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November, 16, 2019
750m swim, 20k bike, 5k run 
Age Group Draft-Legal Entry Fee: $125 until 11/13, 12:00PM MST 
Registration closes at sell-out (400) or on 11/13, 12:00PM MST
See the current start list here.

Location: Tempe, AZ


See You November 16 in Tempe!

Arizona State University invites you to take part in an exciting weekend of racing at the 2019 Sun Devil Draft Legal Classic on Nov. 16. Tempe Town Lake North Park is the site of this celebration of all things triathlon, with racing opportunities for age group and collegiate athletes alike. Hundreds of triathletes will compete in sprint distance events. The highlight of the weekend will be the 2019 Women’s Collegiate Triathlon Championships, featuring the country’s fastest women’s collegiate triathletes competing head-to-head for the Division I, Division II and Division III National Titles. In addition, this even will feature the USA Triathlon Draft-Legal National Championships.

2019 Sun Devil Draft Legal Classic Events

  • USA Triathlon Draft-Legal Sprint Triathlon National Championships
    • 750m Swim (1 Lap)/ 20k Bike (3 Laps)/ 5km Run (1 Lap)
  • USAT Women’s Collegiate Triathlon Championship (Division I, Division II and Division III)
    • 750m Swim (1 Lap)/ 20k Bike (3 Laps) / 5km Run (2 Laps)

Event Location

The events will be hosted at the Tempe Town Lake North Park. Tempe Town Lake is Arizona's second-most visited public attraction. The more than 2-mile long lake was created by damming a portion of the dry Salt River and adding water. Tempe Town Lake features a system of paths allowing people to walk, jog, bike and more along its edges. It's also a great place for electric, wind and human-powered boats. Hundreds of community events are held in and around the park year-round.

Address: Tempe Town Lake North Park, 730 N Mill Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281.

We are excited to be working with the Arizona State University School of Sustainability this year to make the race a sustainable event. Stay tuned for more information on how you can participate!

A water temperature was taken on Monday, September 28 at Tempe Town Lake. The reading was 66F.

The final water temperature for all of the races will be taken by officials one hour before the swim start (one reading for age group men and one for age group women). The results of the temperature will be announced via the public address system to all athletes on race morning.

Team USA Qualification (Age Group)

Team USA

Age Group athletes will have the opportunity to qualify for the 2020 ITU Sprint Triathlon World Championships in Edmonton, Canada through the Sun Devil Draft Legal Classic.

For the 2020 ITU World Championships, USA Triathlon will reserve up to ten (10) spots for women and up to ten (10) for men in each aged up age group at this event. In order to be eligible to claim his/her ITU World Championship spot, each qualifying athlete must place within the top 10 in their age group AND be within the noted finish time broken down by a percentage by age group at this event, which is indicated in Table 1 shown below.

Athletes will compete in this event based on age as of December 31, 2020.

Note that because athlete’s eligibility to claim an ITU World Championship spot at this event is based on results from the USAT Age Group Sprint Triathlon National Championship, it is possible that not all 10 spots in each age group will be filled (meaning some people will miss the time back qualification).

  • Example 1: Joe Thomas competes in the 15-19 male category at the Draft Legal Qualifier/Nationals in Tempe.  He finishes in eight place in his age group in a time of one hour flat (60:00).  The winning time in his age group was 57 minutes (57:00).  The difference between the two times is 5%.  Joe has met both criteria – finish place within the top ten in his AG and the 19.87% time differential between the winner’s time and his finish time.
  • Example 2: John Jay finishes 11th in the 50-54 aged-up age group, only 4% back of the first place finish time in his age group. Even if he was within the qualifying percent of the top finisher’s time in the age group according to the table published by USAT, John would not be eligible for a world championship spot since he was not among the top ten finishers in his age group.
  • Example 3: Janice Field, competing in the 20-24 age group,  places 9th in her age group with a time that is 12% behind her age group’s top finisher.  She would earn the spot based on her meeting both the finish place and time qualification (14.1%) for her age group.  If she had been (11th) eleventh place, she wouldn’t have met qualification.

Table 1

In order to be eligible to claim an ITU World Championship spot, each qualifying athlete must place within the top 10 in their age group at the 2019 ITU Draft-Legal Sprint Triathlon World Championship Qualifier/National Championship AND be within the noted finish time broken down by a percentage by age group at this event. These percentages were calculated based on the difference in time between the fastest finisher in each age group at the Age Group National Championship in Cleveland and the person earning the last possible spot on the team (18th place)


Aged-Up Division Percentage
15-19 Female 14.20%
15-19 Male 11.68%
20-24 Female 24.45%
20-24 Male 10.54%
25-29 Female 14.92%
25-29 Male 13.76%
30-34 Female 16.51%
30-34 Male 14.10%
35-39 Female 13.18%
35-39 Male 13.46%
40-44 Female 11.15%
40-44 Male 13.45%
45-49 Female 12.99%
45-49 Male 11.72%
50-54 Female 15.91%
50-54 Male 14.80%
55-59 Female 16.78%
55-59 Male 13.03%
60-64 Female 22.84%
60-64 Male 15.56%
65-69 Female 20.53%
65-69 Male 15.76%
70-74 Female 66.29%
70-74 Male 24.95%
75-79 Female 46.47%
75-79 Male 58.50%
80-84 Female 7.32%
80-84 Male 51.62%
85+ Female 0%
85+ Male 1.56%

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