USA Triathlon Announces its 2016 Amateur National Championships

America’s triathlon governing body, USA Triathlon today announced its 2016 amateur National Championship schedule. For more information and locations please see the press release below.

While we are pleased to see the off road events of Winter Triathlon and “Off-Road” Triathlon included on the Championship schedule it is disappointing that USAT’s press release does not make mention of the “Off-Road” Championship in its text while at the same time sharing details of literally every other championship event. Also, we find it confusing and disappointing that a USAT press release would not follow suit with the ITU’s policy of labeling off road triathlon as “cross triathlon”.

These two shortcomings illustrate the battle for relevance and validation we in off road multisport are still facing. The sport needs continuity in its communications, and it especially needs inclusion in all communications. We are making progress but we still have a lot to accomplish if cross triathlon is to be regarded on equal footing with road triathlon. “If you build it they will come” is not an effective strategy. “If you build it, don’t tell anyone about it, and expect them to come” is even worse, and this is the strategy USAT seems to subscribe to.

Which leaves us with: what can we do? The answer… show up! For the Americans reading this, the best thing you can do to help your sport of off road triathlon is to be there in Arkansas on May 1. Show up, race hard, have fun, and show USAT that Cross Triathlon deserves their attention, and, as the National Governing Body for Triathlon, USAT is obligated to give Cross Triathlon equal attention to any other multisport format.

Thank you in advance, and DirtTRI will see you in Arkansas.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Triathlon today announced the dates and locations for nearly all the events that will comprise the 2016 USA Triathlon National Championships schedule, allowing top amateur multisport athletes to compete for national titles, and in some cases world championship team spots, at high-level events across the country.

The season begins on Jan. 31 in St. Paul, Minnesota, with the Winter Triathlon National Championships, held in conjunction with the King Boreas Winter Triathlon, and ends Nov. 13 with the Long Course Triathlon and Aquabike National Championships, which will take place in Miami, Florida, as part of the MiamiMan Triathlon.

USA Triathlon Collegiate Club National Championships will return to Clemson, South Carolina, on April 22-23. The event will feature a different course from last year, with collegiate athletes representing an estimated 120-plus clubs competing for the overall title based on points earned in three championship races: a 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike, 5-kilometer run draft-legal sprint, the traditional 1,500m swim, 40k bike, 10k run championship and the four-person Mixed Team Relay, in which athletes will complete a 250m swim, 5k bike and 1.2k run.

Duathlon Nationals will head west in 2016 and 2017 to Bend, Oregon, with the 2016 edition set for June 25. The nation’s best run-bike-run athletes will have the option of a standard-distance and a sprint-distance race, and more information on draft-legal and non-draft options will be made available soon. Top finishers in each age group will earn a spot to represent Team USA in the duathlon event at the 2017 ITU Multisport World Championships Festival, held in Penticton, British Columbia, with specific details to be confirmed at a later date.

USA Triathlon’s longest-running National Championships event, Age Group Nationals, also moves to a new location in 2016 — Omaha, Nebraska. The two-day event features the Olympic-Distance National Championships on Saturday, Aug. 13, with athletes competing on a 1,500m swim, 40k bike, 10k run course, and the Sprint National Championships, a 750m swim, 20k bike, 5k run race, on Sunday, Aug. 14. Both events will be a non-draft format. The two-year stint in Omaha will see action centered at Carter Lake for the event, which has grown nearly 250 percent in the number of registered participants since 2010. Top finishers will qualify for Team USA in the 2017 ITU World Championships, part of the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

Young triathletes ages 7-19 will return to West Chester, Ohio, on July 30-31 for the Youth & Junior National Championships, which offers a non-draft race option for youth age-groupers, along with draft-legal events for youth elite and junior elite competitors. In addition to the individual events, the Mixed Team Relay event will also be contested for youth elite and junior elite athletes. This will be the fifth time West Chester’s Voice of America Park will host emerging talent, and more than 20 of the 38 active High Performance Teams are within a day’s drive from the venue.

A complete listing of scheduled USA Triathlon National Championships is below. Paratriathlon Nationals and Women’s Collegiate Nationals will be announced at a later date.

In addition to Age Group Nationals and Duathlon Nationals, prized spots on Team USA may be earned at a number of USA Triathlon National Championships. Team USA is comprised of age-group athletes who represent the U.S. at each ITU world championship event. Visit usatriathlon.org for more information about Team USA.

2016 USA Triathlon National Championships Schedule – Visit usatriathlon.org for complete details

Date   National Championship Location
Jan. 31   Winter Triathlon National Championships St. Paul, Minn.
April 22-23   Collegiate Club National Championships Clemson, S.C.
May 1   Off-Road National Championships Arkadelphia, Ark.
May 14   Long Course Duathlon National Championships Cary, N.C.
June 12   Clydesdale & Athena National Championships Grand Rapids, Mich.
June 25   Duathlon National Championships Bend, Ore.
June 25   Club National Championships Loveland, Colo.
July 30-31   Youth & Junior National Championships West Chester, Ohio
Aug. 13   Olympic-Distance National Championships Omaha, Neb.
Aug. 14   Sprint National Championships Omaha, Neb.
Oct. 1   Aquathlon National Championships San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Nov. 13   Aquabike National Championships Miami, Fla.
Nov. 13   Long Course Triathlon National Championships Miami, Fla.
TBA   Paratriathlon National Championships TBA
TBA   Women’s Collegiate Triathlon National Championships TBA



Jimmy Archer

Founder and Editor at DirtTRI.com. Jimmy has been a professional athlete for over 18 years as a runner, cyclist, mountain biker, cross country skier, and primarily, triathlete. Jimmy has a degree in exercise science from the University of Colorado and is a USA Triathlon and USA Cycling certified coach. Jimmy became a freelance writer in 2000 while competing and covering the ITU Winter Triathlon World Championship. Since that time Jimmy has been head editor at two magazines, been published in numerous publications within the endurance sport, recreation, and travel segments. Currently Jimmy is competing professionally in off-road multisport. In his spare time Jimmy passionately follows Formula 1, Moto GP, and is an avid cook.

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  1. We understand this to only be the amateur Nationals. We contacted USAT but have not heard back yet. In the past they have not really had a pro Nationals. It kinda hangs out in this limbo with XTERRA by using an XTERRA race as the partial qualifier for at least part of the US team for ITU Cross Tri Worlds. We will keep you posted as we learn more.

  2. Ah man! This is going to be a tough decision. Race Nationals in Arkansas or race Xterra Jersey both on the same date and want to support offroad tri!

  3. That is a tough one. We’ve heard good things about XTERRA Jersey. But there’s something to be said for a National Championship taking priority. We suppose it all comes down to if you have any interest in a trip to Australia in November of 2016 for ITU Cross Tri Worlds? Let us know what you choose.

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