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Posted: March 26, 2009  : Add to Mixx!

Triathlon: USA Triathlon Names 2008 Garmin Age Group Athletes of the Year

18 men and women recognized across multiple disciplines for 2008 performances

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 26, 2009) -- USA Triathlon is pleased to announce the recipients of the Garmin 2008 Age Group Athlete of the Year awards, as selected by the USAT Age Group Committee and Duathlon Committee.

Included in the list are 18 awards for triathletes and duathletes across multiple categories for men and women, including overall, masters, grandmasters, ParaTriathlon, and juniors.

Following are the recipients of the 2008 USA Triathlon Garmin Age Group Athletes of the Year awards.

(all results are in age group unless noted otherwise)

For details about each athlete's performances and to read quotes from each recipient, go to the online press release at the USA Triathlon website.

Age Group Triathlon

DAVID KAHN, 24, PORT JEFFERSON, N.Y.
BROOKE DAVISON, 37, BOULDER, COLO.

Masters Triathlon (male age 40-59 / female age 40-54)

BRIAN BICH, 42, DULUTH, MINN.
ELLEN HART, 50, DENVER, COLO.

Grandmasters Triathlon (male age 60+ / female age 55+)

STEVE SMITH, 62, GRANGER, IND.
ANN ERICKSON, 66, THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS

Age Group Junior Triathlon

JOE WELSH, 18, CORDOVA, TENN.
AVERY VISSER, 15, AUSTIN, TEXAS

Age Group Duathlon

CHRIS GANTER, 30, DOYLESTOWN, PA.
SUZANNE HUELSTER, 35, RIVERTON, N.J.

Masters Duathlon

CASEY WILLIAMS, 41, BOILING SPRINGS, PA.
JULIE DEERY, 43, BALA CYNWYD, PA.

Grandmasters Duathlon

DENNIS KASISCHKE, 63, SAN DIEGO, CALIF.
DIANE PROUD, 57, FORT WORTH, TEXAS

Junior Duathlon

BRIAN REGISTER, 19, MIDDLETOWN, N.J.
KRYSTAL BEMMAN, 20, WINTER HAVEN, FLA.

ParaTriathlete of the Year

JONATHAN BIK, 35, RANCHO CORDOVA, CALIF.
SANDY DUKAT, 36, DENVER, COLO.

About Garmin International
Garmin International is a world leader in GPS navigation with products for the automotive, marine, recreation/fitness and aviation markets. Runners, cyclists and triathletes around the world rely on Garmin fitness products to take their training to the next level. The GPS-enabled Forerunner (R) 305 is ideally suited for multisport training. In addition to tracking speed, distance, pace, heart rate, elevation and cadence, it's available with a quick-release wrist and bike mount. And the training never ends after the workout. Athletes can upload their data to our online analysis program, Garmin Connect (TM), to view in-depth metrics, overlay their activity on a variety of maps and share routes and courses with a worldwide community of fitness enthusiasts.

In addition to sponsoring USAT's Athletes of the Year program, Garmin supports the USAT Trade Team and Coaching Education Program with their renowned GPS-based training and mapping tools.

Find out more at the Garmin website.

About USA Triathlon
USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the national governing body for triathlon - the fastest growing sport in the U.S. - as well as duathlon, aquathlon and winter triathlon in the United States. USAT sanctions 2,500 races and connects with more than 115,000 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 Olympic Games.

Website: USATriathlob.org.


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