Oh my GOSH! I admit it– I LOVE seeing my name listed here. You know what else I notice? Half those girls are in my age group! Holy cow…
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Competition to be Fierce in Portland
High school state track, swimming, and cross country champions. College All-Americans. Olympic Trials competitors.
The résumés of the competitors at this weekend’s USA Triathlon’s Age Group National Championship at Hagg Lake outside Portland, Oregon reads like a “Who’s Who” of amateur athletics.
Each year, this hallmark event in intermediate distance triathlon (1.5k swim, 40k bike, 10k run) brings together more than 1,000 athletes aiming for national titles in their respective age groups. This year’s field of 1,350 features the top 5 percent of triathletes competing at this distance in the United States. Among that stellar list is a select few who have a legitimate chance to capture the event’s overall title.
Look for the following split times out of these spectacular athletes:
Swim: 19 minuntes for men; 21 minutes for women
Bike: 60 minutes for men; 67 minutes for women
Run: 36 minutes for men; 40 minutes for women
Who will win it all? Odds are the overall male and female winners will come from the list below. The list includes USAT All-Americans, previous national and world champions, and athletes who have won amateur titles at major triathlons across the country. But as has been the case in the past, someone new to the sport may come from nowhere and surprise everyone.
Ben Collins, 25, Lake Forest, Wash. (second overall in 2006)
Michael Boehmer, 28, Oconomowa, Wis.
Curt Wood, 29, Chaska, Minn.
Chuck Sloan, 30, Oklahoma City, Okla.
JJ Bailey, 33, Des Moines, Iowa
Jeremiah Mushen, 31, Seattle, Wash.
Craig Greenslit, 37, Berthoud, Colo.
Kirk Framke, 33, Denver, Colo.
Mark Harms, 32, Madison, Wis.
Chris Martin, 31, Lawrenceville, N.J.
Jason Schott, 36, Atlanta, Ga.
John Reback, 37, N. Palm Beach, Fla.
Jeff Smith, 26, Sandpoint, Idaho
Steve Johnson, 31, Chicago, Ill.
Patrick Baldwin, 31, Del Mar, Calif.
Doug Clark, 39, Morristown, N.J.
Matt Berg, 35, Milwaukie, Ore.
Jennifer Garrison, 29, Naperville, Ill. (overall winner in 2006)
Rachel Ross, 31, Honolulu, Hawaii
Shannon Donley, 36, Anchorage, Alaska
Stacey Richardson, 35, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Kiera Karas, 31, Columbus, Ohio
Jeannie Samson, 38, Austin, Texasx
Holly Nybo, 45, Portolo Valley, Calif.
Jenny Fletcher, 32, Long Island, N.Y.
Elizabeth Fedofsky, 32, Lisle, Ill.
Alicia Parr, 37, Durham, N.C.
Lori Deschamps, 37, Anchorage, Alaska
Caroline Smith, 36, Maudeville, La.
Tracy Orcutt, 41, Seattle, Wash.
Kathy Winkler, 41, Mill Valley, Calif.
Find out more about the championship and see a complete start list.