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Lake Havasu Triathlons

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Due to COVID 19 ALL athletes registered for the 3.14 event are automatically transferred to this re-schedule date.   This is going to be a Multi-Sport Celebration combining National Championship events, Draft Legal events and Age group events all on one weekend in one of the perfect spots to host such an event in the Oasis in the desert, Lake Havasu City, Arizona. 

Lake Havasu has to be in the conversation when talking about the history of triathlon and the legends who have raced there are not much different than Muncie Indiana.  First events produced by the city then Jonathon Grinder took the event to the next level in terms of the national stage.  Now we partner to take it to that next level along with USAT to bring a spectacle of multi-sport when we need it most and we all are super excited.  



High School National Championships Register Here

Collegiate Club National Championships Register Here

Duathlon National Championships Register Here

Races headed to Lake Havasu City in October

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Triathlon today announced the dates and locations for its rescheduled 2020 Collegiate Club & High School National Championships and 2020 Duathlon National Championships, both of which were initially set for this spring but were postponed due to the COVID-pandemic. Both events are now scheduled for Oct. 16-17 in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, as part of the Havasu Triathlon co-hosted by race production companies Tucson Racing and 3 Disciplines (3D) Racing.

Collegiate Club & High School Nationals were originally scheduled to take place April 3-4 in Tempe, Arizona, while Duathlon Nationals were originally set for May 30-31 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

NOTE: The rescheduled USA Triathlon Collegiate Club, High School and Duathlon National Championships are contingent upon Lake Havasu City lifting its ban on large-scale events by the rescheduled race dates of Oct. 16-17.

“USA Triathlon is proud to bring the rescheduled Collegiate Club, High School and Duathlon National Championships to Lake Havasu City. We appreciate Jonathan Grinder of Tucson Racing, as well as Kenny Krell and Ann Marie Kern of 3D Racing, for their flexibility and enthusiasm in hosting this jam-packed championship program over one weekend,” said Brian D’Amico, Director of Events at USA Triathlon. “Athletes can look forward to a beautiful, yet challenging, course at the Lake Havasu venue, which has two decades of history hosting championship-level events.”

“The Tucson Racing and 3D Racing team looks forward to welcoming the nation’s top high school and collegiate triathletes and age-group duathletes to Lake Havasu City,” said Grinder, Owner of Tucson Racing and Co-Race Director of the Havasu Triathlon along with Kenny Krell and Ann Marie Kern. “We are proud to showcase the Havasu Triathlon for an epic multisport weekend, and to give the chance for athletes who were unable to race this spring to have a new opportunity to chase national titles.”

The Havasu Triathlon has a rich history of hosting national triathlon events. It was the site of the triathlon trials for the 1999 Pan American Games, as well as the 2004 and 2005 USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championships. In addition, the race — which is typically held in the spring but was postponed this year due to COVID-19 — has served as the Mountain Collegiate Triathlon Conference Championships for the last eight years.

The rescheduled Collegiate Club & High School National Championships will feature all of its traditional events, including the collegiate draft-legal sprint, non-drafting Olympic-distance and mixed relay races, as well as the non-drafting sprint race for high school athletes. All team and individual scoring will remain the same. This year will mark the last running of the High School National Championships, as it will be restructured to become part of USA Triathlon Youth & Junior Nationals moving forward.

All events typically held as part of Duathlon Nationals will also remain on the schedule, including the non-drafting sprint, non-drafting standard and draft-legal sprint-distance duathlon events. Additionally, race weekend will include an age-group open (non-championship) sprint triathlon.

Athletes who were previously registered for Collegiate Club Nationals, High School Nationals or Duathlon Nationals have a variety of deferral options, including transferring their registration to the 2020 rescheduled event in Lake Havasu, the 2021 Collegiate Club (pending eligibility) or Duathlon National Championships, or another USA Triathlon-owned event in 2021 or 2022 — including Collegiate Club Nationals (pending eligibility), Duathlon Nationals, Toyota Age Group Nationals (pending qualification) or the Legacy Triathlon.

In addition, if the October event is ultimately forced to cancel due to COVID-19, USA Triathlon will offer full or partial refunds based on the cancellation date. Registered athletes will receive an email from USA Triathlon with more details about deferral and refund policies.

Athletes not already registered for Collegiate Club, High School or Duathlon Nationals, but who wish to participate in one of the rescheduled events in Lake Havasu, may now register at the respective event pages ( Collegiate Club & High SchoolDuathlon).

Continual updates and resources from USA Triathlon regarding COVID-19 are available at usatriathlon.org/covid-19. USA Triathlon also launched the Safe Return to Multisport initiative, a comprehensive set of best practices and recommendations for race directors, coaches and athletes to implement to resume racing and group training safely as the nation recovers from COVID-19. All documents can be found at usatriathlon.org/safe-return.

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. Any further potential changes to USA Triathlon’s National Championships event calendar will be communicated immediately.

USA Triathlon Collegiate Club, High School and Duathlon National Championships
Oct. 16-17, Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
Collegiate Club & High School Event Information | Duathlon Event Information

Friday, Oct. 16
Collegiate Club Draft-Legal Triathlon National Championships (750m swim, 20k bike, 5k run)
Age Group Draft-Legal Duathlon National Championships (5-kilometer run, 20-kilometer bike, 2.5-kilometer run)
Age Group Sprint Duathlon National Championships (5-kilometer run, 20-kilometer bike, 2.5-kilometer run)

Saturday, Oct. 17
Collegiate Club Olympic-Distance Triathlon National Championships (1,500m swim, 40k bike, 10k run)
High School Triathlon National Championships (750m swim, 20k bike, 5k run)
Age Group Standard Distance Duathlon National Championships (10-kilmeter run, 40k bike, 10-kilometer run)
Collegiate Club Mixed Relay National Championships (4x (250m swim, 5k bike, 2.5k run)
Age Group Open Sprint-Distance Triathlon (750m swim, 20k bike, 5k run) — not a national championship event

Distances are approximate.
The history of Lake Havasu

Lake Havasu CIty was an Army Air Corps rest camp during World War II.   In 1958, Robert McCulloch (of McCulloch chain saws) purchased 3,353 acres (13.57 km2) of property on the east side of Lake Havasu along Pittsburgh Point, the peninsula that eventually would be transformed into \"the Island\".  After four years of planning, McCulloch Properties acquired another 13,000 acres of federal land in the surrounding area.  Lake Havasu City was established on September 30, 1963.

The London Bridge is really the London Bridge.

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It was bought for US $2.5 million from London in 1968. The bridge was disassembled, and the marked stones were shipped to Lake Havasu City and reassembled for another US $7 million. Since its inauguration on October 5, 1971, it has been one of the most visited sites in Arizona.

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Lake Havasu is one of the most visited lakes in the west and was created by Parker Dam, a concrete arch-gravity dam that crosses the Colorado River 155 miles downstream from Hoover Dam.   Built between 1934 and 1938, it is 320 feet (98 m) high(235 feet (72 m) of which are below the Colorado riverbed, making it the deepest dam in the world). Lake Havasu can store 647,000 acre·ft (798,000,000 m3) or over 210 billion gallons. The dam straddles the state border between Arizona and California between the Whipple Mountains of California and the Buckskin Mountains of of Arizona.

Lake Havasu City is an active destination for everybody. During the spring months, the community is joined by university students and has twice been featured during MTV\'s Spring Break coverage.  For boaters, March to September are the prime months on Lake Havasu. The city is also home to the International World Jet Ski Final Races, multiple professional fishing tournaments, custom boat regattas, the Western Winter Blast pyrotechnics convention, Havasu 95 Speedway, the Chilln-n-Swilln Beer Festival and, of course, the Havasu Triathlon.

To find out more about all the recreational opportunities in Lake Havasu or to check out dining and lodging options, go to www.golakehavasu.com.


Date / Location

Friday & Saturday October 16, 17, 2020

Lake Havasu State Park and island.

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National Championship Events:
Sprint Duathlon, Sprint Duathlon Draft Legal, Standard Duathlon
Collegiate Club 
Collegiate Draft Legal
High School
Mountain Collegiate Championships

Olympic Triathlon - 1500m swim, 40k bike, 10k run 

Sprint Triathlon - 500m swim, 20k bike, 5k run
Sprint Duathlon - 2.5k run, 20k bike, 5k run
Olympic Aquabike - 1500m swim, 40k bike
Sprint Aquabike - 500m swim, 20k bike

**2 and 3 person relays offered for both the Olympic and Sprint Distance Triathlon
For all the event information go here this year

Mountain Collegiate Triathlon Championships 


Northern Arizona University, Arizona State University, University of Arizona, University of Wyoming, Weber State,  University of Colorado, Colorado State University, United States Air Force Academy, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs(UCCS), University of Colorado, Boulder(CU, )Colorado School of Mines, New Mexico State University, Brigham Young University, Utah Valley University

Plenty of parking around the venue at the lake state park.  Please follow signs upon arriving. 

  • Custom event shirt
  • Custom finishers medal
  • Custom latex swim cap
  • Sponsor supplied samples
  • Professional chip timing with results available online
  • Awards to top three in each age group
  • Great sponsor supplied raffle and awards ceremony following the last finisher
  • The best post race snack table out there

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For an extra $35 select the PURPLE option at the registration process.  You will have until 2 weeks before the event to add this to your registration as well.  To plan for each Purple event this will close 2 weeks prior to each purple event.  Exclusive PURPLE Tent for those registered will be set privately adjacent to the post race area.  

*The Purple Option is contingent upon Covid 19 restrictions.  If this option is cancelled, athletes will receive a refund of their Purple fee.

In addition to the tent you will enjoy these PURPLE Amenities: 

  • Morning Coffee
  • Fast trac packet pickup
  • Preferred racking
  • Exclusive 3D recovery tent: recovery boots, masseuse, lounge chairs, fan, ice pool, towels, rollers, food & beverage
  • Purple results and more...
Getting to Lake Havasu


At first glance, Lake Havasu City may seem a little off the beaten track.  It is, however, extremely accessible and very inexpensive to get to.  Flights to Las Vegas, at the time this information was prepared, were averaging under $300 a flight from most cities.   Once in Lake Havasu City, you will not need a rental car or other transportation.  For those driving to the Havasu Triathlon, Lake Havasu City is in close proximity to major freeways, is only 4 hours from Southern California, 3 hours from Phoenix and only 2 hours from Las Vegas.

Driving (directions are for illustration only) 
1. From Los Angeles (280 miles): I-10 towards San Bernadino; I-15 North toward Barstow to I-40 east; south on State Route 95, 17 miles to Lake Havasu
2. From San Francisco (580 miles) I-5 south; CA Route 58 east (exit 257) toward Barstow; I-15 toward Las Vegas for 4 miles to I-40 east; south on State Route 95, 17 miles to Lake Havasu
3. From Denver (960 miles): I-25 south to I-40 west; south on State Route 95, 17 miles to Lake Havasu
4. From Dallas (1170 miles): I-35 north to US-82 to US-287 North; I-40 west; south on State Route 95, 17 miles to Lake Havasu
5. From Chicago (1850 miles) I-55 south; I-44 west; I-40 west; State Route 95 south, 17 miles to Lake Havasu
6. From New York (2500 miles) I-78 west to I-76 west to I-70 west; I-44 west; I-40 west; south on State Route 95, 17 miles to Lake Havasu.

The Lake Havasu Tourism Bureau recommends that athletes fly into Las Vegas (although Phoenix is a cheap and easy alternative). The reasons to fly into Las Vegas are:
1. It is the closest major airport to Lake Havasu
2. There are regular shuttles from the Vegas airport to Havasu
2. It is only about a 2 hour drive from Lake Havasu

3. Airfares to Las Vegas, because of the casinos and entertainment in Las Vegas, are the cheapest of any airfares in the country. Additionally, there are many specials and sales offered on airfares to Las Vegas throughout the year.LODGING

The Havasu Triathlon takes place in the middle of Spring Break so we encourage you to make your reservations early.

Our host hotel is the Quality Inn. Please call (928) 855-1111 and ask for the triathlon rate.

Packet Pick is at the host hotel on Friday, March 13, 2020 from 3pm to 8pm.
Camping is at Havasu State Park (space limited) and at Crazy Horse Campground.
For other lodging options go to www.golakehavasu.com.


Ship it to the Havasu Triathlon\'s Host Hotel:

Just be a guest at the Quality Inn and address the bike to yourself and the Quality Inn will hold your bike for you.
Note that our bike mechanic will not be available to assemble your bike for you at registration.  If you need assistance assembling your bike please call Havasu Bike and Fitness to make arrangements.


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Bike Repair
Bike Assembly

151 Swanson Ave, Suite A&B, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403
Call Craig at 928-453-9777 if you are going to ship your bike to Havasu Bike & Fitness for assembly prior to the race.  Remember, please plan ahead as, due to demand, this service may not be available several days before the race.

We will not have a mechanic at registration. Havasu Bike & Fitness is across the street from the host hotel and a mechanic will be standing by there to help you with minor bike adjustment needs. A mechanic from Havasu Bike & Fitness will be at the Transition Area race morning.  Note that the mechanic will be available for minor adjustments only.  All repairs should be done before the race at the shop.


Havasu is famous for jet skiing with miles of shoreline to explore.  The best place to rent jet skis is at:

At the Bridge Rentals
1425 McCulloch Blvd (under the bridge on the island)
Lake Havasu City, AZ86403


At the Bridge Rentals is providing the jetskis for our Lifeguards and making for a much safer swim on Race Morning.  If you are looking to rent jetskis during your trip to Havasu we urge you to support our sponsors and rent from At the Bridge Rentals.


Age Up Rule
Your age on race day is the same as how old you will be on December 31 of that year.

Top 3 Men and Top 3 Women Overall in each event and excluded from their age group.

Age Groups
Top 3 Men and Top 3 Women within each of the following age groups:
19 and under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39,40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+
*In the event there may not be at least 4 athletes within an age group, an age group may be combined, for example 2 in 20-24 and 2 and 25-29 = 20-29 age group combined.

*Sprint Triathlon - Typically offers 15 and under and 16-19 in addition.
*Clydesdales (Male 225 lbs or more) - Top 3 in Olympic and Sprint Distance Triathlons. 
*Athenas (Female 165 lbs or more) - Top 3 in Olympic and Sprint Distance Triathlons.

Aquabike:  Top 3 Men and Top 3 Women in Olympic and Sprint Distance Aquabike. 

Sprint Duathlon:  Top 3 Men and Top 3 Women.

Super Sprint - All athletes will receive a finisher medal when crossing the finish line. This category is designed for those wanting to Try the Tri or to enjoy a fun, family-friendly race. In that spirit, no awards are presented.  Everyone is a winner!

Awards will in NO circumstances be given out early, or individually before the awards ceremony. If you must depart before the awards ceremony, you may opt to pay a shipping and processing fee and have the award mailed to you. Please click on the link below to be taken to the Transition Bag Store where you can select the AWARD Item.



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Parks and Recreation
City of Lake Havasu
Jonathon Grinder

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Gatorade Endurance

Support Crews

Athletes Responsibility

Due to an increasing amount of athletes entering events they may not be properly trained for, we are asking each athlete to be responsible and honest with his/her ability to complete the distance registering for. Due to safety concerns for everyone involved including you the athlete, but also the support crew volunteers and officials like police, sheriff, fire department, etc. we must instill course cut off times at 4 hrs. Raffle and awards start at 3 hrs and 30 minutes in Olympic distance events and 99% of all athletes are finished by that time. So you must register for the event you will finish under that 4 hour time limit. Being a responsible athlete means if you cannot complete the Olympic distance comfortably under that time we recommend you participate in the sprint event. We encourage you to train for the goal to reach that Olympic distance under the 4 hour time limit. If you do not have a clear idea as to how to achieve that goal we are here to help, please let us know.

An athlete will be informed he/she has reached the 4 hr. cut off, at which time the athlete will acknowledge he/she understands completely and he/she will be brought in off the course by the course coordinator. If the athlete refuses this he/she will be informed that there will not be any support left on the course from that point and he/she must acknowledge this and understand he/she is continuing under those circumstances at which time the athlete will remove the timing chip/strap and give to the course coordinator.  

Again an athlete must take the responsibility on as an athlete understanding his/her ability at the time of the event. Knowing that support crew volunteers, as well as other personnel out on courses must be kept in safe conditions as well.  

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