USA Triathlon, in conjunction with KANGA Productions, is pleased to announce it will host the second installment of the 2013 USA Triathlon Super Sprint Series on Thursday, Sept. 19 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The event, officially designated as the 2013 USA Triathlon Elite Sprint National Championships, will be televised nationally by Universal Sports Network. Air dates and other details to be announced.
Contested in a double super-sprint format, professional athletes will complete two continuous, non-stop circuits of the same course, each comprised of a 300-meter pool swim, 5-mile bike and 1.5-mile run. Qualifying heats will be held throughout the day, with B finals to begin at 5:30 p.m. PDT and A finals to follow at 7:30 p.m.
Also to be referenced as the Super Sprint Triathlon Grand Prix, the race will take place during Interbike, the largest annual cycling trade show in North America, allowing endurance industry leaders to experience the engaging course design firsthand.
“USA Triathlon is thrilled to partner with KANGA Productions and Universal Sports, while presenting the second race of this year’s inaugural USA Triathlon Super Sprint Series. The event is designed to be extremely television and spectator friendly,” said Rob Urbach, USA Triathlon CEO.
The invitation-only pro field, consisting of 20 male and 20 female athletes, will compete for a total of $30,000 in prize money. A $20,000 prize purse will be shared equally between the overall male and female fields, with the top-10 finishers being rewarded in each division. There will also be a $10,000 prize purse shared among the top-five men’s and women’s U.S. athletes as part of the USA Triathlon Elite Sprint National Championships.
To be eligible for invitation, athletes must be a current USA Triathlon elite license holder or an international professional. A minimum of 50 percent of the field will be reserved for U.S. athletes, providing an opportunity for the nation’s emerging and Olympic-level triathletes to enhance draft-legal cycling skills and race tactics.
The race format has previously attracted top Americans, including Olympians Jarrod Shoemaker (Clermont, Fla.) and Gwen Jorgensen (St. Paul, Minn.), as well as a number of the world’s most talented short-course professional athletes such as London 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Erin Densham (Australia), Kris Gemmell (New Zealand) and Brendan Sexton (Australia).