Top Olympic, Paralympic Hopefuls to Line Up at Sarasota-Bradenton ITU Triathlon World Cup

By USA Triathlon | March 05, 2020, 11:45 a.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Media accreditation is now open for the Sarasota-Bradenton ITU Triathlon and ITU Paratriathlon World Cups, set for Sunday, March 22 at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, Florida. The races, which fall within the International Triathlon Union’s Olympic and Paralympic qualification window, will feature top U.S. and international hopefuls for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. 

The ITU Triathlon World Cup also serves as USA Triathlon’s Elite National Championships, with the top three U.S. finishers in the men’s and women’s races earning national championship podium spots.

Competitors will race for their share of a $120,000 total prize purse — $60,000 each for the ITU Triathlon World Cup and ITU Paratriathlon World Cup. USA Triathlon announced last month that the Sarasota-Bradenton ITU Paratriathlon World Cup would be the first elite paratriathlon race in ITU history to feature a professional prize purse, matching the total of the ITU Triathlon World Cup taking place the same day.   

Media may now apply for accreditation by completing this form or by contacting Caryn Maconi, USA Triathlon Communications Manager, at caryn.maconi@usatriathlon.org. Media credentials provide race-day access to the finish line and mixed zone area, as well as select media access points along the course. All credential requests must be submitted by Friday, March 20, at 5 p.m. ET.

Nathan Benderson Park is a 600-acre community park operated by the nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates, Inc. (SANCA). The venue was host to the 2017 and 2018 Sarasota-Bradenton Triathlon Festivals, which featured ITU Triathlon and ITU Paratriathlon World Cup events as well as age-group races. Nathan Benderson Park has also held ITU Panamerican Cup (PATCO) events annually since 2013. 

“USA Triathlon is proud to host competitors from around the world on their path toward qualification for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020,” said Rocky Harris, USA Triathlon CEO. “With a world-class venue at Nathan Benderson Park, and strong local organizing committee support from SANCA, we are poised for a successful and action-packed weekend of racing.”

“March has been a much-anticipated month at Nathan Benderson Park, as we look forward to hosting another ITU Triathlon World Cup and welcoming athletes from around the world as they seek a place at the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo,” said Stephen V. Rodriguez, President and CEO of SANCA at Nathan Benderson Park.

The races will take place on a spectator-friendly, multi-lap course featuring a 750-meter lake swim, 18.3-kilometer bike (20k for paratriathletes) and 5-kilometer run. The paratriathletes kick off the action race morning, with the first wave taking off at 8 a.m. ET. Paratriathlon races will conclude by 11 a.m. The elite women toe the line at 12:30 p.m. ET, followed by the elite men at 2:30 p.m. ET.

Headlining the U.S. men’s contingent are U.S. National Team members Morgan Pearson (Boulder, Colo.), Eli Hemming (Kiowa, Colo.), Kevin McDowell (Phoenix, Ariz.), Tony Smoragiewicz (Rapid City, S.D.) and 2016 Olympian Ben Kanute (Phoenix, Ariz.). The women’s race will feature U.S. National Team members Kirsten Kasper (North Andover, Mass.), Taylor Knibb (Washington, D.C.), Tamara Gorman (Rapid City, S.D.) and Renée Tomlin (Ocean City, N.J.).

The ITU Paratriathlon World Cup will feature 2016 U.S. Paralympic medalists Allysa Seely (Glendale, Ariz., PTS2), Melissa Stockwell (Chicago, Ill., PTS2) and Grace Norman (Jamestown, Ohio, PTS5), as well as 2019 ITU Paratriathlon World Championship medalists Kendall Gretsch (Madison, Wis., PTWC), Kelly Elmlinger (San Antonio, Texas, PTS4), Chris Hammer (Salt Lake City, Utah, PTS5) and Aaron Scheidies (Seattle, Wash., PTVI). 

For more information about the Sarasota-Bradenton ITU Triathlon and Paratriathlon World Cup, visit triathlon.org. To view the complete listing of 2020 ITU World Cup events, click here

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: USA Triathlon is in need of volunteers for the Sarasota-Bradenton ITU World Cup — including aid station volunteers, timing assistants, pedestrian crosswalk controllers, lifeguards, paratriathlon handlers and more. To learn more about volunteer opportunities and to sign up to volunteer, click here.

2020 Domestic ITU Race Calendar


The Sarasota-Bradenton ITU World Cup will conclude a three-week stint of domestic ITU racing in the state of Florida. The Clermont PATCO Sprint Triathlon Panamerican Cup will take place Saturday, March 7, at Clermont’s Lake Louisa State Park. On Saturday, March 14, Nathan Benderson Park will host the PATCO Sprint Triathlon Panamerican Cup and PATCO Paratriathlon American Championships, with the paratriathlon race serving as a key selection event for U.S. athletes for the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. Domestic racing action will culminate with the ITU Triathlon and Paratriathlon World Cup races on Sunday, March 22.

Saturday, March 7: Clermont PATCO Sprint Triathlon Panamerican Cup
Lake Louisa State Park — Clermont, Fla.

Saturday, March 14: Sarasota-Bradenton PATCO Sprint Triathlon Panamerican Cup and Paratriathlon Panamerican Championships
Nathan Benderson Park — Sarasota, Fla.

Sunday, March 22: Sarasota-Bradenton ITU Triathlon and ITU Paratriathlon World Cup
Nathan Benderson Park — Sarasota, Fla.

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