Paratriathlon National Championships

Santa Cruz, California

Aug. 14, 2016 10:30 a.m. (ET)


USA Paratriathlon Program

USA Triathlon is proud to have Tri Santa Cruz as the host of the 2016 USA Paratriathlon National Championships. The Paratriathlon National Championship will begin at 7:30 AM PDT at the Santa Cruz main beach.

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Qualification Procedures:

  1. The qualification procedures will explain how USA paratriathletes can enter to compete in the USA Paratriathlon National Championship Event. Any athlete that wishes to compete in the National Championship division at the 2016 USA Paratriathlon National Championship must be officially classified and placed in a USA Paratriathlon Category as outlined in USA Triathlon’s Competitive Rules. If an athlete
    does not classify or does not qualify via the time standards, they may choose to race in the PC Open division.
  2. Minimum Eligibility Requirements for Consideration
    • Athlete must be eligible under all applicable rules of ITU (www.triathlon.org), the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (www.usada.org), and USA Triathlon.
    • Athlete must be an annual member in good standing of USA Triathlon.
    • Paratriathlon Category Classification: Each athlete must be Officially Classified and placed in a USA Paratriathlon Category as outlined in USA Triathlon’s Competitive Rules.
  3. USA Paratriathlon Categories shall be instituted and maintained as follows:
    • PT1 - Wheelchair users. Includes athletes with comparable activity limitation and an impairment of, but not limited to: muscle power, limb deficiency, hypertonia, ataxia, athetosis that prevent the ability to safely ride a conventional bike and run. Through classification assessment, athletes must have a score of up to 640,0 points. Athletes must use a recumbent handcycle on the bike course and a racing wheelchair on the run segment;
    • PT2 - Includes athletes with comparable activity limitation and an impairment of, but not limited to, limb deficiency, hypertonia, ataxia and or athetosis, impaired muscle power or range of movement that through classification assessment have a score of up to 454,9 points. In both bike and run segments, amputee athletes may use approved prosthesis or other supportive devices.
    • PT3 - Includes athletes with comparable activity limitation and an impairment of, but not limited to, limb deficiency, hypertonia, ataxia and or athetosis, impaired muscle power or range of movement that through classification assessment have a score from 455,0 to 494,9 points. In both bike and run segments, the athlete may use approved prosthesis or other supportive devices.
    • PT4 – Includes athletes with comparable activity limitation and an impairment of, but not limited to, limb deficiency, hypertonia, ataxia and or athetosis, impaired muscle power or range of movement that through classification assessment have a score from 495,0 to 557,0 points included. In both bike and run segments, the athlete may use approved prosthesis or other supportive devices.
    • PT5 - Total or Partial visual Impairment (IBSA/IPC defined sub-classes B1, B2, and B3): Includes athletes who are totally blind, from no light perception in either eye, to some light perception but unable to recognize the shape of a hand at any distance or in any direction (B1) and partially sighted athletes with a visual acuity of less than 6/60 vision or visual field less than 20 degrees with best corrective vision (B2-B3). One guide is mandatory throughout the race. Must ride a tandem during the bike segment.
  4. National Championship Division: The athlete must follow ALL steps (A, B and C) below in order to be eligible to compete in the National Championship division:
    • A: Successful completion of a USAT-Sanctioned or ITU-Sanctioned sprint distance triathlon between the following distances:
Swim  Bike Run
500 meters - 1,000 meters 15 km - 30 km 3 km - 6 km

    • B: Within the minimum finishing time noted below:
Gender  General Category Time
Women PT2, PT3, PT4 1:46:56
Women PT1 1:56:23
Women PT5 1:42:05
Men PT2, PT3, PT4 1:31:00
Men PT1 1:29:28
Men PT5 1:28:55
    • C: The triathlon must be completed in the time frame between May 1, 2015 and July 17, 2016. Registration for the National Championship will close on July 17, 2016.

Paratriathlon Development Team Program

The goal of the USA Paratriathlon Development Team Program is to identify and develop athletes who show the greatest potential to rise up the athlete development pipeline towards the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games. This team is composed of athletes with a proven performance capability at the 2016 USA Paratriathlon National Championships. This program is intended to serve as the first step in the development pathway.

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