For the 2021 rankings year, an athlete must complete three (3) triathlon to be nationally ranked and two (2) of all other sports (Triathlon Off-Road, Duathlon, Aquabike & Aquathlon).


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The USA Triathlon National Rankings are one of the many benefits you receive as a USA Triathlon annual member. Rankings allow you to see how you stack up against friends, family, co-workers and others in your age group across the country. Simply race at least three (3) triathlons or duathlons, or two (2) races in any other multisport discipline (aquabike, aquathlon or off-road triathlon); and you must be a current USA Triathlon annual member on December 31 of the current year. The top 10 percent of each age group earn All-American status and are listed each year in the spring issue of USA Triathlon Magazine. In addition, a complete list of all member rankings is posted right here. Don’t miss out on being nationally ranked; become an annual member today!

Given the importance and popularity of the rankings program, USA Triathlon, the Age Group Committee, and members from several other advisory groups including the Women’s Commission and the Senior Task Force have created a program that is as accurate and fair as possible in determining how athletes rank across the country.

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What races are ranked by USA Triathlon?

How do I determine my race age or age group?

How are race scores calculated? (*pdf)

How are overall scores calculated? (*pdf)


Commonly Used Terms

Pacesetter: any athlete who completed three or more triathlons the previous year (two or more of any other sport). Beginning in 2014 membership status will not affect whether or not one is a pacesetter.

Par Time: estimated fastest time possible by an amateur athlete and determined by the pacesetters in the race. Note: Par time is specific to the course and will change from year to year based on who is racing.

Calculated Time: A pacesetter’s time – ((time in race*(overall score/100))

Original Score: initial comparison of athlete time against par time (athlete time / par time)

Race Score: Score in the race (an inverse of the Original Score) * 100

Overall Score: An average of the top three original scores in on-road triathlon or duathlon (top two of all other sports - aquathlon, aquabike, off-road triathlon). For annual members, the overall score is used to determine one’s National Ranking each year

National Ranking: an athlete’s placement among other athletes of the same gender and in the same age group.  The athlete with the best score will ranked number 1.

Age Group: There are 18 age groups: 15 and under, 16-17, 18-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, 90+

Race rules

  1. Races must be sanctioned by USAT
  2. Races must be distance-based and not time-based. Any race that is time-based cannot be accurately scored as athletes will travel different distances in the allotted time. (USATri60 events are not ranked due to these guidelines.)
  3. Athletes participating as part of Team USA at ITU World Championship races will receive a ranking for these races
  4. A race must have more than one finisher in order to be ranked
  5. Race type must be one of the following: On-Road Triathlon, Off-Road Triathlon, Duathlon, Aquathlon, or Aquabike. As of 2016, adult age group amateur draft legal races will be included with On-Road Triathlon rankings. Junior elite and youth elite development races will be ranked in 2020.  (Due to the limited number of Off-Road Duathlon, Aquathlon, and Aquabike races, off-road and on-road races are ranked together in these sports.)
  6. Each multisport discipline is ranked separately
  7. Only Adult races are ranked (youth athletes participating in an adult race will be ranked)
  8. Clinics and Youth races are not ranked by USA Triathlon
  9. The race must have a multi-sport component. (Single sport events cannot be ranked by our system.) At a minimum, two disciplines are required for a race to be ranked.
  10. 2020 rule change: If a leg is cancelled or changed before the start of the race, the race will be ranked as it was originally sanctioned. (For example: A triathlon (Swim/Bike/Run) has the swim cancelled the morning of the race, or the swim is substituted with an extra run, it will be ranked as a triathlon.) This rule change is now in effect for 2020. Regardless of when a leg cancellation is made by the race organizer, the event will be ranked as the race type it was intended to be.
  11. Everyone in the race must have traveled the same distance in the event. Occasionally we sanction events that are based on how far a person can travel in a set amount of time (vs. how fast someone can travel a specific distance)  these types of races are not ranked 

Athlete rules

  1. Race age is determined by one’s age on 12/31 of the race year
  2. Race Age determines the age group you race under
  3. To be included in the Final Rankings, an athlete must have an active membership on 12/31 of the race year
  4. Athletes who do not finish the race or are disqualified will not be ranked
  5. Women receive a 10% gender grade bonus in each race
  6. Athletes who hold an elite license in Triathlon (excluding Collegiate Elite license holders) will appear in the results but will not qualify for a national ranking in any sport.  Elite Duathlete and Off-Road Triathletes are eligible for age group rankings in any discipline other than that in which they hold an elite license.
  7. National ranking scores are calculated using each athlete’s top two to three scores depending on discipline. (On-Road Triathlon = 3, Duathlon = 3, Aquabike = 2, Aquathlon = 2, Off-Road Triathlon = 2)
  8. All Athletes who receive an overall score will be used as pacesetters for the next season
  9. If you discover an error in your rankings, you must notify the rankings department by midnight Mountain Time on January 31 of the following race year.  Request for corrections received after this date will be denied.
  10. Top 10% of each age group receive All-American Honor

        *USAT reserves the right to update rules in order to ensure a fair and equitable ranking*