USA Triathlon has confirmed that the 2019 USA Triathlon Winter Triathlon National Championships will take place on Sunday, March 17, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The ski-bike-run race will be held as part of the Loppet Foundation’s Loppet Winter Triathlon at Theodore Wirth Park. No qualification is required to compete.
The race moves from its 2016-2018 host city of St Paul, Minnesota. It is also held later in the season than in past years, enabling qualified athletes to compete at February’s ITU Winter Triathlon World Championships in Asiago, Italy, prior to the USAT Nationals.
Featuring a unique multisport discipline, Winter Nationals will offer a 6k Nordic ski followed by an 18k mountain bike and a 5k trail run. In past years, the race has been held as a run-bike-ski, but the race order was reversed for 2019 to avoid slushy snow conditions by holding the ski portion earlier in the day.
The course will utilize the Theodore Wirth trail system, which includes both natural and manmade (via snowmaking) ski trails. Athletes can expect snow and groomed trails in the lead-up to and on race weekend. Maps for all park trails can be found at loppet.org, and complete course details will be released closer to the event date pending snow conditions.
“USA Triathlon looks forward to bringing the nation’s top winter triathletes to Minneapolis for a fast-paced day of racing at Theodore Wirth Park,” said Brian D’Amico, USA Triathlon Events Director. “The Loppet Winter Triathlon is a strong addition to our national championships calendar for many reasons, including reliable snow conditions and an ideal spot on the calendar for those who are also competing at Winter Triathlon Worlds.”
“The USA Triathlon Winter Triathlon National Championships stay in Minnesota! Now called the Loppet Winter Triathlon, this championship event moves west of the Mississippi to the renowned Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis,” said Paul Johnson, Race Director for Winter Nationals, and Event and Operations Manager for the Loppet Foundation.
“Just minutes from downtown, this expansive urban park with man-made snow and The Trailhead, a brand-new adventure centre, guarantees a full winter triathlon experience. New name, new location, same heart!”
Top age-group finishers at Winter Nationals will earn the opportunity to represent USA Triathlon’s amateur Team USA at the 2020 ITU Winter Triathlon World Championships, the dates and location of which are to be determined. Registration will open in the coming weeks.