A California man and a Texas woman took top overall honors in the USA Triathlon draft-legal duathlon world qualifier held Sunday in Bend.
The top 12 male and female finishers (and others, based on age-up rules) in each of more than a dozen age groups qualified to compete in the draft-legal sprint-distance race at the duathlon age-group world championships, to be held as part of the 2018 ITU Multisport World Championships Festival in Odense, Denmark.
Duncan Reid, of Palos Verdes Estates, California, won Sunday’s men’s race, and Melisa Christian, of Dallas, Texas, won the women’s race in the world qualifier, which included a 5-kilometer run, followed by a two-lap, draft-legal 20K bike, and finishing with a 2.5K run.
Reid’s time was 58 minutes, 10 seconds; Christian finished in 1 hour, 6 minutes, 28 seconds.
Among Sunday’s age-group winners was a Central Oregon entry, John Craft, whose time of 1:00.10 was tops in his men’s 45-49 class and first overall among male masters. Craft, of Bend, was also age-group champion in the standard-distance (10K run, 40K bike, 5K run) duathlon nationals Saturday.
Sunday’s competition concluded Bend’s two-year run as host of USA Triathlon’s duathlon national championships. Next year’s championships will take place in Greenville, South Carolina
— Bulletin staff report