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Triathletes Kick-off Inaugural HITS Triathlon Series Event

hitsps11img1.jpgThis past Saturday and Sunday, the first HITS Triathlon Series event, presented by HighTower and featuring five distances over a single weekend, brought out a field of over 1,000 athletes and introduced hundreds of men, women and children to the sport of triathlon.

Set against the picturesque desert hills of the Palm Springs region, Saturday morning featured a Sprint and Olympic distance triathlon followed by the HITS Open, a free novice participatory triathlon created especially for first-timers who never thought that competing in a triathlon was possible.

Sunday brought out seasoned triathletes who raced in the half and full distance triathlons under relatively calm and sunny skies. John Severin from Calabasas, CA, won by a healthy margin of over 55 minutes over the next competitor and was named HITS Triathlon Series' first Full Distance winner with a time of 9:57:50.

2011 HITS Triathlon - Palm Springs Results
Palm Springs, California

  Men's Results Time Women's Results Time
Full John Severin 9:57:50 Deborah Battagolia 12:01:13
Half Brady O'Bryan 4:30:52 Cara Payne 5:07:07
Olympic Larry O'Shea 2:03:28 Brooke Giuffre 2:14:15
Sprint Mike Lyle 1:05:07 Michellie Jones 1:06:42
Open Chris Lyle 21:09 Sue Taylor 21:36

Youth Results - Jacob Saurenman - 23:46

Complete results of the HITS Triathlon Series Palm Springs event can be found here.

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"The HITS Triathlon Series event has finally made its debut and we'd like to thank all the athletes who made it so successful," said Mark Wilson, race director of HITS Triathlon Series. "We saw many participating in their first-ever triathlon on Saturday and finished off the weekend with competitive Half and Full distance races. Our goal of creating 'A distance for everyone!TM' has become a reality and we are excited to further enhance the event in Naples, FL, in January."

Next month, the HITS Triathlon Series kicks off the 2012 series in Naples, Florida. The first qualifier of the year for the HITS Championship, HITS Triathlon Series Naples takes place January 7-8.

Registration is now open for the HITS Triathlon Series at www.hitstriathlonseries.com.