The 2011 USA Triathlon Age Group & Sprint National Championships, set for 20 August 2011 in Burlington, Vermont, have sold out in record time the multisport National Governing Body announced yesterday.
Contested each year since 1983, the Age Group Nationals has sold out on just one previous occasion – last year when the field reached capacity one week prior to the event in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. This year 1,440 slots were filled for the Olympic-distance event nearly two months in advance, with another 500 racers registered for the sold-out Sprint Distance National Championship.
These totals also guarantee that Burlington will host the largest-ever USA Triathlon-owned National Championship. Athletes representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia are slated to compete.
“Selling out this far in advance is a testament to the importance of our National Championship races and the outstanding venue in Burlington,” said USA Triathlon CEO Rob Urbach.
“Triathletes nationwide are more excited than ever about the opportunity to compete against the best of the best with a national title on the line, as well as the chance to qualify for the 2012 ITU Age Group World Championships in Auckland, New Zealand.” Urbach added.
“We realise that some of the nation’s top amateur triathletes were hoping to qualify for Age Group Nationals at upcoming USA Triathlon Regional Championships, Special Qualifiers and other sanctioned events. Accordingly, we are diligently exploring all possible solutions for expanding the field.
“With many qualifying races still to occur this season, I’d like to thank all of our members for their patience as we work closely with the local organizing committee, the city of Burlington and local government to examine ways to safely accommodate more athletes.”
At the present time athletes who qualify will have the opportunity to sign up on a wait list for both the Age Group Nationals and the Sprint Nationals. A full refund will be issued to any wait-listed athletes who are not added to the field for either event.