LINCOLN, RI – A mix of professionals, amateurs and first-time competitors are among the hundreds of triathletes slated to compete at the Amica 19.7 Phoenix this Sunday at Lake Pleasant Park, Peoria, AZ.
The Amica 19.7 Phoenix sprint distance is one of two triathlons that will be held at Lake Pleasant Park on Sunday. An international distance triathlon also was recently added to the event. The new distance will feature a 1.5K swim, a 34K bike ride and a 10K run.
The international distance will kick off the day’s events at 7 a.m. The 19.7 sprint distance, which features a half-mile swim, a 16.1-mile bike ride and a 3.1-mile run, follows at 8 a.m. For a full course description for either race, go to http://www.amicatriathlonseries.com/Phoenix/.
Triathletes of all skill levels will compete in this year’s event, which includes three divisions: Pros, Qualifiers and Age Groupers. Pros will be competing for a $20,000 prize.
A few of the top professionals slated to compete in the Amica 19.7 Phoenix include:
• Amy Marsh – A three-time Ironman champion, she won both Ironman China and Ironman Lake Placid in 2010 after taking Ironman Wisconsin in 2009. A graduate of the University of Minnesota, she was a four-time All-American swimmer and competed at the 2000 Olympic swimming trials.
•Tenille Hoogland – She heads to Phoenix after finishing runner-up at the Super Sprint Triathlon Grand Prix in Oceanside, CA, on Halloween. Hoogland finished in 1:03:54, just seconds behind winner Sara McLarty, who took the title in 1:03.23. The Canadian triathlete’s victories in 2010 include the San Francisco Triathlon at Alcatraz and ITU Pan-American Cup San Francisco.
•Ben Collins – He heads to the Amica 19.7 Phoenix after earning a fourth-place finish at the Super Sprint Triathlon Grand Prix on Oct. 31 in Oceanside, CA. Collins won the San Francisco Pan-America Cup in July and a month later captured the San Francisco Alcatraz Triathlon. A former United States and World Amateur Champion, his goal is to represent the United States at the 2012 Olympics in London.
•Tommy Zaferes – A former Olympic trials swimmer, he once held the national record for the butterfly and was named the California State Swimmer of the Year in 2006.
The Amica 19.7 Phoenix is part of the 2010 Amica 19.7 Triathlon Series, a sprint distance series of events held throughout the country. It is the final event in the 10-race series.
Athletes interested in competing in the Amica 19.7 Phoenix sprint or international distance can register at DNA Cycles, 7077 E. Mayo Blvd, Scottsdale on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Race day registration will be held at Lake Pleasant Park from 5:30 to 6:30 a.m.
For additional information, visit www.amicatriseries.com.
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