Membership Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to the USA Triathlon Frequently Asked Questions page. Here, you can find answers to many of your questions. If your question is not answered in the FAQ's, please email our Membership Department at service@usatriathlon.org

Why do I have to purchase a One-Day License or Annual Membership for my event?
When a race director sanctions with USA Triathlon, it is required for each participant to purchase either a One-Day License or hold an Annual Membership in order to participate in said event.

How are the membership fees being used?
Membership fees are used for the development, research, and upkeep of USA Triathlon age-group programs such as championships, event sanctioning, officiating, rankings, membership, media, etc. There is a misconception that membership dollars fund professional athletes. While some funds are allotted to training and development, professional athletes are primarily funded through sponsorships and U.S. Olympic Committee support.

Why do I have to sign the waiver every year if I am an annual member?
Waivers are only valid for a 365 day membership period and therefore need to be signed at every purchase or renewal. Items may change on the waiver from year to year and thus it is important that USA Triathlon ensures all athletes are aware of these changes.

Can I purchase or renew my membership over the phone?
Unfortunately no, for liability reasons each time you renew you need to sign a new waiver. This can be done via your online membership account.

Is a USA Triathlon Annual Membership based on a calendar year or a revolving year?
USA Triathlon memberships are based on a revolving year. Your annual membership is good for 365 days; for example if you purchase a membership on June 8th, it would not expire until June 7th of the following year.

Can I renew my membership early?
Yes, absolutely! If you renew your membership before your current expiration date, your membership will extend for another 365 days from your original expiration date. If you let your membership lapse, you will receive a 365 day membership from when you submit your renewal. Your membership number will remain the same as long as you log into your account to purchase the renewal or submit a paper application with information matching what is on your account.

Auto Renewal
For convenience, USA Triathlon offers annual members the opportunity to opt in to auto renewal when renewing a membership account. If you have opted in but want to change your preference (opt out), please email our Membership Department at membership@usatriathlon.org.

Can I cancel and/or defer my membership?
All memberships sold have a no refund/deferment/transfer policy.

What are my membership options if I'm deployed while serving in the military?
Membership options during military deployments are handled on a case by case basis. Please email our Membership Department at membership@usatriathlon.org for further instructions.