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The National Challenge Competition (NCC) is designed to get triathletes excited about off-season training at the club level. Tri Clubs across the country go head-to-head to see who can log the most training miles during the competition.

The NCC will feature three sessions, each one month in duration, from December to February. Clubs will record their training miles and submit them on the NCC website for automatic calculation and ranking.

All sessions will include swim, bike, and run, but one sport will be highlighted for each session. The winning club for each session is determined by the greatest number of miles logged during that session for that month's discipline. Recognition will also be given to the first club to reach the benchmark mileage for each session and Overall Combined Mileage for a club at the end of the three months. Follow other competitors on Twitter using #USATNCC.

View the official flyer here (PDF)

Registration - Who Can Participate?

Registration

For more information or to sign up for the event, please click HERE.

Who can participate?

Rules/Requirements

  • Each club MUST be a registered club of USA Triathlon.  If you are not a registered club of USAT, please visit the USAT website to register.
  • Each representative will have the ability to enable their athletes to enter their own mileage.  The athlete will have their own log-in credentials and will only be able to enter their own miles.  Representatives will still be able to enter anyone’s miles if necessary or desired.
  • All competitors must be members of USA Triathlon, but are not required to be members of a club.
  • Athletes can only represent one club during the competition.  If an athlete is tracking miles for two clubs, they will need to choose a club to represent and remove the second account from the NCC website.
  • Athletes who join as individuals (i.e. not part of a club) will be placed on Team NCC, which will compete against registered clubs. Team NCC athletes will enter their own mileage. Athletes will only be able to receive “Individual Awards”.
  • Coaches, club administrators and athletes need to be sure that participants are training  properly for their age and ability.  We do not want an athlete to over train by participating in the competition. It’s the coaches, club administrators and athlete’s responsibility to know the ability levels of the participants and place them in the appropriate training regimen.  
  • Athletes may begin logging and entering miles on December 1st. 
  • During each session athletes will have a maximum of 7 days to enter their mileage from the day completed, unless otherwise authorized by USA Triathlon. After the end of each session, athletes will have 2 additional days to enter miles.
  • To win the overall individual competition, an athlete must participate in at least two of the three disciplines: swim + bike, swim + run,  or run + bike.
  • USAT encourages miles to be logged on at least a weekly basis.
  • Only miles accrued between the first and last day of each month will be counted for that month's session.
  • Swim workouts may be entered in yards, meters or miles, while bike and run workouts are both entered in miles only.
  • If your club is not listed on the registration page, please email clubs@usatriathlon.org and we will update the Official NCC Site.
  • Clubs will need to renew their membership by Feb. 28th in order to have athletes recognized in the competition.  If the club does not renew, that club's athletes' results will be recognized as part of Team NCC and will be eligible for individual awards only.
  • Full Club Rosters must be submitted to USAT so that we may determine your club division.  Rosters should be emailed to Clubs@usatriathlon.org.
  • Youth athletes (7-17 years of age) are eligible to compete as long as they are USAT members.  Coaches, parents and club administrators need to be sure that youth athletes are training  properly for their age and ability.  We do not want a youth athlete to over train by participating in the competition. It’s the coaches, club administrators and parents' responsibility to know the ability levels of the athlete and place them in the appropriate training regimen.  
  • Odometers/computers must be used to track all miles for the bike (see only exception in the next bullet point).  Athletes who use a trainer must place their odometer on the back wheel to track their speed and distance. Moderate resistance must be used (5 on a 10 point scale) at a minimum.
  • If an athlete does not have a computer tracking their mileage during a spinning class or stationary bike, USAT will grant that person 15 miles for each hour on a spin/stationary bike.
  • A swim bench or rowing machine will not count for swimming miles in the competition.
  • USAT will grant one (1) mile of running for every three (3) miles on an elliptical machine. There will be no weighting of the elliptical miles as with actual run miles.  Athlete should enter (1) mile into the "run" category for every (3) miles of elliptical training.
  • Using an Elliptical Trainer:
    • Miles accumulated on an elliptical trainer will not be weighted the same as actual running miles. Before entering your elliptical distance please divide the athletes miles by 3.
    • Example: Sue runs 6 miles on the road. She enters 6 miles into the run distance field of the entry form. Mike does 6 miles on an elliptical trainer. He enters 2 miles into the run distance field on the entry form (6 / 3). 
    • If you have any questions or unclear on how the elliptical miles should be entered, please contact USAT before entering elliptical mileage on the site.
  • USA Triathlon is allowing cross-country ski miles to be counted this year. These miles will count towards run miles but will not be weighted the same. For every 3 miles of cross-country skiing, athletes should enter 1 mile into the system.
    • Example: Sue runs 6 miles on the road. She enters 6 miles into the run distance field of the entry form. Mike does 6 miles of cross country skiing.
    • He enters 2 miles into the run distance field on the entry form (6 / 3).
    • If you have any questions or unclear on how the cross country ski miles should be entered, please contact USAT before entering cross country mileage on the site.
  • Any athlete may be asked to submit to a mileage audit at any point in the competition.  Onus will be on the athlete to verify their mileage during the competition.  Verification can be made by GPS, Coach, training mate, club administrator and/or legal guardian. If an athlete can not verify their mileage, they will be disqualified from the competition for the entire season.  The club representative will be notified of the violation and the athletes miles will be removed from the system. 
  • In order to equalize each discipline, we have weighted the other disciplines outside of cycling
    • 1 Swim Mile = 10 Mile
    • 1 Bike Mile = 1 Mile
    • 1 Run Mile = 3 Mile
      • Additional Notes:
        • All clubs will enter their actual miles into the NCC site.  The weighting will be calculated automatically
        • Elliptical miles will not be a weighted discipline.
  • The National Challenge Competition rules are subject to change during the competition.

Club Divisions

Division I: >250 club members

Division II: 249-130 club members

Division III: 129-89 club members

Division IV: 88-30 club members

Division V: 29-2 club members

Schedule

Saturday, November 1, 2014: Registration opens

Monday, December 1, 2014: 1st session begins

Wednesday, December 31, 2014: 1st session ends

Thursday, January 1, 2015: 2nd session begins

Saturday, January 31, 2015: 2nd session ends

Sunday, February 1, 2015: 3rd session begins

Saturday, February 28, 2015: 3rd session ends

Sunday, March 1, 2015: NCC wrap up

 

Team Benchmark

The first priority for each club is to meet the benchmark for that month.  The first club to reach the benchmark will receive a certificate for their efforts. 

December                                             2014 Swim                                              500 miles

January                                                 2015 Bike                                             7,500 miles

February                                               2015 Run                                              2,500 miles

Participants should log all swimming, biking and running miles during all sessions. All miles are added up for the overall combined mileage winner at the end of the competition. Only swimming miles in December count towards the benchmark for December, etc.

Team Size

Teams will have no more than 75 participants in each group.  Clubs with more than 75 athletes will be split into multiple teams. 

Time Zone

The time zone is determined by your club location. This will also determine the closing time for each session.

Awards

Individual awards will be given to the top performing individuals regardless if they are in a club or competing on their own. All individuals without access to a club may compete on their own (as part of Team NCC) but must be current members of USA Triathlon. 

Club awards will be given to the top performing club in each club division.  The overall club will also receive prizes from USA Triathlon sponsors.

Award Breakdown

A special thanks goes out to our Sponsors: BodyGlide, Buddy Fruits, CompuTrainer, EC3D, Fuel Belt, Garmin, Gatorade, JayBird, Raceday Transport, Rudy Project, SweatVac, TrainingPeaks, TYR, and Yankz!
 
USA Triathlon is currently working with our sponsors to determine the best prize pack for NCC competitors for 2014-2015. Prize list will be announced once finalized - we will continue to offer top-notch prizes from USA Triathlon partners as we've done in past years.

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