Denise Rentschler, City of Tempe
John Martin, USA Triathlon
Tempe, Ariz. -- USA Triathlon announced today that the 2013 and 2014 USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championships will be held in Tempe.
The 2013 event is slated for April 12-13, 2013 at Tempe Beach Park and Tempe Town Lake. Saturday, April 13 will consist of the Olympic-Distance (1,500m swim, 40k bike, 10k run) USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championship, as well as the draft-legal, mixed-team relay.
New for 2013 will be the inaugural USA Triathlon Draft-Legal Collegiate Championship. This exciting sprint-distance (750m swim, 20k bike, 5k run) event is slated for the morning of Friday, April 12. Only the best 75 collegiate athletes in the United States will qualify to participate in the draft-legal race, and each of USA Triathlon’s 10 collegiate conferences will be allocated slots in the field. Qualified athletes will be able to compete in both the draft-legal and Olympic-distance Collegiate National Championship events, and both races will count toward the Collegiate Nationals team scoring.
“USA Triathlon is excited to bring Collegiate Nationals to Tempe for the next two years. The city has a history of hosting major sporting events, and we look forward to adding to that legacy with the country’s top collegiate triathlon,” USA Triathlon CEO Rob Urbach said. “The venue and surrounding area will provide a challenging, scenic and fun environment for race weekend.”
Collegiate Nationals has grown into one of USA Triathlon’s signature events in recent years. In 2012, nearly 1,300 athletes from more than 120 schools participated in Collegiate Nationals in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The University of Colorado won its third consecutive overall title this year.
“We are thrilled that Tempe has been selected as the host city for the USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championships in 2013 and 2014. Tempe is a recognized sports destination. Not only will this new competition be a great opportunity for us to showcase Tempe and Arizona State University, it is also projected to have a positive economic impact of approximately $1 million for the City of Tempe,” Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell said.
“As the home of Arizona State University, it will be an honor for Tempe to host 120 U.S. collegiate teams, representing nearly 2,000 athletes,” said Stephanie Nowack, President/CEO of the Tempe Tourism Office. “This event will be a perfect addition to the roster of major sporting events already successfully hosted in Tempe, such as Ironman Arizona and the P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon and 1/2 Marathon.”
The USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championships have been a springboard to success for some of the nation’s top up-and-coming triathletes in recent years, including current elite athletes Marissa Ferrante, Dustin McLarty, Kaitlin Shiver, Caitlin Snow, Barrett Brandon, Kevin Collington, Amanda Felder, Ben Hoffman, Nicole Kelleher and Steve Sexton, who all captured individual collegiate titles.
About USA Triathlon
Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon – the fastest growing sport in the U.S. Olympic Movement – as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,300 races and connects with more than 455,000 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).