National Challenge Competition



Schedule | Team Size | Awards | Results

The National Challenge Competition (NCC) is designed to get triathletes excited about off-season training at the club level. Triathlon Clubs across the country go head-to-head to see who can log the most training miles during the competition.

The NCC will feature three sessions, each one month in duration, from December to February. Clubs will record their training miles on the new USA Triathlon NCC platform and submit them for automatic calculation and ranking.

All sessions will include swim, bike, and run, but one sport will be highlighted for each session. The winning club for each session is determined by the greatest average of miles logged during that session for that month's discipline. Follow other competitors on Twitter using #USATNCC.

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UPDATE FOR 2018-2019 COMPETITION: 

On Dec. 1, USA Triathlon experienced server outages that affected the National Challenge Competition (NCC) website, along with several other USAT pages. Over the past few days, the team has worked to restore the pages that were down. However, the NCC website is still being affected and not allowing clubs or members to register for the program. Due to the inability to join the competition, we have decided to adjust the date of the competition to Jan. 1 – March 31. Along with the date change, we are adjusting the month focus order to Run, Bike, Swim. The rules and awards will remain the same, but the overall program will shift back one month. Clubs will be notified as soon as registration is available for the competition.

Registration - Who Can Participate?

Follow this registration link to sign up for the 2018-2019 National Challenge Competition season beginning January 1st. The platform will allow individual athletes to log into their USA Triathlon membership account to register for the competition.

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Rules & Requirements

  • Each club MUST be a registered club of USA Triathlon and all competitors must be members of USA Triathlon and a member of a USA Triathlon Club. If you are not a registered club of USA Triathlon, please visit the USAT website to register.
  • Full Club Rosters must be submitted to Clubs@usatriathlon.org.
  • Each athlete will be able to access their NCC account by logging into their USAT membership account and will be able to enter their own miles in the NCC platform.
  • Athletes can only represent one club during the competition.  An athlete will only be able to choose one club to represent during registration.
  • Athletes may begin logging and entering miles on January 1st. 
  • During each session, athletes will have a maximum of 14 days to enter their mileage from the day completed, unless otherwise authorized by USA Triathlon. After the end of each session, athletes will have 2 additional days to enter miles for the previous two weeks.
  • To win the overall individual competition, an athlete must participate in at least two of the three disciplines: swim + bike, swim + run,  or run + bike.
  • USAT encourages miles to be logged on at least a weekly basis.
  • Only miles accrued between the first and last day of each month will be counted for that month's session.
  • Clubs will need to renew their membership for 2019 in order to have athletes recognized in the competition.  If the club does not renew, that club's athletes' results will be recognized as part of Team NCC and will be eligible for individual awards only.
  • Odometers/computers must be used to track all miles for the bike (see only exception in the next bullet point).  Athletes who use a trainer must place their odometer on the back wheel to track their speed and distance. Moderate resistance must be used (5 on a 10 point scale) at a minimum.
  • If an athlete does not have a computer tracking their mileage during a spinning class or stationary bike, USA Triathlon will grant that person 15 miles for each hour on a spin/stationary bike.
  • A swim bench or rowing machine will not count for swimming miles in the competition.
  • USA Triathlon will grant one (1) mile of running for every one (1) mile on an elliptical machine. There will be no weighting of the elliptical miles as with actual run miles. When entering elliptical miles, select "elliptical" from the drop down list and the system will record the miles within the total run miles. Unlike previous years there is no need to divide by 3 before entering.
    • If you have any questions or unclear on how the elliptical miles should be entered, please contact USAT before entering elliptical mileage on the site.  
  • Cross-country ski miles will be weighted as one (1) mile of running for every three (3) miles of cross country skiing. Athletes will enter in their actual XC ski miles, select the discipline from the drop down menu and the system will weight the mileage accordingly.
    • If you have any questions or unclear on how the cross country ski miles should be entered, please contact USAT before entering cross country mileage on the site.
  • Any athlete may be asked to submit to a mileage audit at any point in the competition.  Onus will be on the athlete to verify their mileage during the competition.  Verification can be made by GPS, Coach, training mate, club administrator and/or legal guardian. If an athlete can not verify their mileage, they will be disqualified from the competition for the entire season.  The club representative will be notified of the violation and the athletes miles will be removed from the system. 
  • In order to equalize each discipline, we have weighted the other disciplines outside of cycling
    • 1 Swim Mile = 10 Mile
    • 1 Bike Mile = 1 Mile
    • 1 Run Mile = 3 Mile
      • Additional Notes:
        • All clubs will enter their actual miles into the NCC site.  The weighting will be calculated automatically
        • Reminder: Elliptical miles will not be a weighted discipline. Three (3) XC Skiing miles equals one (1) run mile.
  • The National Challenge Competition rules are subject to change during the competition.

A note on Safety:

  • Coaches, club administrators and athletes need to be sure that participants are training properly for their age and ability. Youth athletes (7-17 years of age) are eligible to compete as long as they are USA Triathlon members as long as their training is monitored for their age and ability. We do not want an athlete to over train by participating in the competition. It’s the coaches, club administrators and athlete’s responsibility to know the ability levels of the participants and place them in the appropriate training regimen.

Schedule

Registration: COMING SOON!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019: 1st session begins 

Thursday, January 31, 2019: 1st session ends

Friday, February 1, 2019: 2nd session begins

Thursday, February 28, 2019: 2nd session ends

Friday, March 1, 2019: 3rd session starts

Sunday, March 31st, 2019: 3rd sessions ends

Monday, April 8th, 2019: NCC wrap-up

Team Size

New in the 2018-2019 NCC season, clubs will not be limited on club member size per team.  The club mileage per month will be totaled and averaged by the number of club members participating.

Time Zone

The time zone is determined by your club location. This will also determine the closing time for each session.

Awards

Individual awards will be given to the top performing individuals regardless if they are in a club or competing on their own. All individuals without access to a club may compete on their own (as part of Team NCC) but must be current members of USA Triathlon. 

Club awards will be given to the top performing club in each club session.  The overall club will also receive prizes from USA Triathlon sponsors.

Awards are still being finalized with USA Triathlon sponsors. In previous years, prize packages included items and credit towards the following sponsors: ROKA, Garmin, BodyGlide, JayBird, Endurance House and more! 

Breakdown

January: Run mileage awarded

February: Bike mileage awarded

March: Swim mileage awarded

Overall: All mileage awarded

Award Breakdown

USA Triathlon is currently working with our sponsors to determine the best prize pack for NCC competitors for 2018-2019. We will continue to offer top-notch prizes from USA Triathlon partners as we've done in past years.

Past Results

2017-2018 Results

*Please note these distances are weighted  for the purpose of calculating final results

2016-2017 Results

*Please note these distances are weighted for the purpose of calculating final results. 

2015-2016 Results

2014-2015 Results

2013-2014

2012-2013 2011-2012 2010-2011 2009-2010 2008-2009
2007-2008
2006- 2007
*Results are PDF downloads