Collegiate runners interested in the CRP should follow these steps:

  1. Look at the time standards below. Collegiate runners meeting at least one 3,000m through 5,000m time have reached the “A” standard in the run. Runners close to these standards will be considered based on history at their collegiate program, how they matched with their collegiate program, time in the sport and their injury history. These runners will be assessed by completing Proof of Run as delineated under the Scholarship section and by sending run video. 

    The "A" standard for the run is: 


    Collegiate Recruitment Program Run Standards


  2. Qualifying runners contact CRP Manager, Barb Lindquist (barb.lindquist@usatriathlon.org) to start the assessment process by filling out an online questionnaire. Barb can help the transition to triathlon by sharing more than 40 resources covering a range of topics including swim technique, how to buy a bike, transitions, sponsorship and putting together a weekly training plan. Runners can also receive weekly swim workouts with sets and drills. 
  3. Runners complete the 100/500 swim test after one to three weeks of training. The test is a 100 from a push all out, 1-minute rest, 500 from a push all out. If performed in a meters pool, the test is a 100/400. This is a “cold turkey” first try of the test and athletes will not be excluded from consideration for a poor result. 
  4. After the first swim test is complete, the athlete can send swim footage to Barb and she will give technique feedback and drills upon which to focus. 
  5. While continuing education about triathlon, runners start to spend more time swimming. The actual length of this focus period depends on whether the athlete is within a run season or NCAA eligibility is complete. Athletes use swim workouts and video feedback to work on technique, re-testing the 100/500 every month, so that a progression can be observed. Mentorship continues by helping the athlete navigate the purchasing of gear, selecting races, training for the bike and putting all the pieces together in a weekly pattern. For an athlete to move to the next stage of assessment, the following 100/500 times must be met:

    Female: 100 — 1:06; 500 — 6:25
    Male: 100 — 58 seconds; 500 — 5:45


    It is important to note that these times are not end goals; they are based on the assumption that the athlete has clear progression capabilities in the swim. Thus, an athlete cannot train for a year, 5 five times a week, meet this standard.
  6. Once a runner meets the "A" standard for the run and the 100/500 swim standard, the level of USA Triathlon support increases because USA Triathlon sees potential for the athlete to become an Olympic medalist.