Omaha Announces City’s Inaugural USAT Certified Triathlon

On August 1, 2010 Omaha will host its first annual USA Triathlon (USAT) certified competition throughout the downtown area. The Olympic length triathlon will include a 1.5-km swim, a 40-km bike ride and a 10-km run. Starting today, athletes can register to compete at www.omahatriathlon.com.

The Omaha Triathlon is expected to be the first major USAT triathlon in Nebraska and could host more than 1,000 athletes of all abilities from around the country.  The event will also include relay team and Aquabike competition options. A festival finish for athletes and spectators will feature live music from local artists and bands, and food and refreshments.

“We feel Omaha is a perfect arena for a premier triathlon event in the Midwest,” said Alan Kohll, founder of the Omaha Triathlon and president of Total Wellness. “As an organization and as an event, we’re committed to making Omaha one of the top 10 healthiest cities over the next 10 years and this is one of our first stepping stones to reaching that goal.”

“Triathlons are quickly becoming some of the most popular amateur sporting events in the U.S.,” said Bill Burke, race director of the Omaha Triathlon. “We think that Omaha provides a perfect venue for the start of such an elite athletic event.”

“Around the country Omaha is known as a great sports city and we are pleased another great event is coming to our community,” Mayor Suttle said.  “The competition will take place throughout our community, showcasing our great city to these top athletes.”

“The Omaha Sports Commission is pleased to serve as a supporting sponsor of the first Omaha Triathlon and we hope it will quickly become one of the top Triathlon stops in the country,” said Harley Schrager, chairman of the Omaha Sports Commission board of directors.  “This event will not only feature top athletes, but it will generate excellent economic benefits to our community and that is part of the mission of our organization.”

The event was founded to promote fitness and healthy lifestyles. Financial sponsorships of the event will support the battle against childhood obesity.

“Our organization is very supportive of the Omaha Triathlon because it features several sports that all promote a healthy lifestyle,” said Kerri Peterson of Livewell.  “Triathlon participants are in top physical condition, and we hope they serve as role models encouraging every citizen in our community to swim, bike, run or jog to keep fit and enjoy good health.”

Additional event details will be released throughout the remainder of 2009 and into 2010. You can follow updates at www.omahatriathlon.com.

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