COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Triathlon, along with race production company MultiRace, today announced that the 2020 USA Triathlon Multisport National Championships Festival, initially scheduled for Nov. 14-15 as part of the Miami Man Triathlon at Larry and Penny Thompson Memorial Park in Miami, has been canceled due to local restrictions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
The cancellation was required after MultiRace and USA Triathlon were informed that Larry and Penny Thompson Memorial Park is unable to issue a permit for the event due to ongoing COVID-19 precautions.
“USA Triathlon and MultiRace are disappointed to cancel the closing event on our National Championships calendar, as we know many athletes were hopeful about the opportunity to race this fall in Miami,” said Brian D’Amico, USA Triathlon Director of Events. “We now shift our focus to 2021, and we look forward to the day we can welcome athletes across the USA Triathlon National Championships finish line once again.”
The Multisport National Championships Festival traditionally crowns national champions in five multisport disciplines: Aquathlon (swim-run), Long Course and International-Distance Aquabike (bike-run), Long Course Triathlon (swim-bike-run) and Long Course Duathlon (run-bike-run), as well as a non-championship International-Distance Triathlon.
The National Championship events would have qualified top finishers in each age group to represent Team USA at the 2021 ITU Age Group World Championships in their respective disciplines. Details regarding adjusted qualification procedures for Team USA are in progress, and USA Triathlon will provide an update to all registered athletes as soon as details are finalized.
Similarly, athletes who are already registered will receive a separate communication from MultiRace with respect to its deferral policies and procedures.
The date and location of the 2021 USA Triathlon Multisport National Championships Festival will be announced later this year.
USA Triathlon continues to monitor the situation surrounding COVID-19, while following the guidance of local authorities, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), when making decisions regarding the status of USA Triathlon events and programs. Continual updates from USA Triathlon regarding COVID-19 are available at usatriathlon.org/covid-19.
USA Triathlon also launched the Safe Return to Multisport initiative, a comprehensive set of best practices and recommendations for race directors, coaches and athletes to implement to resume racing and group training safely as the nation recovers from COVID-19. All documents can be found at usatriathlon.org/safe-return.
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).