Boulder, Colo. (January 31, 2013) - USA Ultimate announced today dates, locations, venues and host organizations for its inaugural Triple Crown Tour regular season, set to launch this summer. The Triple Crown Tour, which represents the highest level of competitive Ultimate in the United States and features three divisions (Men's, Women's and Mixed), will visit some of the most passionate Ultimate communities across the nation.

"We are very excited to announce the host cities and dates for the first Triple Crown Tour,"
commented USA Ultimate Chief Executive Officer Tom Crawford. "This brings to life what we have
been describing to athletes, teams and the Ultimate community for months. We are psyched to
work with the host cities and local Ultimate organizations, who are incredibly enthusiastic about the
opportunity to host these events. We worked to not only select the best bids, but also achieve as
much geographic diversity as possible by spreading the events out around the country."

The 2013 Triple Crown Tour begins with the U.S. Open Ultimate Championships and Convention, July 4‐7 in Raleigh, N.C. The second‐annual U.S. Open will feature a 24‐team field comprised of 12domestic and 12 international teams from around the world. Hosted by the Triangle Flying DiscAssociation and the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance, the U.S. Open will take place at the WRALSoccer Center, which includes a 3,000‐seat stadium that will host the tournament's showcase games.

USA Ultimate and the World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) recently partnered together to support
and promote the U.S. Open, which will again include a convention and industry gathering for the
worldwide Ultimate community to network, learn and share ideas on a variety of topics.

As one of the hotbeds of Ultimate in the United States, the Triangle Area of North Carolina also serves as the home of Ring of Fire, a semifinalist team at last season's National Championshipswhose captain, Josh Mullen, supported the local organizer's bid to bring the international event to Raleigh.

"Ring of Fire is excited at the prospect of playing the best in the world in front of our hometown
friends and family members," said Mullen.


For full release, see link to USA Ultimate website