The USAT High Performance Department has appointed three individuals within different segments of the country to serve as the primary liaison to the Paratriathlon community. These people are known as the Paratriathlon Development Coordinators (PDCs). Their two main objectives are to (1) implement talent identification programs and (2) help to guide paratriathletes through the athlete development pipeline.Interested in Talent ID programs? Think you have want it takes to compete at the Rio Paralympics in Paratriathlon? Contact your PDC below.
West PDC - Travis Ricks
(AK, HI, CA, AZ, NV, OR, WA, ID, MT, CO, WY, UT, NM)
Central PDC - Keri Schindler
(TX, OK, LA, AR, ND, SD, KS, NE, IA, MO, MN, WI, IL, OH, IN, KY, MI, TN, MS, AL, GA, SC)
East PDC - Joan Murray
(FL, NC, VA, WV, MD, DE, PA, NJ, CT, NY, VT, NH, MA, RI, ME)
Do you want to find out what Paratriathlon initiatives are going on where you live? We encourage you to get in touch with your region to find out. Click on the appropriate region below for more information. Unsure what region you live in? Click here to view a map.
Click here for a list of 2013 Paratriathlon Regional Championships
Click here for more information about the Retro Tri Series.
Paratriathlon-Friendly Designated Events
The USA Paratriathlon Committee has come up with a list of Paratriathlon friendly events across the country.
Click here to view the list. (It is being updated almost weekly with more events).
Are you new to the Paratriathlon scene or looking to get more information about Paratriathlon? Fill out this questionnaire so that USA Paratriathlon can get to know you better.
Youth (ages 7-15)
USA Paratriathlon is looking to grow our youth Paratriathlon population in 2013. The youth initiative will be for kids between the ages of 7 and 15 years old as of December 31st. For kids who are 16 years old and above they are able to compete at 'adult' events and camps such as the High Performance Camps and the USA Paratriathlon National Championship, if they qualify.
Here are known events and clinics for youth in 2013. More will be posted here as known.
- Youth and Junior National Championship
West Chester, Ohio
August 3-4, 2013
- Splash and Dash Aquathlon Series
*This youth series is aquathlon (swim/run) only and is happening all year throughout the country. It is a great introduction for youth to the multisport lifestyle.
- Mid-Atlantic Region Youth Paratriathlon Clinic
April 6-7, 2013
The USA Triathlon Mid-Atlantic Region Paratriathlon clinic will be held in Baltimore, MD on April 6-7, 2013. The clinic is open to all physically challenged youth and adults age 7 and up. The clinic will be organized into tracks for beginner, intermediate, and advanced athletes and us open to youth and adults that are amputees or wheelchair athletes. Experienced coaches, trainers, and PTs in adaptive swimming, handcycles, pushrim cycling, and running/cycling with prosthesis will lead the clinic.
Volunteers will be available to assist as athlete handlers and other support. Please complete the registration form if interested in attending so the coaches have basic information about your experience and abilities to tailor your training at the clinic, and volunteers can be assigned appropriately.
The cost is free for USAT annual members. Non-members are charged $10 for youth and $12 for adults.
Click here to download the official event flyer
- Dare2Tri Kids Paratriathlon Clinic
July 23-24, 2013
Dare2tri Paratriathlon Club will host its 2nd annual Kids Camp at 63rd Street Beach in Chicago, IL on July 23 & 24. This is a day camp from 10 AM - 4 PM. Transportation provided within the Chicago city limits. The camp will include clinics on swimming (open water), cycling, running, transition and nutrition. USAT Certified coaches, current and past Paralympic athletes and national team members will conduct all clinics. Adaptive equipment provided for those who do not have access to their own. The camp will conclude with a mini tri so the athletes can put into practice all the skills they have learned and cross the finish line! Camp registration is $25/athlete which includes all the clinics, transportation if needed and lunch. Scholarships are available. For more information please check out www.dare2tri.org or email Keri Schindler
Questions? Email us.
Paratriathlon Event FAQs
Are you a USAT Certified Race Director and are looking to incorporate paratriathletes at your race or already are? Here are some helpful ideas to ensure it is a great race for you and the athletes.
USAT Competitive Rules
For 2013, there are two different divisions for disabled athletes to compete in for USAT-Sanctioned races:
- Paratriathlon which is governed by all USA Triathlon Competitive Rules with a few modifications.
Learn more about Paratriathlon rules here.
*Only two events in the country will be hosting a Paratriathlon division in 2013, they are the USA Paratriathlon National Championship and ITU San Diego. Those two events will comply fully with the Paratriathlon rules.
All USAT sanctioned events are welcome to host PC Open divisions in 2013.
- PC Open athletes are not required to follow the classifications and rules that govern Paratriathlon. PC Open participants follow the guidance provided with respect to legal equipment such as hand cycles and wheelchairs but the classification rules are not in effect. (i.e. the rule requiring the use of blackout shades is not in effect)
Paratriathlon Friendly Races
Do you believe your race is paratriathlete friendly? Do you want to be added to the list of 'Paratriathlete Friendly' events? Fill out the application below and email it to us.