Toyota USA Paratriathlon National Championships

In conjunction with the Legacy Triathlon, the 2020 Toyota USA Paratriathlon National Championships will return to Long Beach on July 18. The race will once again take place at Alamitos Beach, the proposed site of the triathlon competitions a the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic and Paralypmic Games. 

Paratriathlon Nationals will be held as part of an expanded Legacy Triathlon event weekend, which also includes an age-group sprint triathlon, an open water swim competition in partnership with USA Swimming and U.S. Masters Swimming, a PATCO Sprint Triathlon Panamerican Cup, a Splash & Dash youth aquathlon, a paratriathlon skills clinic and a host of other ancillary events.

In addition to chasing national titles, athletes competing at the 2020 Toyota USA Triathlon Paratriathlon Nationals also have the opportunity to qualify for the USA Paratriathlon Development Team Program, designed to identify and develop athletic potential leading into the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games. More information on the USA Paratriathlon Development Team Program is available by clicking here.

Athletes wishing to compete at the 2020 Toyota USA Paratriathlon Nationals must be officially classified in a paratriathlon sport class and must meet the qualification standards listed below. Athletes who are not classified or who do not meet the qualification standards may choose to race in the PC Open Division, which does not require qualification. A National Classification opportunity will be offered in Long Beach prior to the event.

Qualification

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Prize Money

For the second consecutive year, USA Triathlon, Toyota, and the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) will combine to offer a total professional prize purse of $36,750 for Paratriathlon Nationals podium finishers in each of six paratriathlon sport classes. Male and female national champions will receive $1,500 each, runners-up will receive $750, and third-place finishers will receive $375. Guides for athletes with visual impairments will also receive equivalent winnings.

Prize purse recipients must hold a current paratriathlete or elite paratriathlete USA Triathlon membership valid through July 18. In addition, they must be either a U.S. citizen or U.S. National able to immediately represent the United States at International Triathlon Union (ITU) competitions.

Course

Paratriathlon athletes will cover a 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike and 5-kilometer run. The course features several key improvements from 2019, including a pre-transition area located immediately at swim exit; a new run course on closed neighborhood streets; and adjustments to the bike course to eliminate several tight turns. All paratriathlon waves will start first, prior to the age-group waves, and paratriathletes will have a designated swim warm-up area on race day. View course maps here. In addition, a paratriathlon swim familiarization will be offered on Friday, July 17, and the packet pick-up area will feature accessibility improvements.