safe return to multisport
Safe Return to Multisport

As the multisport community and endurance sports industry considers returning to racing again in 2020 and beyond, USA Triathlon has launched the Safe Return to Multisport initiative, a unified approach to work toward safely opening the sport to the public. These guidelines, recommendations and resources will help athletes, race directors, coaches, clubs and officials prepare for a return to racing while remaining consistent with guidance from federal, state and local authorities, and aligned with local circumstances.

Click here to view the Safe Return to Multisport initiative

This is an evolving situation and the information included in this initiative will be continually updated as circumstances change so check back for the latest updates.


USA Triathlon Safe Return to Multisport Guidelines

Click here to download the guidelines for a safe return to racing and training that match the federal government’s three-phased approach. Recommendations last updated 5/6/20.


Return to Racing Recommendations for Athletes

Click here to download these resources to communicate to athletes what changes to expect, why they are necessary and how to prepare for those changes. Recommendations last updated 5/20/20


Return to Racing Recommendations for Race Directors

Click here to download the fact-based recommendations for running a safe race developed by race directors and experts for race directors. Recommendations last updated 5/20/20. Updated multiple sections to reflect change in face coverings recommendation, expanded Event Medical and Safety Operations at Events section, and updated Transition Area to include Wave Start Alterations information


Return to Racing Training Program

Training guidelines, drills and plans, primarily focused on swim preparation, to help athletes prepare to race. Resources will be made available soon.


Return to Racing Guidelines for Officiating

Click here to download the guidelines to communicate what changes race directors should expect from officials, why they are necessary and how to prepare for those changes. Guidelines last updated 5/6/20


The initiative has been developed in coordination with experienced race directors, medical experts, certified coaches, club directors, officials, athletes and endurance sport leaders while relying on fact-based recommendations from other expert resources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, Occupational Safety and Health Administration and utilizing sport-specific guidelines developed by the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee and the International Triathlon Union.

The information in these documents is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical or legal advice. All content, including text, graphics, images and information, are provided for general informational purposes only. The knowledge and circumstances around COVID-19 are changing constantly and, as such, USAT does not make any guarantees that the information will always be up-to-date and accurate. You should seek advice from medical and legal professionals if you have specific questions about your situation or event.