Posted by: Joe English | October 26, 2008

Triathlon: USA Triathlon Age Group and Elite National Championships Headed to Tuscaloosa, Alabama

USA Triathlon (USAT) is has announced that Tuscaloosa, Ala., will host the 2009 and 2010 Age Group and Elite National Championships. The championships were held outside of Portland, Oregon for the last two years.

The 2009 event is scheduled for August 22.

According to USAT, Tuscaloosa seems to have become the hotbed for triathlon racing in recent years, at least as far as USAT events are concerned. USAT held the 2007 and 2008 Collegiate National Championships there, and also brought the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials to the city this past April.

These two national championships are the marquee events for USAT, bringing elite and Olympic athletes, as well as more than 1,000 age group competitors to communities across the nation. Cities bid for the right to host the events on a two-year rotation.

“Tuscaloosa has proven that they know how to host great events,” said USAT National Events Director Jeff Dyrek. “They offer a level of professionalism and support that ensures the events are successful. We have received great support from the Tuscaloosa Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Mayor’s Office for the past two years, and we are excited to bring these events to the city and enjoy more of their southern hospitality.”

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walter Maddox stated, “Over the next two years, the economic impact of hosting these triathlons could potentially generate millions of dollars for Tuscaloosa’s local businesses. As evidenced by the past two collegiate championships and the recent Olympic Trials, these USAT events will bring tens of thousands of athletes, fans and support staff who will stay in our hotels, eat in our restaurants and shop in our stores. Tuscaloosa is a city of champions, and we are proud to work with USAT in bringing some of the world’s best athletes to our All-America City.

“Clearly, without the great work of the Tuscaloosa Convention and Visitors Bureau and the dedication and ingenuity of the Tuscaloosa Department of Transportation, Environmental Services, Tuscaloosa Police Department and Tuscaloosa Fire and Rescue, we could not have established a track record of success to qualify for events of this caliber.”

The actual courses will be similar to those set up for this past year’s collegiate championships and Olympic Trials races. The athletes will complete a 1.5k swim in the beautiful Black Warrior River and a 40k bike and a 10k run through the campus of the University of Alabama and on the scenic Jack Warner Parkway along the river.

Competitors should anticipate high humidity and temperatures in the mid-80s.

The race site’s proximity to downtown and the University of Alabama campus, means the competitors will be able to capture the energy of the local community on race day. It also adds the convenience of hotels, restaurants and other activities, which are located within just a few miles of the race site.

Source: USA Triathlon
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