For the third consecutive year, Austin, Texas, will be the home of USA Triathlon as it hosts the 2014 USA Paratriathlon National Championships in conjunction with the Life Time Tri CapTex .
Slated for Memorial Day - May 26, 2014 - USA Paratriathlon Nationals will feature top American paratriathletes racing for national titles on a 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike, 5-kilometer run sprint-distance course. Revised classification standards are expected to be announced soon by the International Triathlon Union (ITU), and information on athlete eligibility for this National Championship event will be available on usatriathlon.org at a later date.
In 2013, 14 inspirational athletes were crowned national champions in their respective paratriathlon competition categories. For more on the 2013 USA Paratriathlon National Championships, visit usatriathlon.org.
"For the past two years, the Life Time Tri CapTex and the city of Austin have been outstanding hosts for our growing paratriathlon population, and we're anticipating another great year for USA Paratriathlon Nationals in 2014," said Rob Urbach, USA Triathlon CEO. "The support paratriathletes receive from race organizers and spectators makes this a memorable race experience for all."
"At Life Time we strive to create events in which athletes of all levels and abilities can participate and enjoy," said Kimo Seymour, Vice President, Life Time Athletic Events. "We are honored that USA Triathlon and its athletes have chosen to return to Austin and proud that Life Time Tri CapTex will play host to such an inspiring event for a third consecutive year."
USA Paratriathlon Nationals is the first of three top-level domestic paratriathlon competitions in 2014. Following the event in Austin, paratriathletes will face off against international fields at the Pan American Triathlon Confederation (PATCO) Championships on June 1 in Dallas and the Chicago ITU World Paratriathlon Event on June 28-29 in Chicago.
Interest in paratriathlon is at an all-time high, and the sport continues to grow following an announcement in December 2010 that it will debut at the Paralympic Summer Games in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. Visit usatriathlon.org for more on the sport of paratriathlon.
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About USA Triathlon: Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon - the fastest growing sport in the U.S. Olympic Movement - as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,300 races and connects with more than 550,000 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 Summer Olympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the ITU and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).