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Clermont to Host International Field in CAMTRI American Cup on Saturday

March 4, 2015
From: Florida Swim Network

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — More than 30 U.S. elite triathletes will compete this Saturday at the Clermont (Fla.) PATCO Sprint Triathlon American Cup at Lake Louisa State Park.

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Clermont Draft Legal Triathlon

March 2, 2014
From: www.sarahhaskins.com by Sarah Haskins

This was my first race back in almost a year and a half since having my baby girl. I remember watching this race at five months pregnant last year! My mindset heading into this race was to test myself, race hard and have fun. This race is very early in the year, so an ITU sprint race is a great opportunity for some speed work on the swim/bike and run. I loved the fact that the race is just ten minutes from home. This made it easier to bring all our baby gear and race gear (although that remains to be a challenge!).

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Haskins, Huffman Post Podium Finishes at Clermont ITU Pan American Cup

U.S., Canada and Mexico represented on the podium at Continental Cup

March 1, 2014
From: www.usatriathlon.org

CLERMONT, Fla. — Olympian Sarah Haskins raced her way to her first title of 2014 and William Huffman finished third to lead the United States on Saturday at the Clermont ITU Sprint Triathlon Pan American Cup, the U.S. draft-legal season opener in Lake Louisa State Park.

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U.S. Draft-Legal Racing Kicks off Saturday at Clermont Pan American Cup

Lake Louisa State Park to host world-class elites and young rising stars

February 24, 2014
From: USA Triathlon News Press Release

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The 2014 season begins Saturday for a number of U.S. elites who are set to race at the Clermont (Fla.) PATCO Sprint Triathlon Pan American Cup at Lake Louisa State Park.

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Groff, Shoemaker Sprint to Podium Finishes at Clermont ITU Pan American Cup

Strong early season field kicks off U.S. draft-legal racing slate

March 9, 2013
From: www.usatriathlon.org

CLERMONT, Fla. — London Olympian Sarah Groff earned the women's victory, and Jarrod Shoemaker raced to third on the men's side to lead the United States at Saturday's Clermont (Fla.) ITU Sprint Triathlon Pan American Cup at Lake Louisa State Park.

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International Triathlon Competition Comes to Lake County

March 1, 2013
From: Press Release

March 1, 2013 — The stage is set for a the 3rd Annual Clermont Challenge at Lake Louisa State Park in Clermont on March 9-10, 2013. The event will attract some of the world's best triathletes from around the world all competing in the ITU Clermont Pan American Cup which boasts a price purse of $10,000. Notable athletes include Richard Murray (South Africa), Kyle Jones (Canada), Mario Mola (Spain), Jarrod Shoemaker (USA), Sarah Groff (USA), and Paula Findlay (Canada).

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USA Triathlon to Host Three ITU Pan American Cups in 2013

Draft-legal races set for Clermont, Fla., Sarasota, Fla., and Dallas, Texas

December 18, 2012
From: usatriathlon.org

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — American elite triathletes will have three opportunities to compete on their home soil in draft-legal International Triathlon Union Pan American Cup events — while chasing $50,000 in prize money — during the 2013 season.

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Age Grouper Kevin O'Connor calls the draft legal race experience "intense"

March 5, 2012
From: gearwestbike.wordpress.com posted by Brett

I woke up this morning and the temperature is a full 90 degrees colder than when I left Florida 12 hours earlier. As I worked to unpack my luggage from a 24 hour trip to Florida I discovered a multitude of muscles that I had not before known existed. After all who would expect the muscles on the side of your neck to be soar the day after a triathlon? But then again, this is the first of March and it was not a typical triathlon.

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Shoemaker Takes Clermont ITU Sprint Pan American Cup

March 3, 2012
From: www.usatriathlon.org

CLERMONT, Fla. — USA Triathlon National Team member and Olympian Jarrod Shoemaker posted a strong season-opening performance Saturday with a hometown victory at the Clermont ITU Sprint Triathlon Pan American Cup at Lake Louisa State Park.

Shoemaker (Clermont, Fla.) ran away from the field to lift the tape in 56 minutes, 4 seconds in the 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike, 5-kilometer run event. Canada's Kyle Jones was second in 56:11, while Tommy Zaferes (Soquel, Calif.) was third in 56:15.

Canada's Kathy Tremblay won a tightly contested women's race in 1:01:01. Kelly Whitley (Colorado Springs, Colo.) edged Sarah Haskins (Colorado Springs, Colo.) for second in a sprint finish in 1:01:10. Haskins finished in 1:01:12 to give the U.S. four of the six elite podium spots on the day.

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Challenge to bring hundreds of athletes to S. Lake

March 2, 2012
From: www.dailycommercial.com by Roxanne Brown

Professional tri-athlete Jarrod Shoemaker -- a 2008 Olympian currently training at the National Training Center in hopes of securing a spot on the 2012 Olympic team -- had a vision for Clermont.

It came true last year, when Streamline Events, a company he founded, was host to 'The Clermont Challenge' triathlon at Lake Louisa State Park, located at 7305 U.S. Highway 27, Clermont.

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Shoemaker, Jorgensen Headline Day Of Draft-Legal Racing

February 29, 2012
From: www.triathlon.competitor.com by Courtney Baird

2008 Beijing Olympian Jarrod Shoemaker and 2012 London Olympic qualifier Gwen Jorgensen will headline a day of elite and age-group racing at The Clermont Challenge in Clermont, Fla., this weekend.

Shoemaker founded the event in 2011, when it became the first age-group draft-legal race, giving age-groupers a chance to experience what ITU racing is like.

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Jarrod Shoemaker Talks USA Sprint Champs & 2012 Olympic Preparation

March 11, 2011
From: www.triathlon.competitor.com by Jennifer Purdie

Triathlete Jarrod Shoemaker won the 2011 USA Triathlon Elite Sprint National Championship back on March 5. Shoemaker was also one of the event organizers for the event in Clermont, Fla., which also featured a draft-legal age group race. Inside Triathlon senior editor Jennifer Purdie chatted with him about his sprint championship and his goals leading into the 2012 London Olympics. Shoemaker also touches on the news that 2011 USA Triathlon Junior Triathlete of the Year athlete Kevin McDowell has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

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Age-Groupers Enjoy Draft-Legal Debut

March 11, 2011
From: USA Triathlon

The typical American triathlete may not have a legitimate shot at racing in the Olympic Games, but thanks to the Draft Legal Challenge at Clermont, the race format contested on sport's biggest stage is now open to all-comers.

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Jenkins gets Tri victory in Florida

March 8, 2011
From: The Sun by Alex Terrell

BIRTHDAY girl Helen Jenkins opened her triathlon season in the right mood as she won a sprint event in Clermont, Florida on Saturday.

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Clermont ITU Sprint Triathlon

March 7, 2011
From: onTriTV

Swim start at the Clermont ITU Sprint Triathlon Pan American Cup on March 5, 2011. Special thanks to Jarrod Shoemaker for all his work putting on the race, and all the sponsors, volunteers (and medical crew!).

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Olympians Shine in USA Triathlon Elite Race Series Opener

March 5, 2011
From: USA Triathlon

CLERMONT, Fla. — In the opening event of the 2011 USA Triathlon Elite Race Series, U.S. Olympians Sarah Haskins (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Jarrod Shoemaker (Maynard, Mass.) claimed the first-ever USA Triathlon Elite Sprint National Championship titles as the top American finishers Saturday here at Lake Louisa State Park.

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Patti Sponsler: Draft-legal triathlon makes test run

March 2, 2011
From: www.floridatoday.com by Patti Sponsler

It continues to puzzle me that drafting -- or riding in the slipstream of the cyclist in front of you -- continues to be THE big no-no at most triathlons in the United States.

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USA Triathlon Elite Race Series Kicks Off in Clermont, Fla., on March 5

February 24, 2011
From: USA Triathlon Press Release

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - U.S. Olympians Sarah Haskins (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Jarrod Shoemaker (Maynard, Mass.) highlight the start list for the opening event of the 2011 USA Triathlon Elite Race Series, which is set for March 5 in Clermont, Fla. The race also serves as the first-ever USA Triathlon Elite Sprint National Championship.

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60 Minutes - CBS News - Senator Scott Brown "Against All Odds"

February 20, 2011
From: www.cbsnews.com

The Cohasset Triathlon had 3 seconds of fame during the 60 Minutes interview with Senator Scott Brown. The event is proud to be associated with Senator Brown and what he stands for in American politics these days.

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Jarrod Shoemaker Gives Age Groupers A Draft-Legal Challenge

February 10, 2011
From: www.triathlon.competitor.com by Liz Hichens

American Jarrod Shoemaker is leading a charge to make draft-legal triathlons available to more triathletes in the United States. He's starting with The Draft Legal Challenge triathlon for amateurs on March 3 in Clermont, Florida. Triathlete.com chatted with Shoemaker about the importance of instituting draft-legal races, some of the challenges of the format and what else he has planned for the 2011 season.

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Draft legal age group racing in FL

February 5, 2011
From: www.slowtwitch.com by Herbert Krabel

If you ever wanted to know what racing is like for the ITU Pros, you now have your chance to test those waters at the Draft Legal Challenge in Clermont, FL on March 5th. Jarrod Shoemaker is the brains behind the Draft Legal Challenge, and he talked to slowtwitch about this new event.

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Jarrod Shoemaker talks about draft legal racing in a recent interview with LA Talk Radio

January 20, 2011
From: LA Talk Radio

USA Triathlon Elite Race Series Set for 2011 Debut

December 27, 2010
From: USA Triathlon Press Release

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - With the debut of the USA Triathlon Elite Race Series in 2011, USA Triathlon has created a domestic, six-event series that delivers an opportunity for the nation's top Olympic-distance triathletes to compete for more than $300,000 in prize money and a series title - all while honing the draft-legal racing skills necessary to challenge for the podium at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

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Clermont Triathlon, Age Group Draft Legal Race

December 17, 2010
From: www.trijuice.com by tjnick

A new and exciting triathlon event lands in the heart of Florida this upcoming March. The Clermont Triathlon, founded by Olympian Jarrod Shoemaker, will bring a world class event to Clermont, Florida next year. The main focus of the event, an Age Group Draft Legal Challenge, the only age group draft legal race in the country!.

"For the past couple years, I have been working to create a draft legal race for age groupers in Clermont, Florida. There is no race like this in the United States and I am quite excited to bring this event to Florida. Draft legal racing is such a thrilling event to race and to watch. For the athlete it is constant effort and a totally different race experience. For the spectators they will be able to constantly cheer their friends and family." - Founder, Olympian and Professional Triathlete Jarrod Shoemaker

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