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REGIONS
NORTHEAST
The Northeast Region is excited about 2011. First up is winter triathlon. For an amazing winter adventure and to develop new skills, check out the New England Winter Triathlon Series (www.wintermultisport.com/). A favorite of regional athletes, these races have hosted world championship qualifiers in the past. The courses are well laid out and professionally run. If you are not sure of the skills involved or want a bit of practice, look into weekly workouts and training clinics.


Moving into spring, we once again see the return of the Multisport World Expo (www.multisportworld.com/). A long-term fixture in the regions, the expos will occur in New York City on March 12 and Boston on March 19. Be sure to sign up for the amazing clinics, seminars and competitive events. Past years’ events have included the fun run, the swim relay races (will the juniors dominate again?) and, of course, the hotly contested indoor bike time trial. Add multisport-specific vendors as far as the eye can see, and it really is a great place to learn some new skills and jump-start the triathlon season in the Northeast.


Moving into the season — we chose new championship races for the 2011-12 seasons. The choice was difficult with many fine races and race directors vying for the honor of hosting the events.


Finally, don’t forget that 2011 is the first time the Northeast will host the USAT Age Group and Sprint National Championships in Burlington, Vt. The qualification standards have changed for this year, so be sure to check out the new standards at usatriathlon.org.


A USAT national championship is an outstanding event, so if you have not taken the time to qualify before, think about it — the race is in your backyard. For a list of regional championships, visit http://www.usatnortheast.com/.


 


SOUTHWEST
Start planning now to earn your spot on Team USA and compete at the duathlon world championship in Gijon, Spain. Whether you’re a novice duathlete or a run-bike-run specialist, your journey starts with a goal and a plan!


On April 30, USA Triathlon will host the Duathlon National Championship in Tucson, Ariz. The 5k run, 35k bike, 5k run course will serve as the qualifier for the 2011 ITU Duathlon World Championship in Gijon, Spain on Sept. 24-25. The Southwest Region has several well-timed run-bike-run opportunities to help you prepare for nationals and earn your slot for worlds.


Our first stop is in northern California for Wolf Pack Events’ DU the Three Bears (2-mile run, 19-mile bike, 2-mile run) duathlon on Feb. 12 in Orinda, Calif. The hilly terrain of this early season race will give you an honest fitness benchmark and experience to prepare for racing at our next destination in Phoenix, Ariz.


On Feb. 20, the Desert Classic Duathlon, a perennial favorite, will be contested at McDowell Mountain Park. The Desert Classic Duathlon, a challenging 3-mile run, 20-mile bike, 2.5-mile run course, is the 2011 USA Triathlon Southwest Region Duathlon Championship. Sign up at www.desertclassicduathlon.com.


With the regional championship behind you, we head back to NorCal for the DU the Golden Bears duathlon (3-mile run, 22-mile bike, 3-mile run) on April 2. Race Director Wolf Hillesheim has timed the race date as an ideal tune-up for nationals. For more info: www.wolfpackevents.com.


Are you ready for more run-bike-run fun? For classic Southern California racing, check out the Orange County Duathlon, produced by USAT certified race directors Bill Leach and Bob Cuyler of Pelican Events. The OC Du distance is 5k, 40k, 5k and race date is being finalized. Visit: www.octriseries.com for more information.


Whatever races you choose, “du it” in the Southwest Region!


84 USA TRIATHLON WINTER 2011

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