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All-Marine Triathlon Team to Train at World Class Cycling Center


Release Date: 9/6/2005

MCB QUANTICO, VA - Members of the All Marine Triathlon Team are preparing for next years triathlon season and the Armed Forces Championship by training with some of the sports best coaches during a series of camps hosted by Cadence Performance Cycling Centers.

All-Marine Triathlon team member 1stLt Tim Hawkins, a student at NAS Pensacola, FL, heads out after completing the grueling  40K bike ride, at the 2005 Armed Force Triathlon Championship held at Naval Base Ventura County, CA, June 19, 2005.  Hawkins finished 24th out of a field of 48 military athletes, helping the team secure a third place finish.Last year the 18 member team was able to win many individual competition awards including an age group win at Ironman Arizona and an overall win at the Nokia Sugar Bowl triathlon in New Orleans, but placed third at the Armed Forces Triathlon Championships held at Naval Base Ventura County, CA on June 19, 2005, behind the Army and Navy. The training camps will help the All Marine sports team prepare for the grueling 1,500 meter swim, 40k bike ride, and 10K run.

The camps will be lead by professional cyclist Brian Walton, a three-time Olympian, who took home the Silver Medal in the 1996 Olympics, and has held positions as both cyclist and coach on some of America most prestigious racing teams.  He was elected USA Cycling's Developmental Coach of the Year in 2003 and in 2005, was chosen as the Executive Cycling Coach for USA Triathlon's U23 Team.

Cadence Performance Cycling has a state-of-the-art facility with the latest physiological testing equipment and a coaching staff that holds certifications from USA Triathlon (USAT), USA Cycling (USAC), and the Canadian Cycling Association.

According to Walton,  "The camps will help the team learn better bike positioning and technique, running performance, race and nutrition strategy as well as establish a baseline for training."

All-Marine Triathlon team director Capt. David Litkenhus said, "We look forward to working with these world class coaches. We know that the skills and philosophy we learn are going to make our team into a power house."

For more information on the All-Marine Triathlon team contact Litkenhus at 703-784-9542, DSN 278-9542, or email: david.litkenhus@usmc.mil.

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