Age-groupers to race on same course as world's best triathletes prior to Olympic Qualifier
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Age-group triathletes now have the opportunity to secure a spot on the same course as the world’s top Olympic-distance competitors in scenic San Diego as registration opened Wednesday, Oct. 12 for the 2012 International Triathlon Union (ITU) WCS event in San Diego.
Multisport athletes interested in competing in this world-class event — slated for May 12-13, 2012 — should visit http://sandiego.triathlon.org for more information and a link to register via the Active Network. Registration is available for the sprint- (750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike, 5-kilometer run) and Olympic-distance (1,500m swim, 40k bike, 10k run) age-group events, as well as the Olympic-distance relay event.
Race-day action is scheduled to start on Saturday, May 12, 2012, with the age-group Olympic-distance and relay races at 6:30 a.m., followed by the sprint-distance event at 9:30 a.m. The elite men will start at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, followed by the elite women at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 13.
Pricing for age-group registration is as follows:
Registration Date Sprint Olympic Relay (teams of 3)
Oct. 12 – Dec. 31 $140 $195 $230
Jan. 1 – Feb. 29 $150 $210 $240
March 1 until sold out $160 $225 $250
Additionally, the San Diego ITU WCS age-group sprint- and Olympic-distance races will serve as the 2012 USA Triathlon Club National Championship. Official USA Triathlon Clubs are eligible to compete for one of five national titles based on the club’s total membership size.
The Club National Championship is scored based on individual age-group performances in both the sprint- and Olympic-distance events. If an entrant is affiliated with an official USA Triathlon Club, a finish or top-10 showing in either race will earn points for their club in the USA Triathlon Club National Championship competition.
• Division I: Over 250 members
• Division II: 130-249 members
• Division III: 89-129 members
• Division IV: 30-88 members
• Division V: 2-29 members
Competition also will be offered in Military and Collegiate Club Divisions. The Military Club Division will feature following branches: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and Merchant Marines. Collegiate Clubs must be registered as an official USA Triathlon club in order to compete in San Diego.
The elite events are the second of two qualifiers to determine the men’s and women’s 2012 U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team. The event also will play a key role in determining the Olympic squads for a number of other nations, as it is the second-to-last WCS event prior to the closing of the ITU’s 2012 Olympic qualification window at the end of next May.
One-hundred and fifty of the world’s fastest triathletes — 75 elite men and 75 elite women — will compete in the draft-legal, Olympic-distance race contested at Mission Bay. The venue is adjacent to Fiesta Island, which hosted the world’s first-ever triathlon on Sept. 25, 1974.
USA Triathlon will produce the event alongside the Hamburg, Germany-based UpSolut Sports AG and Lagardère Unlimited. The San Diego Sports Commission, the City of San Diego and the Triathlon Club of San Diego have partnered with USA Triathlon to assist in bringing this world-class event to the city.
For questions or more information about age-group registration, please contact:
About USA Triathlon
Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon – one of the fastest growing sports in the world – as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. USA Triathlon sanctions 3,500 races and connects with more than 150,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work with athletes, coaches and race directors on the grassroots level, 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 Summer Olympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the ITU and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).