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USA Triathlon moves its 2012 Winter Triathlon Championships

From New Hampshire to Montana due lack of snow.

A lack of snow in the northeastern United States has forced USA Triathlon to shift its 2012 Winter Triathlon National Championship to the Powder Hound Winter Triathlon on January 29, 2012, in Butte, Montana.

The annual run-mountain bike-cross-country skiing national championship event was originally slated for the Gunstock Winter Triathlon on Jan. 22, 2012, in Gilford, N.H.

“On behalf of USA Triathlon, I’d like to thank the organizers of the Powder Hound Winter Triathlon and the Gunstock Winter Triathlon for their diligence and support as we worked to resolve this situation,” USA Triathlon National Events Director Jeff Dyrek said. “We’re looking forward to partnering with the Powder Hound Winter Triathlon and hosting an exciting event next month.”

Contested at the Homestake Lodge and organized by Homestake Lodge and the Bozeman Triathlon Club, the Powder Hound Winter Triathlon is the first winter triathlon in the state of Montana and the northern Rockies. The 2012 event marks the fourth installation of the race.

Athletes will cover a 5-kilometer run, 10-kilometer mountain bike, 5-kilometer cross-country skiing course with national titles and Team USA spots on the line. The top three competitors in each age group will qualify for Team USA for the 2012 ITU Winter Triathlon World Championships in Jämijärvi, Finland on March 24-25 2012.

Registration for the event is open now at active.com.