Daniel Reyes, the men's overall champion at the USA Triathlon Ultra-Distance National Championships.
CLERMONT, Fla. — Daniel Reyes and Kristin Martin were crowned overall champions, and 17 athletes earned age-group titles at the USA Triathlon Ultra-Distance National Championships in Clermont, Florida, on Saturday, Oct. 24. The race was held in conjunction with the Great Floridian Triathlon, hosted by Sommer Sports at Waterfront Park on Lake Minneola.
The race marked the first USA Triathlon National Championship to be held since March 1, when the Winter Triathlon Nationals Championships took place in Minneapolis. Ultra-Distance Nationals were held under the guidelines of USA Triathlon’s Safe Return to Multisport initiative, with COVID-19 precautions in place including self-screening and temperature checks before entering the race venue; face coverings at all times except when actively racing; contact reduction for athletes, staff and volunteers; and increased cleaning and disinfecting practices onsite.
Ultra-Distance Nationals featured a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run. Top finishers in each age group earned the opportunity to represent USA Triathlon’s age-group Team USA at the 2021 World Triathlon Long Distance World Championships, part of the World Triathlon Multisport Championships in Almere-Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Reyes (Weston, Fla.), 34, was in a league of his own, taking the men’s overall victory in 10 hours, 1 minute, 20 seconds — more than 90 minutes faster than second place. Tom Egan (Bradenton, Fla.), 52, was the runner-up in 11:32:56, and Jerome Bareth (Sanford, Fla.), 43, rounded out the overall podium in 11:42:39.
Martin (Barrington, R.I.), 38, broke the tape for the women in 11:49:26. She had a 10-minute margin of victory over runner-up KC Northrup (Sanford, Fla.), 34, who finished in 11:59:43. Angie Defilippi (Colchester, Va.), 44, took the final spot on the overall podium with a time of 12:19:54.
The 2021 USA Triathlon Ultra-Distance National Championships return to Clermont, to be held once again as part of the Great Floridian Triathlon on Oct. 23.
In addition to the Ultra-Distance National Championships, a Professional Triathletes Organisation (PTO)-supported elite race was also held Saturday as part of the Great Floridian Triathlon. Athletes completed a one-third distance course featuring a 0.8-mile swim, 41-mile bike and 8.9-mile run.
Chris Leiferman (Longmont, Colo.) captured the men’s pro victory in 2:34:42, followed by South Africa’s Bradley Weiss in 2:34:56 and Ben Kanute (Phoenix, Ariz.) in 2:36:38.
Jeanni Seymour of South Africa won the women’s pro race in 2:59:17, sharing the podium with runner-up Lisa Becharas (Boulder, Colo.) in 3:02:40 and third-place finisher Lenny Ramsey of the Netherlands in 3:08:10.
The Great Floridian Triathlon Multisport Festival also included non-championship age-group races of various distances, including a one-third distance, two-thirds distance, sprint triathlon, duathlon, aquabike, relay divisions, a 15k run and an open water swim. For complete results and information, visit greatfloridiantriathlon.com.
2020 USA Triathlon Ultra-Distance National Championships
2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run
National Champions — Complete Results
Male Overall: Daniel Reyes (Weston, Fla.), 10:01:20
Female Overall: Kristin Martin (Barrington, R.I.), 11:49:26
F25-29: Gena Petrunyak (Providence, R.I.), 15:30:15
M30-34: Daniel Reyes (Weston, Fla.), 10:01:20
F30-34: KC Northrup (Sanford, Fla.), 11:59:43
M35-39: Nicholas Gregory (Jacksonville Beach, Fla.), 12:03:32
F35-39: Kristin Martin (Barrington, R.I.), 11:49:26
M40-44: Jerome Bareth (Sanford, Fla.), 11:42:39
F40-44: Angie Defilippi (Colchester, Vt.), 12:19:54
M45-49: Joseph Phillips (Wesley Chapel, Fla.), 13:32:54
F45-49: Laura Tackett (Ridgeland, Miss.), 15:58:34
M50-54: Tom Egan (Bradenton, Fla.), 11:32:56
F50-54: Jennifer Ragone (Ashburn, Va.), 13:10:35
M55-59: Doug Guthrie (Winter Springs, Fla.), 11:47:47
F55-59: Dawn Lane (Conyers, Ga.), 17:18:08
M60-64: Gregory Umberger (Jacksonville, Fla.), 15:13:39
M65-69: Timothy Ettridge (Groveland, Fla.), 14:41:11
Clydesdale 40-59: Scott Conway (Cary, N.C.), 14:52:02
Athena 40-54: Leslie Battle (Warwick, R.I.), 14:21:28
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 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 & Paralympic Committee (USOPC).