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Triathlon event in Tempe this weekend

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Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2013 4:35 pm

Individual and team national titles are on the line for top collegiate triathletes from across the U.S. at this weekend’s 2013 USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championships in Tempe this weekend.

The action begins Friday at Tempe Beach Park and Tempe Town Lake with more than 100 rising multisport stars at the USA Triathlon Draft-Legal Collegiate Championships. New to the program this year, the 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike, 5-kilometer run sprint-distance event features top athletes who qualified to compete. The men’s race begins at 9 a.m., and the women will race at 11 a.m.

On Saturday, more than 1,000 collegiate triathletes will take part in the Olympic-distance championship event, which features a 1,500m swim, 40k bike and 10k run. The men’s race will start at 7:30 a.m., followed by the women at 11 a.m.

In its second year, the Mixed-Team Relay is slated to begin at 4 p.m. Each four-person team must consist of two females and two males who will complete a super-sprint triathlon before tagging their teammate. All athletes will complete a 250-meter swim, 5k bike and 1.2k run.

For the first time, the Olympic-distance race will be streamed live online for free at www.usatriathlon.org. Coverage begins at 7 a.m. locally, and multisport fans are encouraged to follow the action on the live stream as well as USA Triathlon’s live blog through the Olympic-distance national championship event. A live blog will also be available during Friday’s draft-level event, beginning at 9 a.m.

For more information, visit www.usatriathlon.org.

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