USA Triathlon (USAT) has announced Greenville, South Carolina, as the host city for the 2018-19 USA Triathlon Duathlon National Championships.
Athletes will compete for age-group national titles in standard- and sprint-distance races, as well as spots on Team USA, the select group of amateur multisport athletes who represent the US at International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championship events. Specific race distances and course information will be shared on usatriathlon.org when available.
“We have a passionate duathlon community in the United States, and Greenville’s enthusiasm for hosting the 2018-19 Duathlon National Championships will enable our athletes to enjoy a very special race experience,” said Rob Urbach, USA Triathlon CEO.
“Greenville and our local partners have a long history of hosting top-level national and international events, and we are excited that the talents of our world-class duathletes will continue that tradition.”
“The USA Triathlon Duathlon National Championships is an exciting first for Greenville, and the community’s selection is the result of a great partnership between VisitGreenvilleSC, Greenville County Parks, Recreation & Tourism, Notus Sports and Furman University,” said Chris Stone, President of VisitGreenvilleSC.
“This championship plays a vital role in impacting the Greenville community, from an economic perspective to both incoming visitors and residents. We appreciate USA Triathlon’s trust in Greenville and look forward to welcoming duathlon enthusiasts from all over the country in just three short years. Our goal is to make sure these National Championships are one of the best yet.”
Greenville, South Carolina, was named the ‘2nd Best Town Ever’ by Outside magazine, ‘#7 Best in the US 2015’ by Lonely Planet and is among the world’s top six ‘2015 Hot Spots for Travel’ by CBS News’ world famous travel editor, Peter Greenberg.
Greenville is seen as an ideal destination for sports events and tournaments, offering a central Southeast location nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and easy access via interstate highways and the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport.
A wide variety of options for accommodation and dining for every budget help to make the destination affordable for both teams and their families. As a release from USAT notes, ‘Greenville’s world-class facilities, friendly four-season climate, award-winning downtown, and countless opportunities for family fun on and off the court, field, or course, puts Greenville front and center on the sports map.’
The Duathlon Nationals was recently in Saint Paul, Minnesota, for two years, and will head west to Bend, Oregon for the next two years. The 2016 Duathlon National Championships will be held on 25 June, and the 2017 date is 24 June.