State and National Championship Bids

state champsEach year, USA Triathlon welcomes the race director community to apply for State Championships, select National Championships, and Women’s collegiate triathlon qualifying events. Championships and qualifying events are an excellent way to take your existing multisport event to the next level while attracting additional athletes. USA Triathlon also provides an enhanced level of support for championship-level events.

The application period has closed for 2022. The application period for 2023 will open in spring 2022.

For 2022, the following events will be awarded as part of this application process:

  • State Championships for all 50 states, one championship per state. Events must include non-drafting sprint and Olympic-distance triathlons at the same event. A high school championship division must also be included in the sprint (or super-sprint) triathlon. Events that also have super-sprint triathlons and/or other multisport disciplines like duathlon, aquabike, and aquathlon will be given higher preference. The state championship however will not be for the other disciplines. Race directors are encouraged to also include Clydesdale and Athena divisions as well as club divisions.
  • Ultra-Distance National Championships (World Triathlon Long Distance Triathlon Qualifier). Must be as close to a  2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run as possible.
  • Off-Road Triathlon National Championships. Distances may vary, but should be close to a 1500m swim, 30k bike, and 10k run.
  • First ever Gravel Triathlon National Championships. Distances may vary, but should be close to a 1500m swim, 30k bike, and 10k run.
  • Women’s Collegiate Triathlon National Qualifier, Draft-Legal Sprint Triathlon (three events selected with all of them occurring between September to end of October)
  • Women’s Collegiate Triathlon National Championship, Draft-Legal Sprint Triathlon (to occur in November after the three qualifiers)
national championships

Please note that beginning in 2022, USA Triathlon will no longer offer regional championships. We are making this shift to streamline the opportunities and support USA Triathlon provides to you. Additionally, state championships will be considered the primary means of qualifying for the Toyota USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships.

To be considered to host a state or national championship, your event must meet the minimum criteria:

  • Event has been approved for sanctioning with USA Triathlon for at least the past two consecutive years and has paid all due sanctioning and membership fees.
  • Event includes the respective disciplines and/or distances for the championship.
  • National championships require that the race director has a current USAT Race Director Certification during the year of the event. Certification is not required for state championships at this time, but certified race directors are given higher preference.

Please be prepared to answer the following questions during your application:

  • What is your average number of participants?
  • What is the maximum number of participants your event can handle?
  • Why should USA Triathlon choose this event to host a championship?
  • Please include course maps and any other information USA Triathlon should know.

Additionally, chosen events will be required to carry insurance that indemnifies USA Triathlon as the standard sanctioned event coverage does not apply to this requirement. This additional coverage is available through USAT’s insurance partner IOA. Please email if you have questions on this additional requirement.

Why host a state or national championship? There are many valuable benefits to hosting, including:

  • National exposure for your event: The championships schedule will be included in advertising to all USA Triathlon members, including emails, website, social media and more.:
  • National qualifier: state championships are qualifiers for Age Group Nationals Sprint and Olympic-distance and Ultra-Distance Nationals qualifies for Long-Distance Worlds. Off-Road Triathlon Nationals qualifies for Cross Triathlon Worlds.
  • Overall awards provided by USA Triathlon for the top three overall finishers for sprint and Olympic-distance age group state championships and the high school state championship division. Ultra-Distance Nationals receives place awards for each age group.
  • Banner for state championships and a signage package for nationals.
  • Digital asset package including championship logo, social media graphics and email copy.
  • $50 Discount on race director certification.

The application period has closed for 2022. Applications for 2023 events will open in spring 2022. If you wish to apply for multiple championships or you wish to submit multiple events for consideration, you must submit a new application for each one. Please email Cody Crowther if you have questions.