COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Triathlon today announced JP Donovan and Hannah Rae Finchamp as the amateur athletes who have been selected as the 2014 Off-Road Triathletes of the Year in recognition of stellar performances in trail-based events.
The off-road triathlon discipline continues to gain popularity, with the International Triathlon Union officially recognizing the format as a world championship event in 2011. USA Triathlon first awarded Off-Road Athletes of the Year in 2014 for accomplishments in 2013. The honor is presented by Garmin, and winners were selected by USA Triathlon’s Age Group Committee.
“The selection committee was very pleased to choose Hannah and JP as the USA Triathlon Off-Road Athletes of the Year out of a deep and competitive field of candidates,” Steve Sutherland, chair of the USA Triathlon Age Group Committee Athlete of the Year Subcommittee. “Off-road triathlon is another fast growing segment of our sport and we are delighted to recognize the accomplishments of these fierce competitors.”
Donovan (Incline Village, Nev.) was the first overall amateur finisher at the XTERRA USA Championship and XTERRA Lake Tahoe. He also raced in the XTERRA World Championship, where he was the top American amateur finisher and eighth amateur overall.
Finchamp (Altadena, Calif.) picked up Off-Road Triathlete of the Year accolades for the second straight year. Competing in the 15-19 age group, Finchamp was the top amateur finisher at the XTERRA USA Championship and XTERRA West Championship, as well as the USA Triathlon Off-Road National Championships and ITU Cross World Championships. She was also the top U.S. amateur finisher at the XTERRA World Championship, where she finished as the eighth amateur overall.
Elite Off-Road Triathletes of the Year Emma Garrard (Park City, Utah) and Josiah Middaugh (Vail, Colo.) were announced last week as part of the Elite Triathletes of the Year. A complete listing to all USA Triathlon’s 2014 Athlete of the Year announcements is below.
Men’s Off-Road Triathlete of the Year: JP Donovan (Incline Village, Nev.)
Honorable Mention: Matthew Balzer (Reno, Nev.)
Women’s Off-Road Triathlete of the Year: Hannah Rae Finchamp (Altadena, Calif.)
Honorable Mention: Meghan Sheridan (Salt Lake City, Utah)