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Clermont Triathlon, Age Group Draft Legal Race

clermont triathlon logoA new and exciting triathlon event lands in the heart of Florida this upcoming March. The Clermont Triathlon, founded by Olympian Jarrod Shoemaker, will bring a world class event to Clermont, Florida next year. The main focus of the event, an Age Group Draft Legal Challenge, the only age group draft legal race in the country!

"For the past couple years, I have been working to create a draft legal race for age groupers in Clermont, Florida. There is no race like this in the United States and I am quite excited to bring this event to Florida. Draft legal racing is such a thrilling event to race and to watch. For the athlete it is constant effort and a totally different race experience. For the spectators they will be able to constantly cheer their friends and family." - Founder, Olympian and Professional Triathlete Jarrod Shoemaker

Besides that, the Clermont Triathlon has been selected to host the inaugural USAT Elite Sprint National Championships. With a $30,000 prize purse, the event promises to bring some the best talent worldwide to Clermont. The event will also host the ITU/PATCO Junior North American Championship attracting some of the best young talent from the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

Triathlon: Clermont Triathlon
When: Saturday, March 5, 2011
Where: Lake Louisa, Clermont, Florida (outside of Orlando)
Divisions: Professional, Age Group
Website: www.draftlegalchallenge.com

Age groupers looking to experience the thrill of draft legal racing should register quickly as the race field is limited to 75 select male and female spots (150 spots total).

The race venue will be located inside of the Lake Louisa State Park, which offers an ideal place for a draft legal race. Just a short drive from Orlando, Lake Louisa State Park is noted for its six beautiful lakes, rolling hills, and scenic landscapes. Lake Louisa is the largest in a chain of 13 lakes connected by the Palatlakaha River, which is designated as an Outstanding Florida Waterway.

The entire race course is closed to traffic. The 750 meter swim takes place in a clear lake with average temperatures of 75 degrees. Following the swim, the race will take athletes on a four loop bike course on a well paved and fast road. After completing the 20km bike course, athletes will complete two loops of the run course for the 5km run.

This international championship event joins two other sub-regional championships in the Americas in 2011: the ITU/PATCO South American Junior Championship and the ITU/PATCO Central American and Caribbean Junior Championship. Each sub-regional championship will earn participating National Federations starting positions at the 2011 ITU/PATCO Junior Championships in Edmonton, Canada, on July 9-10, 2011. In total, 12 starting positions per gender are allocated to each sub-regional championship. National Federations will determinate separately how individual athletes will claim those spots for Edmonton.

For more information and registration options for the new Draft Legal Challenge at Clermont visit: www.draftlegalchallenge.com or www.clermonttri.com

The events is being put on by Streamline Events, which hosts the the popular and fast Sprint Distance Commonwealth Triathlon Series in New England.