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The University of California, San Diego is hosting a draft-legal race as part of its ninth annual Tritonman Triathlon this weekend. The draft-legal race will take place on Saturday, Feb. 21 on Mission Bay’s Fiesta Island in San Diego, the site of the first ever triathlon.
It will also have the most competitive field ever assembled for a collegiate triathlon. On the start lists are 2012 Olympians Jodie Stimpson (GBR) and Aileen Reid (IRL), as well as elites Conor Murphy (IRL), Cameron Good (AUS), Joe Maloy (USA), Eric Lagerstrom (USA), Lindsey Jerdonek (USA) and Summer Cook (USA). Several of the elite athletes are on top coaches Darren Smith’s and Paulo Sousa’s squads, who are currently training in San Diego and using the race to prepare for the first ITU World Triathlon Series race of the season in Abu Dhabi in two weeks.
UCSD is hosting the race to help collegiate athletes prepare for the USAT Collegiate National Championships in April. The race will also serve as a U-25 Elite Development Race, meaning amateur athletes can earn their elite cards through this race. The first three amateur U.S. finishers will become eligible for a USAT Elite Triathlete License (either a standard license or with a collegiate designation), granted they finish within 5 percent of the amateur winner’s overall time.
The men’s draft-legal race will start at 6:50 a.m. and the women’s race will start at 8:05 a.m. The field is limited to 75 men and 75 women. Find out more and see the complete start list on the UCSD Triathlon website.