COVID-19 Update: Youth & Junior Nationals Canceled

As the situation regarding COVID-19 continues to evolve, we are writing to provide an update regarding the 2020 USA Triathlon Youth & Junior Nationals, which were scheduled for Aug. 1-2 in West Chester, Ohio. Please know that the health, safety and well-being of you and the sport’s entire community is our highest priority. 

USA Triathlon has made the difficult decision to officially cancel the 2020 Youth & Junior Nationals. Considering USA Triathlon’s best practices for a safe return to racing, the event could not be held in a responsible way for youth athletes without sacrificing the spirit and camaraderie of race weekend.

Canceling events is never an easy decision to make, and we know this news is extremely disappointing to many of you. Please know that this cancelation was made with the safety of the entire community in mind, including West Chester’s most vulnerable populations.

Because these are unprecedented circumstances, USA Triathlon is temporarily adjusting our policy to allow athletes to defer their registration to future events.

With a deadline of September 16, athletes who were registered for the Youth Age Group Race at 2020 Youth & Junior Nationals may elect to transfer their registration to one of the following USA Triathlon-owned events (age minimums apply):

  • 2021 or 2022 Youth & Junior Nationals (Youth Age Group Race)
  • 2021 or 2022 Legacy Triathlon or Open Water Swim Competition (minimum age 15 as of 12/31/21)
  • 2021 or 2022 Duathlon National Championships (minimum age 15 as of 12/31/21)
  • 2021 or 2022 Toyota USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships (qualification required) or Open Water Swim Competition (minimum age 15 for sprint or 17 for Olympic as of 12/31/21)
  • 2021 or 2022 Collegiate Club National Championships (if eligible according to the Collegiate Competitive Rules) (minimum age 15 as of 12/31/21)

Youth & Junior Nationals will return to West Chester’s Voice of America Park on July 31-Aug. 1, 2021 and July 30-31, 2022.

How to Defer to 2021 or 2022 Events

Currently registered participants can follow the below steps to defer to a different event after logging into Athletes will have until Sept. 16 to defer their registration.

  1. Locate your current registration
  2. Click Change event
  3. Select the New Event You Wish to Defer Into
  4. Select new event and year you would like to defer your registration to
  5. Click CONTINUE
  6. Verify Registration information
  7. Agree to the waiver
  8. Enter Electronic signature
  9. Click CONTINUE
  10. Click COMPLETE

If you take no action, your registration will be automatically transferred on Sept. 16 to the rescheduled 2021 USA Triathlon Youth and Junior Nationals and you will receive a confirmation email. We encourage you to proactively transfer your registration by clicking on your VIP link you received via email. There is no benefit to this other than peace of mind, but we wanted to give you the option in case you already know your decision.

New registrations for 2021 will open later this fall.



Please read all of the below information before registering.

Important Registration Information
  • There is no qualification required for this event.
  • There is no transfer or deferment of entries from one year to the next (exempt for 2020 canceled event)
  • There are no refunds
  • Athletes MUST be annual USA Triathlon members to race
  • If at time of registration the athlete is not 18 years old you must select "someone else, 18 or older" when registering

Youth Age Group | Youth Paratriathlon | Youth and Junior Elite | Mixed Relay | Event Cancellation/Modification Policy

Participant List

Click here to view the participant list. The list is updated each Monday before the event.

Youth Age Group

The Youth Nationals is a non-drafting race for athletes ages 7-18. Ages 13-18 will race on Saturday, Aug. 1 and ages 7-12 will race on Sunday, Aug. 2.

Athletes must be entered into the age group that corresponds with their age as of December 31, 2020.

All athletes competing in the Youth Nationals must be current USAT members.
All athletes eligible for awards at USAT Nationals must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or 
  • A U.S. national – someone who has resided in the USA for three consecutive years.

Any athlete who qualifies and registers to race as a Youth Elite is not allowed to race in the Youth Nationals . Athletes may not race in both races.  


Click here for the USA Triathlon Youth Nationals competitive rules. Click here for the event schedule regarding date and time of the pre-race rules briefing.

Parents and athletes please note:
  • No aero bars of any kind will be allowed, including clip on, or forward facing handlebars will be allowed.
  • No disc wheels will be allowed
  • No aero style helmets or helmets with a tail extending to the rear will be allowed.
  • No unauthorized assistance of any kind, including pacing, during competition will be allowed.

Race officials will be observing the bike course from various points and recording race numbers of athletes who violate any of the cycling conduct rules.

While on the bike course:

  • Helmet must be worn and securely fastened at all times on the bike
  • Shoes must be worn at all times on the bike
  • Ride on the right side of the lane
  • Ride no closer than two bike lengths distance behind a leading cyclist
  • Pass on the left of the slower cyclist
  • Ride in a straight line without swerving, veering, or blocking the forward progress of other cyclists.

Time Penalties (specific to riding closer than two bike lengths):

  • If your race number is recorded twice on the bike for riding closer than two bike lengths distance behind a leading cyclist, you will receive a 1:00 minute time penalty.
  • If your race number is recorded three times you will receive a 2:00 minute time penalty.
  • If your race number is recorded four times you will be Disqualified.

Please note that all other penalties follow those outlined in the Youth Supplemental Rules.

Youth Paratriathlon Nationals

USA Triathlon will offer a youth paratriathlon race for ages 7-18. All paratriathlon athletes will race against one another in one wave. All athletes will race under the PC Open rules, not the "USAT Rule Modifications of Paratriathlon." This is a non-drafting race without qualification standards. The race distances will be 200m swim, 10k bike, and a 2k run. 

Youth and Junior Elite Nationals

The Youth Elite and Junior Elite races will take place on Saturday, Aug. 1.

Entry fee: $69

Athletes may not register as both a Youth Elite and a Youth Age Group athlete (13-18).  If an athlete registers as a Youth Age Group athlete (13-18) and later wishes to for the Youth Elite division, USA Triathlon will transfer the registration upon the athlete’s request, provided spots remain available in the Youth Elite race. Junior Elite athletes must be between the ages of 16-19.

UPDATE to Youth and Junior Elite Races: As a result of current changes to the Junior Elite Series schedule and uncertainty of the upcoming qualifying races due to COVID-19, the Youth and Junior Elite Nationals races will not require qualification in 2020. The format is changed to have two heats per division, allowing up to 150 athletes per division to race. Additionally, all elite athletes will race the super sprint course distances of 375m swim, 10k bike, and 2.5k run. View the event schedule to see updated race times.

Registration for Elite races will open at 12 p.m. (noon) ET/ 9 a.m. PT on the following dates:

  • Youth Elite Boys – Monday, June 22
  • Youth Elite Girls – Tuesday, June 23
  • Junior Elite Men – Wednesday, June 24
  • Junior Elite Women – Thursday, June 25

As with any draft-legal race, we encourage you to use your discretion when it comes to recommending that an athlete register in an elite division when he or she may not have qualified for Nationals under normal circumstances. The lap out rule will still be in effect and the competition level will remain high. A better option might be to encourage novice athletes to participate in the non-draft youth age group 13-18 division this year.

For answers to FAQs regarding changes due to COVID-19, please view this FAQ Document.

Junior Elite Programing Information

Information on the USA Triathlon's Junior Elite programming can be found on this page. Please review the 2020 Junior Elite Series Guide for further qualification and registration information (3/14/2020). New guide to be posted soon with updates due to COVID-19.


This event is draft-legal. Youth Elites must be between the ages of 13-15. Junior Elites must be between the ages of 16-19. Click here for more information on Draft-Legal rules. For more information on racing as a youth or junior elite, please contact Steve Kelley.

Have Your Plans Changed?

We understand that sometimes plans change or injuries occur that keep you from racing. Because of the limited number of spots available in the Youth Elite & Junior Elite fields, when an athlete withdraws from the race, we do our best to fill the spot through Wild Card requests. The sooner you notify USAT of your intent to withdraw from the competition, the better chance another athlete will have of taking your place. If you are not planning to race in Ohio, please notify Steve Kelley, USAT Athlete Development Coordinator, as soon as possible.

Mixed Relay - Powered by AfterShokz

The Mixed Relay - Powered by AfterShokz will take place on Sunday, August 2.

The race field will be limited to 60 teams (240 athletes)
Race Distances:  250-meter swim, 5-kilometer draft-legal bike and 1.2-kilometer run


Elite teams will be invited via email. 

Please contact Steve Kelley ( for more information.

Please review the 2020 Junior Elite Series Guide for further registration details (coming soon). 


  • Athletes must wear a team uniform that fully covers his/her torso from race start to finish. Matching team uniforms are highly encouraged.
  • Wetsuits are not allowed if the water temperature is above 20°C (68°F).
  • Athletes must move forward after the start signal (no lateral or rearward movement along the start line).
  • All penalties will be assessed in the penalty box located on the run course and may be served by any team members currently on the field of play.
  • Blocking or interfering with the forward progress of another competitor is not allowed.
  • Aero helmets are not permitted. Helmet chin-strap must be buckled at all times while touching the bike.
  • All equipment must be placed in your individual transition bin after use (e.g. swim cap, goggles, helmet).
  • Bicycle must have a traditional triangular frame; wheels must have at least 16 spokes; handlebars must be traditional drop-style with bar-ends plugged; clip-on aerobars may not extend beyond the brake levers' foremost line and must be bridged; no bar-end gear shifters allowed; elbow pads are allowed.
  • Athletes will race in the order of female, male, female, male.

For a full set of draft-legal rules, click here.

Event Cancellation/Modification Policy

In the event of extreme weather, natural disaster, community disaster or other unforeseen emergencies, our action steps will be as follows:
  1. USA Triathlon, in concert with local officials, will make the final decision based on safety of the athletes, spectators, vendors, volunteers and others affiliated with the event.
  2. USAT may, based on the conditions of the course, shorten the distances or cancel the event altogether.
  3. Because costs of the event have already been paid out to cover various levels of production expenses, there will be NO REFUNDS, transferred entry fees or future complimentary entry fees.