Becky Piper: Xterra Nats qualifier, savagely attacked, comatose & paralyzed, and back to Xterra again – at local Lory race

By Sasha Underwood

Several years ago Becky Piper was attacked while living in Guam by would be armed robbers, severely beaten with a gun and left to die. Local naval doctors immediately evacuated her to San Diego for treatment. She is now partially paralyzed. Yesterday she completed Xterra Lory. What happened in between is remarkable and brought tears to my eyes watching her finish knowing all that she went through to even compete.  You can read about her account HERE.

Prior to the attack, Becky was an ultra-marathon runner. A friend of hers had mentioned the Xterra in Guam and essentially challenged her by saying because he was a guy he would be faster than her and would beat her time – which ignited a small fire in her. She trained and completed the 2013 Xterra Guam, finishing 2nd in her age group and qualified for the Xterra National Championships.  Oh, and her friend, did not even start because he didn’t train.

Shortly after that she was attacked.  When she finally emerged from her coma weeks later and barely started talking, she asked the doctors if she could resume racing. They explained that her paralysis may be permanent – to which she replied, “Ok, well that’s why there’s a Para Athlete division!” After spending some time with her I can only imagine her saying that in a matter-of-fact, upbeat, genuine way with that huge Becky smile of hers!

She is now paralyzed on her right side and uses a brace to walk. Within the past three years, she has become a USAT Coach with Team MPI, and she completed two sprint triathlons last year. Check out her accomplishments on her Facebook page!

When we met last year, I asked if she would be doing Xterra’s again. She explained that she would like to but wasn’t sure of which one would be suitable for her. I immediately thought of Xterra Lory – it’s such a great course for beginners and experts alike. A flowy bike course with a great climb of a run.

She signed up for Xterra Lory at the beginning of this year. I mentioned how I love that race but I can’t run anymore since my hip surgery in November, to which she replied, “then walk! I’m doing it!” Of course I signed up after that. Originally I was going to race the swim and bike portion and have my mom do the run.

Becky was nervous about the bike portion. She pre-rode the course a couple times and a few days before the race I asked her if she would feel more confident if I rode behind her on the bike course. She loved that idea so I planned to stay with her the entire race.

The Swim:

We put on our wetsuits to go do a quick practice swim. It was the first open water swim of the year for both of us – nothing like waiting until race day! Anna, Becky’s transition handler, and Sam, Becky’s husband, helped Becky into her wetsuit. The best part was watching them lift Becky up by either side and try to shake her into her wetsuit! I REALLY wish I had taken a picture of that!

The entrance to the lake was slick and muddy and several athletes slipped while entering. It was a good time to discuss a strategy for Anna to help Becky out of the water when she finished. The water was chilly and both Becky and I had a little cold water shock panic when we put our face in the water.  We were in wave seven so we had plenty of time to practice. By the second wave we were comfortable and I tried to stay slightly to her right and in front of her so she could follow me.

We finished faster than her projected time in under 30minutes!

The Bike:

Sam modified Becky’s bike so all of the shifters and brakes are on the left side. In addition, her bike is a full suspension, more of a down-hill, slack geometry and has a 27.5 wheel on the front with a 26 wheel on the back. Becky can’t stand up to get over obstacles or downhill sections so the wheels and geometry of the bike help put her in a better position to ride that type of terrain.

I had so much fun riding with her! Becky had named many sections of the bike course from pre-riding it. The first section she named ‘Bridges Galore’ (but later renamed it to ‘Why Will Becky’s Foot Not Stay On the Pedal’). Next came ‘Where Becky Endo’d’. Then ‘Holy Crap! Look At All the Uphill!’ And last but not least, ‘The Part I Only Saw Once Because the Other Time I got a Flat Tire.’

This girl would fall over, get back up, and do it again. Over, and over, and over again. I was so impressed with her tenacity and perseverance – all the while with a ginormous smile on her face. At one point she fell over, threw her arm up and with a grin from ear to ear said, “ta-dah!” I’m so glad I was there to help out when I could and put her foot back into her unruly pedal. By the end of the bike we pretty much had that down to a science.

Her family and friends were waiting for her at the bike finish cheering with excitement. Anna and Sam helped her transition, changing her biking brace to her running brace made with carbon fiber which is more comfortable and allows better mobility for hiking.

The Run:

I originally was going to do the run with Becky but I forgot my running shoes. Fortunately my mom, who was already planning to run, ran with her instead.  Becky described her run as an attempt to get over rocks. She fell a few times, ended up with a mysterious scrape down her entire length of her arm, and has a bruised and skinned knee… but she did it. She explained that my mom gasped the first time she fell but by the 5th time she was unphased. That’s just what happens. You fall, and then you just get back up.

Becky’s friends and family ran with her through the last 200 yards leading up to the finisher’s chute. I personally could not hold back the tears of joy, knowing what I know about Becky, knowing how meaningful it is to train and overcome obstacles and push through no matter the odds or what life throws at you… knowing what it feels like to cross the finish line of my first 5k, 10k, Marathon and Ironman… the feeling is the same and I couldn’t help the tears from flowing. Looking around there was not a dry eye among us.

Becky is incredibly motivating, inspiring and her up-beat, nothing-can-get-me-down attitude is infectious. I am honored to have raced with her and call her my friend. I look forward to watching her race the Boulder Half Ironman in August!

 

 

 

 

Weekend Preview: IRONMAN Boulder Weekend

Triathlon Events

Thursday June 8th

 

Stroke n Stride

Boulder Reservoir


Meet Kyle & Brent Pease and Get Inspired

Golden


Storytime with Mike Riley

Boulder


Friday June 9th

 

IM Boulder Opening Ceremonies

City Park Bandshell, Boulder


Saturday June 10th

 

United Health Care IRONKIDS Fun Run

Boulder High School, Boulder


Alison Dunlap Beginner MTB Skills Clinic

Colorado Springs


Sunday June 11th

 

IRONMAN Boulder

Boulder


IRONMAN Boulder Watch Party

Boulder Reservoir


XTERRA Lory Pre-ride

Lory St. Park, Ft. Collins


Alison Dunlap Beginner MTB Skills Clinic

Colorado Springs


USAT Athena & Clydesdale National Championships

Grand Rapids, Michigan



Cycling Events

Thursday June 8th

 

BVV Track Night

Erie


Haute Route Recon

Boulder


Friday June 9th

 

MTN Enduro

Vail


Saturday June 10th

 

Death Ride Tour VIII

Silverton

 

The DEATH RIDE Tour VIII Ride to Defeat ALS is a fundraising event to support the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the ALS Association along with the Blazeman Foundation, WAR on ALS.  The DEATH RIDE Tour covers 235 miles over three days with about 16,500 feet of elevation gain.This is very challenging bike tour and designed only for cyclist who have trained.  Every year, 5,000 individuals in the United States are diagnosed with ALS. Through cycling tours and your generous donations, our non-profit organization raises funds to help combat this serious illness.

 

Face book page here


Alison Dunlap Beginner MTB Skills Clinic

Colorado Springs


Ride the Rockies

June 10-17


WP Epic Single Track Granby Ranch XC

Winter Park


Salida Big Friggin’ Loop

Salida


Best on Hess

Castle Pines


Take a Kid MTN Biking Day

Boulder


Sunday June 11th

 

Death Ride Tour VIII

Silverton

The DEATH RIDE Tour VIII Ride to Defeat ALS is a fundraising event to support the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the ALS Association along with the Blazeman Foundation, WAR on ALS.  The DEATH RIDE Tour covers 235 miles over three days with about 16,500 feet of elevation gain.This is very challenging bike tour and designed only for cyclist who have trained.  Every year, 5,000 individuals in the United States are diagnosed with ALS. Through cycling tours and your generous donations, our non-profit organization raises funds to help combat this serious illness.

Face book page here


Death Ride Challenge

Durango


Avista Women’s Weekly Ride

Louisville


Alison Dunlap Beginner MTB Skills Clinic

Colorado Springs


Ride the Rockies

June 10-17


Ridge on 38 Criterium and Beerfest

Wheat Ridge


USAC Talent ID Road Camp

Golden


BRAC Level 2 Junior Camp

Golden


Art by Bike Tour of Loveland

Loveland


Ibis Demo at Full Cycle

Boulder

Opportunity to participate in Triathlon Research Study – Glean Data Insights

Shared from USA Triathlon Midwest Region

Todd Buckingham is a PhD candidate at Michigan State University. He is conducting a research study that looks to assess data measured by a triathlete’s multisport watch, specifically during the 2016 USA Triathlon Olympic-Distance Age-Group National Championship race to see what variables are most related to success in each discipline, as well as in the overall triathlon.

To participate, triathletes must have competed at the 2016 USA Triathlon Olympic-Distance Age-Group National Championship and used a Garmin multisport watch during the race.

Participants will complete a questionnaire using the Qualtrics software that asks years of triathlon experience, previous experience in a standalone event (i.e., swimming, cycling, or running), main sport competed in prior to triathlon, triathlons completed and distances of each race, personal records for each discipline and overall, personal records for standalone events in swimming, cycling, and running (e.g., marathon), purpose for competing in triathlons, and time and distance spent training during an average week (total and for each discipline).

Participants will also send a link through the survey that contains the National Championship race measured by their Garmin device. This will allow us to analyze which variables are associated with better performance during the Olympic-distance National Championship race in each the swim, bike, and run disciplines, and overall for age-group triathletes.

Participants are able to complete this questionnaire anywhere they have computer access.

There is a slight risk relating to data protection, however, every action will be taken to ensure all information collected is protected and kept confidential.

Participants will obtain information that will hopefully lead to an improvement in his/her triathlon performance.

If you are interested in this study, please complete this short survey on the predictors of triathlon performance found HERE

Colorado takes eighth straight collegiate title

COLORADO WINS EIGHTH STRAIGHT TEAM TITLE AT USA TRIATHLON COLLEGIATE CLUB NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Buffaloes also earn women’s team title, Navy takes men’s title

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Colorado earned its eighth consecutive overall team title on Saturday at the USA Triathlon Collegiate Club National Championships in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Colorado also earned the women’s team title, and the U.S. Naval Academy took home the men’s team title.

Men’s, women’s and overall team standings were determined based on results from both Friday’s draft-legal sprint races and Saturday’s non-drafting Olympic-distance races.

For the overall team title, Colorado edged out Navy by just nine points, earning a total of 4,389 points to Navy’s 4,380. Cal Berkeley placed third in the overall team standings with 4,109.

Colorado has won the overall team title since 2010, and has not failed to finish in the top three for the last 15 years. Navy has also been strong in recent years, placing 3rd overall in 2016 and 2nd in 2015. The last time Cal Berkeley reached the overall team podium was in 2014, when the team placed 3rd.

Colorado was also named the women’s team champion. The top-four Colorado women in Saturday’s Olympic-distance race placed 4th, 5th, 12th and 31st. Those results, combined with a 1st-place finish from Erica Hawley in the women’s draft-legal race on Friday, gave the team a point total of 2,202. Placing second in the women’s team standings was Navy with 2,180 points, and Cal Berkeley was third with 2,165 points.

The last time Colorado earned the women’s team title was in 2012, but the team has reached the women’s podium every year since 2003.

Navy came out on top in the men’s team competition with 2,200 points, edging out second-place University of Colorado by just 13 points. Navy’s men placed 6th, 7th, 10th and 11th in Saturday’s Olympic-distance race, and recorded a 5th-place finish from Kevin Holder in Friday’s draft-legal race.

Rounding out the podium for the men’s team standings was the University of Arizona with 2,156 points.

Navy last captured the men’s team title in 2015, and finished second behind Colorado in 2016. Navy was also the men’s team champion in 2007 and 2003.

Navy also earned the Armed Services Team title, awarded to the top-performing military academy at the Collegiate Club National Championships.

Individual combined titles were awarded to the top overall performers of the weekend. Results were determined by combining an individual athlete’s scores from Friday’s draft-legal sprint and Saturday’s Olympic-distance race. On the men’s side, Colorado’s Feeney took the combined title with 746 points. Joshua Fowler of the University of Arizona was second with 737, and Navy’s Holder was third with 720.

Colorado’s Hawley earned the women’s combined title with a score of 739. She was followed closely in the standings by West Point’s Teresa Groton with 733 and Cal Berkeley’s Anna Belk with 723.

In addition to Saturday’s Olympic-distance championship, the race schedule included a super-sprint Mixed Team Relay race on Saturday afternoon. That event was halted early due to impending inclement weather. Despite the event’s cancellation, USA Triathlon will award the pre-determined prize money to the top five teams at the time of stoppage.

For more information about the USA Triathlon Collegiate Club National Championships, visit usatriathlon.org/usatcn17.

*At Saturday’s Awards Ceremony, the overall team, women’s team, individual men’s combined and individual women’s combined standings were incorrect. For a statement from USA Triathlon regarding the errors, visit usatriathlon.org/usatcn17.

2017 USA Triathlon Collegiate Club National Championships – Awards

Draft-Legal Collegiate Club Championships
Complete Results

Men’s Overall
1. Dan Feeney (Colorado), 57:07
2. Joshua Fowler (Arizona), 57:11
3. Collin Chartier (Marymount), 57:23
4. Timothy Winslow (Colorado), 57:41
5. Kevin Holder (Navy), 57:45

Women’s Overall
1. Erica Hawley (Colorado), 1:09:03.3
2. Teresa Groton (West Point), 1:11:14
3. Allison Light (UCLA), 1:11:27
4. Maeghan Easler (Iowa State), 1:11:32
5. Anna Belk (Cal Berkeley), 1:11:52

Olympic-Distance Collegiate Club Championships
Complete Results

Men’s Overall
1. Nick Noone (Colorado), 1:55:11
2. Sean Harrington (UCSB), 1:55:42
3. Ernest Mantell (Arizona State), 1:55:56
4. Christopher Douglas (Georgia Tech), 1:56:04
5. Dan Feeney (Colorado), 1:56:23

Women’s Overall
1. Cecilia Davis-Hayes (Columbia), 2:11:19
2. Hannah Grubbs (UCLA), 2:18:26
3. Darby Middlebrook (Michigan), 2:18:38
4. Marissa Platt (Colorado), 2:19:14
5. Ali Brauer (Colorado), 2:19:43

Men’s Combined Award
Complete Results
Dan Feeney (Colorado, 746
Joshua Fowler (Arizona), 737
Kevin Holder (Navy), 720

Women’s Combined Award
Complete Results
Erica Hawley (Colorado), 739
Teresa Groton (West Point), 733
Anna Belk (Cal Berkeley), 723

Men’s Team Standings
Complete Results
Navy, 2,200
Colorado, 2,187
Arizona, 2,156

Women’s Team Standings
Complete Results
Colorado, 2,202
Navy, 2,180
Cal Berkeley, 2,165

Overall Team Standings
Complete Results
Colorado, 4,389
Navy, 4,380
Cal Berkeley, 4,109

Armed Services Team Champions: Navy
Team Spirit Award: Stanford

Rocky Mountain States Games – Indoor Triathlon

Colorado Springs

 

USA Triathlon has developed an indoor triathlon program called USATri60 to introduce individuals to the sport of triathlon at a grassroots level.  The purpose will be to expose participants to the sport of triathlon in a one hour, non-threatening setting and with a built-in support system built to drive the concept that ‘anyone can be a triathlete’.  The YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region and the Rocky Mountain State Games are partnering to offer this event as a part of the 2017 State Games. The YMCA will host qualifying events at two separate YMCA locations (listed above) in April and the top three athletes in each division will advance to the championships to be held during the Rocky Mountain State Games on Sunday, July 23. All athletes will receive a USA Triathlon goodie bag and participation medal and the qualifying athletes who compete in the RMSG Championship in July will compete for Gold, Silver, and Bronze Rocky Mountain State Games medals. A maximum number of athletes will be permitted to each qualifyer due to facility capacities. All participants will be assigned a race number that will be visible on all swim caps as well as marked on the top of each participants hand. All results will be listed on the Rocky Mountain State Games results page and the USATri60 results page after the event.

 

**Note: An active USA Triathlon membership is required. Athletes can either show proof of an active annual membership or puchase a one-day membership during online registration. Cost of a one-day race licenses for this event is $15 for adults. Annual memberships can also be purchased on-line for adults ($50) and youth ($10). There is no one-day membership option for youth so the annual membership for $10 must be purchased for non-members. Please note: adult one-day licenses are only good for a single event. If you qualify for the championship, you will be required to purchase an additional one-day license for $15 or you can choose to apply the previously purchased one-day license credit toward the purchase of an annual membership. For additional questions on USA Triathlon memberships, please contact Nick Koppin at nicklaus.koppin@usatriathlon.org.

Event details and registration here

Colorado’s Noone, Columbia’s Davis-Hayes win Olympic-distance Collegiate Club National Titles

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Nick Noone of the University of Colorado and Cecilia Davis-Hayes of Columbia University won individual Olympic-distance national titles on Saturday at the USA Triathlon Collegiate Club National Championships in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

The championship event featured nearly 1,300 collegiate athletes from 120 club teams. Athletes completed a 1,500-meter swim, non-drafting 40-kilometer bike, 9.8-kilometer run course.

In the men’s race, Noone and his Colorado teammate Dan Feeney exited the water together about a minute and a half behind the top swimmer, Eli Pugh of Stanford. By the end of the bike, Noone had moved up to second, trailing UCSB’s Gordon Williams by 32 seconds.

Feeney entered the second transition in sixth position, but posted a 32:36 run split to move up to the lead. He crossed the line first in 1:54:23, but was given an official finishing time of 1:56:23 due to a two-minute penalty incurred in the transition area. Noone ran a 33:28 split to finish in 1:55:11, earning the national champion title. Sean Harrington of UCSB took the runner-up spot in 1:55:42, while Ernest Mantell of Arizona State placed third in 1:55:56.

“Dan and I swam the whole thing together, rode the whole thing together, and ran together for about 1k,” Noone said. “It’s been my goal all year to be on the podium here, so I’m just excited.”

 

National Champions Nick Noone and Cecelia Davis-Hays. Mario Cantu/CIMAGES

 

In the women’s race, UCLA’s Hannah Grubbs was first out of the water in 21:03. She was caught about four miles into the bike by Davis-Hayes, whose 1:04:02 40k bike split was nearly four minutes faster than any other competitor. Davis-Hayes had built a gap of approximately four minutes on Grubbs, who was still sitting in second, by the end of the bike.

Davis-Hayes continued to build momentum on the run, hitting the halfway point on the 10k run course with a lead of more than six minutes. She ultimately crossed the line in 2:09:19, but due to a penalty incurred before the race start, her official finishing time was 2:11:19.

Still, that adjusted finish time was more than seven minutes ahead of the rest of the field. Grubbs held onto her second-place position to finish in 2:18:26, while Darby Middlebrook of the University of Michigan placed third in 2:18:38.

“I had a breakthrough on the swim this year,” Davis-Hayes said. “Last year I was about seven minutes back on the swim, and I rode and ran my way up to sixth. This year I must have been in the top 25, so I looked at my Garmin and I was able to move into first within 3.74 miles on the bike.”

Men’s team, women’s team and overall team titles will be announced following the Collegiate Club National Championships Awards Ceremony, set for 8 p.m. CT. Team titles will be determined based on results from both Friday’s draft-legal races and Saturday’s Olympic-distance races.

 

USA Triathlon Collegiate Club Olympic-Distance National Championships
1500m swim, 40k bike, 9.8k run
Complete Results

Collegiate Men
1. Nick Noone (Colorado), 1:55:11
2. Sean Harrington (UCSB), 1:55:42
3. Ernest Mantell (Arizona State), 1:55:56
4. Christopher Douglas (Georgia Tech), 1:56:04
5. Dan Feeney (Colorado), 1:56:23

Collegiate Women
1. Cecilia Davis-Hayes (Columbia), 2:11:19
2. Hannah Grubbs (UCLA), 2:18:26
3. Darby Middlebrook (Michigan), 2:18:38
4. Marissa Platt (Colorado), 2:19:14
5. Ali Brauer (Colorado), 2:19:43

 

For more information about the USA Triathlon Collegiate Club National Championships, visit usatriathlong.org/usatcn17.

Weekend Preview: Get Your Fix

Triathlon Events

Friday April 21st

 

2017 USAT High School Triathlon National Championships

Tuscaloosa, Alabama


2017 USAT Collegiate Club Triathlon National Championships

Tuscaloosa, Alabama


 

Saturday April 22nd

 

2017 USAT Collegiate Club Triathlon National Championships

Tuscaloosa, Alabama


Team Colorado Weekly Ride

Tom Watson Park, Boulder


2017 CS Bike Swap

Colorado Springs


 

Sunday April 23rd

 

Three Creeks Half Marathon

Cherry Creek State Park



Cycling Events

Saturday April 22nd

 

Sea Otter Classic

Monterey, Ca


Clasica de Rio Grande

Johnstown


FLC Squawker Road Classic

Durango


Junior Track Clinic

Colorado Springs


2017 CS Bike Swap

Colorado Springs


 

Sunday April 23rd

 

Louisville Criterium

Louisville

 

Kick off the spring season this April at one of the fastest races in Colorado.  Louisville offers fast flowing corners, a power incline, and wide open roads to really put the hammer down!  Come shake off the rust and open up the throttle at the Louisville Criterium!

We’ll have great prizes from our sponsors, plus a lively expo to keep spectators well fed, caffeinated, and entertained!  Let’s kick off the 2017 Colorado Cycling Season in style!


BRAC Women’s Mentoring Clinic

Louisville

 

In conjunction with the Louisville Criteium.  This BRAC sponsored clinic is FREE to women of all ages and ability.  Join us to kick off the 2017 racing season with a fun and informative clinic!


GiddyUP! Film Tour

Mercury Cafe, Denver

 

This special performance will benefit the Front Rangers Cycling Club, a Metro Denver nonprofit that has been putting kids on bikes since 1993.  The FRCC have 2 important programs for youth: an outreach program in collaboration with Denver Police Department that takes disadvantaged youth on a bicycle rides and outings once a month; and a junior cycling team that meets weekly providing an opportunity for youth train and race road, mountain bike and cyclocross.


Sea Otter Classic

Monterey, Ca


Junior Track Clinic

Colorado Springs


FLC Squawker Road Classic

Durango

 

USAT Youth & Junior National Championships

Race in the Buckeye State!

West Chester first hosted rising youth and junior triathlon stars in 2012 and is a prime location for the National Championship event, with more than 20 of the 38 active High Performance Teams within a day’s drive of the venue. Youth & Junior Nationals is scheduled for Aug. 5-6, 2017, and tentatively scheduled for the first weekend in August from 2018-21. The event has sold out for the last four years, with more than 700 athletes ages 7-19 competing for national titles annually. The two-day event is contained within Voice of America Park and supported through a strong partnership with the Butler County Visitors Bureau and other community organizations. Click here to read more on this continued partnership in West Chester, Ohio.

Age Groups and Distances

All athletes must be between the ages of 7-19 as of December 31, 2017.

USA Triathlon anticipates 600-plus youth and junior competitors in attendance, including athletes from Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. In addition, National Championship titles will be awarded to the top youth club (non-drafting events).

Saturday, August 5

Youth Elite National Championship (draft-legal)
13-15-year-olds: 375m swim, 10k bike, 2.5K run

Junior Elite National Championship (draft-legal) 
16-19-year-olds: 750m swim, 20k bike, 5k run

Sunday, August 6

Youth National Championship (non-drafting)
7-10-year-olds: 100m swim, 5k bike, and 1k run
11-15-year-olds: 200m swim, 10k bike, 2k run
(No qualification required)

Mixed-Team Relay (draft-legal)
Athletes must be 13 to 19 years old as of December 31, 2017 to compete with a team.

USA Triathlon is thrilled to call West Chester, Ohio home to the Youth and Junior National Championships for the sixth consecutive year! In an unprecedented five-year agreement, West Chester, Ohio will host Youth and Junior Nationals at Voice of America Park through 2021.

2017 Duathlon National Championships

USA Triathlon is pleased to call Bend, Oregon home of the 2017 Duathlon National Championships for the second consecutive year.

New for 2017, USA Triathlon will offer three races in Bend. On Saturday, June 17, there will be non-drafting sprint and standard-distance races. On Sunday, June 18, there will be a draft-legal sprint. Details on Team USA qualification can be found here.

Whether you are looking for the opportunity to compete to be a national champion or simply participate in the most competitive duathlon in the U.S., this race is for you. The City of Bend boasts the nickname of “the outdoor playground of the West” for its endless options of trail running, cycling, hiking and more. With Mt. Bachelor and the Cascade Mountain Range nearby, the cosmopolitan mountain town has become an international mecca for outdoor enthusiasts and people in search of healthy, active vacation destinations.

 Team USA Qualification

Athletes will have the opportunity to qualify for the 2018 ITU Multisport Festival in Odense, Denmark (formerly referred to as the ITU World Championships) through the USA Triathlon Duathlon National Championships.

Athletes may race in all 3 events in Bend. Both the Non-Drafting and Draft-Legal Sprint-Distance events in Bend will qualify for the 2018 Draft-Legal Sprint World Championship.

Athletes must claim their spots at their respective awards ceremonies. Visit this page to learn more on qualification for Standard and Sprint distances.

2017 Collegiate Club Triathlon National Championships

USA Triathlon is excited to return to Tuscaloosa, Alabama for the Collegiate Club and High School National Championships in 2017. USA Triathlon was last in Tuscaloosa for Collegiate Nationals in 2011 and 2012 as well as for Age Group Nationals in 2009 and 2010. High School Nationals (non-drafting) and the Collegiate Club Draft-Legal Championships will occur on Friday, April 21. The Collegiate Olympic-Distance and Mixed-Team Relay races will occur on Saturday, April 22.

Event Dates: April 21-22, 2017
Entry Fees:
Draft-Legal: $65
Olympic-Distance: $120
Mixed-Team Relay: $30
High School Non-Draft-Legal: $50

Location: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Lodging Information: Click Here
Registration Closes April 14 at 11:59 p.m. MT
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