Aquathlon National Championships

Santa Cruz, California

Oct. 08, 2016 11 a.m. (ET)


New Location Announced! USA Triathlon is thrilled to bring the 2016 Aquathlon National Championships to Santa Cruz, California on October 8. The event will occur in Monterey Bay, Cowell Cove, in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. This is one of the few standalone Aquathlon events in the state and is the finale of the three-part Dip and Dash series hosted by Finish Line Productions.


Old Venue Update: Scott Tinley's Triathlons in San Luis Obispo were cancelled due to extremely low water levels in Lake Lopez. With this cancellation, the 2016 USA Triathlon Aquathlon National Championships will be moved to Santa Cruz, California.

Refunds will be handled directly by Tri California. Registered athletes should have already received communications on this from Tri California. Question's regarding Scott Tinley's Triathlons may be sent directly to

Please see below for Team USA qualification standards. If an athlete is no longer able to participate in this event due to the date/location change, athletes are still able to qualify for 2017 Worlds via the Aquathlon rankings.

Distance: 1500m Swim, 10k Run

*There is no qualification required for this event.*

Eligible Age Groups and Awards

Participants have the opportunity to qualify for the 2017 ITU Aquathlon World Championship through the 2016 USA Triathlon Aquathlon National Championship. 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 15-19 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 2016 USAT Aquathlon National Championship, athletes must be 15 by December 31st, 2016.
  • For the 2017 ITU Aquathlon World Championship, athletes must be 16 by December 31st, 2017.

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 15 to participate. In coordination with ITU rules, they will not be eligible for USA Triathlon National Championship awards.

Team USA Information

Team USA

The 2016 Aquathlon National Championships in San Luis Obispo, California, will qualify athletes for the 2017 Aquathlon World Championship in Penticton, British Columbia. At the Aquathlon National Championships, the top 18 in each age group, rolling down to 25th place after applying the age-up rule, will qualify for the World Championships.

The top-20 athletes per age group in the USA Triathlon Aquathlon Annual Rankings on 12/31/16 are eligible to qualify for the 2017 Aquathlon World Championships. We will offer spots to the top two and roll down to 20th.

Note: All spots offered via the rankings system are subject to spots being available on the roster.

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Flight Information 

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