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Tucson To Host 2011-12 USAT National Duathlon Festival

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Tucson has quickly become established as one of the top triathlon training grounds in the United States and was recently named the Best Place To Live by Triathlete Magazine. While the weather, terrain and location are ideal for training, the lack of bodies of water means that the area hosts very few triathlons. Today, USA Triathlon announced that Tucson will play host to the USAT National Duathlon Festival in 2011 and 2012. With the presence of duathlon, Tucson may have found its place in the multisport racing community.

Tucson is considered the nation's top winter triathlon training city. Photo: Nils Nilsen
Tucson is considered the nation's top winter triathlon training city. Photo: Nils Nilsen

The 2011 and 2012 USAT National Duathlon Festival will consist of two duathlons in Oro Valley (an area north of Tucson) – the Age Group National Championship and the off-road Championship.

“The selection of Tucson/Oro Valley to host the 2011 and 2012 USA Triathlon National Duathlon Festival provides the perfect opportunity to prove to world-class athletes and trainers how our community lives up to the title of ‘America’s Winter Training Capital,'” said Vince Trinidad, director of the Tucson Sports division for the Metropolitan Tucson Convention & Visitors Bureau.

2011-12 USAT National Duathlon Festival Race Distances (run, bike, run)*

Age Group National Championship – 5k, 40k, 5k

Off-Road Championship – 3k, 15k, 3k

*Distances are subject to change.

The 2010 event is slated for April 24-25 in Richmond, Va.

Click here to see the complete press release from USAT.