U23 Competition

The Under-23 or “U23” division is a bridge between Junior Elite, Collegiate (Draft-Legal) and Elite competition.  To compete in the U23 division, an athlete must be between the ages of 18 and 23 as of December 31st of the competition year. Most U23 races are subdivisions within ITU Continental Cups. This means that in order to compete as a U23, an athlete must hold a USAT Elite License.  
U23s compete at the Sprint Distance (.75k/20k/5k) and Olympic Distance (1.5k/40k/10k) and the format is draft-legal. Most Junior Elites (16 to 19 year olds) are encouraged to finish out their eligibility in the junior division before advancing to the U23 races because of the longer distances. U23 champions are recognized at the USAT U23 National Championship, PATCO U23 American Championship, and ITU U23 World Championship.

Athletes interested in racing U23 are encourage to start with USAT's designated Elite Development Races (EDRs), collegiate draft-legal events or NCAA Women's events.  

ITU Under-23 World Championships

Currently, the events listed below are not expected to occur in 2020. If these events do get rescheduled for 2020 the criteria documents will be modified and posted ASAP. *Updated June 29, 2020.

Each year USA Triathlon qualifies a group of elite triathletes aged 18-23 who will compete at the ITU Under-23 (U23) World Championships. The 2020 World Championships will be held in Edmonton, Canada.

2020 U23 World Championships Criteria **AMENDED 8-20-2020**

USAT Under-23 National Championships

The USAT Under-23 National Championships is a draft-legal triathlon contested under ITU Competition Rules.

Usually, the championships is a sub-division of the ITU Continental Cup, which requires a USAT Elite License for entry. 

FISU World University Championships

The FISU World University Championship is a draft-legal, ITU-sanctioned triathlon contested every two years. The most recently FISU WUCs took place in Taiwan in 2012, Brazil in 2014, Switzerland in 2016, and Sweden in 2018. USA Triathlon endorses a team to provide collegiate elite athletes with the opportunity to continue their athletic development by demonstrating their abilities at the highest levels of international triathlon competition, with a focus of maximizing podium performance. The event format is an individual sprint, draft-legal triathlon and a mixed relay. 

Note: FISU WUC 2020 is cancelled due to COVID-19.


Elite Development Races

The purpose of EDRs is to provide a draft-legal pathway to a USAT Elite License.  In addition to the races listed below, USAT may nominate athletes to compete in ITU Trials/Final-format Continental Cups, wherein if the non-elite licensed athlete qualifies for the A final, he or she is thereby eligible for an Elite License. Please check with HP for eligible events and request nomination by email ituentries@usatriathlon.org prior to the nomination deadline.     

San Diego, California
February 15, 2020
Event Website

Clermont Draft Legal Challenge
Clermont, Florida
March 7-8, 2020
Event Website and Results
Event Contact

Cohasset Triathlon
Cohasset, Massachusetts
June 28, 2020
Event Website