COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Triathlon today announced the 2018 High School Triathlon State Championships calendar, increasing the number of championships from 20 to 30 in the program’s second season. The events span from March to December, with multiple stops in each of USA Triathlon’s six Regions.
Each championship race is held as part of a larger age-group triathlon in the state, allowing young triathletes to showcase their talent against a competitive high-school field while enjoying the support of the wider multisport community.
“USA Triathlon is proud to offer high school athletes the opportunity to become state champions, and we look forward to watching these young competitors achieve their goals throughout the season,” said Tim Yount, Chief Operating Officer at USA Triathlon. “We are committed to adding championship events in all 50 states, and our growth from the inaugural season to year two is an indicator that that goal is very much in sight.”
Race directors were selected to host high school state championships via an online application and internal review process by USA Triathlon staff. Considerations for selection included the current scope of the event, its date and location, history of collaboration with USA Triathlon, depth of support for high school athletes, past media coverage and other deliverables that help to create a championship atmosphere.
Registration is now open for all races, and links to each event page can be found at usatriathlon.org/highschoolprogram.
The USA Triathlon Foundation is also accepting applications for its High School Program Grant. The Foundation has committed $40,000 in 2018 to support endeavors to grow high school triathlon, and $31,000 is still available. Funding may be awarded to support new and existing high school triathlon clubs, race directors for High School Triathlon State Championships, USA Triathlon Level I or Youth & Junior Coaching Certifications, and ideas that have a long-lasting and sustainable impact on the growth of triathlon at the high school level.
“We are thrilled to continue our support of the High School Program Grants, and to see the growth of the sport at the high school level with the addition of new state championships throughout the U.S,” said Jacqueline McCook, President of the USA Triathlon Foundation Board of Trustees.
The application for the USA Triathlon High School Program Grant can be found at usatriathlon.org/highschoolprogram. A maximum of $1,000 may be awarded to each applicant. There is no deadline to apply, as grants are distributed on a rolling basis. For additional grant information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The USA Triathlon High School Program, launched in the 2015-2016 academic year, creates opportunities for high school-aged athletes of all abilities to participate in triathlon alongside their peers. The USA Triathlon High School National Championships are held each year in conjunction with the USA Triathlon Collegiate Club National Championships. The 2018 edition is set for April 27 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama; registration is open and no qualification is required.
2018 High School Triathlon State Championships
Alabama: Baptist Health Capital of Dreams Tri (Montgomery, Ala.), May 5
Arizona: TriZona Super Sprint (Tucson, Ariz.), Sept. 9
Arkansas: Ozark Valley Triathlon (Fayetteville, Ark.), June 3
California: iCAN TRI Triathlon (Fresno, Calif.), Date TBA
Connecticut: Pat Griskus Sprint Triathlon (Middlebury, Conn.), July 11
Delaware: Diamondman Sprint (Bear, Del.), Sept. 9
Illinois: MMTT Youth Triathlon (Geneva, Ill.), May 27
Indiana: Tri Indy (Indianapolis, Ind.), July 29
Iowa: Pigman Sprint Triathlon (Palo, Iowa), June 3
Louisiana: River Cities Triathlon (Benton, La.), Aug. 5
Maine: Sebago Lake Triathlon (Standish, Maine), June 10
Maryland: Fort Richie Sprint Triathlon (Cascade, Md.), Aug. 5
Massachusetts: Hyannis Triathlon 1 (Hyannis, Mass.), June 16
Michigan: Grand Rapids Triathlon (Ada, Mich.), June 10
Missouri: HalfMax Multi-Distance Triathlon (Innsbrook, Mo.), June 16
Montana: Bozeman Triathlon (Bozeman, Mont.), June 17
Nevada: Las Vegas Triathlon (Lake Mead, Nev.), Sept. 29
New Hampshire: Wallis Sands Triathlon (Rye Beach State Park, N.H.), Sept. 23
New Jersey: New Jersey State Triathlon (West Windsor, N.J.), July 21
New York: Musselman Triathlon (Geneva, N.Y.), July 14
North Carolina: Sampson County Super Sprint Triathlon (Clinton, N.C.), March 24
Ohio: Mojo Metropark Triathlon (West Chester, Ohio), June 10
Oklahoma: Route 66 Sprint Triathlon (Edmond, Okla.), May 5
Oregon: Best in the West Triathlon Festival (Sweet Home, Ore.), Sept. 8
South Carolina: Trifecta Sprint Triathlon (North Myrtle Beach, S.C.), Sept. 9
Tennessee: Music City Sprint Triathlon (Nashville, Tenn.), July 22
Utah: Brineman Triathlon (Syracuse, Utah), Sept. 8
Virginia: Luray Sprint Triathlon (Luray, Va.), Aug. 19
Washington: TBA (Spokane, Wash.), June 17
Wisconsin: Pleasant Prairie Triathlon (Pleasant Prairie, Wis.), June 24
About USA Triathlon
USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon, as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,300 races and connects with more than 400,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work with athletes, coaches, and race directors on the grassroots level, USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships, Pan American Games and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the ITU and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).
About the USA Triathlon Foundation
The USA Triathlon Foundation was created in 2014 by the USA Triathlon Board of Directors as a separate tax-exempt 501(c)(3) entity. Under the leadership of its Trustees and Committee members, the Foundation serves as a means to create a healthier America through triathlon, and seeks to transform lives by opening up new pathways to the sport for all, especially those who are otherwise underserved. The USA Triathlon Foundation operates with the belief that every child should have the chance to participate, every paratriathlete should have the opportunity to compete, and every aspiring elite athlete should be able to chase his or her Olympic dream. Donations to the USA Triathlon Foundation ensure America's youth are introduced to the benefits and fun of a multisport lifestyle, athletes with disabilities receive the training, support and gear to be able to participate and excel, and the best aspiring young athletes have a chance to pursue their Olympic Dreams. Visit usatriathlonfoundation.org to learn more and donate today.