COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Triathlon today announced the start of competition in the 2020 National Challenge Competition (NCC) presented by Amp Human, a nine-week virtual challenge for members of USA Triathlon-certified clubs. Designed to get triathletes excited about offseason training at the club level, the NCC enables clubs across the country to go head-to-head to see who can log the most training miles in swim, bike and run over a designated time period.
For the first time, the NCC is housed on the FitRankings platform — improving user experience and functionality while making it easier for athletes to log verified training miles, track progress and view leaderboards. The competition is live as of Wednesday, Jan. 15, and will run through Tuesday, March 17.
“USA Triathlon is proud to work with Amp Human as our presenting partner and FitRankings as our digital platform for a new-and-improved National Challenge Competition,” said Matthew Stone, Director of Constituent Engagement at USA Triathlon. “Club participants can now track and log their workouts more seamlessly than ever before and see where they stand in the competition at any point, while a revised NCC format and scoring structure ensure the challenge is fair and accessible to all participants. We look forward to bringing USA Triathlon-certified clubs from across the country together to get the 2020 season started on a high note.”
Amp Human will support the NCC by providing special offers on its flagship product, PR Lotion, to all participants throughout the challenge, as well as prize packages for individual and club winners.
"Amp Human is thrilled to be a presenting sponsor for the 2020 National Challenge Competition and promote excitement around off-season training," said Naomi Clarkson, Chief Growth Officer at Amp Human. "PR Lotion is the perfect training tool for this time of year. With its benefits of improved muscle efficiency and enhanced recovery, the ultimate result is increased training capacity — meaning USA Triathlon athletes can start 2020 strong and lay the foundation for future achievements in competition."
The challenge is split into three sessions, each one spanning three weeks. The first week of each session is focused on swim mileage, the second on bike mileage and the third on run mileage. To equalize each discipline, non-cycling disciplines are weighted more heavily (1 swim mile is equivalent to 10 bike miles, while 1 run mile is equivalent to 3 bike miles).
After each three-week session, awards will be given to the top individual male and female and the top individual collegiate male and female per discipline and for the session as a whole based on mileage totals.
At the end of the full nine-week challenge, awards will be given to the top-three clubs and top-three collegiate clubs overall and per discipline based on average mileage per athlete. Individual awards will also be given to the top-three male and female competitors and the top-three collegiate male and female competitors based on total mileage throughout the nine-week period.
Individuals can register under their affiliated club and start recording their workouts via FitRankings at any point throughout the challenge. Swim, bike and run workouts can be synced to the platform automatically via most GPS-enabled workout devices, smartphone apps and smartwatches — including Garmin, Apple Watch, FitBit, Misfit, Polar, Strava, Suunto, Google Fit, RunKeeper, Apple Health and MapMyFitness.
USA Triathlon National Challenge Competition (NCC)
Schedule and Awards
Session 1 (Weeks 1-3): Awards given to top male, top female, top college male, and top college female in each week. Awards also given to top male, top female, top college male, and top college female following completion of session 1 for total combined miles.
• Week 1: Swim — Jan. 15-Jan. 22
• Week 2: Bike — Jan. 22-Jan. 28
• Week 3: Run — Jan. 29-Feb. 4
Session 2 (Weeks 4-6): Awards given to top male, top female, top college male, and top college female in each week. Awards also given to top male, top female, top college male, and top college female following completion of session 2 for total combined miles.
• Week 4: Swim — Feb 5.-Feb. 11
• Week 5: Bike — Feb. 12-Feb. 18
• Week 6: Run — Feb. 19-Feb. 25
Session 3 (Weeks 7-9): Awards given to top male, top female, top college male, and top college female in each week. Awards also given to top male, top female, top college male, and top college female following completion of session 3 for total combined miles.
• Week 7: Swim — Feb. 26-March 3
• Week 8: Bike — March 4-March 10
• Week 9: Run — March 11-March 17
Overall Individual Awards:
• Individual Male: 1st, 2nd and 3rd in total mileage accrued for competition
• Individual Female: 1st, 2nd and 3rd in total mileage accrued for competition
• Individual Collegiate Male: 1st, 2nd and 3rd in total mileage accrued for competition
• Individual Collegiate Female: 1st, 2nd and 3rd in total mileage accrued for competition
• Overall Club: 1st, 2nd and 3rd in average mileage
• Collegiate Club: 1st, 2nd and 3rd in average mileage
• Club Champion: Swim
• Club Champion: Bike
• Club Champion: Run
• College Club Champion: Swim
• College Club Champion: Bike
• College Club Champion: Run
To register for the NCC, click here. For more information, including complete explanations of the challenge rules and awards structure, visit usatriathlon.org.
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 events and connects with more than 400,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work at the grassroots level with athletes, coaches, and race directors — as well as the USA Triathlon Foundation — 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 & Paralympic Committee (USOPC).