OK, yes I know I owe a race report. It’s coming. In the meantime, here’s a reproduction of the corrected press release from USAT from http://www.usatriathlon.org/news/2010/10/02/usat-closes-out-national-championship-season-with-long-course-club-nationals/38859?ngb_id=12.
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Tom Clifford and Alicia Parr bested the competition Saturday at the USA Triathlon Long Course National Championship to claim overall titles as USAT’s national championship season came to a close. In addition, Columbia Multisport, Bay Area Multisport, Northwest Arkansas Triathletes, Full Throttle Endurance Racing and Get Fit Families won titles in their respective divisions at the USAT Club National Championship.
Heavy rains earlier in the week led race organizers to cancel the swim for the safety of the athletes, and nearly 1,500 competitors kicked off their run-bike race with a time-trial start. Clifford (Wilmington, N.C.) posted the fastest time of the day in the long course event, finishing the 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run in 3 hours, 39 minutes, 48 seconds, edging out his closest competitor by just one second. He also won the men’s 25-29 age group title.
The winner of the women’s 40-44 age group, Parr (Durham, N.C.) led the women with a time of 4:01:49 to nab her second masters title in two weeks after winning the female masters title last weekend in Tuscaloosa at USAT’s Age Group National Championship. Parr is the first-ever female masters athlete (age 40 and up) to capture an overall USAT national title.
Northwest Arkansas Triathletes and Full Throttle Endurance Racing both defended their club titles from 2009, while Columbia Multisport Club, Bay Area Multisport and Get Fit Families clinched club national titles in their respective divisions. Clubs participated for titles in five divisions based on their membership size, and club members earned points based on their finishes in the long course, aquabike (shortened to a bike-only event), intermediate-distance and sprint-distance events.
Despite shorter events due to the swim cancellation, the athletes were still in good spirits. “It’s definitely a great crowd; we’ve got beautiful weather,” said Kirsten Sass (McKenzie, Tenn.) who finished fourth in her age group after competing at Age Group Nationals last weekend. “Of course the most important thing is keeping everybody safe.”
In addition to having national titles on the line, the top 20 finishers in each age group earned their spots on Team USA for the 2011 International Triathlon Union (ITU) Long Distance World Championship, which will be contested in the Las Vegas suburb of Henderson, Nev. “The competition is really tough and the best part is trying to get into worlds,” said David Goldberg. “It’s just a different level of competition.”
2010 USA Triathlon Long Course National Championship, Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Long Course National Champions
Overall Female: Alicia Parr (Durham, N.C.), 4:01:49
Overall Male: Tom Clifford (Wilmington, N.C.), 3:39:48
Masters Female: Alicia Parr (Durham, N.C.), 4:01:49
Masters Male: Steven Bland (Lake in the Hills, Ill.), 3:39:49
Grand Masters Female: Teresa Kludt (Chico, Calif.), 4:44:38
Grand Masters Male: Richard Holloway (Bellingham, Wash.), 4:10:33
Athena 39 & Under: Jo Beth Southard (Decatur, Texas), 4:41:31
Athena 40+: Helen Zurek (La Habra, Calif.), 4:49:13
Clydesdale 39 & Under: Matt Shade (Noblesville, Ind.), 3:52:20
Clydesdale 40+: Joe Gross (Tampa, Fla.), 4:13:24
M18-19: Stephen Harvey (Statesboro, Ga.), 3:54:55
F20-24: Megan Marion (Tacoma, Wash.), 4:27:06
M20-24: Jordan Bailey (Ogden Dunes, Ind.), 3:46:17
F25-29: Sarah Breevoort (Charlottesville, Va.), 4:02:25
M25-29: Tom Clifford (Wilmington, N.C.), 3:39:48
F30-34: Sarah Lieneke (Tucson, Ariz.), 4:04:22
M30-34: Jim Hallberg (Longmont, Colo.), 3:42:56
F35-39: Shannon Lowery (Raleigh, N.C.), 4:07:58
M35-39: Ken Bush (Winston-Salem, N.C.), 3:44:35
F40-44: Alicia Parr (Durham, N.C.), 4:01:49
M40-44: Steven Bland (Lake in the Hills, Ill.), 3:39:49
F45-49: Julie Deery (Bala Cynwyd, Pa.), 4:12:05
M45-49: Chris Giordanelli (Simpsonville, S.C.), 3:43:59
F50-54: Lisa Clines (Carrollton, Texas), 4:22:23
M50-54: Dana Lyons (The Woodlands, Texas), 3:52:00
F55-59: Teresa Kludt (Chico, Calif.), 4:44:38
M55-59: Walt Rider (Germantown, Tenn.), 3:58:05
F60-64: Anne Viviani (Arlington, Va.), 5:07:55
M60-64: Richard Holloway (Bellingham, Wash.), 4:10:33
F65-69: Joan Lockwood (Denver, Colo.), 5:46:06
M65-69: John Macdonald (Creve Coeur, Mo.), 5:17:16
M70-74: Robert Morrison (Greenville, N.C.), 6:29:54
2010 USA Triathlon Club National Championship, Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Club National Champions
Division I (250-plus members)
1. Columbia Multisport Club, 553 points
2. DC Triathlon Club, 408 points
3. Cyclonaut Multisport, 76 points
Division II (130-149 members)
1. Bay Area Multisport, 61 points
2. Tampa Tri Club, 57 points
Division III (80-129 members)
1. Northwest Arkansas Triathletes, 109 points
2. East Texas Triathletes, 61 points
2. Phoenix Triathlon Club, 61 points
Division IV (30-79 members)
1. Full Throttle Endurance Racing, 421 points
2. Team Fraser Multisport, 289 points
3. Team 3xFast, 128 points
Division V (29 members or less)
1. Get Fit Families, 69 points (tiebreaker – 5 finishers)
2. University of North Texas Triathlon Team, 69 points (2 finishers)
3. Defined Fitness Training, LLC Race Squad, 66 points
About USA Triathlon
USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon – one of the fastest growing sports in the world – as well as duathlon, aquathlon and winter triathlon in the United States. USAT sanctions 3,100 races and connects with more than 133,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work with athletes, coaches, and race directors on the grassroots level, USAT provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including World Championships, Pan American Games and the Summer Olympic Games.