USA Triathlon held its triathlon “Superbowl”, the Age Group & Elite National Championship, at Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on August 22, 2009. The home to the University of Alabama hosted the event which brought out everyone’s best, both as competitive athletes and as a triathlon community. With a difficult swim that started against the floodwater current (ask Molly!), the course was a challenge befitting a national championship race.
Noteworthy, the USAT Age Group National Championship will return to Tuscaloosa in 2010. The date will be finalized and announced by the end of October as well as ALL of the USAT Regional Championships and Special Qualifiers. The top eighteen finishers in each group, rolling down to 25th place, at the 2010 National Championships will qualify to represent Team USA at the 2011 ITU World Championships, which will be held in Beijing on the same triathlon course as the 2008 Olympic games! Cool.
The 2011 Beijing World Triathlon Championships will be held in the Changping district of the city next to the historic Ming Tombs and Great Wall. The proposed course is a spectacle of new and old China. Athletes will swim in the Changping reservoir next to one of many ancient pagodas in the region (remember those photos from the 2008 Summer Games!); the bike course will take athletes through the surrounding hills and past the Ming Tombs; and finally, athletes will run through the local urban setting.
This year, a handful of Tritons qualified for the 2009 USA Triathlon National Championships in Tuscaloosa. Triton Molly Hayes was the Club’s sole representative. With ultra preliminary, 2010 race planning underway, Triton racers should consider setting their sights on Tuscaloosa next year, especially with the bonus incentive of qualifying for the Beijing World Triathlon Championships in 2011.
The question. The goal. The challenge. Who will represent the Bozeman Triathon Club and Team USA in Beijing in 2011?
Stay tuned for 2010 USAT Championship information!