Inaugural USA Triathlon Multisport National Championships Head to Miami This Weekend

By USA Triathlon | Nov. 07, 2018, 4:58 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — More than 1,500 age-group athletes are set to compete this weekend at the USA Triathlon Multisport National Championships in Miami, Florida, an inaugural event that features five national championship competitions over two days. 

National titles are up for grabs in the disciplines of aquathlon (swim-run), long-course triathlon, long-course duathlon (run-bike-run), long-course aquabike (swim-bike) and international-distance aquabike (swim-bike). The weekend marks the first time all five races have been held in the same venue at the same time, versus on different dates and locations across the country.

The event is hosted by MultiRace, the largest multiple-sport event management company in the state of Florida, as part of the annual Miami Man Triathlon. Miami Man is a familiar USA Triathlon National Championships host, having held both the Aquabike and Long-Course Triathlon National Championships in 2016 and 2017. 

The course for all races is centered at Larry and Penny Thompson Memorial Park in Miami-Dade county. Athletes will swim in Larry and Penny’s Lake and bike on paved roads through unincorporated farmland areas of Redland, Florida. The run course winds through the palm tree-lined Zoo Miami, passing various animal exhibits before returning to Larry and Penny Park for the finish. 

Racing will begin Saturday with the Aquathlon National Championships, organized as a 1,000-meter swim followed by a 5-kilometer run. 

The action continues Sunday with the Long-Course Duathlon National Championships (6.2-mile run, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run), Long-Course Triathlon National Championships (1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run), Long-Course Aquabike National Championships (1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike) and International-Distance Aquabike National Championships (0.6-mile swim, 22-mile bike). All races on Sunday will take place concurrently. 

Miami Man will also offer an Olympic-distance triathlon on Sunday that is not a part of the national championship program, featuring a 0.6-mile swim, 22-mile bike and 6.6-mile run.

In all national championship races except the international-distance aquabike, top finishers in each age group will earn the opportunity to represent Team USA in 2019 ITU Age Group World Championship competition. The ITU Aquathlon, Aquabike and Long Distance Triathlon World Championships will be held as part of the 2019 ITU Multisport World Championships Festival in Pontevedra, Spain. The 2019 ITU Long Distance Duathlon World Championships will be held in Zofingen, Switzerland. Visit usatriathlon.org/teamusa to learn more about qualifying for and representing USA Triathlon’s amateur Team USA. 

While the international-distance aquabike is being held as a national championship for the first time, the other four races feature several defending age-group champions. 

In the aquathlon, Hunter Janus (Lexington, S.C.) looks to defend his men’s overall national title and earn another age-group win as he ages up to the men’s 20-24 category. Other aquathlon defending champions include: Adrian Cameron (M35-39, Austin, Texas), Shannon Horn (M40-44, Post Falls, Idaho), Sharon V. Smith (F60-64, Austin, Texas), Louis Almekinders (M60-64, Chapel Hill, N.C.), Kevin Simmons (M65-69, Lake Mary, Fla.), Janet Buchanan (F65-69, Encinitas, Calif.), Donn Viviani (M70-74, Arlington, Va.) and Craig Kuglen (M80-84, Austin, Texas).

In the long-course duathlon, Tiago DePaula Souza (Kennesaw, Ga.) will look to defend his title in the men’s 35-39 age group.

Luis Pou (Longwood, Fla.) is the defending men’s overall and 40-44 age-group champion in the long-course triathlon. Other defending long-course triathlon champions include: Payne Pachuda (M16-19, West Chester, Pa.), Luis Iturralde (M30-34, New Orleans, La.), Julie Kress (F40-44 aging up to F45-49, Orlando, Fla.), Lesley Brainard (F45-49, Collierville, Tenn.), Frank Green (M55-59, aging up to M60-64, Miami, Fla.), Ron Gierut (M60-64, Cedar Rapids, Iowa), Mike Wien (M65-69, Boulder, Colo.) and John Strait (M70-74, New Port Richey, Fla.).

The 2017 long-course aquabike overall women’s champion Karin Biskovich (Amherst, N.H.) returns to the race, also looking to defend her title in the 40-44 age-group. Additional defending champions in the long-course aquabike include: Amber Smolik (F30-34 aging up to F35-39, Stafford, Texas), Robin Sandos (F35-39, Shrewsbury, Mass.), Kurt Holt (F40-44, Santa Rosa, Calif.), Julia Wreski (F45-49, Fort Myers, Fla.), Blair Saunders (F50-54, Newark, Del.), Barbara Cronin-Stagnari (M55-59, Mineola, N.Y.), Rose Wilson (F60-64, Greenville, S.C.), Michael McCombs (M60-64, Marlborough, Mass.), Albert Leon (M75-79, Miami, Fla.) and Fredric Silverblatt (M80-84, North Kingstown, R.I.).

For more information about the USA Triathlon Multisport National Championships, visit usatriathlon.org. The Miami Man Triathlon will also host the 2019 edition of Multisport Nationals on Nov. 9-10.

USA Triathlon Multisport National Championships — Event Schedule

Saturday, Nov. 10

11 a.m.: Aquathlon National Championships (1,000m swim, 5k run)

Sunday, Nov. 11

6:30 a.m.: Long-Course Duathlon National Championships (6.2-mile run, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run)
6:35 a.m.: Long-Course Triathlon National Championships (1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run)
6:35 a.m.: Long-Course Aquabike National Championships (1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike)
8 a.m.: International-Distance Triathlon — non-championship event (0.6-mile swim, 22-mile bike, 6.6-mile run) 
8 a.m.: International-Distance Aquabike National Championships (0.6-mile swim, 22-mile bike)

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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 events and connects with more than 400,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work at the grassroots level with athletes, coaches, and race directors — as well as the USA Triathlon Foundation — 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).