ITU World Triathlon Edmonton to be Held This Weekend
3 Sep, 2015
Nine U.S. elite triathletes are among those on the start list for this weekend's ITU World Triathlon Edmonton, Canada, the final regular season stop of the 2015 ITU World Triathlon Series circuit before the Grand Final in Chicago on Sept. 15-19.
The site of last year's series Grand Final, WTS Edmonton will feature a 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike, 5-kilometer run course. The elite races are scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 6, with the elite women slated to race at 3:30 p.m. ET (1:30 p.m. MT) and the men to follow at 5:30 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m. MT). Both races will be broadcast live on triathlonlive.tv, as well as Universal Sports Network, with broadcast times beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET and 5:30 p.m. ET.
With the No. 1, 2 and 3 world-ranked American women sitting out the Edmonton stop, five other U.S. women will be vying for podium finishes on Sunday. Lindsey Jerdonek (Brecksville, Ohio) looks to improve on her 17th-place world ranking with another top-10 finish, having finished eighth at the Gold Coast stop in April. Chelsea Burns (Seattle, Wash.) is also on the start list, with a ninth-place finish at WTS Cape Town in April and a fifth-place finish at the Pan American Games in July. The sprint distance suits Kaitlin Donner (Satellite Beach, Fla.), who cracked the top-10 at the sprint-distance WTS Abu Dhabi at the start of the season and won the New Plymouth ITU World Cup in March. Summer Cook (Thornton, Colo.) and Michelle Mehnert (Boulder, Colo.) are also on the start list.
The complete women's start list is available at wts.triathlon.org.
Pan American Games silver medalist Kevin McDowell (Geneva, Ill.) is on the start list for the U.S. men with three top-25 finishes in World Triathlon Series events this season. He is joined by Joe Maloy (Wildwood Crest, N.J.), who finished 16th in the Rio de Janeiro ITU World Olympic Qualification event on Aug. 2, and Eric Lagerstrom (Portland, Ore.), who picked up a career-best 18th place at WTS Stockholm two weeks ago. Sean Jefferson (Palisades, Calif.) rounds out the start list for the U.S. men.
The complete men's start list is available at wts.triathlon.org.
Before the elite action on Sunday, junior triathletes will compete on the same course in Edmonton's Hawrelak Park for the 2015 Edmonton CAMTRI Junior American Cup. 2015 Junior Elite National Champion Taylor Knibb (Washington, D.C.) leads the U.S. junior women, who are set to begin at 9:30 a.m. ET, and six U.S. junior men will compete at 11:30 a.m. ET. Beginning at 3:14 p.m. ET, 15 U.S. paratriathletes led by provisional 2016 U.S. Paralympic Triathlon Team qualifier Chris Hammer (PT4/mild impairment, Salt Lake City, Utah) will compete in the Edmonton ITU World Paratriathlon Event.
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Each of the 10 races in the 2015 ITU World Triathlon Series, including the Grand Final in Chicago on Sept. 18-19, will award points to the top finishers that will ultimately determine the number of spots allocated to each National Federation for the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games. More information on how U.S. athletes will qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games is available at usatriathlon.org.
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).