COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Triathlon today announced it will offer 2021 Olympic-Distance World Championship Qualifiers on Saturday, May 1 in Sebring, Florida, as part of the Sebring Multisport Festival produced by Integrity Multisport, and on Sunday, May 23 in Fort Worth, Texas, as part of the Playtri Fort Worth Triathlon. The events offer an additional opportunity for athletes to qualify for the 2021 Age Group Standard (Olympic-Distance) World Triathlon Championships in Edmonton, Canada, set for Aug. 17-22.
Registration is open for both World Qualifier events. Click here to register for the Sebring Multisport Festival, and here to register for the Playtri Fort Worth Triathlon.
The World Qualifiers provide an opportunity for top age-group athletes who had hoped to punch their tickets to Worlds at the 2020 Toyota USA Triathlon Age Group Olympic-Distance National Championships in Milwaukee, which were canceled due to COVID-19. In addition, athletes who had previously qualified for the canceled 2020 Age Group Standard World Triathlon Championships in Edmonton were given the option to roll their qualification over to 2021. More details about the qualification process can be found at usatriathlon.org/teamusa.
The Sebring Multisport Festival is also hosting 2021 World Championship Qualifiers for a variety of other multisport disciplines, including Olympic-Distance Aquabike, Long Course Aquabike, Long Course Aquathlon, Long Course Triathlon and Long Course Duathlon. Click here for more information on these events. Integrity Multisport is offering a “Race or Refund Guarantee” for all of its events in 2021.
“We are very pleased to be able to offer athletes a chance to qualify to represent Team USA at the 2021 World Championships in the Olympic-Distance Triathlon at an event that already offers World Championship slots at our Long Course Triathlon, Long Course Duathlon, Long Course Aquabike, Olympic-Distance Aquabike and Aquathlon races on the same weekend in beautiful sunny Florida,” said Rob Childers, Founder and Race Director at Integrity Multisport. “Sebring is the perfect place to host this great event. It is uncrowded, yet has all the required amenities, and is only an hour away from Orlando.”
“Playtri Racing is excited about the opportunity to bring a World Championship Qualifier to the DFW area,” said Staci Brode, President of Playtri. “We are working hard to make sure the Fort Worth Triathlon provides a safe, but exciting and fun race atmosphere for all who are able to attend.”
“For the United States’ fastest amateur athletes, racing at the World Triathlon Age Group Championships is a pinnacle moment earned through countless hours of training and hard work. We didn’t want the cancelation of the 2020 Toyota USA Triathlon Age Group Nationals to result in a missed opportunity for athletes who had been chasing this goal, so it was important to USA Triathlon to identify other qualification pathways in 2021,” Brian D’Amico, USA Triathlon Director of Events. “We are grateful to Integrity Multisport and Playtri for their willingness to host these events in a safe and responsible manner, while maintaining a best-in-class experience for all participants.”
Both the Sebring Multisport Festival and the Playtri Fort Worth Triathlon will be held with COVID-19 safety precautions in place, according to USA Triathlon’s Safe Return to Multisport guidelines as well as any restrictions set by local authorities.
For more information about Team USA, comprised of the nation’s top amateur multisport athletes who represent Team USA at World Triathlon Age Group Championships, visit usatriathlon.org/teamusa. Additional information about qualification for all 2021 and 2022 World Triathlon Age Group Championships will be communicated in the coming weeks.
About Integrity Multisport
Integrity Multisport was founded to bring Florida’s multisport athletes all of their favorite events at all of their favorite venues. We offer a “Race or Refund Guarantee” and free transfers if you can’t make a race for any reason.
Playtri was founded as a coaching company in 2000 focused on a healthy lifestyle through triathlon, adding races in 2004 and retail in 2010. Playtri Racing, produces an average of 5-7 triathlons and 10-15 run races a year mainly for charitable organizations looking to use a healthy lifestyle combined with a good cause to raise necessary funds to continue their work. Playtri Racing takes pride in producing safe, fun events for anyone looking to participate in swim-bike-run events. For more information on Playtri Racing, contact firstname.lastname@example.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 World Triathlon Championships, Pan American Games and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of World Triathlon and the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC).