U23 Competition

The Under-23 or “U23” division is a bridge between Junior Elite, Collegiate (Elite) 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 actually 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, CAMTRI U23 American Championship, and ITU U23 World Championship.

Athletes interested in racing U23 are encourage to start with USAT's designated Elite Development Races (EDRs), which offer both a sprint distance, draft-legal experience and a chance to earn eligibility for the USAT Elite License.  

ITU Under-23 World Championships

Each year USA Triathlon qualifies a group of elite triathletes aged 18-23 who will compete at the ITU Under-23 (U23) World Championships. The 2019 World Championships will be held in Lausanne, Switzerland.

2019 ITU U23 World Championships Criteria

USAT Under-23 National Championships

The USAT Under-23 National Championships is a draft-legal triathlon contested under ITU Competition Rules.

Usually, the championships is a sub-division of the ITU Continental Cup, which requires a USAT Elite License for entry. 

FISU World University Championships

The FISU World University Championship is a draft-legal, ITU-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. 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.