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Zone3 Youth & Junior Nationals at 2023 USA Triathlon Nationals

Ready for a weekend-long celebration of triathlon! That's what's coming as the Zone3 Youth & Junior Nationals have merged with the Age Group National Championships. Instead of separate events, multisport athletes are taking over Milwaukee, Wisc. for a weekend of racing Friday, Aug. 4-Sunday, Aug. 6!


Please read all of the below information before registering.

Important Registration Information
  • There is no qualification required for the youth age group waves at this event. Qualification is required for Youth and Junior Elite.
  • There is no transfer or deferment of entries from one year to the next
  • There are no refunds
  • Athletes MUST be annual USA Triathlon members to race
  • Registration closes when the event sells out or by July 29 at 11:59 p.m. MT.

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How to Register for Each Age Group

Youth Nationals is a non-drafting race for athletes ages 7-18.

Athletes must be entered into the age group that corresponds with their age as of December 31, 2023.

All athletes competing in the Youth Nationals must be current USA Triathlon members.

All athletes eligible for awards at USA Triathlon Nationals must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or 
  • A U.S. national – someone who has resided in the USA for three consecutive years.

Any athlete who qualifies and registers to race as a Youth Elite is not allowed to race in the Youth Nationals . Athletes may not race in both races.

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Parents and athletes please note:

  • No aero bars of any kind will be allowed, including clip on, or forward facing handlebars will be allowed.
  • No disc wheels will be allowed
  • No aero style helmets or helmets with a tail extending to the rear will be allowed.
  • No unauthorized assistance of any kind, including pacing, during competition will be allowed.

Race officials will be observing the bike course from various points and recording race numbers of athletes who violate any of the cycling conduct rules.

While on the bike course:

  • Helmet must be worn and securely fastened at all times on the bike
  • Shoes must be worn at all times on the bike
  • Ride on the right side of the lane
  • Ride no closer than two bike lengths distance behind a leading cyclist
  • Pass on the left of the slower cyclist
  • Ride in a straight line without swerving, veering, or blocking the forward progress of other cyclists.
  • Time Penalties (specific to riding closer than two bike lengths):

    • If your race number is recorded twice on the bike for riding closer than two bike lengths distance behind a leading cyclist, you will receive a 1:00 minute time penalty.
    • If your race number is recorded three times you will receive a 2:00 minute time penalty.
    • If your race number is recorded four times you will be Disqualified.

    Please note that all other penalties follow those outlined in the Youth Supplemental Rules

    Entry fee: $75

    Athletes may not register as both a Developmental and a Youth Age Group athlete (13-18). If an athlete registers as a Youth Age Group athlete (13-18) and later wishes to transfer to the Developmental division, USA Triathlon will transfer the registration upon the athlete’s request, provided spots remain available in the Developmental race. Junior Developmental athletes must be between the ages of 16-19.

    A password is required to register for the Developmental (draft-legal) races. This will be provided to you via email after you qualify.

    Junior Developmental Programing Information

    View the USA Triathlon's development program page for more information on junior elite programming.


    This event is draft-legal. Youth Developmental must be between the ages of 13-15. Junior Developmental must be between the ages of 16-19.

    Have Yours Plans Changed?

    We understand that sometimes plans change or injuries occur that keep you from racing. Because of the limited number of spots available in the Developmental fields, when an athlete withdraws from the race, we do our best to fill the spot through Wild Card requests. The sooner you notify USAT of your intent to withdraw from the competition, the better chance another athlete will have of taking your place. If you are not planning to race in Milwaukee, please notify

    The race field will be limited to 60 teams (240 athletes)

    Race Distances:250-meter swim, 5-kilometer draft-legal bike and 1.2-kilometer run


    Elite teams will be invited via email.


    • Athletes must wear a team uniform that fully covers their torso from race start to finish. Matching team uniforms are highly encouraged.
    • Wetsuits are not allowed if the water temperature is above 20°C (68°F).
    • Athletes must move forward after the start signal (no lateral or rearward movement along the start line).
    • All penalties will be assessed in the penalty box located on the run course and may be served by any team members currently on the field of play.
    • Blocking or interfering with the forward progress of another competitor is not allowed.
    • Aero helmets are not permitted. Helmet chin-strap must be buckled at all times while touching the bike.
    • All equipment must be placed in your individual transition bin after use (e.g. swim cap, goggles, helmet).
    • Bicycle must have a traditional triangular frame; wheels must have at least 16 spokes; handlebars must be traditional drop-style with bar-ends plugged; clip-on aerobars may not extend beyond the brake levers' foremost line and must be bridged; no bar-end gear shifters allowed; elbow pads are allowed.
    • Athletes will race in the order of female, male, female, male.

    Event Cancellation/Modification Policy

    In the event of extreme weather, natural disaster, community disaster or other unforeseen emergencies, our action steps will be as follows:
    1. USA Triathlon, in concert with local officials, will make the final decision based on safety of the athletes, spectators, vendors, volunteers and others affiliated with the event.
    2. USAT may, based on the conditions of the course, shorten the distances or cancel the event altogether.
    3. Because costs of the event have already been paid out to cover various levels of production expenses, there will be NO REFUNDS, transferred entry fees or future complimentary entry fees.