U23 Competition

The Under-23 or “U23” division is a bridge between Junior Elite, Collegiate (Draft-Legal) and Elite competition.  To compete in the U23 division, an athlete must be between the ages of 18 and 23 as of December 31st of the competition year. Most U23 races are subdivisions within ITU Continental Cups. This means that in order to compete as a U23, an athlete must hold a USAT Elite License.

U23s compete at the Sprint Distance (.75k/20k/5k) and Olympic Distance (1.5k/40k/10k) and the format is draft-legal. Most Junior Elites (16 to 19 year olds) are encouraged to finish out their eligibility in the junior division before advancing to the U23 races because of the longer distances. U23 champions are recognized at the USAT U23 National Championship, PATCO U23 American Championship, and World Triathlon U23 World Championship.

Athletes interested in racing U23 are encourage to start with USAT's designated Elite Development Races (EDRs), collegiate draft-legal events or NCAA Women's events.  

World Triathlon Under-23 World Championships 

Each year USA Triathlon qualifies a group of elite triathletes aged 18-23 who will compete at the World Triathlon Under-23 (U23) World Championships. The 2022 World Championships will be held in Abu Dhabi.

2022 U23 World Championships Criteria 

USA Triathlon Under-23 National Championships

The USAT Under-23 National Championships is a draft-legal triathlon contested under World Triathlon Competition Rules. Usually, the championships is a sub-division of the World Triathlon Continental Cup, which requires a USAT Elite License for entry. 

The 2021 USAT U23 National Championships took place in Long Beach, CA as part of Legacy Triathlon.

FISU World University Championships

The FISU World University Championship is a draft-legal, World Triathlon sanctioned triathlon contested every two years. The most recently FISU WUCs took place in Taiwan in 2012, Brazil in 2014, Switzerland in 2016, and Sweden in 2018. In 2022, the FISU World University Championship is scheduled for Sept. 10-12 in Maceio, Brazil. USA Triathlon endorses a team to provide collegiate elite athletes with the opportunity to continue their athletic development by demonstrating their abilities at the highest levels of international triathlon competition, with a focus of maximizing podium performance. The event format is an individual sprint, draft-legal triathlon and a mixed relay.  

2022 FISU World University Championships Criteria

Elite Development Races

The purpose of EDRs is to provide a draft-legal pathway to a USAT Elite License.  In addition to the races listed below, USAT may nominate athletes to compete in  World Triathlon Trials/Final-format Continental Cups, wherein if the non-elite licensed athlete qualifies for the A final, he or she is thereby eligible for an Elite License. Please check with HP for eligible events and request nomination by email ituentries@usatriathlon.org prior to the nomination deadline.

Event Name Date Location
Tritonman 2022 TBD San Diego, CA
Wasatch Triathlon at Maple Lakes 2022 TBD Mapleton, UT
Americas Triathlon Cup St. George October 30-31, 2021 St. George, UT
Clermont Draft Legal Challenge March 5-6, 2022 Clermont, FL