USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships
The 2014 Olympic-distance National Championships will take place in Milwaukee, Wis., on Aug. 9. The race, which features a 1500-meter swim, 40K bike and 10K run, rotates among different venues around the U.S. (previous venues include Burlington, Vt.; Tuscaloosa, Ala.; and Portland, Ore.). It’s the only USAT National Championship for which athletes have to meet a strict qualification.
How to qualify:
1. The top 33 percent or top five finishers (whichever is greater) in each age group will qualify at special qualifiers and regional championship races.
The 2014 USA Triathlon Regional Championship races:
—South Midwest: Tri Tyler Olympic (March 30, Tyler, Texas)
—Southwest: Silicon Valley International Triathlon (April 20, Morgan Hill, Calif.)
—Florida: St. Anthony’s Triathlon (April 27, St. Petersburg, Fla.)
—Southeast: Memphis in May Triathlon (May 18, Memphis, Tenn.)
–Mideast: USA Triathlon Mideast Regional Championship (June 14, Grass Lake, Mich.)
–Northeast: The Massachusetts State Triathlon (July 13, Winchendon, Mass.)
–Rocky Mountain: Boulder Peak Triathlon (July 13, Boulder, Colo.)
–Midwest: Omaha Triathlon (July 20, Omaha, Neb.)
–Mid-Atlantic: New Jersey State Triathlon (July 20, West Windsor, N.J.)
–Pacific Northwest: Portland Triathlon (Sept. 21, Portland, Ore.) – qualifier for 2015 nationals
The 2014 USA Triathlon Special Qualifiers:
—Mid-Atlantic: Rock Hall Triathlon (May 31, Rock Hall, Md.)
–Mideast: Leon’s Triathlon (June 1, Hammond, Ind.)
–Midwest: Lake Geode Challenge (July 21, Danville, Iowa)
–Rocky Mountain: Echo Triathlon (July 12, Coalville, Utah)
2. A non-championship USAT-sanctioned event in one of the specified qualifying distances will qualify the top 10 percent or top finisher (whichever is greater) in each age group. Qualifying distances include: sprint, intermediate/Olympic, long (half-iron) and ultra (full iron) distance on-road and all off-road triathlons. (Qualification can no longer be met in duathlon, aquathlon or aquabike categories.) You must qualify in the age group category of a race (not in an elite, open, Athena, Clydesdale, etc., category), and qualification is based on where the athlete finishes in his/her age group. For the 2014 race, you can qualify at any USAT-sanctioned event beginning July 10, 2013, and ending Aug. 1, 2014. Visit Usatriathlon.org to find USAT-sanctioned races.
3. Athletes can automatically qualify. The top 33 percent or top 10 (whichever is greater) athletes in each age group at the USAT Sprint, Olympic Distance and Long Course Triathlon National Championships in the current and/or previous year automatically qualify. Any athlete who has competed as a member of the 2013 Team USA in Sprint, Olympic or Long Course Triathlon will automatically qualify. All-Americans from the 2013 USAT National Rankings automatically qualify.
Once you’ve qualified for a race, you will receive an email from USAT indicating your official qualification. After receiving the automatic email, you’ll receive a VIP email invitation the next business day with a registration link.
2014 USA Triathlon Clydesdale and Athena National Championships:
Earlier this week, USA Triathlon announced that a standalone Clydesdale and Athena National Championship will be held in 2014 for the first time. The race will be held in conjunction with the Tri Arkansas International Distance Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 16 in DeGrey Lake, Ark. Athletes vying for national titles will complete a 1,500-meter swim, 39K bike and 10K run. On Aug. 17, the DeGrey Lake Sprint Triathlon will be held at the same venue and will serve as the 2014 USAT Clydesdale and Athena Sprint National Championships, featuring a 500-yard swim, 16-mile bike and 3.5-mile run. Find out more at Usatriathlon.org/usatca14.
If you don’t qualify:
You can still partake in the Age Group National Championships weekend by participating in the Sprint National Championships, which take place Aug. 10, 2014, at the same Milwaukee venue. There are no qualification standards—it’s open to all athletes. However, U.S. citizens and U.S. nationals can qualify to represent Team USA at the 2015 ITU Sprint Course Triathlon World Championship, to be held in Chicago, Ill. There will be 18 slots on Team USA available per age group, with slots rolling down to 25th place after the age-up rule. The age-up rule means that athletes will be racing at the 2014 national championships based on their age as of Dec. 31, 2014, but if they will be moving up into another age group in 2015, the athlete’s time will be compared to the age group that they would be in in 2015 (e.g., if John Doe will be 49 years old as of Dec. 31, 2014, he will age-up into the 50-54 age group for the 2015 world championships since he’ll be 50 by Dec. 31, 2015; so his time at the qualification event will be compared to men currently in the 50-54 age group).
Learn more at Usatriathlon.org.