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The USA Paratriathlon Development Race Series is the premier national-level racing circuit for new and emerging paratriathletes in the United States. The aim of the series is to provide increased domestic competitive opportunities for the nation’s emerging and developing paratriathletes.

2023 Series Guide 

Final 2022 Series points standings available here

2023 Participating Races

May 6, 2023 -- Smith Mountain Lake Triathlon, Huddleston, VA 

May 21, 2023 -- Sylvan Beach Triathlon, La Porte, TX 

June 4, 2023 -- Leon's Triathlon, Hammond, IN

  Also featuring Dare2Tri Injured Military Camp and USAT Paratriathlon LII Certification Clinic

June 25, 2023 -- Pleasant Prairie Triathlon, Pleasant Prairie, WI

  Also featuring Dare2Tri Train to Race Camp

September 10, 2023 -- USA Paratriathlon National Championships at the Patriots Triathlon Festival, Williamsburg, VA

Classification

For a more much more detailed description of classification please visithttps://www.teamusa.org/USA-Triathlon/USAT-for-Me/Athlete-Resources/Paratriathletes/Classification

Any athlete wishing to compete in the USA Paratriathlon Development Race Series must have a USA Triathlon National Classification or a World Triathlon Classification of a “C” or “R” or “P” and be 16 years of age or older as of December 31, 2022.

PC Open athletes are welcome to race in the USAT Para Development Series. PC Open (Physically Challenged Open) athletes are paratriathletes who are not able to be classified. PC Open athletes should register for the PC Open Category that best fits: PC Open Wheelchair, PC Open Ambulatory, or PC Open VI. PC Open athletes are not eligible for Series awards, however, will be recognized in the PC Open Series Standings.  

Please email us your medical diagnosis form along with any additional medical documentation we might need. This needs to be done prior to registering for your first series race. Classification documents can be found here

Once these forms are received and reviewed by classification specialists, USA Triathlon will then be able to give you a provisional classification* to compete in races where classification is not being offered with the intent that you will be competing in race that is offering classification during the series and before the completion of the race series.

  • A National Classification opportunity will be offered at the USA Paratriathlon National Championship in Williamsburg, VA on Friday, September 8 or Saturday, September 9.  
  • For World Triathlon classification opportunities please email paratriathlon@usatriathlon.org for up-to-date information and to sign up for our monthly Para Bulletin. 

*Please note, if you are given a provisional classification for a given sport class but then change sport classes upon the physical assessment, your results and ranking will be scored with your corrected sport class for any races you completed in the series to date.

Sport Classes

PTWC 1-2: athletes with limitations in lower (PTWC2) and upper limbs (PTWC1), using a handcycle for the cycling segment and a racing chair for the running segment.

PTS 2-5: athletes with limitations in lower and/or upper limbs (lower class number means there is more limitations) who compete in (regular) cycling and running. Assistive devices such as prosthetic legs and/or bike modifications are regulated by World Triathlon. 

PTVI 1-3: athletes with vision impairment, subdivided in three classes by severity of vision loss (visual acuity and/or visual field).

Athletes in the PTWC and PTVI classes compete in combined events, with an interval start system per sport class.

ELIGIBLE IMPAIRMENT TYPES
Impaired muscle power
Athetosis
Impaired passive range of movement
Hypertonia
Limb deficiency
Ataxia
Vision Impairment

For a complete description of all nine (9) sport classes in paratriathlon please visit the World Triathlon Sport Classes webpage

USAT Membership

All athletes competing in the series must hold a current annual USA Triathlon paratriathlete membership. The paratriathlete membership is a free add-on to the current USA Triathlon annual membership. Annual membership for athletes 18 and above is $50. Annual Memberships for athletes 16 & 17 is $15. Memberships can be purchased at www.usatriathlon.org

Competition Rules

All events will be run according to USA Triathlon Competitive Rules including the rule modifications for paratriathletes. You can find the rulebook, here. Any questions on these rules can be directed to Mark Turner, USA Triathlon Commissioner of Officials. 

Have Questions? Questions about the series can be directed to paratriathlon@usatriathlon.org