Nearly 400 US athletes to race for run-bike-run titles in Ottawa, Canada

2012 Duathlon Nationals champion Patty Peoples-Resh is one of nearly 400 Americans racing in Ottawa (Photo: David Sanders/USA Triathlon)

With world titles on the line, a nearly 400-member U.S. team comprised of top age-groupers, Juniors, Under-23s and paraduathletes heads to Ottawa, Canada, for Saturday’s ITU Duathlon World Championships.

The standard-distance age-group race is contested in a 10-kilometer run, 40-kilometer bike, 5-kilometer run format, while the sprint, Junior, Under-23 and paraduathlon events consist of a 5k run, 20k bike and a 2.5k run. Race-day action is slated to begin at 7:15 a.m. ET. Visit triathlon.org for more on the event.

Four defending world champions are on the start list for Team USA after earning gold last year in Nancy, France: paraduathletes Robin Caruso (TRI-4, Ridgefield, Conn.) and David Kyle (TRI-3, Athens, Ala.), and age-groupers Edwin Bixenstine (85-89, Kent, Ohio) and Kristin Villopoto (50-54, Chapel Hill, N.C.). World medalists seeking another podium finish also include 2012 silver medalists Nicole Sin Quee (40-44, New York, N.Y.), Heather Leach (55-59, Seattle, Wash.), Keith Woodward (60-64, Stowe, Vt.) and William Logan (70-74, Perryville, Mo.), as well as Kirsten Chapman (50-54, Edmond, Okla.), who won a bronze medal last year.

Additionally, 14 national champions from the 2012 USA Triathlon Duathlon Nationals in Oro Valley, Ariz., will compete in the age-group events. In total, 372 age-group athletes, six paraduathletes, three Juniors and two Under-23 athletes will don the Red, White and Blue on Saturday.

Age-groupers competing in Ottawa qualified for Team USA through their 2012 USA Triathlon ranking or a top finish at one of three events held around the country. Qualifying races include the Double Oak Duathlon in Pelham, Ala., on April 6 (top-six finish, rolling down to 10th place), the Orange County Duathlon in Mission Viejo, Calif., on May 19 (top-six finish, rolling down to 20th place) and the Apple Duathlon in Sartell, Minn., on May 25 (top-six finish, rolling down to 20th place).

Team USA is comprised of amateur athletes who represent the U.S. at each ITU World Championship event. Visit usatriathlon.org for more on Team USA in Ottawa.