A number of athletes from Illinois have been honored by USA Triathlon as some of the best in the world. USAT released their annual awards in various categories for multisport athletes and eight Illinois residents, and one more from just over the border in Wisconsin, were honored including one of the Duathletes of the Year.
25-year-old Alex Arman was named the male Duathlete of the Year. Arman, from St. Charles, won the award after a 2013 season that saw him consistently place as one of the best amateur athletes in the field and regularly near the top of his age group. At the Apple Duathlon Arman was the first amateur athlete to finish. He also finished seventh overall and second in his 25-29 age group at the ITU Duathlon World Championships in Ottawa, Canada.
Also honored by the Duathlon committee who selected the winners of the various duathlon awards was Kerry Mayer from Brookfield, Wisconsin. Mayer was named the Grand Masters Duathlete of the Year. She won her 65-69 age group at the USA Triathlon Duathlon Nationals and ITU Duathlon Worlds.
Colin Riley, who was the October 2013 Clif Bar Athlete of the Month in Chicago Athlete Magazine, received an honorable mention in the Men’s Triathlete of the Year award. Riley, an Aurora resident, was one of 5 triathletes to receive an honorable mention in the award category. Bob Scott from Naperville was also given the recognition of honorable mention in the Men’s Grand Masters Triathlete of the Year category.
Five junior athletes from Illinois were recognized as Elite All-Americans, four in the 13-15 age-group and one more in the 16-19 group. Kyleigh Spearing from Frankfort and Aubrey Ernst from South Elgin were named Female Youth Elite All-Americans in the younger division where they were joined by honorable mention Gina Johnson from Park Ridge. On the male side of the same award, Cooper Langanis from Cary received an honorable mention. Victoria Clinton earned an honorable mention in the older age group as well.
Illinois has quickly become a hot bed of multisport athletes. While many travel west to train over the past few years more and more triathletes and duathletes have originated form the Land of Lincoln. For a complete listing of all award winners, click here.