Portland, Oregon set to host amateur triathlon's premier event June 30
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 4, 2007) -- For three days in June, Portland, Oregon will serve as home to more than 1,300 athletes taking part in one of the premier events for USA Triathlon: the 2007 Age Group Triathlon National Championship.
The Intermediate distance triathlon - 1.5k swim, 40k bike, 10k run - is scheduled for Saturday, June 30 at 8 a.m. amid rolling hills around Henry Hagg Lake near Forest Grove, just 30 miles from downtown Portland.
The days leading up to the race will include a number of other activities, including the Aquathlon National Championship at Hagg Lake on Thursday, June 28 at 3 p.m. Aquathlon features a 750m swim followed by a 2.5k run. (Note: The typical aquathlon format is run- swim-run, but the race has been modified to swim-run to allow for the use of wetsuits.)
Both the Aquathlon and Triathlon National Championships will serve as World Championship qualifiers. The aquathletes will battle for spots for the 2008 Aquathlon World Championship, while the triathlon will serve as a double-qualifier for the 2007 International Triathlon Union Age Group World Championships in Hamburg, Germany, September 1- 2, and the 2008 ITU World Championships in Vancouver, B.C., Canada.
"These are the premier events for USAT age group athletes. They will be highly competitive; the best of the best will be there," said USAT National Events Director Jeff Dyrek. "We will crown our national champions and field our Team USA to take on the rest of the world at the World Championships.
"Our athletes are excited about racing in Portland. There has been nothing but positive response for bringing our championship back to the Pacific Northwest. And the support we have received from Drew Mahalic and the Oregon Sports Authority has been incredible. Without them we could not have brought this event to town."
Several activities on Friday, June 29 will be held at the Washington County Fair Complex, including Athlete Packet Pickup at noon, Athlete Meetings and Age Group Clinics throughout the afternoon, a Vendor and Sponsor Expo from noon to 7 p.m., and the traditional Pasta Dinner at 5 p.m.
Following Saturday's race from 3:30 to 4:30, the USA Triathlon Age Group Commission will hold its Annual Membership Meeting (formerly Town Meeting) at the Washington County Fair Complex Amphitheatre, where USAT officials will talk with athletes and answer questions. Saturday night will feature the Awards Reception and Dinner and the Race Post Party, with entertainment provided by local Portland musicians. Athletes who qualify for the World Championship must be at the awards ceremony to secure their spot on Team USA.
Another component of the weekend will be a Triathlon Clinic taught by 2004 U.S. Olympic triathlete and current USAT U23 National Team Coach Barb Lindquist. The clinic will be held at Wapato Valley Church in Gaston on Friday, June 29 from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information contact Eric Schmitt at (503) 985-3351 or wapatovalley @verizon.net.
Complete information about the Championships, including packet pickup and equipment check-in times, details on the clinics, and a full schedule of events is available h ere.
If you or someone you know would be interested in volunteering for the event please visit http://www.active.com/event_detail .cfm?event_id=1453999 to register as a volunteer. Volunteers are needed on Thursday, Friday and Saturday during the event so any help is greatly appreciated. Please email nationa firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
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USA Triathlon is the national governing body for triathlon, duathlon, aquathlon and winter triathlon in the United States. USAT sanctions 2,000 races and connects with more than 90,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world.
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