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Development Race Series

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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

2021 Development Race Series Guide 

Click here to download the guide.

Click here to see all race and clinic dates/locations!

Participating Races

Ron Jon Cocoa Beach Triathlon -- April 18, 2021 -- Cocoa Beach, FL

Sylvan Beach Triathlon -- May 16, 2021 -- La Porte, TX 

Leon's Triathlon -- June 6, 2021 -- Hammond, IN

Legacy Triathlon Para Nationals -- July 18, 2021 -- Long Beach, CA

Final Series Results

Thank you to everyone that participated in this year's series and clinics! The document below lists the Final Series Scoreboard. Those that participated in at least 3 races within the series and placed in the top 3 within their classification will receive an overall series medal! Please send any questions about the series and/or scoreboard toMariah Rodriguez

Final Series Scoreboard 

Sport Classes

All paratriathletes must compete within their USA Triathlon-approved sport class.

There are nine sport classes in paratriathlon that compete in six medal events:

  • PTWC1 - Most impaired wheelchair users. Athletes must use a recumbent handcycle on the bike course and a racing wheelchair on the run segment; Includes athletes with comparable activity limitation and an impairment of, but not limited to: muscle power, limb deficiency, hypertonia, ataxia or athetosis.
  • PTWC2 - Least impaired wheelchair users. Athletes must use a recumbent handcycle on the bike course and a racing wheelchair on the run segment; Includes athletes with comparable activity limitation and an impairment of, but not limited to: muscle power, limb deficiency, hypertonia, ataxia or athetosis.
  • PTS2 - Severe impairments. In both bike and run segments, amputee athletes may use approved prosthesis or other supportive devices. Includes athletes with comparable activity limitation and an impairment of, but not limited to: limb deficiency, hypertonia, ataxia and or athetosis, impaired muscle power or range of movement.
  • PTS3 - Significant impairments. In both bike and run segments, amputee athletes may use approved prosthesis or other supportive devices. Includes athletes with comparable activity limitation and an impairment of, but not limited to: limb deficiency, hypertonia, ataxia and or athetosis, impaired muscle power or range of movement.
  • PTS4 - Moderate impairments. In both bike and run segments, amputee athletes may use approved prosthesis or other supportive devices. Includes athletes with comparable activity limitation and an impairment of, but not limited to: limb deficiency, hypertonia, ataxia and or athetosis, impaired muscle power or range of movement.
  • PTS5 - Mild impairments. In both bike and run segments, amputee athletes may use approved prosthesis or other supportive devices. Includes athletes with comparable activity limitation and an impairment of, but not limited to: limb deficiency, hypertonia, ataxia and or athetosis, impaired muscle power or range of movement.
  • PTVI1 - Includes athletes who are totally blind, from no light perception in either eye, to some light perception. One guide is mandatory throughout the race. Must ride a tandem during the bike segment. A guide from the same nationality and gender is mandatory throughout the race. Must ride a tandem during the bike segment.
  • PTVI2 - Includes athletes who are more severe partially sighted athletes. One guide is mandatory throughout the race. Must ride a tandem during the bike segment. A guide from the same nationality and gender is mandatory throughout the race. Must ride a tandem during the bike segment.
  • PTVI3 - Includes athletes who are less severe partially sighted athletes. One guide is mandatory throughout the race. Must ride a tandem during the bike segment. A guide from the same nationality and gender is mandatory throughout the race. Must ride a tandem during the bike segment.

Both PTWC1 and PTWC2 classes compete in the same PTWC Medal Event. All the ambulant classes (PTS2-PTS5) compete in their own medal event and the three visual impaired classes (PTVI1, PTVI2 and PTVI3) compete into the PTVI medal event.

Classification

Any athlete wishing to compete in the race series must have a USAT 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, 2021.

If you are not appearing on these classification lists above, then you need to be classified during the series to be eligible to be included in the Series Ranking. 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 USAT receives these forms, USAT 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 U.S. Paratriathlon National Championship in Long Beach, CA.
  • A list of World Triathlon classification opportunities will be posted here once known

*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 correct sport class for any races you completed in the series to date.

Series Champions

Series Champions are determined from the results of an athlete’s top three series events, in the USAT medal events during the Paratriathlon waves, based on the points table shown below.

  Finish Place     1st     2nd     3rd     4th     5th     6th     7th     8th     9th     10th     11th+  
  Points 20 15 10

To be eligible for the overall Series title, an athlete must compete in at least three (3) series events (can include the National Championship). If an athlete competes, but does not score points, in a series event, that race will count toward the three race minimum requirement. If an athlete starts a series event but does not finish (DNF), they will be awarded 0 points for that race, and will also count toward the minimum events requirement.  Any ties will be broken by comparison of head-to-head finishes in series events.  If there are no head-to-head finishes to compare, or there is still a tie, the athlete who raced the final event– U.S. Paratriathlon National Championships– wins.  If both athletes race the final event, the athlete with the higher place finish wins. Only athletes representing the United States are eligible to score points and be ranked in the series.

Scoring

Scoring of the Series is maintained by the USAT High Performance Department. Standings will be posted here once the first event has taken place.

USAT Membership

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

Awards

Awards will be given to the top 3 athletes in each medal event and within each gender. PTVI race guides too. Overall series champions will also receive an award medal once the series wraps up.

To be eligible for the awards athletes must:  race in the Paratriathlon division, be a U.S. citizen or U.S. National, hold a valid USAT annual paratriathlete membership or elite paratriathlete membership and have a “C”, “R”, or “P” sport class status from USAT or World Triathlon.  Athletes who hold USAT National Team status, are not eligible to compete in the first three events in the series, but will be eligible to compete at U.S. Paratriathlon Nationals.

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, USAT Commissioner of Officials. 

Have Questions? Any and all questions about the series can be directed to Mariah Rodriguez.