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Major League Triathlon Is Looking for Pros for 2018

The pro tri league is now accepting applications to join one of their teams and compete for a grand prize of more than $150,000.

The pro tri league is now accepting applications to join one of their teams and compete for a grand prize of more than $150,000.

Major League Triathlon (MLT), the only professional triathlon league in the United States, has begun accepting applications from aspiring professionals for its 2018 season. Thirty-two openings, 16 for men and 16 for women, are available.

Next year will be the MLT’s third. Founded by MLT CEO Daniel Cassidy, the league specializes in Mixed Team Relay racing: teams of two pro men and two pro women square off against each other in a super-sprint race consisting of a 300 meter swim, a six kilometer bike, and a 1.5 kilometer run. Athletes complete all three courses (swim, bike, run) then tag in their next teammate. Teams compete in female, male, female, male order according to ITU rules, although MLT occasionally alters the order.

The league was founded as a way to make triathlon more spectator and television-friendly, with the entire event lasting roughly 70 minutes. MLT also targeted American audiences by organizing teams around cities, such as the Atlantic City Waves and Sarasota Sun. MLT will host 4 events in 2018 and will continue to offer one of the biggest purses in the country—more than $150,000 to the first-place team.

Major League Triathlon hosted races in Charlotte, Atlantic City, Vail Valley, and Cleveland in 2017, where some of the world’s top athletes competed, including Paula Findlay, Ben Kanute, and Erin Densham. Mixed Team Relay racing will make its Olympic debut in Tokyo in the 2020 Summer Games in a format nearly identical to that of MLT. (The Olympic bike distance is one kilometer longer.)

MLT CEO Daniel Cassidy encourages all pro triathletes to “apply for their chance to join the MLT Family.” Athletes that currently hold a professional license from their federation are invited to apply. MLT will form the teams once the 32 athletes are selected and will announce 2018 event cities and dates in the coming weeks. To apply to be a pro with MLT, please visit: MLT Pro Application.