USA Triathlon announced that the Collegiate Club & High School Triathlon National Championships will take place from April 21-22 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
More than 120 collegiate triathlon clubs are represented annually at Collegiate Club Nationals, which feature three race distances: the sprint-distance Draft-Legal Collegiate Championships; the traditional Olympic-distance Collegiate Club Nationals race; and the Mixed Team Relay, in which teams are comprised of four athletes (two men, two women) who each complete an abbreviated swim, bike and run course before tagging their teammates. The Mixed Team Relay was first held in Tuscaloosa in 2012.
In April 2016, an at-capacity field of 125 high school athletes from around the country competed at the inaugural USA Triathlon High School Triathlon National Championships in Clemson, South Carolina, showcasing some of the top up-and-coming talent in the country. Next year's field will be capped at 300.
The High School National Championships and Draft-Legal Collegiate Championships will kick off the 2017 event weekend on April 21, followed by Collegiate Club Nationals, PC Open and Mixed Team Relay on April 22.
Tuscaloosa is home to the University of Alabama, and it has a rich history of hosting top triathletes from across the country at events which have included the 2008 U.S. Olympic Triathlon Trials, the 2009-10 USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships, and Collegiate Club National Championships in 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2012. The main venue for next year's event will be centered around the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, with the swim in the Black Warrior River.
About USA Triathlon: USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon, as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,300 races and connects with nearly 500,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work with athletes, coaches and race directors on the grassroots level, USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships, Pan American Games and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the ITU and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).