USA Triathlon

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General Eligibility

All athletes eligible to represent the United States must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen OR
  • Be a U.S. national – someone who has resided in the U.S. for three consecutive years and has not competed for their country of citizenship in the prior year. Team USA eligible athletes must not have competed for their country of citizenship in the prior year. Athletes who choose to be recognized as nationals who have competed for their country of citizenship in the last year may get dispensation by obtaining a letter from the National Federation of their home country allowing competition as a USA athlete.

Qualification Process

1. World Podium: Any athlete who places 1-3 in their age group at a world championship will automatically qualify for the respective world championship the following year.

2. National Championships: The remaining world championship slots are allocated to athletes who compete in the respective national championship and finish in a qualifying place (see below for number of slots allocated and the roll down process per event).

3. Rankings: If slots are still available, any athlete who finished in the aged up age group top twenty in their age group in the USA Triathlon year end (12/31) rankings will be considered for slots on the team starting with the highest ranked athlete having first option to accept followed by 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc., (through 20th) until we have reached the first two athletes who accept the slot or until we reach spot 20.

Rankings Requirements

For duathletes to be ranked this season, you will need to complete two sanctioned duathlons between January 1 and December 31, of the respective year. If questions, visit USA Triathlon Rankings here.

For triathletes to be ranked this season, you will need to complete three sanctioned triathlons between January 1 and December 31, of the respective year. If questions, visit USA Triathlon Rankings here.

Team USA Age Up Rule

At 2019 Nationals, athletes will race in their appropriate age groups based on their age as of Dec. 31, 2019. Awards will be issued based on those results. If an athlete "ages up" into another age group in 2020, a separate set of results will be issued accounting for those athletes who aged up and Team USA slots will be awarded based on these results. So their finish time will be compared to those athletes in the older age group. For example, if John Doe is going to be 49 years old by Dec. 31, 2019, he will age-up up into the 50-54 age group for the 2020 World Championships since he will be 50 years old by Dec. 31, 2020. Thus, for Team USA qualifying purposes, his time at the qualification event will be compared to the men currently in the 50-54 age group. We will post the age-up results at the awards ceremony at Duathlon and Age Group Nationals. At other national championships, age-up results will not be posted and athletes will claim their spot through email within 2-3 weeks post-event.

Age Requirements and Team Size

The following tables explain Age Requirements and Team Size per Age Group/Gender:

Discipline

USA Triathlon National Championship Minimum Age

World Triathlon World Championship Minimum Age

Aquathlon

15

16

Standard Duathlon

17

18

Sprint Duathlon

15

16

Olympic Triathlon

17

18

Sprint Triathlon

15

16

Long-Distance Duathlon

17

18

Long Course Triathlon

17

18

Off Road (Cross) Triathlon

17

18

Winter Triathlon

17

18

Aquabike

17

18

Middle-DIstance Duathlon

17

18

 

World Championship

Qualifier Event/ Route

Athletes per Age Group/Gender

Max

World Triathlon Winter World Championship

 

1. USA Triathlon Winter National Championship

Top 18 per age group/gender

Rolling down to 30th place

18

2. Podium Finishers

Podium finishers from previous World Triathlon Winter World Championships

World Triathlon Multisport World Championship Festival

World Triathlon Long Distance Triathlon World Championship
1. USA Triathlon Long Course National Championship

Top 16 per age group/gender

Rolling down to 30th place

18

2. USA Triathlon Ultra-Distance National Championships

1st place per age group/gender

2nd place per age group/gender qualify only if their finishing time is within 30% of the first-place athlete's finishing time

3. Podium Finishers

Podium finishers from previous World Triathlon Long Distance Triathlon World Championship

4. Rankings

Top 2 per age group/gender in triathlon (offered in consecutive order)

Rolling down to 20th place

World Triathlon Multisport World Championship Festival

World Triathlon Cross Triathlon (Off-Road) World Championship
1. USA Triathlon Cross (Off-Road) Triathlon National Championship

Top 18 per age group/gender

Rolling down to 30th place

18

2. Podium Finishers

Podium finishers from previous World Triathlon Cross Triathlon World Championship

3. Rankings

Top 2 per age group/gender in off-road triathlon (offered in consecutive order)

Rolling down to 20th place

World Triathlon Multisport World Championship Festival

World Triathlon Aquathlon World Championship
1. USA Triathlon Aquathlon National Championship

Top 18 per age group/gender

Rolling down to 30th place

 

18

2. Podium Finishers

Podium finishers from previous World Triathlon Aquathlon World Championship

3. Rankings

Top 2 per age group/gender in World Triathlon (offered in consecutive order)

Rolling down to 20th place

 

World Triathlon Multisport World Championship Festival

World Triathlon Aquabike World Championship
1. USA Triathlon Aquabike National Championship

Top 18 per age group/gender

Rolling down to 30th place

18

2. Podium Finishers

Podium finishers from previous World Triathlon Aquabike World Championship

3. Rankings

Top 2 per age group/gender in Aquabike (offered in consecutive order)

Rolling down to 20th place

World Triathlon Multisport World Championship Festival

World Triathlon Sprint Duathlon World Championship (Draft-Legal)
1. USA Triathlon Non-Drafting Duathlon National Championship

Top 8 per age group/gender

No roll down slots granted

18

2. USA Triathlon Draft-Legal Duathlon World Qualifier

Top 10 per age group/gender

Rolling down to 30th place

 

3. Podium Finishers

Podium finishers from previous World Triathlon Sprint Duathlon World Championship (Draft-Legal)

World Triathlon Multisport World Championship Festival

World Triathlon Standard Duathlon World Championship
1. USA Triathlon Standard Duathlon National Championship

Top 18 per age group/gender

Rolling down to 30th place

 

18

2. Podium Finishers

Podium finishers from previous World Triathlon Standard Duathlon World Championship

3. Rankings

Top 2 per age group/gender in Duathlon (offered in consecutive order)

Rolling down to 20th place

World Triathlon Grand Final

World Triathlon Sprint Distance Triathlon World Championship
1. USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships, Sprint Distance

Top 8 per age group/gender

Rolling down to 18th place**

**Places 9th-18th only qualify for a roll-down if finishing within 30% of the first-place athlete’s time in the aged-up age group/gender at the race. These roll-down spots will only be offered after the Draft-Legal Sprint Triathlon World Championship Qualifier places have been claimed.

 

Results from this race determine the “noted finish time broken down by a percentage” for the Draft-Legal Sprint Triathlon World Championship Qualifier for the corresponding year.

 

Must claim spot at awards ceremony of qualifying race (Team USA Lounge)

18

2. USA Triathlon Draft-Legal National Championships, Sprint Distance

Top 10 per age group/gender AND be within the noted finish time broken down by a percentage by age group at this event; which is calculated based on the difference in time between the fastest finisher in each age group at the Age Group National Championship in Cleveland and the person earning the last possible spot on the team (18th place). A table of percentages will be available on the website following the conclusion of Age Group Nationals.

 

No roll down slots granted.

3. Podium Finishers

Podium finishers from previous World Triathlon Sprint Distance Triathlon World Championship

4. Rankings

Top 2 per age group/gender in sprint distance triathlon (offered in consecutive order)

Rolling down to 20th place

World Triathlon Grand Final

World Triathlon Standard/ Olympic Distance Triathlon World Championship
1. USA Triathlon Age Group National Championship, Standard/Olympic Distance

Top 18 per age group/gender

Rolling down to 30th place

 

Must claim spot at awards ceremony of qualifying race (Team USA Lounge)

18

2. Podium Finishers

Podium finishers from previous World Triathlon Standard/ Olympic Distance Triathlon World Championship

3. Rankings

Top 2 per age group/gender in standard/ Olympic distance triathlon (offered in consecutive order)

Rolling down to 20th place

World Triathlon Powerman Long-Distance Duathlon World Championship

1. USA Triathlon Long Course Duathlon National Championship

Top 18 per age group/gender

Rolling down to 30th place

 

18

2. Podium Finishers

Podium finishers from previous World Triathlon Powerman Long-Distance Duathlon World Championship

3. Rankings

Top 2 per age group/gender in duathlon (offered in consecutive order)

Rolling down to 20th place

World Triathlon Powerman Middle-Distance Duathlon World Championship

1. USA Triathlon Long Course Duathlon National Championship

Top 18 per age group/gender

Rolling down to 30th place

 

18

2. Podium Finishers

Podium finishers from previous World Triathlon Powerman Middle-Distance Duathlon World Championship

3. Rankings

Top 2 per age group/gender in duathlon (offered in consecutive order)

Rolling down to 20th place

Anti-Doping Policy

Having a fair and effective anti-doping program is vital to ensure that the rights of clean athletes and the integrity of competition are upheld. USA Triathlon is opposed to the practice of doping in sport and fully supports and complies with the policies, protocols, and rules set forth by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) as the independent, non-profit anti-doping organization in the U.S. Guided by their mission to preserve the integrity of competition, inspire true sport, and protect the rights of U.S. athletes, USADA is charged with implementing a comprehensive anti-doping program for all Olympic, Paralympic, Pan American, and Para Pan American sport National Governing Bodies, their athletes, and events. USADA's scope of responsibility includes:

  • Education for athlete and athlete support personnel
  • Drug reference resources
  • In-competition and out-of competition testing
  • Results management processes

All members of Team USA are expected to abide by USADA policies, protocols and rules. In-depth information and resources can be found here on the USA Triathlon website.