Latest Information Regarding COVID-19 From USA Triathlon

 

COVID-19: Frequently Asked Questions 

We want to assure you that the health, safety and well-being of the USA Triathlon community remains our highest priority. As COVID-19 continues to affect all of our daily lives and routines, we have compiled a number of resources for you as you navigate this challenging time. 

For questions or concerns regarding the potential impact of coronavirus on your business, please see the below contact information: 

  • Race directors may contact eventservices@usatriathlon.org
  • Coaches may contact coaching@usatriathlon.org
  • Clubs can reach out to clubs@usatriathlon.org  

In addition to the FAQ resources below, please be aware of the following resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organisation (WHO) and U.S. Department of State to help reduce your personal risk:

CDC – Coronavirus Overview
CDC – Prevention and Treatment
CDC – Travelers Health
WHO – Coronavirus Resources
U.S. Department of State – International Travel Information

 

Q: What is USA Triathlon doing about COVID-19 and its races?

 

A: USA Triathlon is committed to supporting the health, safety and well-being of participants, race directors, staff and volunteers at all sanctioned events. We are in regular contact with the International Triathlon Union (ITU) and the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) concerning coronavirus (COVID-19). In addition, we are closely monitoring CDC, WHO and government guidelines and recommendations as they apply to event operations and management. We are also in communication with the USOPC Infectious Disease Advisory Group — comprised of infectious disease experts from exceptional institutions around the country — who are working directly with the CDC, WHO, and the International Olympic Committee’s medical staff to regularly obtain up-to-date information, disseminate this information, and establish policies and event procedures related to this infectious disease.

 

Q: Can I receive a refund on my annual membership?

 

A: In order to continue providing support to the entire USA Triathlon family both now and in the future, and because the extenuating circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic are completely outside of our control, we are unable to offer refunds on annual memberships. For more information, please reach out to membership@usatriathlon.org.

 

Q: If my event is canceled, will I be reimbursed for my USA Triathlon one-day membership?

 

A: If you are not an annual member, but you purchased a one-day membership for an event that has been impacted, you may be eligible to receive a refund on your one-day membership fee from USA Triathlon. For more information, please reach out to membership@usatriathlon.org.

 

Q: Can I go for a run or ride my bike outside?  

 

A: Unless your local guidelines instruct otherwise, fresh air and outdoor exercise are allowed — though it's important to keep distance between yourself and others. Most shelter-in-place mandates allow for people to go outside and engage in solo outdoor activity, such as running, walking and hiking, as long as people practice safe social distancing (stay six feet apart), do not gather in groups and do not go out if they are feeling sick. The best plan for running and riding right now is to go for a solo run or bike ride and enjoy the great outdoors, in noncrowded areas. Overall, be sure to check your local public health recommendations and the current health mandates in your area, found on your state and local government website before heading outside for a solo workout. (You can find a directory of state health departments here.)

 

Q: What is the status of Duathlon National Championships? 

 

A: USA Triathlon is in regular contact with the local authorities in Tuscaloosa, including the Department of Health, regarding the status of the event, scheduled for May 30-31. We are aware of the recommendation by the CDC to cancel or postpone in-person events per CDC guidelines, which continue to evolve, throughout the United States through mid-May. We are taking these circumstances into close consideration. As this situation is rapidly evolving, any changes to the status of the event will be communicated to athletes immediately. Please know that the health, safety and well-being of you and the community at large is our highest priority.

 

Q: What is the status of Age Group National Championships? 

 

A: Currently, the Toyota USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships are scheduled to take place Aug. 8-9 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. USA Triathlon is in regular contact with the local authorities in Milwaukee, including the Department of Health. We are aware of the recommendation by the CDC to cancel or postpone in-person events per CDC guidelines, which continue to evolve, throughout the United States through mid-May. We are taking these circumstances into close consideration. As this situation is rapidly evolving, any changes to the status of the event will be communicated to athletes immediately. Please know that the health, safety and well-being of you and the community at large is our highest priority.

Q: What is the status of Collegiate Club & High School Nationals?

 

A: USA Triathlon is exploring the potential option of finding an alternate date this year to host Collegiate Club & High School Nationals in a safe and fair way for all athletes. We will communicate any updates to the Collegiate Club Committee and all collegiate club and high school team leaders as appropriate. If the new date does not work for athletes once announced, we will provide race entry fee refunds accordingly. If the event is ultimately canceled, all athletes will be eligible to receive refunds for their race entry fees.

Q: What is the status of the Legacy Triathlon? 

 

A: Currently, the Legacy Triathlon, the Toyota USA Triathlon Paratriathlon National Championships and the Long Beach PATCO Sprint Triathlon Panamerican Cup are scheduled for July 17-19 in Long Beach, California. USA Triathlon is in regular contact with the local authorities in Long Beach, including the Department of Health. We are aware of the recommendation by the CDC to cancel or postpone in-person events per CDC guidelines, which continue to evolve, throughout the United States through mid-May. We are taking these circumstances into close consideration. As this situation is rapidly evolving, any changes to the status of the event will be communicated to athletes immediately. Please know that the health, safety and well-being of you and the community at large is our highest priority.

March 27, 2020

 

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March 26, 2020

 

As many of you are aware, large events and gatherings of more than a handful of people have either been postponed or cancelled in order to help slow the spread of COVID-19. While this is the right approach to take, it doesn't come without hardship for many in the multisport and endurance community. So far this has resulted in 38,000 endurance events being cancelled or postponed. There are many individuals in the multisport and endurance community that are small business owners or self employed, which can be extremely difficult in these uncertain times.

 

If you would like to help support these individuals, please sign this pledge that will members of Congress understand the importance of adding the multisport and endurance community to future stimulus packages. Click here.

 

To better understand the current stimulus package and how it might support you, please see this helpful PDF document.

 

 

March 25, 2020

 

Click here to read a letter from USOPC CEO Sarah Hirshland to Team USA Athletes.

 

 

March 24, 2020

 

Click here to read a joint statement between the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee.

 

Click here to read USA Triathlon's statement regarding the postponement of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

 

 

March 18, 2020

 
A Message from USA Triathlon CEO Rocky Harris Regarding COVID-19 

Dear USA Triathlon Family, 

These are challenging times. As we all navigate the momentous impact of COVID-19 on our daily lives and those of our loved ones, we are also faced with the reality that our multisport world has been impacted significantly. 

But we’re triathletes. We’re strong. We adapt. We overcome adversity. And, I urge you to tap into these attributes to stay flexible and positive through the uncertainty. For many of you, the status of your upcoming races may have changed. As a multisport athlete myself, I’m experiencing this alongside all of you. Countless hours dedicated to training. Numerous sacrifices made to our families, careers and social lives. Our daily workout plans and future travel schedules forced to shift unexpectedly. But despite the uncertainty, this is a good time to remember why we swim, bike and run — aside from the gratification of race day. To benefit our physical and mental health. To challenge ourselves in ways we may never have thought possible. To set a positive example for our kids and others we care about. 

And remember that although our routine has changed, we can still strive to be the best versions of ourselves through this amazing sport we love. With some flexibility and creativity, we can still maintain a healthy, active lifestyle and keep sight of our goals ahead. More importantly, we should use this time to be there for our family and friends, and support our triathlon community. I have spent the past week supporting my wife and three kids as we help each other through this, but I am also connecting with athletes, coaches, club directors and race directors as they are my extended family. 

Please be patient with our race directors as they manage through unpredictable challenges. While we as athletes are dealing with the uncertainty and are feeling the impact of races being rescheduled or even canceled, race directors produce events because they are passionate about helping us reach our personal goals, but more importantly this is their livelihood and how they support their families. We need to give them the benefit of the doubt and be patient as they navigate through this very difficult time. After all, as you know well, triathlon might be an individual sport but we’re all a part of the same community. 

We at USA Triathlon will be here to support you during this trying time and we want to provide you with a few specific updates on our response to COVID-19: 

USA Triathlon-Sanctioned Races: USA Triathlon is supporting our race directors as they make decisions to postpone or cancel events across the country based on guidance from local authorities and government agencies. Race directors and organizers will continue to communicate directly with their registered athletes with status updates on specific events. USA Triathlon will communicate any changes to the USA Triathlon National Championships schedule; you can view the current status at usatriathlon.org/nationalchampionships

USA Triathlon National Office Operations: As of this week, all USA Triathlon National Office staff are working remotely in order to limit the exposure and spread of COVID-19 in our communities. Rest assured that you can still reach the USA Triathlon Membership Team by phone at 719-955-2807 — your call will be forwarded to a staff member during business hours — or by email at membership@usatriathlon.org

Our New Normal: You can continue to expect the sport’s newest training content on usatriathlon.org and our @usatriathlon social channels, including tips on how to continue your multisport lifestyle during this unprecedented time. Looking for a fresh batch of indoor workouts? Ways to maintain your swimming fitness without access to a pool? Ideas for getting your kids involved while they’re home from school? With contributions from our USA Triathlon-certified coaches, we’ll have you covered. We also want to hear from you! Please share your personal stories and unique approaches to training by emailing communications@usatriathlon.org. You may be featured on our website or social channels. 

How Can We Help You? The health, safety and well-being of our USA Triathlon family and the community at large remains our highest priority. If you have specific concerns you feel are not being addressed by USA Triathlon, please don’t hesitate to reach out to membership@usatriathlon.org. We’ll be keeping track of the inquiries we receive and issuing large-scale updates from USA Triathlon as appropriate.

We’re triathletes. No matter the circumstances, we find ways to adapt. Let’s get through this together. 

Sincerely, 

Rocky Harris 
USA Triathlon CEO 

 

 

 

March 13, 2020

Collegiate Club & High School National Championships Postponed

USA Triathlon on Friday, March 13 announced that it has been forced to postpone the USA Triathlon Collegiate Club and High School National Championships, which was scheduled for April 3-4 in Tempe, Arizona, due to the rapidly evolving situation surrounding coronavirus (COVID-19). 

The postponement was made after the City of Tempe issued a decision on Thursday, March 12 to ban all events in order to mitigate risk and protect the city’s most vulnerable populations. 

The decision also follows developments in the collegiate landscape throughout the week, including the shift to online learning by many colleges and universities, student-athlete travel restrictions and large-scale event cancellations at the NCAA level. 

USA Triathlon is exploring the potential option of finding an alternate date later this year to host Collegiate Club & High School Nationals in a safe and fair way for all athletes. The organization will communicate updates to the USA Triathlon Collegiate Club Committee, and all collegiate club and high school team leaders as appropriate. 

For continued updates from USA Triathlon regarding COVID-19, visit usatriathlon.org/coronavirusupdates. USA Triathlon continues to monitor the situation surrounding COVID-19, while following the guidance of local authorities, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), when making decisions regarding the status of USA Triathlon events and programs. 

In addition, USA Triathlon remains in regular contact with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) regarding the impact of COVID-19 on the national and global sports landscape. Any further potential changes to USA Triathlon’s National Championships event calendar will be communicated immediately. 

 

March 12, 2020

Dear USA Triathlon family,
 
The health, safety and well-being of the USA Triathlon community remains our highest priority. USA Triathlon continues to stay in regular contact with the International Triathlon Union (ITU) and the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee concerning coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on the national and global sports landscape. We are closely monitoring the situation and following the guidance issued by local authorities, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) when making decisions regarding the status of USA Triathlon events and programs.
 
At this time, race directors of some USA Triathlon-sanctioned events are being faced with the potential reality of event cancellations as they follow the mandates and recommendations of local and state authorities. Race directors and organizers will continue to communicate directly with their registered athletes with status updates on specific events.
 
USA Triathlon will continue to provide large-scale updates to our community as appropriate. In addition, please be aware of the below resources from the CDC, the U.S. Department of State, the WHO and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to reduce your personal risk. We appreciate your understanding as the situation continues to evolve rapidly.

 

 

Sarasota-Bradenton ITU Triathlon & Paratriathlon World Cups 

Due to the current international travel restrictions recently announced by the U.S. government and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) related to the COVID-19 Coronavirus, the International Triathlon Union (ITU) – in consultation with USA Triathlon, the organizing committee and the local authorities of Florida – has made the decision to postpone the 2020 ITU Sarasota-Bradenton ITU Triathlon World Cup and the Sarasota-Bradenton ITU Paratriathlon World Cup, originally scheduled to take place on March 22.
 
This decision was made following close communication by USA Triathlon, the ITU and SANCA (Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates, Inc., the local organizing committee) with the Florida Department of Health, as many athletes on the start list are impacted by the travel restrictions.
 
Moving forward, ITU will work with USA Triathlon and local organizers to explore a suitable date later in the season to potentially host both events safely and in a fair way for all athletes.

 

March 6, 2020

 

Dear USA Triathlon family,

 

We want to assure you that your health, safety and well-being is USA Triathlon’s highest priority. As we enter triathlon season in the U.S., please be advised that USA Triathlon is in regular contact with the International Triathlon Union (ITU) and the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) concerning coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on the national and global sports landscape. We are closely monitoring the situation and following the guidance issued by both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

At this time, all USA Triathlon events are scheduled to occur as planned. However, the situation continues to evolve, and we will communicate updates to our membership as soon as possible. Additionally, race directors may contact eventservices@usatriathlon.org, coaches may contact coaching@usatriathlon.org, and clubs can reach out to clubs@usatriathlon.org with questions or concerns regarding the potential impact of coronavirus on your business. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this ever-changing situation.

 

In addition, please be aware of the below resources from the CDC and the U.S. Department of State to help reduce your personal risk:

 

Additional resources can be found on the WHO Coronavirus website and CDC Coronavirus website. The IOC has also developed specific advice for athletes, including a statement from the IOC Medical and Scientific Director, Dr. Richard Budgett. We encourage you to follow the travelpreventiontesting, and treatment recommendations outlined by the CDC.