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USA Triathlon Plans Banquet to Go with Age Group Nationals

29 Jun, 2016


Celebrate 2015 Athletes of the Year and Multisport Award Winners in Omaha

The USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships weekend in Omaha, Nebraska, will get underway on Aug. 11 at 5:30 p.m. CT with a celebratory banquet to honor the 2015 USA Triathlon Athletes of the Year and Multisport Award winners.

World champion elite triathlete Leanda Cave, who was the first professional woman in the sport to win both the IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship titles in the same season, will serve as the keynote speaker for the event. Festivities will be at the CenturyLink Center Omaha, and registration is now open for the event at active.com. The price of $29.95 for adults ($34.95 after Aug. 4) and $15.95 for children (ages 8-14; children under 7 are free) includes a buffet dinner, the keynote speech and presentations for each of the award winners. Tables may also be purchased by contacting Meg Weagley at megan.weagley@usatriathlon.org. This unique celebration banquet has sold out each of the last three years.

The banquet is the opening event of the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships, set for Aug. 13-14 in Omaha. For more information on Age Group Nationals, visit the Olympic-Distance Nationals and Sprint Nationals event pages. 

For more information, contact Meg Weagley at megan.weagley@usatriathlon.org. Note: no refunds will be given, and business casual attire is expected for this event (no shorts, please).

Event Schedule (all times CT):
5:30 p.m.: Check-in and cash bar opens
5:45-6:30 p.m.: Buffet dinner
6:45-8:45 p.m.: Award winner presentations
9 p.m.: Bar closes

Location: CenturyLink Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th Street, Omaha, NE 68102 

2015 Athletes of the Year, Presented by Garmin
Men's Triathlete of the Year: Barrett LeHardy (Roanoke, Va.)
Women's Triathlete of the Year: Kirsten Sass (McKenzie, Tenn.)
Men's Masters Triathlete of the Year: Tony Schiller (Eden Prairie, Minn.)
Women's Masters Triathlete of the Year: Colleen De Reuck (Boulder, Colo.)
Men's Grand Masters Triathlete of the Year: Greg Taylor (Yankton, S.D.)
Women's Grand Masters Triathlete of the Year: Ellen Hart (Denver, Colo.)
Men's Junior Triathlete of the Year: Jack Toland (Kirkland, Wash.)
Women's Junior Triathlete of the Year: Taylor Knibb (Washington, D.C.)
Men's Duathlete of the Year: Matthew Payne (Columbia Heights, Minn.)
Women's Duathlete of the Year: Kirsten Sass (McKenzie, Tenn.)
Men's Masters Duathlete of the Year: Fred Bunn (East Grand Rapids, Mich.)
Women's Masters Duathlete of the Year: Kirsten Chapman (Edmond, Okla.)
Men's Grand Masters Duathlete of the Year: Wolf Hillesheim (El Sobrante, Calif.)
Women's Grand Masters Duathlete of the Year: Patty Peoples-Resh (Redlands, Calif.)
Men's Junior Duathlete of the Year: Timothy Winslow (Elk Grove, Calif.)
Women's Junior Duathlete of the Year: Kaytlynn Welsch (Alvin, Texas)
Men's Elite Duathlete of the Year: Patrick Parish (Bloomington, Minn.)
Women's Elite Duathlete of the Year: Dani Fischer (Wausau, Wis.)
Men's Off-Road Triathlete of the Year: Cole Bunn (Bettendorf, Iowa)
Women's Off-Road Triathlete of the Year: Julie Baker (Sorona, Calif.)
Men's Elite Off-Road Triathletes of the Year: Josiah Middaugh (Vail, Colo.)
Women's Elite Off-Road Triathletes of the Year: Emma Garrard (Park City, Utah)

2015 Multisport of the Year Award Winners

Jeff Jewell Spirit Award
Derek Fitzgerald (Harleysville, Pa.) 

Lifetime Achievement Award
Russ Jones (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.)
Brad Leonard (Missoula, Mont.) 

Military Sport Award
Samone Franzese (Henrico, Va.)
Barrett LeHardy (Roanoke, Va.)

Most Inspirational Comeback Award
Sam Tullis (Rome, Ga.)

Spirit of Multisport Award
Celia Dubey (Tarpon Springs, Fla.)

Volunteer of the Year Award
Richard Gossow (Wayne, Pa.) 

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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