Introducing USA Triathlon Nationals!
USA Triathlon Nationals combines the Age Group National Championships and Youth & Junior National Championships into a weekend-long celebration of triathlon! The largest amateur triathlon event in the United States, Nationals gives everyone from age 7 to 80+ a chance to compete for a national title.
The 2023 USA Triathlon Nationals heads to Milwaukee, Wisc., which successfully hosted the 2022 Age Group National Championships. Racing will take place across the entire first weekend in August: Aug. 4-6, 2023.
Athletes looking to compete in adult age group races must earn a qualifying mark at an event earlier in the year. Youth and Junior races do not require qualification. Also new in 2023, athletes ages 7-18 are eligible for junior or youth age group races (previously ages 7-15).
Registration for USA Triathlon Nationals is open for all qualified athletes and non-qualification events.
Check the links and images below for qualification and registration requirements. Age Group athletes should check the Age Group National Championships page, while youth and junior athletes can use the Youth & Junior Nationals page.
Complete schedule as of Jan. 25
Friday, Aug. 4
- Open Water Swim Competition: 750m Swim
- *Junior Development Draft-Legal: 750m Swim, 20k Bike, 5k Run*
- *Youth Development Draft-Legal: 375m Swim, 10k Bike, 2.5k Run*
- PTO Pro Women: 2000m Swim, 80k Bike, 18K Run
Saturday, Aug. 5
- *Olympic-Distance National Championships: 1500m Swim, 40k Bike, 10k Run*
- *Olympic-Distance Open: 1500m Swim, 40k Bike, 10k Run*
- *Youth and Junior Draft-Legal Mixed Relay: 250m Swim, 5k Bike, 1.2k Run*
- PTO Pro Men: 2000m Swim, 80k Bike, 18K Run
Sunday, Aug. 6
- *Sprint Distance National Championships: 750m Swim, 20k Bike, 5k Run*
- *Sprint Distance Open: 750m Swim, 20k Bike, 5k Run*
- *Sprint Distance PC Open and Challenged Teams: 750m Swim, 20k Bike, 5k Run*
- Youth Age Group Ages 11 - 12: 200m Swim, 10k Bike, 2k Run
- Youth PC Open and Youth Intellectual Impairment: 200m Swim, 10k Bike, 2k Run
- Youth Age Group Ages 7-10: 100m Swim, 5k Bike, 1k Run
- Youth Age Group Ages 13-18: 300m Swim, 10k Bike, 2.5k Run
Note: All races with a star (*) next to the name require qualification to enter.
Complete weekend timetable
Gala and Hall of Fame Induction
You're invited to join USA Triathlon and the USA Triathlon Foundation for a “Celebration of Sport” – an Evening to Encourage, Inspire and Ignite Benefiting the USA Triathlon Foundation.
When: Thursday, August 3 from 6:15 - 9:30 p.m.
Where: Discovery World
500 N. Harbor Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53202
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Race Alongside the Pros
Always wanted to race the same course as your professional triathlon heroes? Competitors at USA Triathlon Nationals now have that opportunity!
The Professional Triathletes Organisation (PTO) and USA Triathlon have announced that the PTO US Open will take place in the City of Milwaukee on 4-5 August, 2023, as part of alongside USA Triathlon's national championship event.
A specially designed course around Milwaukee will take in Lake Michigan to host the world’s top female and male professional triathletes as they battle it out for the prestigious PTO US Open title over the 100km PTO Tour distance (2km swim, 80km bike and 18km run).
Address and Location
The address for the 2023 USA Triathlon Nationals is 500 N Harbor Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53202. Transition area is located directly outside of Discovery World. There is no parking at the venue and drop-offs are highly discouraged. Athletes and spectators are encouraged to walk, run or ride to the venue while following all traffic laws.
Awards and Ceremonies
The following award categories will be presented at the 2023 USA Triathlon Nationals:
- 10 places deep (female/male/non-binary)
- Olympic-distance Triathlon (non-draft): Ages 17-19, 20-24, 25-29, etc. through 90-94 or older
- Sprint-distance Triathlon (non-draft): Ages 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, etc. through 90-94 or older
- 3 places deep (female/male/non-binary)
- Clydesdales in Olympic and Sprint Nationals: Ages 39 and younger, 40-59, 60+
- Athenas in Olympic and Sprint Nationals: Ages 39 and younger, 40-54, 55+
- Open Water Swim Competition: Overalls, 15-39, 40-59, 60+, PC Open
- Time to Tri Open Sprint: Overalls, 15-39, 40-59, 60+, challenged team
- Time to Tri Open Olympic: Overalls, 15-39, 40-59, 60+
Youth Age Group Races
- 5 places deep (female/male/non-binary)
PC Open and Intellectually Diverse and Neuro-Diverse Categories
- 5 places deep (female/male/non-binary)
Youth and Junior Draft-Legal Races
- 3 places deep in Youth Draft-Legal (ages 13-15; male and female)
- 3 places deep in Junior Draft-Legal (ages 16-19; male and female)
- 4 places deep
For specific race entry and award eligibility requirements, please see the registration page. Clydesdales and Athenas will race in their respective age group. But those who have identified as a Clydesdale or Athena during registration are ALSO eligible for a separate set of Clydesdale and Athena awards.
More information about award ceremonies will be announced later.
Bike Support and Rentals
USA Triathlon's Official Bike Support Partner Playtri is returning to Milwaukee with their expert in-house mechanics for the 2023 USA Triathlon Nationals. Playtri offers the highest quality rentals, repair and maintenance services for you and your bike. They'll keep you riding and racing smooth on the road! They are a full service shop available onsite to take care of additional services leading up to and on race day. Learn more and book rentals or services today.
Challenged Team Division
Clydesdale and Athena Weigh-In Procedure
Each championship race will offer a Clydesdale and Athena division. Clydesdales (males 220 lbs or greater) and Athenas (165 lbs or greater) must indicate their desire to be recognized as such during the registration process for each race.
All Clydesdale and Athena athletes are required to weigh in at Packet Pick Up to be eligible for awards. Scales will be located within Packet Pick Up with an official on location to record the athlete's weight. Athletes should be wearing essential race gear for weigh-in and cannot hold items like nutrition or water.
Athletes MUST meet or exceed the minimum weight upon weigh-in. Athletes who fail to meet the minimum weight OR who fail to weigh-in will not be eligible for Clydesdale or Athena awards.
USA Triathlon takes clean sport and anti-doping very seriously. In accordance with U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) regulations, athletes may be drug tested at this event. Should drug testing occur, there are strict protocols that must be followed and will be coordinated by the on-site USADA representative as well as a USA Triathlon staff member.
All athletes, spectators, family, and friends are encouraged to download the USA Triathlon Events App. Users can follow the progress of athletes as they race through each of USA Triathlon’s Owned National Championships. Download today.
Event Day Communications
In the event of an emergency or the need of USA Triathlon to communicate important information on event-day, please stay tuned to USA Triathlon's social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter (@usatriathlon and @USATlive), your email, the USA Triathlon Events App, and venue PA announcements.
Expo and BOA Nutrition Packet Pickup
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Expo and BOA Nutrition Packet Pickup Schedule
The Expo and BOA Nutrition Packet Pickup for all events will occur at the packet pickup tent on the Milwaukee Art Museum Lawn.
- Thursday, Aug. 3
- 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Expo
- 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Youth and Junior Draft-Legal races packet pickup only
- 1-5:30 p.m.: Packet pickup for all other races, Mandatory for open water swim competition
- Friday, Aug. 4
- 7:30 a.m.to 5 p.m.: Packet Pickup
- 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Expo
- Saturday, Aug. 5
- 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.: Expo
- 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Late Packet Pickup (Sprint distance, Youth Age Groups 13-18, All Sunday Races
- Sunday, Aug. 6
- 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Expo
- No Sunday Packet Pickup
Gatorade Endurance formula is the Official Sports Beverage of USA Triathlon and will once again be available on the course for all athletes. Check out Gatorade Endurance Going The Distance: Fueling Endurance Performance (PDF)information created by the Gatorade Sports Science Institute. For hydration and fueling tips/best practices review Gatorade Endurance Fact Sheet
Science in Sport will provide on-course energy gels and energy bars at aid stations. Science in Sport’s isotonic gels provide fast, easily digestible energy! Both caffeinated and non-caffeinated will be available. Science in Sport will also offer their energy bars on course that pack 26g of carbohydrates into each bar!
Athletes, Oars + Alps is providing their Everyday Sunscreen Lotion with SPF 35 for FREE to all racers and fans! This light, non-greasy, and fast-absorbing formula is sweat and water resistant for 80 minutes and made with clean ingredients, so you can Chase the Sun without Limits. Sunscreen will be provided outside of the transition area.
At this USA Triathlon National Championship, rules violations will be enforced on-course. All penalties will be notified and served while the athlete is competing. Additionally, all athletes are required to complete all prescribed courses in their entirety.
This race will follow the 2023 Rules of Multisport. View rules briefings on the rules and officials page.
USA Triathlon Sportsmanship Creed
As competitive athletes and members of the triathlon community, you know there is no better feeling than succeeding in your endeavors in sport. As a competitor at USA Triathlon events, you have a responsibility to demonstrate the highest standards of sportsmanship per the USA Triathlon Rulebook (Article III, Sections 3.3 and 3.4, Line b.), and as such, should always show respect for the sport, your fellow athletes, race staff, officials, volunteers and spectators. Each individual athlete shares this responsibility, which includes refraining from the use of improper language and conduct detrimental to the community at large. This rule will be strictly enforced and disrespectful language or conduct will not be tolerated.
For more information on USA Triathlon rules and sportsmanship, please reference the USA Triathlon Competitive Rules.
Swim and Water Temperature
See the Current Water Temperature
According to Article IV, Rule 4.4, the wetsuit rule states: “Each age group participant shall be permitted to wear a wet suit without penalty in any event sanctioned by USA Triathlon up to and including a water temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit.”
No athletes will be permitted to wear a wetsuit if the water temperature exceeds 78 degrees Fahrenheit.
Additionally, per Article IV, Rule 4.4, if the water temperature is 60.8 degrees Fahrenheit or below, wetsuits will be mandatory. No athletes will be permitted to swim at anytime without a wetsuit if the water temperature is 60.8 or below.
The official water temperature will be recorded on each race morning, approximately 60 minutes prior to the start of the first race.
The average water temperature in August in Milwaukee is 68 degrees Fahrenheit.
Swim caps: all athletes are required to wear the swim cap given to them at packet pickup. Swim caps will be made of silicone.
Latex allergies: If you have a latex allergy, please let USAT staff know and you will be provided with a non-latex swim cap.
Team USA Qualification
More information about World Championships qualification via USA Triathlon Nationals will come later. Meanwhile, visit the Team USA qualification page for general qualification details.
Want red-carpet treatment while competing for a national title and supporting a great cause? VIP packages for Nationals provide access to food, alcohol (age 21 and over), shade, comfortable seating, VIP bathroom access, a front seat at the finish line and more. Packages are available for 1-5 people and and offer either single-day access or a full weekend pass.
Volunteers are critical to a safe a successful event! If you, a friend, a family member, or your organization can spare time to volunteer at one or multiple shifts, your time is greatly appreciated. There are flexible shifts available with numerous opportunities to participate, including supporting course aid stations, registration, finish line and more. All volunteers will be provided with a meal and shirt for their time.
Volunteer jobs and registration
USA Triathlon events could not be executed without the support of our volunteers, so thank you in advance for the part you will play in helping our athletes chase their goals/dreams and achieve competitive excellence. If you have any questions or run in to any issues when registering as a volunteer, please reach out to email@example.com.
Zone3 Open Water Swim Competition
The 750m Zone3 Open Water Swim Competition will allow athletes to gain access to a competitive race either as a tune up for Saturday and Sunday races or for those not racing to be involved in the overall event weekend. The timed competition will see athletes receiving a swim cap and t-shirt, along with awards for top placing athletes. Registration is $45 - Register now!
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