COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee has announced the first-ever U.S. Beach Games Team, set to compete at the inaugural ANOC World Beach Games Qatar from Oct. 12-16 in Doha. Duncan Reid (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.) will represent the U.S. in the aquathlon (run-swim-run) event, set for Monday, Oct. 14 at Katara Beach.
The World Beach Games are an international multi-sport event created by the Association of National Olympic Committees, designed to connect new sports and new stars with a new generation of sports fans. The six-day competition features 13 sports and 14 disciplines.
The U.S. delegation is made up of 27 men and 42 women, and Team USA will be represented in all 13 sports. More than 1,200 athletes from 97 nations are set to participate.
Both the men’s and women’s individual aquathlon races are set for Monday, Oct. 14, and an aquathlon mixed relay takes place Tuesday, Oct. 15. Reid is the only U.S. aquathlon competitor, so Team USA will not field athletes in the women’s individual race or the mixed relay.
In the individual races, athletes will cover a paved 2.5-kilometer run along the Katara Beach coastline, followed by a 750-meter swim in the Persian Gulf and another 2.5-kilometer run.
Reid is a member of USA Triathlon’s Project Podium, an elite men’s development squad based at Arizona State University. He was the third-place finisher at the 2018 USA Triathlon Under-23 National Championships and earned his first ITU Continental Cup podium in June 2018.
Reid’s top finish in elite triathlon competition this season has been his 13th-place finish at the Monterrey CAMTRI Triathlon American Championships in May. The World Beach Games will mark his first elite aquathlon competition.
Thirty-one athletes will toe the line in the men’s individual aquathlon event. To view the complete men’s start list, visit triathlon.org.
Click here to view the complete U.S. Beach Games Team roster.
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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).