June 21, 2018 -

USA Triathlon Youth & Junior Elite Set to Compete Saturday, June 23

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash., – More than 200 youth and junior elite triathletes will compete at Lake Tye Park in the City of Monroe on Saturday, June 23, 2018, to qualify for the 2018 USA Triathlon Youth & Junior Elite Nationals. For the last eight years, Lake Tye Park and Fryelands Boulevard has become a youth and junior elite triathlon race course.

The TriMonroe Triathlon is a draft-legal USA Triathlon Youth & Junior Elite Cup Race Series. Youth (13-15 years old) and Junior (16-19 years old) have the opportunity to qualify for the USA Triathlon Youth & Junior Elite Nationals in West Chester Ohio, Aug. 4-5, 2018. The Youth Elite race is a Super Sprint Distance which includes 375-meter swim, 9K bike and 2.5K run. The Junior Elite Race is a Sprint Distance which includes 750-meter swim, 10.5K bike and 5K run.

Junior Development Triathlon Clubs from across the United States will converge in Monroe on Friday and Saturday. Friday will be a training day as they will ride the bike course to become familiar with the turns around the elementary school and practice drafting with other riders. Junior Development Clubs have come from Georgia, Florida, Massachusetts, Texas, Illinois, California, Oregon and Washington.

Schedule for Friday:

  10:00 am – 3:30 pm Pre-race training

Schedule for Saturday:

  7:30 am Youth Elite Cup Females 13-15 Super Sprint

  8:30 am Youth Elite Cup Males 13-15 Super Sprint

  9:30 am Junior Elite Cup Females 16-19 Sprint

  11:00 am Junior Elite Cup Males 16-19 Sprint

  1:00 pm Youth Elite Cup and Junior Elite Cup Awards Ceremony

The general public is invited to attend the event to cheer on these young triathletes.

“USA Triathlon is thrilled to be back in Snohomish County and the City of Monroe for TriMonroe 2018. This is among the best venues available to us anywhere in the United States for Olympic development triathlon. Past competitors on this course have gone on to win Pan American and World Championships, so we know it’s a great proving ground for our up-and-coming talent.” said Steve Kelley, USA Triathlon Junior/U23 Program Manager. “The athletes always appreciate the hospitality of Monroe and enjoy visiting the many great nearby attractions during their stay.”

Tammy Dunn, Sports Development Director of the Snohomish County Sports Commission, said: “The best way to describe the TriMonroe Triathlon is that these youth and junior elite triathletes are the United States future Olympians as they are learning how to draft so they may one day have the opportunity to compete in the Olympics. Several past junior elite triathletes have competed in TriMonroe Triathlon and are now World Junior Triathlon Champions.”

For more information, visit www.snohomish.org.