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Press Release


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- USA Triathlon has announced the picturesque city of Burlington, Vermont, will host the 2011 and 2012 USAT Age Group, Sprint and Elite National Championships.


The date of the events has not been determined, but organizers expect the events to be held in August in both 2011 and 2012 at a venue near Lake Champlain and Battery Park.


"On behalf of USA Triathlon, we are thrilled to be bringing our National Championships to Burlington in 2011 and 2012," said USA Triathlon CEO Skip Gilbert. "The athletes will face a very difficult course putting their athleticism to the full test. On a more personal note, as a graduate of the University of Vermont, I can't say enough great things about Burlington, the community and I'm confident that our members will find this a championship weekend they won't want to miss."


The USA Triathlon Age Group and Sprint National Championships feature the top amateur athletes in the U.S. competing for national titles in their age groups as well as spots on Team USA to compete in the 2012 ITU World Championships in London. The 2010 Age Group, Sprint and Elite National Championship events will take place in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.


Course distances for each event:
Age Group National Championship -- 1.5k swim, 40k bike, 10k run
Sprint National Championship -- 750m swim, 20k bike, 5k run
Elite National Championship -- 1.5k swim, 40k bike, 10k run; conducted in the Olympic-style format of racing -- draft-legal with multiple loops


Burlington is located on the eastern shore of Lake Champlain against the backdrop of the Green Mountains and is the largest city in the state of Vermont. Climate for the month of August is mild with an average high of 78 degrees and an average low of 58, according to the National Weather Service.


The city offers athletes the convenience of Burlington International Airport, a 15-minute drive from the venue. Area attractions include the Church Street Marketplace, downtown Burlington's open air mall featuring historical architecture, dining, shopping, year-round festivals, street entertainers, music and more. Burlington also is home to the University of Vermont.


The USAT National Championship weekend will include a Health & Fitness Expo to be held at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center where athletes, spectators and the general public will be able to browse through the offerings of dozens of exhibitors, all in the comfortable surroundings of the host hotel. The expo will feature a variety of items needed to enjoy an active lifestyle and it will also offer a number of homegrown Vermont products.


USAT is pleased to partner with the Burlington community and RunVermont, home of the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon, to bring this prestigious event to the shores of Lake Champlain.


"We are pleased to be the first course in the Northeast to host this event," said Rick Milliken, the General Manager of the Doubletree Hotel Burlington and past Chairman of the Vermont State Sports Council. "Burlington's combination of Lake Champlain scenery in an urban setting provides a spectacular landscape for the competition."


In the summer, the Burlington region offers outdoor activities like kayaking, fishing, sailing, hiking, cycling and more.


More information:

USA Triathlon National Events


Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce


Battery Park




About USA Triathlon
USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the national governing body for triathlon--the fastest growing sport in the world--as well as duathlon, aquathlon and winter triathlon in the United States. USAT sanctions 3,100 races and connects with more than 130,000 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, USAT provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including World Championships, Pan American Games, and the Olympic Games.

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Press Release


Now in it's 27th year, the tradition of fun, elite competition continues when online registration for the 2010 St. Anthony's Triathlon opens Tuesday, December 1, at 9 a.m. EST, at One of the largest and most competitive Olympic-distance triathlons in the United States, St. Anthony's Triathlon, sponsored and produced by St. Anthony's Hospital, is once again expected to host some of the world's most elite professional and age-group athletes April 23 to 25. Athletes are encouraged to register early as last year's registration closed in less than 10 hours.

Known for its scenic course along the downtown St. Petersburg waterfront, St. Anthony's Triathlon attracts more than 4,000 individuals and 150 relay teams from more than 45 states and 17 countries. The weekend of events, which features one of triathlon's largest Sports & Fitness Expos, kicks off Friday, April 23, from noon to 7 p.m., in Straub Park with Athlete Check-in. Athlete Check-in and the Sports & Fitness Expo continue Saturday in Straub Park from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mandatory bike check-in for Sunday's participants is from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday.

Competition begins Saturday, April 24, at 7:30 a.m. with the Meek & Mighty Triathlon supported by Bank of America at North Shore Pool. A field capacity of 1,000 applications will be accepted for the Meek & Mighty Triathlon, a shorter-distance race for youths ages 7 to 10 (swim: 100 yards, bike: 3.6 miles, run: .5 miles), youths ages 11 to 14 and novice adults (swim: 200 yards, bike: 5.6 miles, run: 1 mile).

The events wrap up Sunday, April 25 with St. Anthony's Triathlon beginning at 6:50 a.m., followed by a post-race party at 9:30 a.m. and an awards ceremony at 12:30 p.m. A professional category of more than 60 triathletes carries a $65,000-prize purse, and more than $10,000 in prizes will be awarded to the top male and female competitors in the Elite Amateur division. Awards go to the top 10 athletes in each division.


About St. Anthony's Hospital
St. Anthony's Hospital is a 395-bed hospital founded in 1931 as a ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany and is the first and only faith-based hospital in Pinellas County. In 1997, St. Anthony's became part of BayCare Health System, a joint operating agreement between the Tampa Bay area's leading not-for-profit hospitals. St. Anthony's has a rich history dedicated to improving the health of the community by providing high-quality, innovative and compassionate care. St. Anthony's also is comprised of the following health care facilities: St. Anthony's Imaging Center and St. Anthony's Outpatient Center.


About BayCare Health System
BayCare Health System is the largest community-based health system in the region, providing expert medical care for a patient's lifetime. Composed of hospitals and numerous affiliated services, the system connects patients to a complete range of services throughout the Tampa Bay area. Together, BayCare organizations seek to advance the health of their patients and their communities.
Member hospitals are Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony's, St. Joseph's, St. Joseph's Children's, St. Joseph's Women's, St. Joseph's Hospital North (opening 2010) and South Florida Baptist.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Don't miss the 2009 St. Anthony's Triathlon national television special on Versus Network, airing Sunday, Oct. 11, at 3 p.m. EST. Relive all the excitement of one of the most popular triathlons in the country.


From its humble beginnings in 1984 with only 600 athletes, St. Anthony's Triathlon has become an integral part of the St. Petersburg community, bringing in thousands of spectators, participants and volunteers for a weekend focused on fitness and fun.


Now in its 27th year, St. Anthony's Triathlon has a reputation as one of the premier multisport events in the world. Known for its scenic course along the downtown St. Petersburg waterfront, St. Anthony's Triathlon attracts more than 4,000 individuals and 150 relay teams from more than 45 states and 17 countries.


In its 27-year history, St. Anthony's Triathlon has hosted some of the top champions from around the world, including Simon Lessing, Michellie Jones, Andy Potts, Tim Deboom and Spencer Smith.


St. Anthony's Triathlon, sponsored and produced by St. Anthony's Hospital, is held the last weekend of every April. The weekend of events includes one of triathlon's largest sports and fitness expos, a shorter-distance Meek & Mighty Triathlon, and the Olympic-distance St. Anthony's Triathlon. Online registration for the 2010 St. Anthony's Triathlon opens Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 9 a.m. EST, at


About St. Anthony's Hospital

St. Anthony's Hospital is a 395-bed hospital founded in 1931 as a ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany and is the first and only faith-based hospital in Pinellas County. In 1997, St. Anthony's became part of BayCare Health System, a joint operating agreement between the Tampa Bay area's leading not-for-profit hospitals. St. Anthony's has a rich history dedicated to improving the health of the community by providing high-quality, innovative and compassionate care. St. Anthony's also is comprised of the following health care facilities: St. Anthony's Imaging Center and St. Anthony's Outpatient Center.


About BayCare Health System

BayCare Health System is the largest community-based health system in the region, providing expert medical care for a patient's lifetime. Composed of hospitals and numerous affiliated services, the system connects patients to a complete range of services throughout the Tampa Bay area. Together, BayCare organizations seek to advance the health of their patients and their communities.


Member hospitals are Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony's, St. Joseph's, St. Joseph's Children's, St. Joseph's Women's, St. Joseph's Hospital North (opening 2010) and South Florida Baptist. On the Web:

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Press Release


The World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) continues its expansion of the Ironman 70.3 Series with the announcement of two additions to its 2010 event series.


The former Lone Star Half and Mooseman Half Triathlons boast new names as official Ironman 70.3 events. The races, now known as Ironman 70.3 Lone Star and Ironman 70.3 Mooseman, will continue to be produced by race director Keith Jordan and Endorfun Sports and become part of a series that includes nearly 40 races worldwide.


Each Ironman 70.3 race features qualifying slots for the Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3 taking place each November in Clearwater, Florida.


Registration for both events is now open:


Two other 70.3 events produced by Endorfun Sports, Ironman 70.3 Timberman and Ironman 70.3 Longhorn, will open registration on October 1 and November 1, respectively.


Additional triathlons during these event weekends include:



Keith Jordan and his team at Endorfun Sports have been producing events for the last 10 years. Jordan shares his excitement, "Our goal is to offer athletes the best triathlon experience in the world. We look forward to working with the Ironman team and building upon the success of these events."


Ironman 70.3 Lone Star -- Taking place on April 25, 2010, athletes will experience historic Galveston Island, located on the Texas gulf coast. Situated among 242 lush, tropical acres, the Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa & Convention Center will play host to the event. With amenities including a living rainforest, an IMAX 3D Theater, aquarium and four-diamond full-service resort, there is something for the entire family.


The swim will be in saltwater in the protected waters of the Offats Bayou, while the bike course will lead athletes on a flat and scenic ride along the coastline. Athletes will also see a flat run course, as it meanders through tropical gardens and towering glass pyramids.


Ironman 70.3 Mooseman -- Set in Newfound, New Hampshire on June 6, 2010, this event will be the most scenic 70.3 event in New England. The swim will utilize the pristine and fresh waters of Newfound Lake. With average water temperatures hovering around 62 degrees year-round, wetsuits will be permitted. A picturesque bike course will include rolling hills and views of sprawling farmland, quaint villages and the Newfound Lake shoreline. The run course that passes by the majestic Granite Ledges will be an out-and-back format with rolling hills similar to the bike course.


At both events, professional athletes will compete for a $30,000 prize purse. A total of 50 slots for the 2010 Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3 will be awarded to top age group and pro finishers.


The addition of these events to the Ironman family builds on the acquisition earlier this year of the 5430 triathlon series. Those events, also now open for registration, include:



For additional information on these events, visit Athlete questions can be directed to,, or

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Press Release


Ironman 70.3 Branson will be the latest addition to the Ironman 70.3 Event Series. On September 19, 2010, the inaugural race will take place in the vacation destination of Branson, Missouri. Ironman 70.3 Branson will serve as one of 34 worldwide qualifying events for the 2010 Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3 in Clearwater, Fla. Professional athletes will be competing for a $25,000 prize purse.


The 1.2-mile swim will be held in the crystal clear waters of Table Rock Lake in the shadow of the host hotel, Chateau on the Lake Resort, Spa & Convention Center. Athletes will enjoy the ease of walking from the host hotel to the swim start on race morning.


Water temperatures are expected to be 70 F. The transition area will be located on the grounds of Moonshine Beach. Following the swim, athletes will cover a challenging 56-mile bike course through the rolling hills of the Ozark Mountains. Athletes will then transition to a flat, spectator-friendly, two-loop run course that will encompass 13.1-miles.


"As the host city for Ironman 70.3 Branson, we are pleased to welcome these world-class athletes and their friends and families," said Ross Summers, president of the Branson Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce & CVB. "It is a tremendous opportunity for us to show the world what Branson has to offer."


Branson, Missouri, is one of America's top vacation destinations and hosts over eight million visitors each year. Branson offers more than 50 performance theaters and is known as the "Live Music Show Capital of the World." It also is surrounded by three pristine lakes and the rolling terrain of the Ozark Mountains. Additionally, recently-opened Branson Airport offers direct flights from a variety of major cities across the country.


"I look forward to working on another great Ironman 70.3 event and appreciate all the efforts from the City of Branson and the Chamber of Commerce," said Ryan Robinson, co-race director for Ironman 70.3 Branson. "The new race site is on-par with other great Ironman venues around the world."


"Branson's reputation as a popular travel destination, coupled with Ryan Robinson and Tom Ziebart's expertise in delivering high-quality events, will contribute to Ironman 70.3 Branson quickly developing into a showcase event in the 70.3 Series. The challenging course will serve as an ideal tune-up for November's world championship in Clearwater and for athletes with a late-season Ironman on their race calendar," said Ironman's Chief Operations Officer, Steve Meckfessel.


Registration for Ironman 70.3 Branson is now open and will be limited to 2,000 athletes. For more information on the race, visit Athlete inquiries can be directed to

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Jarrod Shoemaker of Sudbury, Massachusetts, clocked his first win of the Dextro Energy Triathlon - ITU World Championship Series as he surged away from a strong field during the run to cross the line in 1:44:06, eight seconds ahead of Australia's Brad Kahlefeldt in Hamburg, Germany.


The home crowd had plenty to support with Steffen Justus coming home as the top German in fourth and Maik Petzold moving to the top of the Dextro Energy Triathlon - ITU World Championship Rankings following a sixth place finish. The full race from Hamburg is available to watch on demand at


The opening 1,500-meter swim saw three packs form early on as Petzold tried to escape with Canada's Paul Tichelaar and Aurelian Raphael from France at the head of the race. His efforts were short lived as the chasers reeled the trio back in on the second of the eight 5k laps.


Disaster struck the 2007 ITU triathlon world champion, Daniel Unger, who had taken victory in Hamburg two years ago and also won last year's Hamburg ITU Triathlon World Cup. A puncture on the second bike lap left him riding alone and losing time following a wheel change, however he chose to battle on, buoyed by home support.


Halfway through the cycle another breakaway involving Tichelaar was successful in pushing off the front of the main pack as Mark Fretta from the United States, Dominik Berger from Austria and Christian Prochnow from Germany managed to open up a gap. The four worked hard and shared the effort to carve out a 1:20 minute lead coming in to second transition.


Prochnow quickly hit the front as the excited crowd considered the possibility of a German winner, however it wasn't to be. Further behind the Beijing Olympic medalists of Jan Frodeno from Germany, Simon Whitfield from Canada and New Zealand's Bevan Docherty spearheaded the chase, but they couldn't stop Shoemaker who surged at 2km and pulled away.


Shoemaker caught and passed Prochnow at the 5km mark and was able to stay strong in the closing stages, despite being put under pressure by Kahlefeldt. Further behind the leading pair, European Triathlon Championship bronze medalist, Alexander Brukhankov from Russia, took third, just ahead of Justus and Docherty.


"I had a lot of fun out there today," said Shoemaker. "It was an unbelievable race, and I just wanted to come out and do well. I actually wasn't planning on racing in Hamburg but two weeks ago at the last round in Kitzbühel I dropped out in the cold conditions and then decided to come up here. I really had to work in the swim, but felt great on the bike and then just opened up on the run. This race is the race other races look up to, and with such an awesome crowd and 9,000 age-group triathletes competing in the morning it's a special place. I decided that today I would just run all out, I've sat in the pack too much this year so to pull off the win is great!"


"I was so sick of coming second in sprint finishes after Tongyeong and the Hy-Vee Elite Cup that I wanted to take it on today," commented Brad Kahlefeldt. "It was going well but Jarrod (Shoemaker) came over the top of me and pushed on very hard. On the final lap I was concerned with the guys catching me up from behind but I pushed on. I knew with one kilometre to go that I couldn't catch Jarrod, but I gave it everything, so I'll reluctantly have to settle for another second place."


Dextro Energy Triathlon - ITU World Championship Rankings After Race Five of Eight

1. Maik Petzold (GER) 2,493 points

2. Alistair Brownlee (GBR) 2,400 points

3. Javier Gomez (ESP) 2,368 points

4. Brad Kahlefeldt (AUS) 2,276 points

5. Jarrod Shoemaker (USA) 2,145 points


Hamburg DC Dextro Energy Triathlon - ITU World Championship

1.5km swim, 40km bike, 10km run


Elite Men - Official Results

Gold - Jarrod Shoemaker (USA) 1:44:06

Silver - Brad Kahlefeldt (AUS) +0:08

Bronze - Alexander Brukhankov (RUS) +0:10

4th - Steffen Justus (GER) +0:15

5th - Bevan Docherty (NZL) +0:19

6th - Maik Petzold (GER) +0:23

7th - Kris Gemmell (NZL) +0:23

8th - Dmitry Polyansky (RUS) +35

9th - Simon Whitfield (CAN) +43

10th -  Jan Frodeno (GER) +49

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San Diego, Calif - Some of the world's most accomplished and inspirational physically challenged athletes will take center stage at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York City for the third annual A Celebration of Heroes, Heart and Hope gala (Heroes, Heart and Hope) on June 10 to benefit the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF). The gala event, which this year will honor Mark Holowesko - the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Holowesko Partners Ltd. - raised more than $800,000 in 2008 to fund handcycles, running prosthetics and other specialized equipment to help physically challenged athletes overcome the economic barriers that far too often prevent them from participating in sports and athletic activities.


"CAF's message of heroes, heart and hope will be a breath of fresh air for New York area supporters during these tough economic times," said Scott Stackman, Senior Vice President of UBS Financial Services Inc. and Chairman of the Heroes, Heart and Hope gala organizing committee. "Our goal at this event is to continue to raise awareness in the New York Tri-State area of what is possible given the right resources, and raise funds to get more physically challenged athletes off the sidelines and into the game."


The Heroes, Heart and Hope gala will also recognize sports legends and celebrities like Ironman greats Paula Newby-Fraser, Dave Scott and Scott Tinley, but the real stars will be the more than 20 physically challenged athletes - from kids to Hawaii Ironman finishers, from trailblazers to troops wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan - who are supported by CAF and will attend the event. Their stories of breaking barriers and perseverance will be showcased during the evening's program. Highlighted athletes will include:




  • New York's own Sam Cila. An American hero, who joined the New York National Guard after September 11, was injured in Iraq on July 4, 2005 and subsequently lost his hand. Sam continues to heal through sports.

  • David Gelfand. Born with the same condition as CAF Spokesperson and CBS's Amazing Race reality star Sarah Reinertsen - his idol, this young Weston, Connecticut native, an above-knee amputee, offers hope to other physically challenged kids.

  • Deanna Babcock. A competitive athlete her whole life, she was devastated when she lost her leg after suffering a heart attack at the young age of 23. Now with a new running foot, she's back into sport, and back into life.

  • Ricky James. When a motocross accident went horribly wrong, he lost the use of his legs, but not his competitive spirit.


The spirited live auction at the Heroes, Heart and Hope gala boasts a coveted spot in the Ford Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, (donated by Ironman) which last year was won with a $45,000 bid. Individuals unable to attend the Heroes, Heart and Hope gala will be able place proxy bids on the Ironman slot ahead of the event. Go to for details and rules.


"Tickets and sponsorship opportunities for this inspirational evening are still available" said Virginia Tinley, CAF's Executive Director. "Sponsors already on-board include: Ironman, Major League Baseball, Men's Health, and UBS Private Wealth Management, and it's through their support, that this uplifting evening is made possible."





The Heroes, Heart and Hope gala begins at 6 pm with cocktails and a silent auction in the Astor Salon. The dinner and program begin at 7:30 pm in the Grand Ballroom. The Waldorf=Astoria is located at 301 Park Ave in New York. For more information, or to purchase tickets, go to: Tickets to the event are $500.



On June 13, CAF athletes participating in the Heroes, Heart and Hope gala will hold a special multisport clinic, sponsored by Accenture at Asphalt Green (York Ave. between 90th and 92nd Streets in Manhattan) for local physically challenged athletes. For more information, contact:






Since 1994, the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) has raised more than $21 million and satisfied more than 4,000 requests for funding from challenged athletes around the world via its Access for Athletes program. Through its other programs - Catch a Rising Star (mentoring and introduction to sports), Operation Rebound (for U.S. military personnel and first responders injured while serving) and Reach High (community outreach), the organization reaches an additional 65,000 individuals per year. In 2009, CAF distributed more than $1.36 million in funding to 765 individuals in 49 U.S. states and 25 countries. To learn more, log on to or call 858-866-0959.









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March, 2009 -- World Triathlon Corporation is pleased to announce that select Ironman 70.3 races will feature entry spots for Ironman events in North America.


In addition, Ironman Community Foundation slots are still available for Ford Ironman Coeur d'Alene , Ford Ironman Lake Placid , Subaru Ironman Canada , Ford Ironman Louisville , Ford Ironman Wisconsin , Ford Ironman Florida and Ford Ironman Arizona . All of these events have already reached capacity and are closed to general entry for 2009.


At this year's Ironman 70.3 California, Ironman 70.3 Florida, Ironman 70.3 Hawaii and Ironman 70.3 Boise there will be 25 entries available to participating athletes for Ford Ironman Coeur d'Alene, Subaru Ironman Canada, Ford Ironman Louisville, Ford Ironman Wisconsin, Ford Ironman Florida and Ford Ironman Arizona. 


Additionally, each of the events will encompass 50 entry slots for the 2009 Ford Ironman Lake Placid. Amica Ironman 70.3 Rhode Island will have the same number of entry slots to all events except Ford Ironman Coeur d'Alene.


There are a limited number of general entry slots available to Ironman 70.3 Florida, Ironman 70.3 Hawaii, Ironman 70.3 Boise and Amica Ironman 70.3 Rhode Island


Ironman Community Foundation Slots are available for all Ironman events in the U.S. and Canada. The number of remaining slots can be found on the Community Fund homepage


Funds raised from Ironman Community Foundation Slots are directed to The Ironman Foundation, offering contributions to local and national organizations. Since its inception in 2001, The Ironman Foundation has distributed more than $3.5 million to community groups and various non-profit organizations.


For all Ironman and Ironman 70.3 details, visit .  Athlete-related inquiries can be directed to Brittany Dunning at



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March 3, 2009 (Tampa, FL) -- World Triathlon Corporation, owner of the Ironman and Ironman 70.3 brands, announces the launch of the Ironman Executive Challenge (XC)


The program targets top-level executives and provides its members with the opportunity to compete at the following sold-out events in 2009: Ford Ironman Coeur d'Alene, Frankfurter Sparkasse Ironman Germany, Ford Ironman Lake Placid, Ford Ironman Louisville, Ford Ironman World Championship (by qualification only) and Ford Ironman Arizona.


The mission of the Ironman Executive Challenge (XC) is to provide the ultimate Ironman experience for the world's top business leaders. This exclusive, member's-only program offers privileges such as guaranteed entry into select Ironman events, VIP treatment for athletes and their families, first-class accommodations, personalized coaching, interaction with Ironman icons and much more. Members of Ironman XC will also have the opportunity to win multiple coveted slots to the renowned Ford Ironman World Championship, in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. 


"We are pleased to announce this new program, one that showcases the synergies of today's most passionate business leaders and the unique qualities of Ironman. We look forward to providing a group of select athletes with a one-of-a-kind experience, while allowing them with the opportunity to compete among their peers at the world's most challenging endurance event," said Ironman Executive Challenge Director, Troy Ford.


To kick-off the program's inaugural year, all participating members of Ironman XC will be eligible for the Kona Personal Record (PR) Challenge. One Ford Ironman World Championship slot will be awarded at each event to the athlete who has most significantly improved his or her PR time. 


Additionally, Ironman will establish customized age divisions at each event to determine distribution of Ford Ironman World Championship slots. Every group will be allocated with one World Championship slot and it will be awarded to the winner of each age group. If a particular age group exceeds five XC Series participants, an additional slot will be added, totaling two for that group, and a second slot will be awarded to the second place finisher within that age group. Each event within the XC Series will award a minimum of two Ford Ironman World Championship slots (in addition to the Kona PR Challenge slot). 


XC Series' athletes awarded a Ford Ironman World Championship slot through standard qualifying procedures are ineligible for the aforementioned programs. World Championship slots are non-transferable and may not be deferred to another year. Athletes who are awarded slots to Kona must participate in the XC Series' Ford Ironman World Championship package and compete for title of Ironman XC Series' Athlete of the Year.


Click here to submit an application for membership to the Ironman Executive Challenge (XC). To learn more, visit or contact Troy Ford at

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The ITU recently announced the that the 2009 Team World Championships are coming to Des Moines, home of the Hy-Vee Triathlon. This is shaping up to be one of the most exciting weekends in triathlon!


The team relay format sounds pretty exciting and spectator friendly. Taken to the age-group level, there could be some really cool races designed around this concept. Read the full release below:




Press Release


February 25, 2009 -- The International Triathlon Union (ITU) is pleased to announce the location for the 2009 ITU Triathlon Team World Championships will be in West Des Moines, Iowa, USA on June 28 in conjunction with the Hy-Vee ITU Triathlon Elite Cup. This is the first time a team world championship has been held on U.S. soil and the first time in ITU history that the teams will be mixed. In total, the weekend will boast $1 million USD in prize money.


"The team world championships are crucial in ITU's quest to have a team event on the Olympic programme," said ITU Secretary General Loreen Barnett. "Recently the IOC Executive Board approved the mixed relay for the Youth Olympic Games, signifying the IOC's support of the concept. It also represented an important step forward for the team relay's inclusion in future Olympic Games"


The ITU Triathlon Team World Championships will consist of a 4 x mixed relay. Each federation will enter a team consisting of two women and two men. Each member will complete a super sprint triathlon (250m swim, 7km bike and 1.8km run) in succession, with the first team across the line representing the top triathlon nation in the world. A $70,000 USD prize purse will be available for the top three teams (1st - $40,000, 2nd - $20,000, 3rd - $10,000).


"We would be delighted to be the first to stage the mixed relay format at a world championship level. The quick pace of the race makes it especially exciting to watch. It's a real crowd pleaser," said Andy McCann, Hy-Vee Triathlon co-chair.


The Hy-Vee ITU Triathlon Elite Cup will be staged on Saturday, June 27, and the ITU Triathlon Team World Championships on Sunday, June 28.


The million dollar weekend will continue to be showcased in 2009 with U.S. national television coverage on NBC.


For more information, visit .

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Lance Armstrong makes his return to road cycling next week at Australia's Tour Down Under. And for the first time ever, American cycling fans can watch it on Versus . Coverage will be seen in half-hour segments from January 18 to 24, and an hour-long presentation will air on Sunday, Jan. 25.


For triathletes, the XTERRA USA and World Championships have been airing in local markets and will continue for the next several days. Check the complete broadcast schedule to find out when you can see it.


And for those anxious to find out if they were chosen in the Ironman lottery (deadline to enter is February 28!), you can watch the NBC broadcast of the Ford Ironman World Championships on for free, anytime you want.

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Before you head out for your weekend, check out some of this week's best posts from the Cool Running and Active communities:


•     So why did we start running?

” Why did you start running? Do you come from a long line of runners? Nothing else to do and its better then watching tv? Perhaps you're a criminal and you need to build get-away speed? Seen others do it and you hate to miss out on anything?”


•     Hydration Gear on Long Runs: What to use

” Triathlete training for her first marathon and would like any advice on hydration gear during long training runs: have a 2-bottle hydration belt, but those little curved bottles really don't hold much.”


•     Endurance build up?

“ I've been running for 3 months now and would like to know why I'm feeling spent so often. Two weeks ago I was able to run 3.5 miles without feeling to spent.”


•     What do you think about when swimming?

” Terry Laughlin's newest article talks about how some people zone out during activity in order to avoid thinking about pain, distance or whatever. He remarks that he once swam 9 miles with Louie, Louie stuck in his head.”


•     Critical Mass Cyclist Assaulted by NYPD

“ I just read an interesting article in the New York Times regarding the investigation against an NYPD police officer in the Critical Mass YouTube video shown below.”


•     Training for ½ Running on Grass

“ I am new to running,(at 48 yrs) as is never run before. I started running (slowly) in May and in July decided to train for a 1/2 in November. I have just done my longest run ever, 5 miles without stopping, using a training schedule I downloaded from RunnersWorld, on Monday I will try for 6.”

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Before you head out for your weekend, check out some of this week's best posts from the Cool Running and Active communities:


•      Missed workouts

”I was supposed to run 5 miles yesterday but was so dog tired that I couldn't do it. I didn't get up this morning to do it either because I still felt like I needed to sleep. This is the miserable kind of tired I am talking about.”


•      Take your vitamins! Interesting article on endurance athletes

”So the question arises, do athletes need to take vitamins? The answer, if you follow the scientific literature, is absolutely! In fact, athletes need more vitamins and minerals than the average person.”


•      How to draft in the water?

“Should you be right behind the person? A few yards back? Off to the side a little? I tried it yesterday right behind a person (about 2 feet back) and felt like was working against the persons kick turbulence. Is there another way?”


•      Weekly running milage for Sprint Tri?

”I am currently training for 2 Sprint Tri's this summer, and was just wondering what is a good average for my weekly running mileage?? I have a very strong swimming background and the bike I don't have to worry about all comes down to the run.”


•      New to Triathlon

“I am a 57 year old female that has never entered anything like a race. I have been swimming for an hour every day for the past year and would like to kick up my workouts.”


•      Wednesday's runs

“OK, 6 miles for me today in 72 degree heat and 84% humidity. Not bad at a 8:36 pace. Still need to get faster though. The forecast is looking pretty good though after this weekend with overnight lows back in the 60s in the DC area.”

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Tune in to the Aflac Iron Girl Lake Las Vegas Triathlon on NBC this Saturday, July 26, from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. EST. Click on the video below for a sneak peek of Saturday's broadcast on NBC.



The show was taped on location on April 12, 2008, at Lake Las Vegas Resort, a destination located approximately 17 miles from the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. Featuring Sprint and Intermediate-distance races, the inaugural event took more than 800 females, ages 11 to 68 years old, into the pristine waters of Lake Las Vegas, on a challenging bike ride through the town of Henderson, Nevada, and on a scenic run along the grounds of the Lake Las Vegas Resort property.


Watch as Aflac Iron Girl Lake Las Vegas Champion, Mirinda Carfrae, and fellow world-renowned professional athletes such as 2006 Ironman 70.3 World Champion, Samantha McGlone; short-course specialist, Becky Lavelle and Ironman World Champion, Karen Smyers, compete for a $15,000 prize purse.



Additionally, several inspirational athletes are highlighted to include:


    • Patti Jackson, 44, from Alexandria, VA. Patti is a member of the United States Air Force, as well as a breast cancer survivor.

    • Tracy Guaderrama, 37, from El Cajon, CA. Tracy inspires others with her bravery serving as Homicide Detective for the San Diego Police Department. The event marked the one-year anniversary of her kidney donation that saved her mom's life.

    • Lisa Jamison, 46, from Tampa, FL. A veteran Iron Girl athlete, Lisa dedicates this race, among others, to her brother-in-law, who was recently diagnosed with melanoma.


Registration for the 2009 Aflac Iron Girl Lake Las Vegas Triathlon will open during the start of the broadcast, at 2:30 p.m. EST, at


The mission of Iron Girl is to empower women toward a healthy lifestyle.  Begin your Iron Girl journey today!



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Before you head out for your weekend, check out some of this week's best posts from the Cool Running and Active communities:


•     Trail shoes, might buy mailorder for first time

“I need some shoes for offroad running. I'm not an "Ultra" guy, but I do all my running on fields and through forests. I need some new shoes but don't really have much to choose from at stores here, so I'm thinking of going mail order and would really like it to work out on the first attempt, which is why I'm asking here.”

•     Beer for my horses, whiskey for my men!

“It has been a while since we skirted this topic and with the many new faces I decided to start a good beer thread. Tonight I had a beer that I picked up in California. It's a brew I have never heard of but man is it good.”

•     Everyone's next race?

“What are others planning on running next? My next one that I call official is in Vermont at the end of January(I mean July). I plan on running a fast 2 mile race on July 4th. but the big event is in Vermont.”

•     Wish me luck at the U.S. women's Sprint Tri this Sunday

“I'm as ready as one can be for this triathlon on Sunday. I'm excited about it. My goal is to make it under 1 1/2 hours. I can do the swim in 12 minutes or less, bike in under 40 and run in 30. The transitions will get me as I have to go to the bathroom more often and think I'll have to go each transitions. LOL!”

•     How can I swim faster?

“I've done about 5 sprint tri's and I'm really slow on the swim. I can do the distance. I don't know if I should focus on kicking more or there is something about my form, or I'm just not strong enough.”

•     Too soon to run a 1/2 marathon?

“I am on week five of the couch to 5K from There is a half marathon on Oct 11 I want to run. That would mean I would finish my couch to 5K program the third week of July and jump right into the build up for the half-marathon.”

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