Tempe to Host USA Triathlon Collegiate Club & High School Nationals This Friday and Saturday

By USA Triathlon | April 02, 2019, 3:37 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The nation’s top collegiate club and high school triathletes will compete for national titles this Friday and Saturday at the USA Triathlon Collegiate Club & High School National Championships, which return to Tempe for the first time since 2014. Approximately 1,200 collegiate athletes and 150 high schoolers are expected to compete. 

Racing begins the morning of Friday, April 5, with the seventh-annual Draft-Legal Collegiate Championships. Up to 75 men and 75 women will compete on a 750-meter swim, 21-kilometer bike and 5.1-kilometer run course. The draft-legal racing format, which enables athletes to ride in packs and work together on the bike, is similar to the racing style contested in elite International Triathlon Union events and the Olympic Games. The collegiate men race first at 8:15 a.m. PT, followed by the collegiate women at 10 a.m.

Also on the docket for Friday is the fourth annual High School National Championships. The high school course covers the same 750m swim, 21k bike and 5.1k run as the collegiate draft-legal race, but it is held in a non-drafting format. The boys are set to race at noon, and the girls follow at 1 p.m. 

The action continues Saturday with the marquee Collegiate Olympic-Distance Championships, which has long been a staple of the Collegiate Club Nationals program. About 1,200 collegiate athletes will cover a 1,500m swim, 41k bike and 10k run, with the men starting at 7:30 a.m. and the women at 10:20 a.m. 

The final race of the weekend is the collegiate Mixed Team Relay, set for Saturday at 4:15 p.m. Teams are comprised of four athletes representing the same club (two men and two women). Each athlete completes a super-sprint triathlon — 250m swim, 5k bike and 1.2k run — before handing off to the next teammate, with the fastest combined time winning the race. The mixed relay discipline debuts as a medal event at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The main venue and finish line are located at Tempe Beach Park, on the south side of Tempe Town Lake. For all races, athletes will swim in Tempe Town Lake, traverse Rio Salado Parkway and neighboring roads on the bike, and run primarily on the Tempe Town Lake Path (south and north banks). 

Qualified athletes may compete in both the draft-legal and Olympic-distance Collegiate National Championship events, and both races will count toward the overall team scores. Winners of individual races, as well as all team standings, will be announced at the Awards Ceremony set for 8 p.m. on Saturday at the Tempe Marketplace District Stage. 

Family members, fans and media can follow the action with live coverage on Twitter @USATLive for all races. In addition, individual athlete tracking and live leaderboards are available on the USA Triathlon Events App, free to download from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. A web-browser-based version of the app is accessible by clicking here.

Media interested in covering the races onsite may apply for credentials using the 2019 USA Triathlon National Championships Media Credential Request Form

At the 2018 Collegiate Club National Championships in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the U.S. Naval Academy snapped the University of Colorado’s eight-year win streak to claim the overall club title. Navy also had the top men’s club, while the University of California at Berkeley earned the women’s club title.  

Navy’s Daniel Lloyd (men’s) and Cal Berkeley’s Hannah Koski (women’s) picked up individual wins last year in the Draft-Legal Collegiate Championships. Navy’s Stephanie Murphy earned the women’s Olympic-distance collegiate title, while the University of California-Santa Barbara’s Sean Harrington broke the tape for the men. Queens University of Charlotte came out on top in the Mixed Team Relay.

Gillian Cridge (girls’) and Drew Shellenberger (boys’) earned individual titles at the 2018 High School National Championships, while Sammy’s Fox Valley Region Club swept the boys’, girls’ and overall club titles for the second year in a row.

Tempe is a familiar city for USA Triathlon, as it previously hosted Collegiate Club Nationals in 2013-14, the USA Paratriathlon National Championships in 2014, and the Women’s Collegiate Triathlon National Championships in 2017-18.

Visit usatriathlon.org/cn2019 for complete event information, detailed schedules and course maps for all collegiate races. High School Nationals event information is available at usatriathlon.org/hs2019.

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