Qualified certified race directors now have the opportunity to include draft-legal format races if they meet the criteria outlined below. Only eligible race directors will be considered for any and all draft-legal races. Sanction applications must be properly submitted in the sanction system 90+ days in advance and must go through an extensive approval process via Brad Hildebrandt, USA Triathlon Draft-Legal Event Specialist. Draft-legal races must be approved for draft-legal status and also have USA Triathlon sanction approval from the Event Services department. Athletes participating in a NCAA draft-legal race will be ranked in the cross country style (low points are favorable) and not ranked via the USA Triathlon National Ranking System.


  • Must be a USA Triathlon Certified Race Director
  • Must have five years of triathlon event management experience
  • Must be sanction-compliant for all prior and current events
  • All hosted multisport events must be sanctioned by USA Triathlon
  • Sanction application must be submitted at least 90 days prior to event
  • NCAA events must take place between Sept. 1 and the last weekend in October (10/31/2018)
  • Distance for NCAA events must be specifically 750m swim 20k bike, 5k run - adjustments may fall within 150m on the swim, 1k on the bike and 20m on the run
  • Age group draft-legal events should be sprint distance
  • Must have a looped bike and run course which is closed to traffic

Additional criteria must be met for women's NCAA draft-legal races.

Race directors who do not meet the qualifications listed above but would still like to be part of the movement can inquire about additional intercollegiate competition race opportunities.


Collegiate Draft-Legal Race Rules

NCAA Brochure

NCAA Qualifying procedures

Draft-Legal Race Director Checklist

USA Triathlon Collegiate Draft-Legal Athlete Checklist

NCAA Women's Triathlon Draft-Legal Race Information

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the NCAA criteria and/or requirement questions, please email Tim Yount at Tim.Yount@usatriathlon.org

Race Directors with additional draft-legal questions can reach out to Brad Hildebrandt, USA Triathlon Draft-Legal Event Specialist at Brad.Hildebrandt@usatriathlon.org.

If you have any questions about the sanctioning process, please email us at EventServices@usatriathlon.org or call (719) 884-5612