Clydesdale and Athena National Championships

Pelham, Alabama

Aug. 15, 2020 12 a.m. (ET)

Clydesdale Athena National Championships

COVID-19 Update: Clydesdale & Athena National Championships Canceled

USA Triathlon, along with race production company Team Magic, Inc., announced on July 22, 2020 that the 2020 USA Triathlon Clydesdale & Athena National Championships, initially scheduled to take place June 28 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, have been canceled due to ongoing precautions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

Clydesdale & Athena Nationals were part of the Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon hosted by Team Magic. When the Chattanooga event was forced to postpone due to COVID-19, Clydesdale & Athena Nationals were rescheduled for Aug. 15 as part of Team Magic’s 35th Annual Buster Britton Memorial Triathlon.

Due to the cross-state travel required for an authentic National Championship, and because the Buster Britton Memorial Triathlon has now switched from including an Olympic-distance race to being a sprint-distance-only event in order to properly implement COVID-19 safety precautions, USA Triathlon and event organizers determined that the Clydesdale & Athena National Championships can no longer take place in 2020.

To view the full release, click here.

The 2021 edition of Clydesdale & Athena Nationals will return to the Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon on June 27.

All-American Recognition

The USA Triathlon National Rankings are one of the great benefits you receive as a USA Triathlon annual member. Rankings allow you to see how you stack up against friends, family, co-workers and others in your age group across the country. This year, we will also be awarding All-American status for National Championships. For the Clydesdale and Athena National Championships, the top two (2) athletes per age group will earn this recognition. Upon completion of the event, an electronic certificate will be sent to each athlete honoring their accomplishment. In addition, a complete list of all member rankings is posted right here.

*There is no qualification required to participate in this event. However, all athletes must meet the minimum weights required for Clydesdale and Athena divisions.* Clydesdales must be a minimum of 220 pounds and Athenas must be a minimum of 165 pounds. Athletes must weigh-in at packet pickup the day before the race. If, during weigh-in the day before the race, the athlete is within 5 pounds of the minimum weights, then the athlete will be required to weigh-in AGAIN at the registration tent on race morning. If an athlete either: fails to meet the weight minimum, fails to weigh-in, or is within 5 pounds of the minimum, but fails to weigh-in on race morning, the athlete will be automatically transferred to their respective five-year age group division outside of the Clydesdale and Athena National Championship.

In addition, the Multisport National Championships Festival in Miami, FL on Nov. 14-15 will now offer Clydesdale and Athena national championship awards in the following events: Long Course Triathlon, Duathlon, and Aquabike, International-Distance Aquabike, and Aquathlon. Click here to learn more and register today!


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