- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

PELHAM, Ala. (AP) - A major triathlon event is coming to the Birmingham area next year.

USA triathlon says the USA Triathlon Off-Road National Championship will be held at Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham on May 16, 2015. The race will be part of the 10th XTERRA Southeast Championship, and it will also double as a qualifying event for world championships.

Athletes will compete over a 1½-kilometer swim, a 30-kilometer mountain bike ride, and a 10-kilometer trail run.

Participants will be vying for $15,000 in prize money.

Oak Mountain is Alabama’s largest state park. Runner’s World Magazine has honored it as one of the 25 best locations in the United States for trail running.

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