ITU World Mixed Relay Series Heads to Nottingham, England, this Saturday

By USA Triathlon | June 13, 2019, 11:45 a.m. (ET)

*Update as of June 13: Due to the persistent rainfall over the past week in the Nottingham area, the event will now be held as a duathlon (run-bike-run). This decision has been made by the International Triathlon Union (ITU) as a result of an additional water quality tests taken this week. 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.
— Four American elite triathletes will team up in hopes of defending the United States’ 2018 victory in the Nottingham ITU World Mixed Relay Series stop this Saturday, as the second annual series reaches its halfway point in England. 


The ITU World Mixed Relay Series was launched in 2018 in an effort to showcase the fast-paced mixed relay race format ahead of the sport’s inclusion as a medal event at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. 

The U.S. earned a silver medal in the 2019 series opener, held March 9 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Nottingham hosts the second of four stops this weekend, followed by the ITU Mixed Relay World Championships in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7. The series finale will take place in Edmonton, Alberta, on July 21. At all four events, teams can earn points to bolster their nations’ Mixed Relay Olympic qualification ranking.

In the adjusted duathlon format*, each athlete in a team of four will complete a 1.5-kilometer run, 7-kilometer bike and another 1.5-kilometer run before passing off to the next teammate, alternating men and women. The race is set to begin at 11:08 a.m. ET (4:08 p.m. local time). All the action will be broadcast live at triathlonlive.tv, with monthly and annual subscriptions available for purchase.

The four athletes who will represent the U.S. will be finalized following the athlete briefing on Thursday evening. Complete start lists, including individual team members, will be available at triathlon.org no later than two hours prior to race start.

Fifteen teams are set to compete in Saturday’s relay, including France, the defending mixed relay world champions, and Australia, the defending world silver medalists. The U.S. earned the world bronze medal last year.

At the series opener in Abu Dhabi, the U.S. team of Taylor Spivey (Redondo Beach, Calif.), Ben Kanute (Phoenix, Ariz.), Katie Zaferes (Santa Cruz, Calif.) and Eli Hemming (Kiowa, Colo.) raced to silver, finishing just five seconds behind Australia.

The U.S. was victorious last year in Nottingham, as Kirsten Kasper (North Andover, Mass.) Hemming, Zaferes and McElroy combined to finish in 1 hour, 21 minutes, 16 seconds — 29 seconds ahead of runner-up Great Britain.

The U.S. is historically strong in the mixed relay format, winning gold medals at both the 2016 and 2013 ITU Mixed Relay World Championships.

For more information about Triathlon Mixed Relay’s addition to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, click here.

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