COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Triathlon, along with race production companies Tucson Racing and 3D Racing, today announced that the 2020 USA Triathlon Duathlon National Championships, Collegiate Club Cup & High School National Championships in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, have been canceled due to current local government guidelines surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
Duathlon Nationals was initially scheduled to take place in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, from May 30-31, while Collegiate Club & High School Nationals was set for April 9-10 in Tempe, Arizona. Both events were then rescheduled to take place at Lake Havasu State Park on Oct. 16-17, as part of the Havasu Triathlon hosted by Tucson Racing.
The cancellation was required after Arizona State Parks & Trails informed USA Triathlon and Tucson Racing that it would no longer be able to permit events taking place in Arizona State Parks through the month of October.
“USA Triathlon was optimistic that the Havasu Triathlon would provide an opportunity for duathletes, collegiate club and high school athletes to come together for a National Championship experience — but as we all know, 2020 has become the year of the unexpected,” said Brian D’Amico, USA Triathlon Director of Events. “The health and safety of all athletes, staff, volunteers and the community at large remain USA Triathlon’s highest priority. We appreciate the support and flexibility of Tucson Racing’s Jonathan Grinder, co-race directors Kenny Krell and Anne Marie Kern, Lake Havasu City and the nationwide multisport community over the last several months.”
“We have been working for a long time with Lake Havasu City and its staff and jointly felt we could put on a race where community and athlete safety was our top priority,” said Jonathan Grinder, Owner of Tucson Racing and Co-Race Director of the Havasu Triathlon along with Kenny Krell and Anne Marie Kern. “The support of the community was outstanding, but in the end, the right call was made.”
The 2021 Duathlon National Championships will be held in Tuscaloosa from May 22-23, while the 2021 Collegiate Club National Championships return to Tempe on April 9-10. The USA Triathlon High School National Championships will be discontinued starting in 2021, as high school-aged athletes are encouraged to participate in the USA Triathlon Youth & Junior National Championships in a youth elite, junior elite or youth age-group category.
Registered athletes will receive an email from Tucson Racing with more details about refund and discount options.
The 2020 Duathlon National Championships in Lake Havasu City would have qualified top finishers in each age group for the 2021 ITU Age Group Sprint or Standard-Distance Duathlon World Championships. The 2021 Duathlon Nationals in Tuscaloosa will now serve as the qualifying event for both the 2021 Sprint or Standard-Distance Duathlon World Championships in Almere-Amsterdam, Netherlands, and the 2022 Sprint or Standard-Distance Duathlon World Championships in Townsville, Australia. Qualifying athletes will have the option to represent Team USA in both Almere-Amsterdam and Townsville, or they may choose just one. For more information, visit usatriathlon.org/teamusa.
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.
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. Any further potential changes to USA Triathlon’s National Championships event calendar will be communicated as soon as possible.
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).