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Event Program

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Tornado Relief Book Drive

The people of Tuscaloosa, Alabama lost everything after the devastating tornado that ripped through their city on April 27, 2011. This has been a major setback for their community and they are working everyday to rebuild. People outside their community do not always understand the recoil effects of a natural disaster like this. Tuscaloosa had two schools that were severely damaged and two that were completely destroyed. School officials do not expect for these schools to re-open for another two years. Many of the books that these students would learn with on a daily basis were ruined.  This year USAT would like to ask athletes to work together to help fill Tuscaloosa’s school libraries. Interestingly enough, some of these schools have reading triathlons! These are reading challenges where students are challenged to read three different types of books in a certain time frame. The local librarians have provided a list of the needs for a successful reading program. If you are not able to provide books there are alternative options. The library needs are as follows:

  • Paper-back fiction books (short stories) for students to start home libraries.
  • Hard-back, library-bound (for durability), non-fiction (fact) books that support curriculum needs. Specifically asked for were sports books, animal books, African American biographies, and black history books.
  • Also, small prizes for children are ideal for reading programs. (i.e. pencils, bookmarks, stickers, etc.)
  • Amazon gift cards. One, they can purchase books with these and two, the schools now have i-pads, nooks, kindles, etc. so it would allow them to make book purchases for the new technology.
  • Additionally, the librarians shared a website that will make donation of library-bound hard back books a lot easier if you are not able to supply books. The site is Click on disaster relief and click the donate button next to Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
These librarians are very appreciative of the support and hope to see the Tuscaloosa school libraries full again when they open back up. Please bring any books, gift cards, or donations to packet pick when you check in on Friday between 9 a.m.-3 p.m. There will bins placed at packet pick up for books and donations. For any further questions you may contact Glenn Amos


Updated as of April 13, 2012

Date/Time Activity Location
Friday, April 20    
9am-3pm Packet Pick-up Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
9am-4pm USAT Expo Open Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
9am-12pm Focus Groups Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
1pm-3pm Swim Practice  Bama Belle-Swim Start
2pm Rules Briefing Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
3pm Captains Meeting Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
3:30pm Collegiate Mixed Team Relay Briefing *mandatory Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
5pm-8pm Pasta Party UA Ferguson Center
Saturday, April 21    
5:30am-6pm USAT Expo Open Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
5:30am Transition Opens Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
7:30am Transition Closes Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
7:30am Collegiate National Start Women Wave 1 Bama Belle-Swim Start
7:35am Women Wave 2 Bama Belle-Swim Start
7:40am Women Wave 3 Bama Belle-Swim Start
7:45am Women Wave 4 Bama Belle-Swim Start
10:15am Bike Cut off Collegiate Women Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
10:30am Collegiate National  Start Men Wave 1 Bama Belle-Swim Start
10:35am Men Wave 2 Bama Belle-Swim Start
10:40am Men Wave 3 Bama Belle-Swim Start
10:45am MenWave 4 Bama Belle-Swim Start
10:50am Men Wave 5 Bama Belle-Swim Start
10:55am Men Wave 6 Bama Belle-Swim Start
1pm  Bike Cut off Collegiate Men Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
1pm (approx) Bike Check-out Begins Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
2pm Course Closes Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
2:30pm All Bikes MUST be out of transition Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
3pm Mixed-Team Relay Transition Opens Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
3:30pm Mixed-Team Relay Transition Closes Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
3:30pm Mixed Team Relay Final Instructions Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
4pm Mixed-Team Relay Begins Bama Belle-Swim Start
6pm Mixed-Team Relay Ends Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
8pm-9:30pm Award Ceremony Tuscaloosa Amphitheater

*this schedule is tentative and is subject to change

Goodie Bag

Athletes will receive a Collegiate National Championship goodie bag that will contain...

  • Rudy Project Helmet bag (goodie bag)
  • National Championship t-shirt
  • USAT SweatVac hat
  • USAT sticker
  • Race belt
  • FuelBelt bottles (does not go with the race belt)
  • Other goodies from sponsors and supporters

*Your FuelBelt bottle is compatible with all past and present FuelBelt designs. Go to to purchase your FuelBelt.

Bike Support

USA Triathlon is proud to call VeloCity Pro Cycle the official bike support shop for the 2012 Collegiate National Championship.


Please ship your bike to:

VeloCity Pro Cycle
2318 4th Street
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
Phone: 205-344-5971
Fax: 205-344-5973
Hours of Business: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday

The following services are available once your bike is shipped to VeloCity Pro Cycle:

  • Includes assembly, basic Tune-Up, break down, and repackaging. Pickup and drop off of bikes is at VeloCity Pro Cycle. VeloCity DOES NOT provide transition area drop off or pickup of any bikes.

  • Bikes must be delivered to VeloCity Pro Cycle for assembly no later than Wednesday, April 18th. Bikes received after that day will incur an additional $50 charge.

  • MUST pack bike with Name, Hotel Information, and Tuscaloosa Contact Phone Number (cell phone preferred).

  • MUST mark handle bar position on stem, aerobars, and seatpost height.

  • Any obvious problems (bad cables, bent derailleur, flats, etc…) will be addressed during the assessment and corrected at an additional rate.

  • Only building or only packing the bike will be $80.00

  • If you are going to build and pack your bike yourself but would like to ship your bike to or from VeloCity Pro Cycle, the fee will be $15.00.

  • Will not box bikes on Saturday April 21st or Sunday April 22nd


Bike Support Hours

  • Monday through Thursday, April 16th- 19th  at VeloCity Pro Cycle from 10am-6pm, Friday April 20th from 9am – 7pm

  • Friday, April 20th at Packet Pickup/ Expo 12pm-3pm

  • Saturday, April 21st at Triathlon transition area from 5:30am to 8:00am/ then on course until the last rider if off

Support provided at transition will be limited to basic bike needs such as airing tires and helping to change flats. Any other bike issues will be handled at VeloCity Pro Cycle

  • Saturday racers are to have their bikes checked back in for shipment home by 5:00 pm on race day or Sunday between the hours of 10am and 12pm. If this deadline is not met, the next time to check in bikes will be at 10:00am on Monday, April 23rd.

  • Bikes will be packed for shipment home in the order that they are received back into the store.

  • If you did not use High Country Shipping or do not include your shipping tag with your bike, you will be required to pay return shipping charges upon picking up your bike. VeloCity Pro Cycle will be shipping via UPS Ground.

 Note: Bikes must be shipped in a protective case.

Bike Shipping with High Country Shipping

* High Country Shipping (HCS) and USA Triathlon have teamed up to coordinate bike shipping for cyclists competing in all USA Triathlon events.

* As an authorized Fed-Ex shipper, High Country Shipping provides competitive rates and unsurpassed customer service.

* HCS sends shipping labels in advance coordinates bike assembly (when desired) and guarantees on-time delivery.  The process is simple and time efficient.

* To arrange shipping go to: or call 877-231-1363.



For safe suggestions on bike/training routes through the city of Tuscaloosa during the week of the event click on the provided links below.

For a map click here

For helpful hints and suggestions click here

Maps and suggestions provided courtesy of I Bike Tuscaloosa

Water Temperature

The water temperature was 69 degrees in the Black Warrior River as of April 12th.

Swim Safety

  • If the water temperature is 55 degrees or below on race morning, all athletes will be required to wear wetsuits.
  • Swim socks or neoprene booties are legal for the Collegiate Nationals races 
  • If you have a latex allergy, please let USAT staff know and you will be provided with a non-latex swim cap

TriSports Wetsuit Program

The Triathlon Wetsuit Rental Program will give you the opportunity to get into a triathlon wetsuit without breaking the bank. has an entire dedicated fleet of Rental Triathlon Wetsuits available for rent in all sizes. The Rental Triathlon Wetsuit program is perfect for the collegiate athlete not wanting to buy a wetsuit. This is a great program with the best wetsuits available. TriSports will ship the wetsuit and athletes will be able to return their wetsuits at the expo after their race. Follow the link to rent a wetsuit. 

Collegiate National Championship Awards



Overall Team

1-5th place

Male Overall Team

1-5th place

Female Overall Team

1-5th place

Male Overall Individual

1st only

Female Overall Individual

1st only

Male Undergraduate Individual

1-5th place

Female Undergraduate Individual

1-5th place

Male Graduate Individual

1-5th place

Female Graduate Individual

1-5th place

Overall Male Open

1-5th place

Overall Female Open

1-5th place

Armed Forces Award

1st only

*If any athlete does not pick up their award during the award ceremony they need to contact to request their award and send a check for $15 to cover shipping. USA Triathlon will only hold awards for 60 days following the event and then the awards will be donated to charity or recycled.

Club Prize Money

The prize money is awarded to those clubs who place 1st-5th in the overall team championship.  Prize money will be paid after the event and will only be paid to the club, not individuals.

Prize Money Breakdown

Total: 4,999

1st           $1,500

2nd          $1,250

3rd           $1,000

4th           $750

5th           $499


The point system for the Collegiate National Championship is modeled after cross country scoring, so the lowest score wins. Each team seeds their top four men and top four women to compete for the overall team score. Scoring Rules.

Recommended Uniform Guidelines

  • Athletes should wear an official team uniform that covers their torso
  • The school’s name, nickname, or initials should appear on the team uniform

Collegiate Recruitment Program

If you have competed for your university at swimming or running, please visit the USAT Collegiate Recruitment page (hyperlink: to find out if you meet our criteria to be part of this program. USAT is identifying talented student-athletes from the NCAA ranks for our future Olympic Teams.


Parking will be available at the CityFest Parking Lot at the corner of Greensboro and University and the Intermodel Facility (parking deck) at the corner of 23rd Avenue and 7th Street.  See map below.  NO parking is allowed at the Amphitheatre or along Jack Warner Parkway. Click the image to view a larger and printable version.

Webinar Replay

Take a chance to review the Collegiate National Championship pre-race webinar hosted by Race Director, Jeff Dyrek, from Monday, April 9th. This pre-race briefing will give you all the information you need to be fully prepared for the weekend.

Volunteer for a USA Triathlon National Championship

Pasta Party

USA Triathlon will host a free pasta party for competing athletes and one coach per team. Additional coaches may purchase a ticket at the door for $10. There is only seating for 400 athletes at a time so all athletes must attend at their designated time. If you come at a time that is not your designated time, you are not guaranteed seating. Open wave athletes are welcome to attend with their team or come to the 5:45 or 7:15 session. Times and placement are still subject to change.The pasta party will be held at the Ferguson Center on the campus of University of Alabama.

Address to the Ferguson Center:
University of Alabama
751 Campus Drive
Ferguson Center - Suite 356
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

Wave Time Conference Team Name
5:00 p.m. NECTC Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
  NECTC Boston University
  NECTC West Point
  NECTC US Coast Guard Academy
  NECTC Penn State
  NECTC Drexel
  NECTC Stevens
  NECTC University of Vermont
  NECTC Syracuse
  NECTC University of Massachusetts Amherst
  NECTC Lock Haven
  NECTC Bucknell
  NECTC University of Connecticut (U CONN)
  NECTC Dartmouth
  NECTC Northeastern University
  NECTC Columbia
  MACTC North Carolina State
  MACTC Georgetown
  MACTC Liberty
  MACTC Delaware
  MACTC George Mason University
  MACTC Maryland
  MACTC Navy
  MACTC Virginia  
  MACTC Duke
  MACTC Virginia Tech
  MACTC UNC - Wilmington
  MACTC UNC - Chapel Hill
  MACTC College of William and Mary
  FCTC University of Central Florida
  FCTC University of Florida
  FCTC University of South Florida
  FCTC University of Miami Florida
  FCTC Florida State University
  FCTC Florida Tech
  FCTC USF Tri Bulls
  FCTC Eckerd College
5:45 p.m. MECTC Illinois
  MECTC Ohio State
  MECTC Michigan
  MECTC Michigan St.
  MECTC Purdue
  MECTC Illinois St.
  MECTC Miami Ohio
  MECTC Dayton
  MECTC Northwestern
  MECTC Central Michigan
  MECTC Xavier
  MECTC Ohio University
  SECTC University of Alabama
  SECTC Auburn
  SECTC Clemson
  SECTC Furman
  SECTC Georgia Tech
  SECTC Mississippi State
  SECTC University of Georgia
  SECTC University of South Carolina
  SECTC University of Tennessee
  SECTC University of Alabama - Birmingham
  SECTC Coastal Carolina
  SECTC Georgia State University
  SECTC Emory University
6:30 p.m. MWCTC University of Iowa
  MWCTC University of Wisconsin-Madison
  MWCTC Marquette
  MWCTC University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  MWCTC Iowa State
  MWCTC Missouri (Mizzou)
  MWCTC St. Olaf
  MWCTC Minnesota
  MWCTC Minnesota State
  MWCTC University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
    University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
  MCTC Colorado University
  MCTC Colorado State University
  MCTC United States Air Force Academy
  MCTC University of Arizona
  MCTC Wyoming University
  MCTC Weber State University
  MCTC Arizona State University
  MCTC Colorado College
  SMWCTC Texas A&M University
  SMWCTC University of Texas - Austin
  SMWCTC Oklahoma State University
  SMWCTC University of Texas - Tyler
  SMWCTC Texas Tech
  SMWCTC Louisiana Tech University
  SMWCTC Baylor University
  SMWCTC University of North Texas
  SMWCTC Louisiana State University
  SMWCTC University of Louisiana - Monroe
  SMWCTC Centenary University
  SMWCTC University of Texas - Arlington
  SMWCTC Texas State University
  SMWCTC St. Mary's University
7:15 p.m. WCCTC Stanford
  WCCTC UC San Diego
  WCCTC Cal Poly
  WCCTC UC Santa Barbara
  WCCTC UC Los Angeles
  WCCTC UC Irvine
  WCCTC UC Berkeley
  WCCTC UC Davis
  WCCTC Univ. Souther California
  WCCTC Cal State Long Beach
  WCCTC Westmont College Santa Barbara
  WCCTC Santa Barbara City College
  WCCTC Concordia University Irvine
  WCCTC Santa Cruz Tri Slugs
  NWCTC Oregon State University

Anti Doping

Athletes competing in events sanctioned by any National Governing Body (NGB), including USA Triathlon, should be aware that drug testing is an important part of protecting the rights of clean athletes at all levels of competition and age levels, in both in-competition and out-of-competition settings. All USA Triathlon-sanctioned events are subject to testing, including the Collegiate National Championship.

The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) is the national anti-doping organization for the Olympic and Paralympic Movement in the United States. USADA provides many resources for athletes to better understand the anti-doping program and their personal rights and responsibilities.

All athletes are encouraged to visit the USADA website — — for more information on the sample collection process and their anti-doping rights and responsibilities. Athletes interested in learning more about what substances are prohibited should view the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List.

Since athletes are responsible at all times for the substances in their bodies, it is very important to understand what substances are prohibited. USADA provides several options for athletes to check if the substances they are taking are prohibited or not prohibited. Athletes can check the status of their medications using the Global Drug Reference Online resource, Global DRO, or download the free mobile application of GlobalDRO onto their smart phones. To download the mobile application, access the internet from your smartphone and go to, bookmark the icon to your phone and search medications when you have access to the internet. Any additional questions about prohibited substances can be directed to USADA’s Drug Reference Line at 800-233-0393.

If an athlete is taking a medication that is medically necessary and is prohibited, they may need a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE). There are varying categories based on competition level, and detailed information about the TUE process can be found at A TUE allows an athlete with a legitimate medical need for an otherwise prohibited substance to use that substance in sport with prior approval. All TUEs must be submitted to or faxed to 719-785-2029 for processing. USADA has the authority to process all International Triathlon Union TUEs. Those U.S. athletes competing in the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) events by virtue of their USA Triathlon membership, are required to follow the TUE Policies of USADA and should contact USADA to confirm if a TUE is required.

It is the responsibility of all athletes to compete clean, and they are encouraged to review the resources linked here or to contact USADA with any questions.

For more information, visit USA Triathlon's Anti-Doping Education page or visit the USADA NGB Event page.

Anti Doping FAQ's (Anti Doping Education Page)