USA Triathlon

USA Triathlon
IOC nation USA
National flag United States
Sport Triathlon
Official website
Year of formation 1982
International federation International Triathlon Union (ITU)
National Olympic Committee United States Olympic Committee
President Barry Siff
Chief Executive Rob Urbach
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USA Triathlon (USAT) is the national governing body for the multisport disciplines of triathlon, duathlon, aquathlon and winter triathlon in the United States. USA Triathlon is a member federation of the U.S. Olympic Committee and the International Triathlon Union. Its headquarters are in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

USA Triathlon is the largest multisport organization in the world. It sanctions more than 4,300 races every year with nearly 500,000 members. It is composed of athletes of all ages, coaches, officials, parents and fans working to strengthen multisport.

USA Triathlon coordinates and sanctions grassroots and elite multisport events across the country and works to create interest and participation in those programs.

On the elite level, USA Triathlon is responsible for the selection and training of teams to represent the United States in international competition, including the world championships, Pan American Games and Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. It conducts national camps and clinics and provides coaching education programs.

On the developmental level, USA Triathlon fosters grassroots expansion of the sport, which is facilitated by the sanctioning of age-group events and triathlon clubs. National Championship events are held for athletes of all ages, including youth and junior athletes. USA Triathlon's marquee event each year is its Age Group National Championships, held annually since 1982. In 2014, the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, drew 5,700 registered participants.[1]

USA Triathlon's mission is to grow and inspire the triathlon community. USA Triathlon's vision is to provide the resources required for all in the triathlon community to reach their full potential.[2]


USA Triathlon is a member-based organization founded in 1982.[3] At the end of 2013, USA Triathlon reached a record-high 174,787 annual members, up 5.5 percent from year-end 2012.[4] USA Triathlon has seen steady membership growth since 1995, impacted greatly by the addition of triathlon to the Olympic Games in 2000.

Among USA Triathlon's constituent groups are 2,514 certified coaches, 604 certified race directors, 550 certified officials, and 1,036 certified clubs.


USA Triathlon is continually creating opportunities to make triathlon accessible to new audiences. In 2012, USA Triathlon created its Splash & Dash Youth Aquathlon Series[5] to encourage children ages 7–15 to participate in multisport. The swim-run events are set distances based on age, and focus on fun and participation rather than competition. Most events are not timed.

The organization also launched a Retro Tri Series in 2013 to boost participation among beginner triathletes.[6]

In January 2014, USA Triathlon celebrated the overwhelming support from Division I, II and III representatives at the NCAA Convention, who voted to add triathlon an Emerging Sport for Women.[7][8]


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