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Posted: September 1, 2009  : Add to Mixx! Subscribe to stories like this

Multisport: ITU Duathlon Worlds Just One Month Away

Event in North Carolina to bring close to 1,000 athletes to United States

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (September 1, 2009) -- Race preparations continue in North Carolina as the 2009 ITU Duathlon World Championships are just one month away.

Multisport athletes from around the world will be traveling Concord, N.C., September 24-27 for the event hosted by the Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau and directed by USA Triathlon.

The weekend will feature more than 750 age group competitors and 150 elites racing on a 10k run, 40k bike, 5k run course in and around Lowe's Motor Speedway.

The location offers a one-of-a-kind venue for the World Championship, presenting a challenging course that will take the athletes around the same track where NASCAR's greatest drivers have raced for the finish line.

Transition will be located on the speedway infield adjacent to the car garages. Portions of the bike course will take place on the speedway track, but the majority of the run and bike will be on the neighboring roads outside the speedway. The track itself is a smoothly paved, 1.5-mile loop that will provide a unique technical aspect to the race unparalleled by any road course in the country. The race will finish along pit row.

Course maps, as well as event schedules and registration information, are now available at the event website:

This marks the second time in the last three years the United States has hosted an International Triathlon Union World Championship. The ITU Long Distance Duathlon World Championship was held in Richmond, Va., in 2007.

Athlete Information
ITU Event Schedule is now posted online.

ITU event shuttle has been announced
Rose Transportation has teamed up with the event host, Cabarrus County Convention and Visitor's Bureau, to provide event shuttle transportation. The shuttle will run from the LMS are hotels, restaurants, and shopping to Lowes Motor Speedway and the Expo/packet pickup. The shuttle will also offer service to all of the ITU scheduled events. Athletes as well as family, friends, and spectators may ride the shuttle. Shuttle passes can be obtained online prior to arriving in Concord or they can be purchased at the expo/packet pickup.

For more information and to see the shuttle map, please go to

Official Sport Drink and Sport Gel
Powerade will be providing the sport drink on the course. Hammer Gel will be providing the sport gel on the course.

Helmet Certification
All international athletes competing must have CPSC-certified helmets in order to race.

Rudy Project and USA Triathlon are making a limited number of helmets available to athletes whose own helmets do not adhere to the federally mandated CPSC standard for helmets in the United States.

Look inside your helmet for the CPSC sticker to ensure you are properly equipped on race day.

Richard Petty Driving Experience
Have you ever wanted to ride inside a NASCAR vehicle going at top speeds? Now is your chance! Experience real life racing thrills by riding shotgun in a 2-seat stock car driven by one of our professional instructors for a 3-lap NASCAR qualifying run at speeds up to 155 MPH.

Date & Time: Thursday, September 24 at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm
Location: Lowe's Motor Speedway
Cost: $99 for a high speed 3-lap Ride-Along (Visa, Mastercard, and American Express are accepted)

Reserve your seat today by calling 1-800-237-3889 or 1-704-455-9443

View the ride-along page on the Richard Petty Website.

Tickets to the ITU Pasta Party and ITU Closing Ceremony brunch now on sale
The ITU Pasta Party will take place on Thursday, September 24 at Dave and Buster's at 8361 Concord Mills Blvd Concord, NC 28027. It is located in the Concord Mills Mall. The party will be from 7-10 p.m.

Athletes: FREE with wristband
Family/Friends: $35 USD per person.
**Non-Athletes- Pre-order your tickets HERE. Age Group Awards The AG awards will be given out during the Closing Ceremony brunch. The brunch will be held on Sunday, September 27 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. This will take place at the ITU hotel, the Embassy Suites Charlotte-Concord. The address is: 5400 John Q Hammons Dr. NW Concord, North Carolina 28027

Athletes: FREE with wristband
Family/Friends: $35 USD per person.
**Non-Athletes- Pre-order your tickets HERE.

About Concord
Concord is one of the most dynamic visitor destinations in the United States. Concord is located a few minutes from Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Its central North Carolina location places it in the picturesque Piedmont area, halfway between the Atlantic coastline's famed Outer Banks and the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains.

Travelers to the area tour North Carolina's celebrated vineyards, explore authentic southern plantations, kayak along the intercoastal waterways, experience the thrilling channels at the new U.S. National Whitewater Park, tee off at the world's finest golf courses, and of course, experience world renowned southern hospitality. Concord is also the home to legendary Lowe's Motor Speedway. This speedway draws a half million visitors each year for major NASCAR events.

About the ITU
The International Triathlon Union, headquartered in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, was formed in 1989, and organizes official world championship series races for the sport of triathlon (swim-bike-run races). It was formed in part to give the growing sport of triathlon an official organizing body and in part to advocate for the entry of triathlon into the Olympic games. The ITU also sanctions and organizes official Aquathlon (swim-run), Duathlon (bike-run) and Winter Triathlon (run-bike-ski) championships.

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 125,000 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.


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