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Posted: March 3, 2009  : Add to Mixx!

Triathlon: Great Clermont Triathlon To Host Official Best Of The US Florida Qualifier

(St. Paul, MN – 3/3/2009) The Best of the US Champions Series, a.k.a. the Best of the US Amateur Triathlete Competition, is pleased to welcome the Great Clermont Triathlon, a 26-year-old Olympic distance classic, as its official Florida qualifying event. The fastest male and female amateur Floridians will receive invitations to represent themselves and the Sunshine State at the Best of the US National Championship, hosted by the Orange County International Triathlon, in Mission Viejo, California on September 27. Great Clermont will be contested on April 5.

Long billed as a “World Triathlon Destination,” the Orlando suburb of Clermont is home to Waterfront Park, one of Triathlon’s premier venues. More major races have been staged at this storied site than any other in the nation, including America’s foremost independently produced iron-distance race—The Great Floridian—(annually since 1990) and the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships (1998), an official World Championship Qualifier (1999) and the Pan Am Championships (2001).

“We couldn’t be happier that Great Clermont is hosting our Florida qualifier,” says Trudy Marshall, BOUS Executive Director, adding, “We are pleased to be partnering with Fred Sommer and his team from Sommersport. They have been producing first class races for more than two decades.”

The talent pool in Florida is a deep one. The Sunshine State has always sent a podium-worthy twosome to the Best of the US National Championship. In fact, Team Florida, comprised of former USAT Athletes of the Year John Reback (2003) and Lotte Branigan (2006), won the Fastest Team Competition in 2005. This year should be no exception. Competing for a BOUS berth on April 5 is Linda Robb, 45, of Juno Beach. Robb is a former US Athlete of the Year (1995) and two-time US Master of the Year (2005 and 2008). Additionally, she is a two-time National Champion and has collected five medals in World Championship competition, three golds and two silver. In 2008, Robb was victorious at the prestigious New York City Triathlon and 2nd in the Elite competition at the Dallas US Open, where she outraced three women who ultimately earned US Athlete of the Year Honorable Mentions. Despite her age, Robb would be a podium-hopeful at the Best of the US National Championship. To date, no over-age 40 woman has cracked the overall top 3 at BOUS Nationals.

Other top Floridians we hope to see on the starting line at Great Clermont include Reback, Angela Hygema (two-time Florida representative), Brian Monaghan, Boris Fernandez, Mike Easterling, Krystal Bemman, Marit Chrislock-Lauterback, Mallory Dunn, Juliet Lovett, Andres Munera, Zach Winchester, Graham Steele, Kailand Cosgrove and Kristin Donahue.

For more information on the Great Clermont Triathlon and the Best of the US Champions Series, contact Jerry MacNeil at 651-246-5128 or

The Best of the US Champions Series is produced by Best of the US, LLC of St. Paul, Minnesota.

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