USA Triathlon has announced its first-ever National Youth Series, a calendar of youth-focused multisport events across the United States in 2019. The non-competitive, participation-based series includes 59 youth triathlons, as well as the 73-event Splash & Dash Youth Aquathlon Series. Races are geared toward children aged 7-17.
USA Triathlon partnered with race directors, community centres, coaches, clubs and parks & recreation departments to provide participation opportunities across USA Triathlon’s six regions, with a calendar spanning from March through October.
“USA Triathlon is proud to showcase some of the most beloved youth multisport events in the country through our inaugural National Youth Series,” said Meg Duncan, Youth Program Manager at USA Triathlon.
“The Splash & Dash Youth Aquathlon Series, launched by USA Triathlon in 2012, has seen enormous success and continued growth with each new year. The National Youth Series now allows us to expand on that participation-based concept while opening up triathlon opportunities to more youth nationwide.”
All youth triathlon events are short in distance (typically a 100-400m swim, 2-10 km bike, and 1-2.5 km run),. The events are intended to expose youth to the basic elements of triathlon while providing a unique sense of accomplishment.
The Splash & Dash series is designed to introduce youth athletes to the multisport lifestyle through the fast-growing discipline of aquathlon (swim-run). With a focus on participation over competition, many of the events are not timed.
At all Splash & Dash events, participants aged 7-10 will complete a 100m pool swim and a 1k run, while athletes ages 11-15 will complete a 200m pool swim and a 2k run. All Splash & Dash participants receive a custom series hat and finisher’s medal, USA Swimming bag tag and other giveaways from USA Triathlon.
The Splash & Dash series saw record participation in 2018, with 2,400 youth taking part in more than 50 events nationwide. The Boy Scouts of America, Girls on the Run and the USA Swimming Foundation are all partners of the series.
Prizes are available to participants of multiple National Youth Triathlon Series and/or Splash & Dash events in a given season, including a 2020 Youth Digital Membership, Rudy Project youth bike helmet, and select USA Triathlon-branded items.