Ten years ago duathlon was flourishing. Often, triathlons and duathlons were held on the same course. Those were the days when people didn't draft because if you did you'd never hear the end of it from your training mates. You read the rules because you were afraid to be caught as the one who didn't know the rules.
These days duathlon doesn't exist - that may be an exaggeration. Duathlon is in exile at best. Why? Do we all have "Ironman Fever"? Is the multisport community changing its interests? Or is it just a matter of race profitability? Why go through the effort of putting on a duathlon when you could do a triathlon and make more money? I'm not sure.
I've been thinking about this today. Why not have duathlons here in Chicago? Our spring weather would make a PERFECT "spring classic" like racing. Chicagoans and northern people back me up on this one! Wouldn't you go to a duathlon if it was fairly cheap and in April? I would. Having coached two age group USAT Duathlon National Champions doesn't hurt my interest in the sport either.
Duathlon may be on life support but it is just like the Frankenstein monster; it just needs a jolt of electricity. I'm going to look into starting a race.