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Press Release: “BEST OF THE US” Announces 2009 State Qualifiers

Posted Dec 10 2008 9:03pm

Bestofus The following races are the official qualifying events for the 2009 Best of the US National Championship, which will be hosted by the Orange County International Triathlon (OCT) in Mission Viejo, California on September 29. The top male and female resident amateurs at each event will earn the right to represent themselves and their states at the 5th annual BOUS National Championship.

ALABAMA – Buster Britton Memorial Triathlon on June 13 at Oak Mountain State Park south of Birmingham, AL. Distances: 400 yard swim – 12.6 mile bike – 3 mile run. Race Director: Team-Magic / Therese Bynum @ 205-595-8633 (races@team-magic.com)
( http://www.team-magic.com/events/busterbritton/index.html )

ALASKA – Northern Trust Triathlon / Alaska State Triathlon Championship (date TBA) at Knik Lake in Knik, AK. Intermediate distance. Race Director: Turkey Toe Events @ 907-243-4709 (moflem@acsalaska.net) ( http://www.akstatetriathlon.com )

ARIZONA – Sahuarita Lake Triathlon, Presented by Rancho Sahuarita, on Monday, May 25 in Sahuarita, south of Tucson, AZ. Distances: 1K swim – 25K bike – 5K run. Race Director: Tri Tucson / Jim Stites (racedirector@tritucson.com) ( http://www.tritucson.com )

ARKANSAS – Ozark Valley Triathlon on June 21 at Lake Wedington Park near Fayetteville, AR. Distances: 1000 yard swim – 19 mile bike – 4 mile run. Race Director: All Sports Productions, Inc. / Bruce Dunn @ 479-521-7766 (bruce@misterguy.com) ( http://www.ozarkvalleytriathlon.com )

CALIFORNIA – Pacific Coast Triathlon on July 26 at Crystal Cove State Park in Newport Beach. Distances: ½ mile swim – 12 mile bike – 3 mile run. Race Directors: Bill Leach @ 949-701-5590 (billleach@sbcglobal.net) & Bob Cuyler (rfcuylerdds@aol.com) ( http://www.pacificcoasttriathlon.com ) Note: The PCT is the official USA Triathlon Sprint National Championship.

COLORADO – * Rattlesnake Olympic Triathlon on August 15 at the Aurora Reservior in Aurora, CO. Swim 1.5K – Bike 40K – Run 10K). Race Director: Jim Flint (jimflint@spamarrest.com) ( http://www.rattlesnaketri.com )

CONNECTICUT – * Park City Mossman Triathlon on August 16 at Seaside Park in Bridgeport, CT. Distances: Swim 1.5K – Bike 40K – Run 10K. Contact: Clayton Tebbetts (ironmancrt@aol.com) ( http://www.teammossman.com )

DELAWARE – Make-A-Wish Triathlon at Sea Colony (to be confirmed) on September 19 at Bethany Beach, DE. Distances: Swim 1.5K – bike 36K – run 10K. Race Director: Columbia Triathlon Association / Rob Vigorito @ 410-964-1246 (events@tricolumbia.org) ( http://www.tricolumbia.org/make-a-wish )

FLORIDA – * Great Clermont Triathlon in Waterfront Park in Clermont, FL. Distances: Swim 1.5K – Bike 40K – Run 10K. Race Director: Fred Sommer @ 352-394-1320 (fred@sommersports.com) ( http://www.greatclearmontriathlon.com )

GEORGIA – West Point Lake Triathlon on June13 at West Point Lake near LeGrange, GA. Intermediate Distance. Race Director: Georgia Multisports / Jim Rainey @ 770-926-2367 (jim@gamultisports.com)

HAWAII – 12th Anniversary Lavaman Triathlon on March 29 at Waikoloa Beach on the Kohala Coast. Intermediate Distance. Race Director: Gerry Rott (racedirector@lavamantriathlon.com)

IDAHO – YMCA Spudman Triathlon on July 11 at Springs Shores Marina in Boise. Intermediate Distance. Race Director: Tim Severa @ 208-859-7953 (tim.severa@ymcatvidaho.org)

ILLINOIS – Evergreen Lake International Triathlon, presented by Bloomington-Normal Area Sports Commission, on July 18 at Comlara County Park in Hudson, IL. Intermediate Distance. Race Director: Tri-Mom Events, LLC / Colleen Klein @ 309-212-6830 (trimomevents@verizon.net)
( http://www.tri-shark.org/web/EvergreenTri2/ )

INDIANA – Mideast Sprint Optimists Triathlon on June 27 at Winona Lake Park near Warsaw, IN. Distances: ¼ mile swim – 13.5 mile bike – 3.5 mile run. Race Director: Ron Donkers (rondonkers@hotmail.com) ( http://warsawoptimist.org/pages/triathlon.htm )

IOWA – Pigman Sprint Triathlon on June 7 at Pleasant Creek State Park near Cedar Rapids, IA. Distances: .5K swim – 25K bike – 5K run. Race Director: John Snitko at 319-373-0741 (john@pigmantri.com) ( http://www.pigmantri.com )

KANSAS – * Ultramax Kansas on August 9 at Hillsdale Lake in Hillsdale, KS. Distances: Swim 1 mile – Bike 39 miles – Run 10 miles. Race Director: Mark Livesay @ 573-443-7036 (info@ultramaxtri.com) ( http://www.ultramaxtri.com )

KENTUCKY – * Susan Bradley-Cox Tri For Sight on September 6 (date tentative), at the University of Kentucky’s Lancaster Aquatic Center in Lexington, KY. Distances: Swim – 800m - Bike – 18 miles – Run 4 miles. Race Director: Beth Atnip @ 859-396-3220 (racedirector@triforsight.com) ( http://www.triforsight.com )

LOUISIANA – Hidden Paradise Triathlon on May 3 at Lincoln Parish Park in Ruston, LA. Distances: 600 yard swim – 13 mile bike – 3.2 mile run. Race Director: DLT Event Management, Inc. / Fred Phillips @ 870-246-6686 (DLTevents@yahoo.com)

MAINE – * Fireman Olympic Triathlon, the official triathlon of the Maine Games, on August 24 in Kennebunk, ME. Distances: Swim 1.5K – Bike 40K – Run 10K. Race Director: Jeff Cole (jdcole@coleharrison.com)

MARYLAND / DC – Columbia Triathlon, presented by Under Armour, on May 17 at Centennial Park in Ellicott City, MD. Intermediate Distance. Race Director: Columbia Triathlon Association / Rob Vigorito (info@tricolumbia.org)

MASSACHUSETTS – Duxbury Beach Triathlon on September 19 (date tentative) at Duxbury Beach, MA. Distances: 1/2 mile swim - 13.7 mile bike - 3.3 mile run. Race Director: Brian Noyes at 781-706-1166 (director@duxburybeachtriathlon.com) ( http://www.duxburybeachtriathlon.com )

MICHIGAN – * MotorCity Triathlon on June 14 at Belle Isle in Detroit, MI. Distances: Swim – 1.5K – Bike 23 miles – Run 10K. Race Director: Kenny Krell @ 231-546-2229 (Kenny@3disciplines.com) ( http://www.3disciplines.com )

MINNESOTA – Lake Waconia Triathlon on June 28 in Waconia, MN. Distances: .5 mile swim – 24 mile bike – 4 mile run. Race Director: Marvin Denzer (swimbikerun@lakewaconiatriathlon.net) ( http://www.lakewaconiatriathlon.net )

MISSISSIPPI – * DragonFly Triathlon on June 13 at Sardis Lake, MS, near Batesville and Oxford. Distances: Swim .5 mile – Bike 18 miles – Run 4 miles. Contact:
s2finfo@s2events.com ( http://www.dragonfly.racesonline.com )

MISSOURI – Quartermax Triathlon on June 6 at the Innsbrook Resort near St. Louis, MO. Distances: 1000 yard swim – 28 mile bike – 6.5 mile run. Race Director: Ultramax Events / Mark Livesay at 573-443-7036 (info@ultramaxtri.com) ( http://ultramaxtri.com )

MONTANA – * Treasure State Triathlon on June 21 at East Gallatin Recreation Area near Bozeman, MT. Distances: Swim 1.5K – Bike 40K – Run 10K. Contact: staff@fleetfeetbozeman.com ( http://www.tri-mt.com/tst.html )

NEBRASKA – Nebraska State Games Triathlon, presented by Tiger Coaching and Villager Hotel, at Holmes Lake Park in Lincoln. (Date TBA) Distances: 1K swim – 20K bike – 5K run. Race Director: Gary Bredehoft of Tiger Coaching & Personal Training @ 402-488-8280 (coach@tigercoaching.com) ( http://www.cornhuskerstategames.com )

NEW HAMPSHIRE – YMCA Triathlon at Clough State Park on September 12 at Clough State Park in Weare, NH. Distances: ½ mile swim – Bike 14 miles – Run 3 miles. Race Director: Jeff Litchfield (nhactive@lycos.com) ( http://www.concordymca.org/event/cloughtri.asp )

NEW JERSEY – * Jersey Man Sprint Triathlon (to be confirmed) on May 9 at Spruce Run Recreation Area near Clinton, NJ. Distances: Swim - .5 mile – Bike 19.5 miles – Run 5K. Directors: Ian Heffernan & John O’Connell (info@njmultisport.com) ( http://www.njmultisport.com/SpruceRun.htm )

NEW MEXICO – 25th Annual Milkman Triathlon on June 6 at Lake Van in Dexter, NM. Distances: .5K swim - 20K bike – 5K run. Race Director: Larry Marshall (lmarshall@fbfs.com) ( http://www.milkmantriathlon.com )

NEVADA – Rage in the Sage Triathlon on April 19 at Lake Mead Recreational Area near Las Vegas, NV. Intermediate Distance. Race Director: BBSC Endurance Sports / Brogg Sterrett (race@bbscenduranesports.com) ( http://www.bbsctri.com )

NEW YORK – Mini Musselman Triathlon on July 18 in Geneva, NY. Distances: 750m swim – bike 16 miles – 5K mile run. Director: Jeff Henderson (jeff@onemillionrevolutions.com) or (jeff@portlandtri.com)

NORTH CAROLINA – White Lake Sprint Triathlon on May 3 at North Carolina FFA Center in White Lake, NC. Distances: 750m swim – 14 mile bike – 5K run. Race Director: Set Up Events / Bill Scott (bill@setupevents.com)

NORTH DAKOTA – Bismarck Triathlon on June 14 at Misty Waters Marina three miles north of Bismarck. Intermediate Distance. Race Director: Dennis Kemmesat (dennisk@frontierprecision.com)

OHIO – Vermilion Harbour Triathlon on August 16 at Linwood Park in Vermilion, OH. Intermediate Distance. Race Director: HFP Racing / Shannon Kurek (customerservice@hfpracing.com)

OKLAHOMA – Route 66 Triathlon, presented by Tri-OKC and the City of El Reno, on June 7 at Lake El Reno in El Reno. Intermediate Distance. Race Director: Tri-OKC / Steve Bussjaeger (steveb@hispaint.com)

OREGON – Oregon Trout City of Portland Triathlon on August 23 in Portland, OR. Intermediate Distance. Race Director: Jeff Henderson (jeff@portlandtri.com)
( http://www.PortlandTri.com )

PENNSYLVANIA – * Phiadelphia Insurance Triathlon (to be confirmed) on July 28 at Fairmount Park in Philadelphia. Distances: Olympic. Contact: info@phillytri.com ( http://www.phillytri.com/index2.html )

RHODE ISLAND – * Bayside YMCA Triathlon on August 15 in Barrington, RI. Distances: Swim .5 mile – Bike 12 miles – Run 3 miles. Director: Wendy Fiske-Truhanovitch @ 508-434-0123 (billf@firmracing.com) ( http://www.firm-racing.com )

SOUTH CAROLINA – Clemson Triathlon on May 16 at Foothills Family YMCA in Seneca, SC. Distances: 750m swim – 11 mile bike – 5K run. Race Director: Set Up Events / Jeremey Davis (jdavis@setupevents.com) ( http://www.setupevents.com )

SOUTH DAKOTA – Dakotaman Triathlon on June 20 at Lake Alvin near Harrisburg, SD. Distances: 600m swim – 16 mile bike – 3.5 mile run. Race Director: Howard Bich (habich@sio.midco.net)

TENNESSEE – BMW of Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon on July 12 in downtown Chattooga. Distances: Swim 1.5K – Bike 42K – Run 10K. Race Director: Team-Magic / Faye Yates @ 205-595-8633 (races@team-magic.com) ( http://www.team-magic.com )

TEXAS – Buffman & Squeaky Triathlon on May 17 at Buffalo Springs Lake southeast of Lubbock, TX. Intermediate Distance. Race Directors: Mike & Marti Greer (marti@buffalospringslaketriathlon.com) ( http://www.buffalospringslaketriathlon.com

UTAH – * Scofield Olympic Triathlon on July 18 at Scofield Reservior in Mountain View State Park. Distances: Olympic. Race Director: BBSC Endurance Sports / Brogg Sterrett (race@bbscendurancesports.com) ( http://www.bbsctri.com/racepackets/scofield/scofield_olympic_triathlon.html )

VERMONT – Lake Dunsmore Triathlon on August 9 at Bradbury State Park in Salisbury, VT. Distances: Swim .9 mile – Bike 44K – Run 10K. Race Director: Jerrod Rushton @ 802-388-6888 (Jerrod@rushtonsports.com) ( http://www.vermontsun.com/triathlon.html )

VIRGINIA – Luray International Triathlon on August 15th Lake Arrowhead Park in Luray, VA. Intermediate Distance. Race Director: Set Up Events / Greg Hawkins at 336-577-2801 (greg@setupevents.com) ( http://www.setupevents.com )

WASHINGTON - Chelanman Multisport Weekend on July 18 at Lake Chelan in Chelan, WA. Intermediate Distance. Race Director: Total Health Events / Jonathan Hoskins at 360-325-0715 (info@totalhealthevents.com) (www.chalanman.com)

WEST VIRGINIA – Med Express Mountaineer International Triathlon on August 9 in Morgantown, WV. Intermediate Distance. Race Director: Shannon Kurek / HFP Racing (Shannon.kurek@hfpracing.com) ( http://www.spiritofmorgantown.com )

WISCONSIN – Wisconsin Triterium Triathlon on June 21 at Fireman’s Park in Verona, WI. Intermediate Distance. Race Directors: Ryan Griessmeyer (ryan@racedayeventsllc.com) ( http://www.triloop.org )

WYOMING – * Cheyenne Sprint Triathlon on June 21 at Lion’s Park in Cheyenne, WY. Distances: 600m lake swim OR 500m pool swim – Bike 13 miles – Run 5K. Race Director: Jim Mantell (race@cheyennesprinttriathlon.com) ( http://www.cheyennesprinttriathlon.com )

The 5th Annual BEST OF THE US NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP will be hosted on September 27 by the Orange County International Triathlon (OCT) in MissionViejo, CA. Distances. Swim 1.5K – Bike 40K – Run 10K. Race Directors: Bill Leach (billleach@sbcglobal.net) and Bob Cuyler (rfcuylerrdds@aol.com) ( http://www.octri.com )

* denotes new qualifying races in 2009.

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