USA Triathlon has announced the schedule for a weekend of elite, collegiate and age-group races from 7-8 October in Sarasota, Florida, at the Sarasota-Bradenton Triathlon Festival. The weekend of racing will be headlined by an International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Cup competition, which will also serve as USA Triathlon’s Elite National Championships.
Age-group races in both draft-legal and non-draft formats will be held in conjunction with the elite competitions. All events are set to take place at Nathan Benderson Park, a 600-acre community park operated by the nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates (SANCA).
“USA Triathlon is excited to partner with SANCA to host two days of high-energy, fast-paced racing at Nathan Benderson Park,” said USA Triathlon National Events Director Brian D’Amico. “We look forward to showcasing some of the world’s fastest triathletes and paratriathletes in the ITU World Cup events, while offering age-group competition throughout the weekend.”
Elite athletes will compete in Sarasota for a share of a US$60,000 prize purse. The women’s ITU World Cup race is set for 7 October, with the men following on 8 October. As the USA Triathlon Elite National Championships, national podium placements will be awarded to the top-three US finishers in each race. The elite course features a spectator-friendly, multi-loop 1,500m swim, 36.6K bike and 10K run through the park, which has served as the site of ITU Continental Cup events since 2013.
A paratriathlon World Cup, also set for 8 October, will feature a sprint-distance course covering a 750m swim, 18K bike and 5K run.
Alongside the elite races, the Sarasota-Bradenton Triathlon Festival will offer a variety of racing opportunities for amateur athletes. An Age Group Draft-Legal Sprint Triathlon World Qualifier will be held on 7 October, featuring a 750m swim, 18K bike and 5K run. Top finishers in each division will qualify to represent Team USA at the 2018 ITU Age Group Sprint World Championships in Gold Coast, Australia.
Closing out the weekend on 8 October will be an age group open triathlon. This sprint-distance, non-draft legal race is ideal for all triathletes, from first-timers to experienced competitors.
Registration is now open for all age-group races. To participate in age-group races, athletes must be at least 15 years of age by 31 December 2017.
A women’s varsity collegiate race is also set for 7 October, featuring a 750m swim, draft-legal 18.3K bike and 5K run course. The race serves as the East Regional Qualifier for the 2017 Women’s Collegiate National Championship, which is set for 5 November in Tempe, Arizona. Triathlon is a varsity-level NCAA Emerging Sport for Women.
Schedule of Events (subject to change)
Saturday, 7 October 2017
09:00 ET Age Group Draft Legal Sprint Triathlon World Qualifier Start
13:00 Sarasota-Bradenton ITU Triathlon World Cup Elite Women’s Start
15:30 ITU Triathlon World Cup Elite Women’s Awards Ceremony
17:00 Women’s Collegiate Triathlon East Regional Qualifier Start
19:00 Women’s Collegiate Triathlon East Regional Qualifier Awards Ceremony
Sunday, 8 October 2017
07:30 Age Group Sprint Non Draft Triathlon Start
10:00 ITU Paratriathlon World Cup Start
13:00 ITU Paratriathlon World Cup Awards Ceremony
14:30 ITU Triathlon Elite Men’s Start
16:45 ITU Triathlon World Cup Elite Men’s Awards Ceremony