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2012 Collegiate Nationals  
Dear Jayme,


Collegiate updateIt is finally National Championship race week. Better start packing the bags, printing tickets, making final travel plans, and fueling the body for another year of highly competitive races. The city of Tuscaloosa is awaiting the top collegiate triathletes from around the country. Good luck from USA Triathlon to all the teams competing. We will see you at packet pick up starting at 9 a.m. Friday.  


The final update will provide you with information on the webinar, Mixed Team Relay mandatory briefing, schedule, wave starts, the current water temperature, goodie bag, iGiftBag, event program, live blog, tornado relief book drive, and basic travel and lodging information. More detailed information is available on the Collegiate National Championship website.  


Event Information

Active Webinar

The USAT Collegiate National Championship pre-race briefing webinar with Race Director, Jeff Dyrek took place on April 9th. The webinar was recorded and is available on the Collegiate webpage. This pre-race briefing will give you all the information you need to be fully prepared for the weekend. It is recommended you watch the webinar before you come to the event to help with your race questions. To receive a quick response from a USAT representative you can always ask race specific questions at the event info table at packet pick up.


Mixed Team Relay Briefing

As a reminder, all participants of the Mixed Team Relay are required to attend the mandatory Mixed Team Relay briefing on Friday, April 20th at 3:30 p.m. at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater stage. Anyone who does not attend the briefing will not be eligible for the race.  



The most recent Collegiate National Championship schedule of events has been posted to the Collegiate National Championship website. CLICK HERE to check out the schedule for the weekend. Please note that times and locations are subject to change.


Wave Starts

Wave assignments are now posted online. Please visit the Collegiate National Championship page on for the full lists.


USAT Collegiate National Championship
Start Time
   Cap Color
Female Wave 1
Female Wave 2
Female Wave 3
Female Wave 4
   Lt. Blue
Male Wave 1
Male Wave 2
Male Wave 3
Male Wave 4
Male Wave 5
Male Wave 6
   Fl. Orange

USA Triathlon Collegiate Mixed Team Relay
Start Time
   Cap Color
Relay Member 1
Relay Member 2
Relay Member 3
Relay Member 4

Water Temperature  

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


Athlete 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.



As part of our efforts to offer innovative sponsorship options and "go green," USA Triathlon is excited to be distributing our digital iGiftBag to all participants! Participants should have received a special e-mail invitation last week to access the iGiftBag from the day of launch through one week post-event. Athletes will be able to print and redeem coupons from USAT sponsors and supporters. If you have any problems accessing or receiving the iGiftBag please contact the National Events department at


Event Program

The event program is now located on the Collegiate webpage in the Event Info tab. In our effort to be environmentally responsible, and at the urging of our membership, we offer only a digital version of the event program. Athletes, coaches, parents, and supports are able to access the program from the Collegiate National Championship website. CLICK HERE to view the program and for a printable version.   


Live Blog  

If your friends, family or teammates are unable to travel to Tuscaloosa for Collegiate Nationals, they can follow the action on our live blog. The live blog will launch roughly 10-15 minutes before the race start and will continue through the team relay event. CLICK HERE to sign up for an email reminder for the live blog now.


Tornado Relief Book Drive

The people of Tuscaloosa 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 every day 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. Many of the books that these students would use 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. CLICK HERE for a list of items the school library needs. 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.   


Free Pasta Party
USA Triathlon will be hosting 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. CLICK HERE for a list of registered teams and dining times. Times and dates have been updated. 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

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

For a map click here

For helpful hints and suggestions click here

Maps and suggestions provided courtesy of I Bike Tuscaloosa


Brightroom logoEvent Photos from Brightroom
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PSA is exclusively managing USAT-owned National Championship housing needs. CLICK HERE to find information on booking you hotel guest rooms. This website will provide you with a listing of the various hotels which are closest to the event and are offering special reduced rates for USAT Collegiate National Championship athletes and guests.


PSA's goal is to provide participants with the best possible service with a group and individual accommodations. Individual reservations can be made by CLICKING HERE or you may contact a Personal Housing Coordinator by email at or by phone at 888-390-5003. Coordinators will be available Monday-Friday from 9 11 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.



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Still Have Questions?  

For more information go to the Collegiate National Championship website


You can contact the National Events department either by email or phone at 719.955.2818.


For a quick response bring any questions you have to the event info table at packet pick up and a USA Triathlon representative will help you. 

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