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First-ever Women’s Collegiate Triathlon National Championships to be held in Lake County

RELEASE DATE: September 24, 2014

CLERMONT – One of three USA Triathlon events that will comprise the inaugural 2014 women's collegiate triathlon season will include the Women’s Collegiate Triathlon National Championships, to be held at Lake Louisa State Park in Clermont on Nov. 2.

“Lake County boasts perfect triathlon weather in November and the course is safe, but very fast,” said John Hovius, Championships race director and owner of AAA Tri Camp in Groveland. “Lake Louisa is a beautiful location, and with support from Lake County and the city of Clermont, this area has become a known destination for triathletes from all around the world.”

The Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) named South Lake as a “Runner Friendly Community.” The designation was given to only four communities nationwide last year. 

“Lake County is making a name for itself as a nationally and internationally renowned triathlon destination,” said Adam Ashton, Lake County Sports Development Coordinator. “Hosting events of this caliber will only help to grow our reputation as an ideal place to live, train and compete.”  

The races will feature a 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike and a 5-kilometer run as outlined in the proposal approved by the National College Athletics Association (NCAA). The National Championships in Clermont will be an invitation-only event for college teams, with the top-10 finishers in the two early-season events automatically qualifying for a spot on the start list. 

“These races are a prime opportunity to show colleges and universities considering the sport for their athletics programs why it is a viable option, and the significant potential for the student-athletes and the community,” said Rob Urbach, USA Triathlon CEO. 

The three draft-legal exhibition events showcase the season structure that will be implemented next year when triathlon is granted official NCAA sport status. Triathlon received overwhelming approval through a vote in January at the NCAA Conference in San Diego to be included as an NCAA Emerging Sport for Women, and has a 10-year window to demonstrate sustainability as an NCAA sport option.

For more information on the Championships, visit www.clermonttri.com/index or contact Jess Luscinski at jess.luscinski@usatriathlon.org

To learn more about why Lake County is the ideal location for sporting events, log on to www.SportsInLakeFL.com or contact a member of the Lake County Economic Development & Tourism team at 352-742-3918.

 

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