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Clermont to Host International Field in Saturday CAMTRI American Cup

6 Mar, 2015


More Than 30 Americans to Race Draft-Legal Sprint at Lake Louisa State Park

More than 30 U.S. elite triathletes will compete this Saturday at the Clermont (Fla.) PATCO Sprint Triathlon American Cup at Lake Louisa State Park.

The Americans will race against an international field, including athletes from Canada, France, Japan and Mexico. All athletes will compete on a 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike, 5-kilometer run course, with the elite women set to start at 10 a.m. ET followed by the elite men at 11:30 a.m. ET.

Olympian Sarah Haskins (Clermont, Fla.) is the top returner from the 2014 event, having claimed victory with a 30-second gap over the rest of the field. Also on the start list for the U.S. is Summer Cook (Thornton, Colo.), who logged four top-five finishes in ITU Continental Cups in 2014, and Taylor Spivey (Redondo Beach, Calif.), who finished second at an ITU Continental Cup in Punta Guilarte, Puerto Rico, last month. Nine U.S. women are on the start list for Saturday's race, and the complete women's start list is available at triathlon.org.

On the men's side, Kaleb VanOrt (Mishawaka, Ind.) leads the way for the Americans after finishing fifth in Clermont one year ago. VanOrt also was fifth at the 2014 Mooloolaba ITU World Cup and a podium finisher at ITU Continental Cups in Magog, Canada, and Monterrey, Mexico. Also among the 25 American men racing on Saturday will be Alex Libin (Colorado Springs, Colo.), John O'Neill (Vail, Colo.), Ryan Bice (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Eric Lagerstrom (Portland, Ore.). The complete men's start list is available at triathlon.org.

Now in its fifth year, the Draft Legal Challenge at Clermont is an early season staple on the draft-legal calendar for up-and-coming elite triathletes as well as consistent top performers on the ITU circuit. Other races slated for race weekend include four USA Triathlon Under-25 Elite Development Races, as well as an age-group draft-legal event and a Youth F1 race Sunday.

Visit draftlegalchallenge.com for full event details.  

 About USA Triathlon: USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon, as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,300 races and connects with nearly 500,000 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 Olympic and Paralympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the ITU and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).

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