The festivals, which will occur in August each year, will consist of the USAT Aquathlon National Championship, the USAT Age Group National Championship, the USAT Sprint National Championship and the USAT Elite National Championship. I have no clue what an aquathlon is, except for a pain in the ass word to say, but I do know what a triathlon is.++
Scenically, you can't get much better than Burlington for a triathlon. With the majestic Adirondacks looming in the distance and all that blue-green algae floating in Lake Champlain, who wouldn't be inspired by our Queen City backdrop? And Burlington is obviously well equipped to handle huge events like this. The KeyBank Vermont City Marathon draws 8000 runners to the city, 3000 of whom run the full marathon. The Green Mountain Stage Race brings in about 750 cyclists from around the country. My tiddlywinks/charades biathlon brings in a good one or two hund.. well, zero people. But whatever.
So welcome, racers. Try not to swallow any lake water. And enjoy the hills.
*Please excuse the craptastic title. Despite working at Seven Days, home of the bottomless pun, that type of wordplay isn't really my jam. So mea maxima culpa. Suggestions are welcome.
++ An aquathlon is a triathlon without biking. It is not a duathlon — running, biking and running some more — nor is it a biathlon — Nordic skiing and gun shooting. Do not confuse it with the other meaning of aquathlon — the sport of underwater wrestling.