Youth & Junior Nationals Head to West Chester, Ohio, Next Month
10 Jul, 2015
Event for Athletes Ages Seven-19 Expected to Sell Out for Second Straight Year
Nearly 700 young up-and-coming triathletes are registered for next month's 2015 USA Triathlon Youth & Junior National Championships, returning Aug. 1-2 to Voice of America Park in West Chester, Ohio.
Action begins on Saturday, Aug. 1, with draft-legal championship races for junior elite (ages 16-19) and youth elite (ages 13-15) set to begin at 8 a.m. ET. The junior elite and youth elite events feature a draft-legal format that is contested in the Olympic Games and upcoming NCAA Emerging Sport for Women competition. Junior elite athletes will compete on a 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike and 5-kilometer run course, and youth elite athletes will compete later on Saturday, covering a 375m swim, 10k bike and 2.5k run course. Junior elite and youth elite competitors earn spots on the start list through qualifying events, including last year's championship and other draft-legal events held throughout the U.S. this season.
Junior elite and youth elite athletes ages 13-19 will also compete in the sixth edition of the draft-legal team relay on Sunday, Aug. 2. Each athlete on the 50 four-person teams expected to participate will complete a 250m swim, 5k bike and 1.2k run before tagging the next athlete on their team. The format is similar to the ITU Mixed Relay competition that will be contested by elite athletes later this month in Hamburg, Germany, and is also on the program at the Youth Olympic Games.
Following the relay, the age-group Youth National Championships will get underway at 10:45 a.m. ET. A sold-out event in 2014, this event allows children ages 7-15 to compete for national titles against others who are the same age, as well as a youth paratriathlon open division. Older athletes ages 11-15 will race on a 200m swim, 10k bike, 2k run course, and younger athletes will complete a 100m swim, 5k bike and 1k run. Paratriathletes will complete a 200m swim, 5k bike and 2k run. Registration for the age-group races is still open now at active.com, and this event is expected to sell out again this year.
USA Triathlon is also supporting its Tri for Change program for the second year. Seven children from the local area are part of the eight-week program, which includes training for their first triathlon with a local USA Triathlon Certified Coach. These children also receive necessary gear to participate in the sport, including a bike, helmet, running shoes and more. Tri for Change helps youth who may not have otherwise had access to these resources discover the sport of triathlon and learn how to live a healthy lifestyle while having fun. More on the 2015 Tri for Change program is available at usatriathlon.org.
In addition to individual races and national titles throughout the weekend, awards will also be given to the top youth club (non-drafting events) and development team (draft-legal). More information on the event is available at usatriathlon.org/usatyjr15.
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).