Founded in 1989, The International Triathlon Union is the recognized international governing body of the sport of triathlon around the world. The official distance for triathlon was set at a 1,500-meter swim, a 40-kilometer draft-legal bike and a 10-kilometer run.
This standard distance is used for the ITU World Triathlon Series and is featured at the Olympic Games.
For more information about the ITU, go to triathlon.org
The ITU sanctions many races around the world, including the World Triathlon Series, World Cups and Continental Cups.ITU Rankings can be found at triathlon.org
US Anti-Doping Agency
The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) is dedicated to preserving the integrity of competition, inspiring true sport and protecting the rights of US Athletes. USADA oversees and coordinates the Olympic drug testing program in the United States. Athletes who compete, are members or license holders of an NGB, or who fall under USADA's testing jurisdiction as defined in the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement testing, are subject to testing both in and out of competition. Athlete are subject to both urine and blood testing that can occur at any time and in any place.
For more information regarding USADA's testing procedures and athlete rights and responsibilities, please visit their website www.usada.org.
About the National Team Program
The USA Triathlon National Team Program identifies and supports talented athletes in the USAT High Performance Pipeline. Athletes who have proven potential to compete begin development as Juniors (ages 16 to 19) and can move up through the athlete development pipeline with continual support and education from USA Triathlon.
The goal of the USA Triathlon National Team Program is to have consistent podium performances on the international stage at the highest competitive level. It is a three tiered system which provides administrative, performance, and financial support to assist athletes in achieving optimal results for themselves and the Team at the Olympic Games, Pan Am Games, and ITU World Triathlon Series. The National Team is composed of those athletes with proven performance capability at the most competitive international level and is not intended to serve as a development pathway. 2015 National Team Program Qualification Criteria
The goal of the Aurum Project is to bridge the gap between Junior Elite athletes, Collegiate Elite athletes and the National Team Program in the USAT High Performance pipeline. USAT aims to prepare athletes for the advancement through each level of ITU events (Continental Cups, World Cups and World Triathlon Series) and entry to the National Team Program. Aurum Project Qualification Criteria
USA Triathlon Performance Pyramid
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