USA Triathlon High Performance coordinates a variety of age-appropriate, developmental competition formats, camps and teams for junior athletes. These include national championships, world championship team qualifiers, and regional, national and international competitions. Juniors may also partake in national select camps. Working with our Talent Identification Coordinators, USAT High Performance helps to promote junior-level events within each of its 10 regions.
Junior triathletes represent one of the fastest growing segments of USA Triathlon membership. The “junior” age division is comprised of athletes between the ages of 16 and 19, with racing age determined on December 31st of the competition year. Athletes 15 and under race in the “youth” division.
Junior athletes have the opportunity to compete in two distinct styles of racing. Most juniors participate in the traditional, non-drafting triathlon format. USAT High Performance has designated a number of non-drafting Junior Talent Identification Races around the country to serve as age-appropriate, entry-level triathlons.
The highest-caliber juniors compete in draft-legal triathlons, called Junior Elite Cups. These sprint distance races mimic the ITU World Triathlon Series and Olympic format of racing by using multi-lap courses and fast flowing transition zones. Junior Elite Cups serve as qualifiers for the USAT Junior Elite National Championship. These athletes have above-average swim skills, the ability to ride in a peloton, and a strong run off the bike.
Learn more about USAT Juniors at the link below:
Draft-Legal Rules Website
View the 2016 Junior Elite Series Guide below (2017 guide will be posed when available).