USA TRIATHLON ANNOUNCES RESCHEDULED 2020 COLLEGIATE CLUB & HIGH SCHOOL, DUATHLON NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
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 School, Duathlon).
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.
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.
Opens – 5:30am
No friends or family members allowed in the transition area for any reason. The race director and race officials will close the transition area 30-45 minutes before race start to ensure all athletes are at the starting area for mandatory course meeting and announcements. Once the transition area is closed, you will NOT be permitted back in before the race starts. Family/Friends will not be permitted in for any reason at any time throughout the event.
When the last cyclist is off the course and has headed out for the run. This time is variable and we will make announcements at the event when the transition area is ready to re-open.
Any athletes removing gear from transition areas before the announcer or race director has officially opened the transition area will be DISQUALIFIED from the race! This pertains to all athletes of all distances. All athletes deserve a clear transition.
In the event of inclement weather, it is recommended you have warm, dry clothing outside the transition area to put on following your finish due to other athletes still being on the bike course.
When you have completed the race, please do NOT enter the transition area wearing your timing chip. PLEASE remove your chip before re-entering the transition area and exiting again. This will cause a timing error.
You must rack according to your race number, based on the sequence numbers placed at the end of each row. Please remember racks will hold 7 bikes racked with the seat tip on support bar. Please be courteous to fellow athletes to ensure there is space for 7 bikes on a rack. If there is not enough room for your bike on your designated rack, please see a 3D Team member and we will help. Please do not move another athletes bike or gear.
Located at the run in/out chute with water and electrolyte replacement.
Run In/Out and Bike In/Out chutes are clearly marked on the large structures at either end. It is your responsibility to go the right direction while racing in the transition area.
Bike: 20k or 40k
Run: 6.2mi or 3.1mi
The run course, as it exits through Windsor 4, will NOT cross Paddyfest. Paddyfest has been moved to London Bridge Beach Park across the channel and will not have any interaction with the Havasu Triathlon.
You will have iced water, lemon-lime Gatorade Endurance Formula at every mile.
You will start with your specific swim wave. Check the information cube at the event for wave start information.
You will complete the Swim and Bike disciplines of the event. Following your Bike discipline, you will dismount your bike, cross the Bike In timing mats and place your bike back at your spot on the rack in the Transition Area. You will then proceed across the Run Out timing mats and you are done! Your finish time will be when you cross the timing mats at that point.
DO NOT re-enter the transition area through Run In/Out or Bike In/Out. This will cause a timing error.
If the event offers a finisher’s memento, please proceed to the finish area to receive the item. Tell the support crew at the finish line you were in the aquabike race and they will hand you the finishers memento.
You will keep your timing chip & strap on until all the bikes are off the course. Once we announce the transition is open, you may turn your chip & strap in at the designated collection point and retrieve your gear at that point.