Cassidy Hickey is the two-time defending women’s overall champion in the Non-Drafting Sprint.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The most competitive run-bike-run event in the nation is set to take place in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, this weekend, as athletes from across the country ages 14-85 will convene on the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater for the USA Triathlon Duathlon National Championships.
The event is USA Triathlon’s first owned National Championship to be held since 2019, as COVID-19 forced the cancellation of the majority of the 2020 calendar. This weekend’s races will be held with ample COVID-19 safety measures in place according to USA Triathlon’s Safe Return to Multisport initiative — including self-screening and temperature checks before entrance to the race venue; face coverings at all times except while actively racing; contact reduction for athletes, staff and volunteers; and increased cleaning and disinfecting practices onsite through ByoPlanet International.
The Tuscaloosa Amphitheater will serve as the primary race venue, housing USA Triathlon’s iconic red-carpet finish line. The course will take athletes on the Tuscaloosa River Walk along Black Warrior River and onto Jack Warner Parkway, before finishing at the Amphitheater.
Racing begins Saturday at 7:30 a.m. CDT with the Non-Drafting Standard-Distance National Championships, which feature a 10-kilometer run, 39.6-kilometer bike and another 5.4-kilometer run. Next up are the Non-Draft Sprint-Distance…