COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Triathlon today announced its 2017 Age-Group Duathletes of the Year presented by Garmin, a roster of the top run-bike-run athletes in the country as selected by the USA Triathlon Age Group Committee.
Leading the 2017 roster are Albert Harrison (Moscow, Idaho) and Danielle Dingman (Branson, Mo.), who were named overall Men’s and Women’s Age-Group Duathletes of the Year, respectively. Harrison took the overall men’s victory at the USA Triathlon Standard Duathlon National Championships in June in Bend, Oregon. He went on to win the men’s 25-29 age group in both the standard and draft-legal sprint races at the ITU Duathlon World Championships in Penticton, B.C., in August.
“I thank my family, friends and fellow run-bike-run enthusiasts for all the support and encouragement,” Harrison said. “Duathlon is a demanding but enjoyable sport with a rich history and diehard following. I challenge anyone reading this to come out, support the du and ‘do the du.’”
Dingman had a historic 2017 season, sweeping the overall women’s national titles at all three distances (sprint, standard and long course.) Dingman started her season with a victory at the Long Course Duathlon National Championships in Cary, North Carolina, in April, and followed that performance with the sprint and standard-distance titles in Bend.
“This award would not be possible without the support from my family, coaches, sponsors and community that encourage, push and believe in me,” Dingman said. “I am humbled and beyond grateful.”
Masters Duathlete of the Year titles were awarded to David Engstrom (Beaverton, Ore.) and Juliet Hochman (Portland, Ore.). Engstrom’s 2017 accomplishments included wins in the men’s 50-54 age group at the USA Triathlon Standard Duathlon National Championships and the ITU Standard Duathlon World Championships. Hochman earned a women’s 50-54 world title in the sprint race at the ITU Duathlon World Championships and collected bronze in the standard distance.
“Wow — I am honestly honored to be awarded this title, as I believe there are some awesome masters athletes out there,” Engstrom said. “I’m privileged to be in the same arena as them and to be given this distinction. It is truly better than gold at Worlds.”
Earning Grand Masters Duathlete of the Year honors were David Burkhart (Brighton, Mich.) and Patty Peoples-Resh (Redlands, Calif.). Burkhart swept the men’s 60-64 age group in all three races at the USA Triathlon Duathlon National Championships (non-drafting Sprint National Championships, non-drafting Standard National Championships and sprint-distance Draft-Legal Duathlon World Qualifier). He also took the men’s 60-64 world title at the ITU Sprint Duathlon World Championships.
Peoples-Resh claimed age-group victories at both the USA Triathlon Sprint Duathlon National Championships and Draft-Legal Duathlon World Qualifier in Bend, placing fourth overall in the world qualifier. She went on to claim her third age-group duathlon world title at the ITU Sprint Duathlon World Championships.
“I feel blessed and thankful to compete at a high level of competition for 30-plus years while motivating people of all ages,” Peoples-Resh said. “Never too old, never too late, never give up!”
Jared Eytcheson (Cary, N.C.) and Kaytlynn Welsch (Alvin, Texas) earned Junior Duathlete of the Year honors. Eytcheson had a strong 2017 that included a second-place overall finish at the USA Triathlon Draft-Legal Duathlon World Qualifier in Bend, followed by two podium appearances at the ITU Duathlon World Championships (men’s 18-19 standard-distance gold, men’s 16-19 sprint-distance silver).
Welsch had a standout 2017 in which she earned 18 age-group podium finishes in duathlon races across the country. Highlighting her season were victories in the women’s 15-19 age group at both the USA Triathlon Standard Duathlon National Championships and the USA Triathlon Draft-Legal Duathlon World Qualifier. Welsch also placed second in her age group at the USA Triathlon Long Course Duathlon National Championships.
The 2017 USA Triathlon Age-Group Duathletes of the Year and honorable mention selections are as follows:
Men’s Age-Group Duathlete of the Year: Albert Harrison (Moscow, Idaho)
Honorable Mentions: Jesse Dunn (Logan, Utah), Adam Goulet (Portland, Ore.), Keith Jackson (Loveland, Colo.)
Women’s Age-Group Duathlete of the Year: Danielle Dingman (Branson, Mo.)
Honorable Mentions: Kirsten Sass (McKenzie, Tenn.), Lauryn Falcone (Morgantown, W.V.), Sarah Barber (Boise, Idaho)
Men’s Masters Duathlete of the Year: David Engstrom (Beaverton, Ore.)
Honorable Mentions: Joel Kinnunen (Melbourne, Fla.), Michael Rushton (Baker City, Ore.), Tom Woods (Lincoln, Neb.)
Women’s Masters Duathlete of the Year: Juliet Hochman (Portland, Ore.)
Honorable Mentions: Erica Ruge (Longmont, Colo.), Melisa Christian (Dallas, Texas), Aimee Phillippi-Taylor (Glenville, Pa.)
Men’s Grand Masters Duathlete of the Year: David Burkhart (Brighton, Mich.)
Honorable Mentions: Tom Resh (Redlands, Calif.), Dave Campbell (Auburn, Calif.), Keith Woodward (Stowe, Vt.)
Women’s Grand Masters Duathlete of the Year: Patty Peoples-Resh (Redlands, Calif.)
Honorable Mentions: Ellen Hart (Denver, Colo.), Valerie Eipper (Longmont, Colo.), Jocelyn Shilling (Saylorsburg, Pa.)
Men’s Junior Duathlete of the Year: Jared Eytcheson (Cary, N.C.)
Honorable Mentions: Timothy Wells (Burbank, Calif.)
Women’s Junior Duathlete of the Year: Kaytlynn Welsh (Alvin, Texas)
Honorable Mentions: Lauren Garriques (Lake Forest, Ill.)
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 more than 400,000 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).