PROVIDENCE, RI – A mix of professionals, amateurs and first-time competitors will be among the hundreds of triathletes slated to compete inaugural Amica Championship. The sprint triathlon will be held Sunday, November 1, at Lake Pleasant Park, Arizona. The Amica Championship begins at 8 a.m. and features a half mile swim, a 17 mile bike and a 5k run.
Triathletes of all skill levels will compete in this inaugural event, which includes three divisions: Pros, Qualifiers and Age Groupers. Pros will be competing for a $20,000 prize.
A few of the top professionals slated to compete in the Amica Championship on Sunday include:
- Jarrod Shoemaker: A member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team, Shoemaker placed 18th overall at the Beijing Olympics. A resident of Maynard, MA and graduate of Dartmouth College, Shoemaker, 27, earned his spot on the U.S. Olympic Team by finishing as the top American (11th place overall) at the 2007 ITU Beijing World Cup.
- Joe Gambles: He was the winner of two Ironman 70.3 events this summer. Gambles captured both the Lake Stevens Ironman 70.3 and Vineman Ironman 70.3 and set course records in each race. Gambles, 27, won Lake Stevens in 3hrs, 56 minutes and took the title at Vineman in a record-setting 3hrs, 49 minutes. A native of Australia, he currently resides in Boulder, CO.
- Daniel Bretscher: The Indiana native was the recipient of USA Triathlon’s 2008 Elite Rookie Athlete of the Year Award. As a rookie, Bretscher, 26, had six top 10 finishes and placed 19th in the World Championship in 2008. In addition, he won the Spirit of Morgantown in 2008.
Lewis Elliot: The overall winner of 70 multi-sport events, Elliot, 29, won the Nathan Tempe triathlon in late September. Most recently, he placed 25th in a field of 20,000 in the Rock ‘N’ roll San Jose (half marathon). A resident of Phoenix, AZ, he previously raced bicycles for the US National Team.
- Chris Foster: A resident of Redondo Beach, CA. Foster, 27, won the San Diego International Triathlon in June. He recently placed eighth overall at the Los Angeles Triathlon.
- Mary Miller: The 28 year-old from Boulder, CO, recently was the first woman overall at the Pumpkinman Triathlon. Miller’s additional accomplishments include a second place finish overall among women at the Timberman Sprint Triathlon where she was first in her age group (25-29) and she also placed 16th among women at the ITU Age Group World Championships. In 2008, Miller captured the Wildflower Olympic Triathlon and in doing so, set the new course record for women.
- Malaika Homo: First among elite women at the Danskin Sprint Triathlon in the spring, the 31 year-old from Salt Lake City, Utah, also finished fourth among elite women at the Memphis in May sprint triathlon.
About Amica Insurance
Amica Mutual Insurance Company, the nation's oldest mutual insurer of automobiles, was founded in 1907. The company, with corporate headquarters in Lincoln, Rhode Island, is a national writer of automobile, homeowners, marine, and personal umbrella liability insurance. Life coverage is available through Amica Life Insurance Company, a wholly owned subsidiary. Amica employs more than 3,200 people in 40 offices across the country.
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