The Manitou Triathlon, in addition to being one of the most competitive sprint triathlons in the midwest, has added a major twist for 2010. For those 25 and under, there is now the option to race in the new ‘draft legal’ ITU format. These waves will go off first, with the elite and age group waves following. They are also offering a draft legal race clinic prior to the race for those doing their first draft legal race.
Below is the official press release from Manitou race directors:
Manitou Sprint Triathlon Expands Format and Website
The Manitou Sprint Triathlon is excited to announce the addition of a USA Triathlon Youth F1 and Elite Development Race to our 2010 event on Sunday, June 13th, 2010.
The Youth F1 Triathlon format provides a pathway from Youth Triathlons to Youth Elite and Junior Elite Cups. All ITU draft legal rules will apply. No national points will be awarded at this event. It will be open to athlete’s aged 12-16.
Elite Development Races provide a pathway from Junior Elite racing to USAT/ITU Elite events. It allows for continued skill progression in the draft-legal format without the impact of Intermediate Distance racing. The Junior/Elite Development Race will be open to athlete’s aged 16-25. Athletes over 25 may race by special invite only. Ranking points will only be issued to athletes 16-19 years old.
In addition, the Manitou Triathlon has completely revamped it’s website www.manitoutri.com. The addition of the new events and website are designed to compliment the 21st annual edition of the Manitou Sprint Triathlon. The same great sprint distance event will be run at Ramsey Beach in White Bear Lake, Minnesota on Sunday, June 13th. Registration for all races opens on January 1st, 2010. More information, including event descriptions and registration details can be found at the race website www.manitoutri.com.