USAT Draft-Legal Sprint Triathlon - 2016 World Championship Qualifier


Event Date

Sat, Nov 7, 2015


Clermont, FL


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Triathlon-Sprint - Individual Age group/open

$85 $95 Closed

About This Activity

The USA Triathlon Age Group Qualifier for the 2016 ITU Draft-Legal Sprint World Championship will be held in Clermont, Florida on November 7, 2015 at Lake Louisa State Park. This race will qualify athletes for the 2016 International Triathlon Union (ITU) Draft-Legal Sprint Course Triathlon World Championship. The 2016 ITU World Championships will be held in Mexico.

How to qualify for the draft-legal Sprint World Championships in Mexico:

Triathlon Draft-Legal Qualifier — Clermont, FL, Nov. 7, 2015

This event will be the first opportunity athletes will have to confirm their spot on the 2016 Team USA for the draft-legal Sprint Worlds. Ten (10) spots will be available at this event. All athletes must finish within 30 percent of the winner’s time in order to earn the right to the spot. There will not be any roll downs at this event; only those in the top 10 and within 30 percent of the age group winner’s time will be considered for Team USA. Should you qualify for a spot on Team USA, athletes will be tracked and notified by USA Triathlon within two weeks of the event that they have earned the spot.  No pass downs will be offered.  A down payment of $50 for those who have earned a spot will be required by a soon to be determined date.


2015 USA Triathlon Sprint National Championships — Milwaukee, WI, Aug. 9, 2015

USA Triathlon will reserve eight (8) spots in each age group at this event. The spots will be awarded after the draft-legal qualifying race slots have been allocated and confirmed (likely by end of 2015). Athletes must also be within 30 percent of the age group winner’s time in order to meet qualification. After the commitment of 8 positions is met, slots will pass down at this race according to the following:


  •        For as many athletes who finish in the age group within 30 percent of the age group winner’s time


  •        Capacity of 18 spots in the age group is met, whichever happens first. Note: USA Triathlon is restricted to a capacity limit of 18 athletes per age group for all ITU World Championship events.


In the draft-legal qualifying race, athletes will compete in the age group according to age as of Dec. 31, 2016. This is different from most races; if you age-up in 2016, you will compete in that age group regardless of your age on Dec. 31, 2015. This race will not award national championship titles.


In the national championship race, athletes will compete in the age group according to their age as of Dec. 31, 2015. There will then be a roll down results list available at the award ceremony to determine qualification spots for the 2016 ITU World Championships.



How to qualify for the Age Group Standard Triathlon World Championships:

All of the standard slots will be allocated at the Olympic-Distance National Championships in Milwaukee on Aug. 8, 2015, in conjunction with USA Triathlon’s Age Group National Championships weekend. The ITU World Championships at the standard/Olympic-distance will NOT be draft-legal.

It’s time to get revved up to compete in this new style of racing for age-groupers! If you ask our youth elites, junior elites and senior elites their thoughts on this discipline, they will tell you just how exciting this format can be. USA Triathlon will be establishing free webinars to help lessen the intimidation and questions associated with competing in a draft-legal event. These educational webinars will offer you the insights, advice and knowledge important for you to more accurately assess your interest in competing in the draft legal events (triathlon and duathlon). Additionally, ITU has created a set of rules that will be important for people to learn and abide by as part of the preparation for the qualifier and upon qualification, worlds. Such things as bike specs and racing requirements are covered here.


To learn more, please visit the triathlon FAQ section HERE.

To find out what equipment is required to compete at a Draft-Legal event, more information can be found here between the pages of 21-27.


Please note that there will be no cross-gender drafting as males and females will not be on the bike course at the same time. Additionally, waves will be no more than 75 athletes. Waves will be determined based on registration numbers per age group and age groups will be combined.


Team USA Age-Up Rule

At the USA Triathlon Draft-Legal Sprint Duathlon World Championship Qualifier held in Clermont, Florida, athletes will race in their appropriate age groups based on their age as of Dec. 31, 2015. Awards will be issued based on those results. For Team USA qualifying purposes, all athletes will be “aged up” to meet their age as of December 31, 2016. A separate set of results will be issued accounting for those athletes who aged up and Team USA slots will be awarded based on these results. So, each athlete’s finish time will be compared to those athletes in the older age group. For example, if John Doe is going to be 49 years old by Dec. 31, 2015, he will age-up up into the 50-54 age group for the 2016 World Championships since he will be 50 years old by Dec. 31, 2016. Thus, for Team USA qualifying purposes, his time at the qualification event will be compared to the men currently in the 50-54 age group. We will post the age-up results at the awards ceremony.

Who can qualify for Team USA?

All athletes eligible to represent the United States must:

·Be a U.S. citizen 


·Be a U.S. national – someone who has resided in the U.S. for three consecutive years at the time of qualification and has not competed for their country of citizenship in the prior year.


Team USA eligible athletes must not have competed for their country of citizenship in the prior year. Athletes who choose to be recognized as nationals who have competed for their country of citizenship in the last year may get dispensation by obtaining a letter from the National Federation of their home country allowing competition as a USA athlete.


For more information visit the Team USA website.



Event details and schedule

When: Saturday, November 7, 2015  

Start Time: TBD (There will be multiple start times based on age/gender. Start times will be posted as soon as they are confirmed)

Race Venue: Lake Louisa State Park, Clermont, FL

Lodging: Click here for Clermont Area lodging information.
Sprint Triathlon: 750 meter Swim, 20K Bike, 5K Run
SWIM - 750 meter swim course. Wetsuit use is in accordance with USAT rules. 
BIKE - The 20K bike course is a 4 lap course.

RUN - The 5K run course is a two loop course.

Amenities: Finisher medal, colorful event shirt, commemorative Tote Bag and bike bottle, accurately measured and well monitored course, greaqt post race food.
Awards: Custom awards to the top three finishers in each division, male and female..  

Entry Fees*:




LATE Registration
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* All participants must provide proof of current USA Triathlon Membership or purchase an annual one-year USAT License during registration. The entry fees posted above do not included USA Triathlon membership fees.

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Event Timetable*:

* Subject to Change

 Friday, November 6, 2015

 12:00pm - 6:00pm

 Packet Pick-up & Expo

Saturday, November 7, 2015 
Schedule TBD

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