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USA Triathlon's Age Group National Championship preview

Posted Sep 18 2010 7:00am

371 COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - National titles will be on the line for the United States' top amateur triathletes at USA Triathlon's Age Group National Championship, which returns to Tuscaloosa, Ala., for the second straight year on Saturday, Sept. 25. Action begins at 7 a.m. with nearly 1,300 athletes scheduled to compete.
 
Additionally, the race weekend also features the 2010 USAT Elite National Championship on Saturday, Sept. 25 and the 2010 USAT Sprint National Championship on Sunday, Sept. 26. A total of nearly 1,800 athletes, including almost 150 Alabama residents, will be in action over the course of two days of exciting multisport action.
 
Next weekend's event marks the fourth consecutive year that a major triathlon championship will be held in Tuscaloosa, the home of the University of Alabama. All events will take place at Manderson Landing, which is located at Jack Warner Parkway and Hackberry Lane.
 
Visit usatriathlon.org for more information and full event coverage, which will include a live blog of Saturday's action.
 
Highlighting the field will be a number of athletes who topped the podium in their respective age groups a year ago. Defending champions scheduled to compete in Tuscaloosa next weekend include 
· Jennifer Walz (F18-19, Savannah, Ga.)
· Mark Harms (M30-34, Madison, Wis.)
· Alicia Parr (F35-39, Durham, N.C.)
· Doug Clark (M40-44, Morristown, N.J.)
· Rhett Bonner (M45-49, Duluth, Minn.)
· Michael Buonaugurio (M50-54, San Antonio, Texas)
· Karen McKeachie (F55-59, Ann Arbor, Mich.)
· Kim McDonald (M55-59, Del Mar, Calif.)
· Lauren Binder (F60-64, Portland, Ore.)
· Steven Smith (M60-64, Granger, Ind.)
· Anne Wright (F65-69, Macon, Ga.)
· Robert Plant (M65-69, Woodside, Calif.)
· Jon Adamson (M70-74, Alpharetta, Ga.) 
 
In addition to the bragging rights of claiming a national title, the Olympic-distance and sprint athletes will be competing for coveted spots to represent the U.S. at the 2011 ITU World Championships in Beijing, China, on Sept. 10-11, 2011. The top 18 finishers (rolling down to 25th place) in each age group in both the Olympic-distance and sprint events in Tuscaloosa will qualify for a Team USA slot.

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