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Triathlete Morgan Pearson wins US club cross-country nationals

The former University of Colorado runner who now races the ITU circuit becomes a national champion in the 10K.

American triathlete Morgan Pearson left his bike and goggles at home this past weekend, winning the men’s 10K at the 2019 US Club Cross-Country Nationals.

Pearson wins the 2018 CAMTRI Pan America Cup in Montreal. Photo: Cam Mitchell.

Pearson, a former runner for the University of Colorado, won the event by 13 seconds in a time of 29:54, also helping Tinman Elite team to the team title. The Tinman Elite are a professional running group based in Boulder, CO.

His teammate Aaron Templeton was second, and also notably in the field was 2019 US World Cross-Country team member Hillary Bor, who placed sixth.

After a successful career at Denver, Pearson turned his focus to triathlon and found success relatively quickly as he also has a background in swimming.

In just his second year in the sport, the 26-year-old has made his way onto the podium individually twice in ITU World Cup events, taking second in Huatulco in June and then placing third in Santo Domingo in November.

The New Vernon, N.J., native also had a very impressive 11th place finish at the ITU Grand Final in Lausanne at the end of August facing the best the sport has to offer.