Top Triathletes Hit Las Vegas for USA Triathlon Super Sprint Series
11 Sep, 2014
$70,000 Prize Purse Up for Grabs on Thursday
The USA Triathlon Super Sprint Series returns to Las Vegas on Thursday, Sept. 11, with a number of the world's best triathletes set to compete under the lights and on national television for a share of the $70,000 prize purse at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
The Super Sprint Triathlon Grand Prix is set for Thursday next to the Las Vegas Convention Center. (Larry Rosa)
The USA Triathlon Super Sprint Series was launched in 2013 to showcase the speed and excitement of draft-legal triathlon in an incredibly spectator-friendly format. U.S. Olympian Sarah Groff (Hanover, N.H.), who finished the season as the No. 2 world-ranked woman in triathlon, highlights the start list along with more than 50 elite triathletes from the U.S., Australia, Canada, Chile, Ireland and Brazil.
The list also includes U.S. Olympian Jarrod Shoemaker (Clermont, Fla.), who won a series event in Milwaukee in August; Alan Webb (Beaverton, Ore.), former track star and American record holder in the mile; and Australian Erin Densham, who won bronze in the London 2012 Olympic Games triathlon. A complete list of competitors in the Las Vegas Super Sprint Triathlon Grand Prix is below.
Athletes will complete a 300-meter swim in a portable pool before completing an 8-kilometer bike and 2.5-kilometer run, with qualifying heats beginning at 8:30 a.m. PT. The A finals, set for 8 p.m. PT under the bright lights of Las Vegas, will feature two continuous, non-stop circuits of the same course. The top three athletes from each qualifying heat plus the fastest fourth-place finisher will be guaranteed one of the 10 starting positions per gender in the A finals. The B finals with the fourth, fifth and sixth finishers in each heat will begin at 6 p.m. PT.
The invitation-only pro field will compete for a total of $70,000 in prize money. A $62,000 prize purse will be shared equally between the overall male and female fields, with the top-15 finishers being rewarded in each division. There will also be a $7,500 prize purse shared among the top-three men's and women's U.S. athletes as part of the USA Triathlon Elite Sprint National Championships.
Qualifying and final heats of the event are free and open to the public. The Las Vegas Convention Center, located at 3150 Paradise Road, is the host of the event, which will be held in the parking lot off Convention Center Drive, approximately 3.3 miles from Mandalay Bay. Mandalay Bay is the site of 2014 USA Triathlon Art & Science of Triathlon International Coaching Symposium.
The race takes place in Las Vegas during Interbike, the largest annual cycling trade show in North America also held at Mandalay Bay, allowing endurance industry leaders to experience the engaging course design firsthand. The event will be broadcast nationwide on Universal Sports Network on Oct. 1 at 8 p.m. ET.
Visit usatriathlon.org/ss14lasvegas for more information.
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).