COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- USA Triathlon today announced that Oklahoma City has been selected as the new host city for the first-ever USA Triathlon Ultra-Distance National Championships, set for Sept. 16, 2017, at Lake Hefner. The race will take place in conjunction with the Redman Triathlon, home of the 2016 ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships.
Oklahoma City was the host to ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships in 2016. (Janos Schmidt/ITU)
Originally announced as being held in Sandusky, Ohio, USA Triathlon was forced to move the event due to unforeseen circumstances related to permitting.
The 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run course (140.6 miles) features a multi-loop swim parallel to the shore. The bike course is fast with rolling hills, followed by a closed, flat run course. Athletes will have the opportunity to race for national titles against the top ultra-distance triathletes in the country.
"It is certainly a special honor to host the USA Triathlon Ultra-Distance National Championships in its first staging. We'll do our best to make sure each athlete walks away having had a great experience, worthy of this honor and designation," said Dave Wood, Redman Triathlon Race Director. "Oklahoma City is rapidly become a destination city, and we're ready to show the world that we are on the rise."
In addition to hosting the ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships in 2016, the Redman Triathlon has also previously hosted the USA Triathlon Long Course Triathlon and Club National Championships. The 2017 event is part of the FullOn Tri Series, a group of independent ultra-distance races.
For more information and to register, visit USATriathlon.org. For the full national championship lineup, visit USATriathlon.org.
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USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon, as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,300 races and connects with nearly 500,000 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, USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships, Pan American Games and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the ITU and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).