The 2016 USA Paratriathlon National Championships will take place on 14 August in Santa Cruz, California, in conjunction with the 10th anniversary of Tri Santa Cruz.
National titles will be up for grabs in five sport classes, and athletes will compete on a 750m swim, 20K bike, 5K run course at Cowell Beach and Depot Park. The event will likely feature members of the US Paralympic Triathlon Team in their final competition before the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Paralympic Games, where triathlon will make its debut on 10-11 September.
In addition to chasing national titles, athletes may also qualify for the USA Paratriathlon Development Team Program, meant to identify and develop athletic potential leading toward the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. More information on the USA Paratriathlon Development Team Program is available at usatriathlon.org (PDF).
“We are incredibly excited to move this event to Santa Cruz, California, and Tri Santa Cruz in 2016,” said Amanda Duke Boulet, USA Paratriathlon Program Manager. “Tri Santa Cruz is a long-standing event and paratriathletes have been supported by race management for nearly 10 years. This event will showcase some of our nation’s best paratriathletes, whether up-and-coming stars or world-ranked athletes heading to Rio for their Paralympic Games debut.”
Athletes wishing to compete in the 2016 USA Paratriathlon National Championships must be officially classified and must have completed a USA Triathlon or ITU Sanctioned Event that meets distance and time standards between 1 May 2015, and 17 July 2016.
Athletes who are not classified or do not meet the time standards may choose to race in the PC Open division. A National Classification opportunity will be offered in Santa Cruz prior to the event.