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Field Set for Super Sprint Triathlon Grand Prix in Las Vegas

sstrigplogo.pngThe Super Sprint Triathlon Grand Prix is the most exciting, high-performance and spectator-friendly triathlon event to be introduced to the U.S. The race format delivers an experience beyond anything that currently exists in the sport of triathlon and promotes the world's best short-course professional athletes to both triathlon and mainstream fans in a comprehensive and inspirational fashion. The fast-action racing features a multiple lap format that puts spectators in the middle of the action while athletes push themselves to their limits.

Top triathletes from the United States and a number of other countries will converge on Las Vegas for the second installment of the 2013 USA Triathlon Super Sprint Series on Thursday, September 19th at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The USA Triathlon Super Sprint Series was launched this year to showcase an exciting new format for the sport.

U.S. Olympians Gwen Jorgensen (St. Paul, Minn.) and Jarrod Shoemaker (Clermont, Fla.) are among the nearly 50 athletes - up to 20 women and 30 men - who will compete in Las Vegas in a unique format including a portable pool under the lights. Jorgensen is currently the No. 1 ranked female triathlete on the ITU World Triathlon Series circuit. A complete list of competitors is available below.

Race day action will begin with qualifying heats at 8:30 a.m. The top athletes from each qualifying heat (top 5 for women, top 3 for men) will earn a spot in the A finals at 8 p.m., following the B finals at 6 p.m. The schedule of events is available at sstrigp.com. Contested in a double super-sprint format, professional athletes will complete two continuous, non-stop circuits of the same course, each comprised of a 300-meter pool swim, 5-mile bike and 1.5-mile run.

The invitation-only pro field will compete for a total of $30,000 in prize money. A $20,000 prize purse will be shared equally between the overall male and female fields, with the top-10 finishers being rewarded in each division. There will also be a $10,000 prize purse shared among the top-five men's and women's U.S. athletes as part of the USA Triathlon Elite Sprint National Championships.

Super Sprint Triathlon Grand Prix - Las Vegas - Starting List

Men Women
Josh Amberger (AUS) 
Ryan Bice (USA) 
Greg Billington (USA) 
Barrett Brandon (USA) 
Ben Collins (USA) 
John Dahlz (USA) 
Cameron Dye (USA) 
Luke Farkas (USA) 
Leon Griffin (AUS) 
William Huffman (USA) 
Sean Jefferson (USA) 
Bill Jones (USA) 
Ben Kanute (USA) 
Peter Kerr (AUS) 
Eric Lagerstrom (USA) 
Kyle Leto (USA) 
Alex Libin (USA) 
Joe Maloy (USA) 
Dustin McLarty USA) 
Brandon Nied (USA) 
John O'Neill (USA) 
Derek Oskutis (USA) 
Jason Pedersen (USA) 
Jacob Rhyner (USA) 
Jarrod Shoemaker (USA) 
Joel Tobin-White (AUS) 
Kaleb VanOrt (USA) 
Lukas Verzbicas (USA) 
Marcel Walkington (AUS) 
Tommy Zaferes (USA)
Jessica Broderick (USA)
Chelsea Burns (USA) 
Ashleigh Gentle (AUS) 
Katie Hursey (USA) 
Heather Jackson (USA) 
Lindsey Jerdonek (USA) 
Erin Jones (USA) 
Gwen Jorgensen (USA) 
Sara McLarty (USA) 
Michelle Mehnert (USA) 
Taylor Spivey (USA) 
Radka Vodickova (CZE) 
Katherine Warren (USA) 
Laurel Wassner (USA) 
Rebeccah Wassner (USA) 
Kelsey Withrow (USA)

Qualifying and final heats of the event are free and open to the public. The Las Vegas Convention Center, located at 3150 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89109, is the host of the event, which be held in the parking lot off Convention Center Drive, approximately 3.3 miles from Mandalay Bay. An athlete autograph session will take place following the final heats and awards ceremony on Thursday evening.

The race will take place in Las Vegas during Interbike, the largest annual cycling trade show in North America, allowing endurance industry leaders to experience the engaging course design firsthand.

Las Vegas Event Schedule
Thursday, September 19, 2013

Heats: 300-meter swim, 5-mile bike and 1.5-mile run (once through)
Finals: 300-meter swim, 5-mile bike and 1.5-mile run (twice through)

 7:00 a.m. - Venue Opens
 7:30 a.m. - Race Course Opens (Athlete Warm-Up)
 8:30 a.m. - Women's Heat 1
 9:00 a.m. - Women's Heat 2
 9:30 a.m. - Men's Heat 1
10:00 a.m. - Men's Heat 2
10:30 a.m. - Men's Heat 3
 4:30 p.m. - Race Course Opens (Athlete Warm-Up)
 6:00 p.m. - Women's B Final
 7:00 p.m. - Men's B Final
 8:00 p.m. - Women's A Final
 9:00 p.m. - Men's A Final
10:00 p.m. - Awards Presentation
10:15 p.m. - Athlete Autograph Signing
10:30 p.m. - Event Ends

Visit usatriathlon.org or sstrigp.com for more information.