Ultra-Distance National Championships

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Aug. 18, 2019 7 a.m. (ET)

ultra nationalsUSA Triathlon is heading back to Grand Rapids, but this time for the 2019 Ultra-Distance National Championships! The race is set to occur on Sunday, Aug. 18 in conjunction with the popular Michigan Titanium Triathlon at Versluis Park.

The 1.2 mile, two-loop, spectator-friendly swim will be in Versluis Lake, a very clean and clear lake that does not allow the use of gas motors. The two-loop, 112 mile bike will leave the park on Northland drive and quickly turn on Cannonsburg Rd. Following transition back at Versluis Park, the run will head south on Northland Drive to Grand River Ave. The four-loop, 26.2 mile out & back run course will go through Plainfield and Ada, remaining east of the Beltline. Athletes will have the opportunity to race for national titles against the top ultra-distance triathletes in the country

*No qualification is necessary to compete in this event.* 

Click here for more information and to register today!

Distances: 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run

Eligible Age Groups and Awards

The Ultra-Distance National Championships will have Team USA qualification slots for the 2020 ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championship, part for the 2020 ITU Multisport Festival. It is the policy of USA Triathlon to provide awards only for those age groups which qualify for this level of competition. Age groups will begin with 17-19 and continue in 5-year increments through 80-84. The minimum ages to compete are based on the ITU Competition Rules (appendix A, page 75). 

  • For the 2019 USA Triathlon Ultra-Distance National Championship, athletes must be 17 as of December 31, 2019.
  • For the 2020 ITU Long Distance World Championships, athletes must be 18 as of December 31, 2020.

Please note that this event may have additional categories other than what is listed here. USA Triathlon will only provide National Championship awards for the listed age groups. If you are wishing to compete at this event, but do not meet the minimum age requirement, we encourage you to participate in one of our youth events. For a chart of recommended distances for youth multisport athletes, please click here.

Note: This event may allow athletes under 17 to participate. In coordination with ITU rules, they will not be eligible for USA Triathlon National Championship awards.

Team USA Information


The 2019 USA Triathlon Ultra-Distance National Championships in Grand Rapids, Michigan, will qualify athletes for the 2020 ITU Long-Distance Triathlon World Championship. At the Ultra-Distance National Championship, the first place athlete in each aged-up age group will automatically qualify. The second place athlete in each aged-up age group will qualify only if their finishing time is within 30% of the first place athlete's finishing time.

Remaining slots for the 2020 ITU Long-Distance Triathlon World Championship can be earned in the Long Course Triathlon National Championship at the 2019 USA Triathlon Multisport National Championships Festival in Miami, Florida.

Athletes do not need to do anything at this event to claim their Team USA spot. All spots will be claimed by email within 2-3 weeks after the event.


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 USAT Competitive Rules.  


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Flight Information 

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Please log in to the membership portal to access this great offer. 

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