs and work together on the bike, is common in elite-level racing and is growing in popularity at the amateur level.

The action continues Sunday at 7:30 a.m. with the Non-Drafting Standard Duathlon National Championships, featuring an 8.45k run, 39k bike and 4.5k run. Concluding the weekend are the Non-Drafting Sprint Duathlon National Championships, which cover a 5k run, 18k bike and 2.85k run. 

Saturday’s draft-legal race is being held as a National Championship for the first time, having been considered a World Championship qualifier in previous years. Defending champions include Marcus Alexander (M50-54), Valerie Eipper (F55-59), Jeff Dorrill (M55-59), David Burkhart (M60-64), Judi Carbary (F65-69), Jo Schmidt (F70-74), Bill Arnerich (M70-74), Dick Morgan (M75-79) and Kenneth Fleischhacker (M80-84).

Nine athletes will defend their titles in the non-drafting standard-distance race, including Albert Harrison (male overall and M25-29, aging up to M30-34), Wade Cruser (M30-34), Kirsten Sass (F35-39), Erica Ruge (F45-49), David Engstrom (M50-54), Kirsten Chapman (F50-54, aging up to F55-59), Burkhart (M60-64), Colleen Rebant (F60-64) and David Lowe (M70-74).  

Finally, eight defending champions in the non-drafting sprint will compete in Greenville, including Sass (M35-39), Thomas Woods (M45-49), Kerry Farrell (M55-59), Burkhart (M60-64), Phil Anderson (M65-69,) James Noonan (M70-74), Donald W. Moore (M75-79, aging up to M80-84) and Fleischhacker (M80-84).

For all three races, top finishers will qualify to represent Team USA in duathlon competition at the 2019 ITU Multisport World Championships Festival in Pontevedra, Spain. For complete details on Team USA, comprised of the top amateur multisport athletes who represent the U.S. at each ITU Age Group World Championships event, visit usatriathlon.org/teamusa

Duathlon Nationals participants, their families and friends can access event information and track athletes’ progress on course via the USA Triathlon Events App. The app, which features detailed athlete tracking, live leaderboards, event schedules and more, is available now for free download on iPhone and Android devices. The new app completely replaces last year’s USA Triathlon National Events App. Users of the 2017 app (with the blue icon) must delete it from their phones and download the new app (orange icon). For more information, visit usatriathlon.org/eventsapp.

For a complete Duathlon National Championships schedule, course maps and a link to web-browser based live athlete tracking, visit usatriathlon.org/du2018. To apply for media credentials, please fill out the USA Triathlon National Events Media Credential Request Form.

Draft-Legal Sprint Duathlon Defending Champions
David Burkhart (M60-64, Brighton, Mich.)
Marcus Alexander (M50-54, Cambridge, Mass.)
Valerie Eipper (F55-59, Longmont, Colo.)
Jeff Dorrill (M55-59, Dallas, Texas)
Judi Carbary (F65-69, San Diego, Calif.)
Jo Schmidt (F70-74, Albuquerque, N.M.)
Bill Arnerich (M70-74, Solvang, Calif.)
Dick Morgan (M75-79, Tioga, Pa.)
Kenneth Fleischhacker (M80-84, Littleton, Colo.)

Non-Drafting Standard Duathlon Defending Champions
Albert Harrison (Male overall and M25-29, aging up to M30-34, Moscow, Idaho)
Wade Cruser (M30-34, Sauk Rapids, Minn.)
Kirsten Sass (F35-39, McKenzie, Tenn.)
Erica Ruge (F45-49, Longmont, Colo.)
David Engstrom (M50-54, Beaverton, Ore.)
Kirsten Chapman (F50-54, aging up to F55-59, Edmond, Okla.)
David Burkhart (M60-64, Brighton, Mich.)
Colleen Rebant (F60-64, Ovilla, Texas)
David Lowe (M70-74, West Chester, Pa.)

Non-Drafting Sprint Duathlon Defending Champions

Thomas Woods (M45-49, Lincoln, Neb.)
David Burkhart (M60-64, Brighton, Mich.)
Kirsten Sass (M35-39, McKenzie, Tenn.)
Kerry Farrell (M55-59, Auburn, Wash.)
Phil Anderson (M65-69, Portland, Ore.)
James Noonan (M70-74, Vancouver, Wash.)
Donald W. Moore (M75-70, aging up to M80-84, Fort Myers, Fla.)
Kenneth Fleischhacker (M80-84, Littleton, Colo.)

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