Race Director, Jeff Dyrek, recorded the pre-race briefing webinar on August 2nd for the Olympic Distance and Sprint Distance National Championship. The recorded version can be viewed to the right.
This pre-race briefing will give you all the information you need to be fully prepared for the weekend plus the opportunity to ask any questions LIVE! There will be an optional pre-race briefing on Friday, August 17th at the Sheraton, but this will be a chance to get your questions answered early.
In our effort to be environmentally responsible, and at the urging of our membership, we offer only a digital version of the event program. The digital program is now available - click here to view.
USA Triathlon is proud to call Skirack the official bike support shop for the 2012 Age Group National Championship!
If you’re interested in shipping your road or tri bike to Skirack, please use the address and information listed below.
Please ship your bike to:
85 Main Street
Skirack has a wide selection of fully stocked triathlon accessories, nutritional items, swimwear, nearly everything cycling related, and an entire running shoe department with an expert staff. Plus, we’ve been voted the Top 100 Bike Shop in the US for seven straight years, as well as the #1 triathlon store in Vermont!
Bike Assembly at Skirack
● The Tri Nationals Bike Service is $150 (plus return shipping fees if applicable) and includes:
○ Professional assembly and safety check, as well as disassembly and repackaging
○ Includes safe, insured storage of the racer’s travel case
● WE REQUIRE 48 HOURS to assemble and final check a bike
● We will assemble bikes as they arrive, (so there’s no need to schedule an appointment)
and we will call you when the bike is ready
● Racers MUST pack bike with name, hotel information, and Burlington contact phone number (cell phone preferred)
● Racers MUST mark handlebar 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 if parts are available.
● Pay when you pick up
● ‘Building only’ or ‘packaging only’ is $80
● If you are going to build and pack your bike yourself, but would like to ship it to Skirack, the receiving fee is $25. Must write “Do Not Assemble” somewhere obvious.
Bike Service & Support
● At Skirack, with extended business hours (for in-depth service):
○ Monday-Wednesday, 8am-7pm
○ Thursday, 8am-9pm
○ Friday, 8am-7pm
○ Saturday, 8am-6pm
○ Sunday, 11am-5pm
● At the Waterfront (with limited support):
○ Thursday at Packet Pickup/Expo: 2-6pm
○ Friday at Packet Pickup/Expo: 10am-2pm; at bike transition 3-7pm
○ Saturday at transition from 5:30-7:30am
○ Sunday at transition 5:30-7:30am
● Support at Packet Pickup/Expo and at transition will be limited to basic bike needs such as airing tires and changing flats. Please go to Skirack’s Service Department for more in-depth service. (We’re just a few blocks from the Waterfont, at the base of Main St.)
● Racers can start returning their bikes to Skirack for shipment home as soon as they finish the race. We will boxing and shipping on a first come first serve basis.
● If you did not include your shipping tag with your bike, you will be required to pay return shipping charges upon picking up your bike. Skirack will ship via UPS Ground.
Location: Burlington’s North Beach
Access: Via Institute Road from North Avenue, right on the run course for the Sprint National Championship
Fee: $10/car – good for the week, please present your USAT Membership Card or your event wrist band on your first visit. Each subsequent trip will be free as long as you present your initial receipt… so save the receipt, don’t lose it!
Hours – daily from 9am – 8pm
A designated swim lane will be provided along the perimeter of the swimming area, please stay within the buoys at all times.
*Click the map for a printable version
ATTENTION ALL ATHLETES – THERE WILL BE NO SWIMMING PERMITTED ANYWHERE IN THE BURLINGTON HARBOR AREA AT ANY TIME PRIOR TO YOUR DESIGNATED SWIM START. THIS IS A WORKING HARBOR UNDER JURISDICTION OF THE US COAST GUARD.
The water temperature was 72 degrees at Waterfront Park as of August 13.
TriSports.com Rental Wetsuit
The TriSports.com Triathlon Wetsuit Rental Program will give you the opportunity to get into a triathlon wetsuit without breaking the bank. TriSports.com has an entire dedicated fleet of rental triathlon wetsuits available for rent in all sizes. The rental triathlon wetsuit program is perfect for the athlete not wanting to buy a wetsuit. TriSports will ship the wetsuit and athletes will be able to return their wetsuits at the expo after their race. CLICK HERE to rent a wetsuit.
Town Hall Meeting
USA Triathlon will be hosting a Town Hall Meeting in conjunction with its Age Group National Championships on Saturday, Aug. 18. The meeting, which serves as the organization’s annual membership meeting, will be held in the Emerald Ballroom at the Sheraton Burlington Hotel and will begin at 4 p.m. The Olympic-Distance National Championship Award Ceremony will be held immediately following the meeting and is slated to begin at 5 p.m.
Coupons for a free beer will be given to the first 100 people at the door at 4 p.m.
- 1st-10th place for all age groups (i.e. 17-19 male/female, 20-24 male/female, all the way to 85-89 male/female)
- 1st-3rd for Athena 39 and Under and 1st-3rd for Athena 40 and Over
- 1st-3rd for Clydesdale 39 and Under and 1st-3rd for Clydesdale 40 and Over
To be eligible for awards and titles you must:
- Be a U.S. Citizen
- Be a U.S. National (Someone who has resided in the U.S. for three consecutive years and has not represented another country in competition in the previous year)
*If any athlete does not pick up their award during the award ceremony they need to contact Nationalevents@usatriathlon.org 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.
Pre-Race Pasta Dinner
The USAT Pre-Race Pasta Dinner, hosted by the South Burlington Rotary Club will take place on Friday, August 17th at the Frederick Tuttle Middle School Cafeteria. The pasta dinner will be catered by Bove's. There will be two different times where athletes and their guests can elect to attend the dinner. The first wave will start at 6 p.m. and the second wave will start at 7 p.m. CLICK HERE to register now.
Athletes are free to purchase tickets for family and friends that wish to attend the pasta dinner with them. Tickets to the pasta dinner must be purchased in advance. The pasta dinner is not included in the event entry fee. All athletes and guests must purchase a ticket in order to attend the pasta dinner
A note from Bove's:
We would like to welcome all the Tri-athletes to Vermont. You are in for a treat with our family tradition that dates back to 1941. Bove's is the only family of Italian chefs, rooted in a 70 year old neighborhood Vermont restaurant that create time tested, slow cooked and hand crafted specialty foods from simple fresh ingredients.
As you prepare for the triathlon we invite you to taste our famous homemade marinara sauce with penne and of course the meal would not be complete without our famous hand-rolled meatballs. Have a little antipasto salad and load up on some Italian bread and finish it off with some mouthwatering cookies for dessert. Vegetarian and gluten free options will be available upon request.
Best of luck to all of you triathletes!
CLICK HERE to view Bove’s restaurant website
Pasta Dinner Location
Frederick Tuttle Middle School
500 Dorset St.
South Burlington, VT 05403
This venue is located less than 2 miles from the host hotel, the Sheraton Burlington. CLICK HERE for driving directions to the Pasta Dinner from the Sheraton-Burlington (Host Hotel)
There will be a Beer Garden tent after the race near the finish line for athletes 21 and older. Beer will be supplied by the local brewery, Long Trail Brewing Company. Athletes that are interested in entering the Beer Garden will need to bring a photo ID with date of birth.
Stop into the Beer Garden to register to win a return trip to Vermont. This will include one night's stay at the Courtyard Marriott, Burlington Harbor for the Ice Bar Celebration and one night stay at the Killington Ski resort with lift tickets.
DEMO the Triad EX for just $349 and race your fastest bike split while avoiding all shipping hassles and fees.
For a second year running, as the official bike sponsor of the USAT Triathlon, Blue Competition Cycles is excited to offer this unique premium DEMO program and end-of-season purchasing option.
How it works:
Reserve - Send your reservation request with your height to email@example.com
Pick Up - Meet us at the race expo and receive your bike and complimentary 30min bike fitting.
Drop-Off – After the race, drop-off your bike at our location just outside transition.
End of Season 40% Discount Bike Sale:
Also be sure to stop by our booth at the EXPO and check out the Triad EX DEMO fleet we are selling for $2,999ea (a 40% discount off retail price). For those that rent, we will credit your DEMO fee towards the purchase of your new Blue Triad EX! This is a great deal as each bike has less than 100 miles ridden on it.
Last year this service fully sold out, so please contact us at your earliest convenience to reserve your bike: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Full carbon composite frame
- Two hydration systems (cages provided)
- Cateye Wireless Speed Monitor
- Tool kit and saddle bag (comes with spare tube, levers, and co2 cartridge)
Athlete of the Year Celebration Cruise
* The cruise is sold out as of Aug. 10, 2012.
What: The USA Triathlon Age Group Committee would like to honor the athletes of the year from the 2011 season by hosting them aboard the Spirit of Ethan Allen cruise on the Thursday evening before the Age Group National Championship weekend in Burlington, Vermont. USA Triathlon will have its very own private deck aboard the sunset cruise. In addition to a full-plated dinner, the Age Group Committee and USA Triathlon will be honoring our 2011 Athletes of the Year with gifts and a special video tribute. Don’t miss out on your chance to mingle with the best and check out Lake Champlain in style!
When: Thursday, August 16th from 6:30pm-9pm
Where: Spirit of Ethan Allen at the Burlington Boathouse 1 College Street, Burlington, VT 05401
Time: Must board the boat by 6:15, NO EXCEPTIONS!
Cost: $30 per person
To view the menu, CLICK HERE
The CEO Challenge package includes 3 nights at the USA Triathlon host hotel, a fantastic CEO Welcome Reception & Dinner, Pre-race strategy lunch, VIP passes for you and a guest, full race support, and the opportunity to race against CEO triathletes on the CEO Challenges Team.
Whether you are training for your first race or you are a seasoned competitor, a training plan will help you be prepared when race day arrives. Get started now with a training plan designed by USA Triathlon's expert coaches.
Click on the Training Peaks logo for FREE training plans.
Make the most of your National Championship training with the USAT Training Log – available free to USAT members. Your free account allows you to:
- Track your workouts and nutrition information
- Record heart rate data, weight, sleep, and weekly goals
- View a detailed nutritional analysis
- Upload data directly from your Garmin or other training device
Your account will also give you exclusive access to free training plans from USAT Certified Coaches as well as the entire catalog of plans and resources for sale from the best minds in the multisport business. A seamless upgrade to a premium account is also available to increase the personalized functionality.
Team USA Qualifications
The 2012 Olympic Distance National Championship will qualify athletes for the 2013 International Triathlon Union (ITU) Short Course (Olympic Distance) Triathlon World Championship. This race will be at Hyde Park in London, England from Thursday, September 12, 2013 to Sunday, September 16, 2013. There will be 18 slots on Team USA available per age group, with slots rolling down to 25th place after the age-up rule.
Team USA Age-Up Rule
At 2012 Nationals, athletes will race in their appropriate age groups based on their age as of December 31, 2012. Awards will be issued based on those results. If an athlete "ages up" into another age group in 2013, a separate set of results will be issued accounting for those athletes who aged up and Team USA slots will be awarded based on these results. So their finish time will be compared to those athletes in the older age group. For example, if John Doe is going to be 49 years old by December 31, 2012, he will age-up up into the 50-54 age group for the 2013 World Championships since he will be 50 years old by December 31, 2013. Thus, for Team USA qualifying purposes, his time at the qualification event will be compared to the men currently in the 50-54 age group. We will post the age-up results at the awards ceremony.
Who can qualify for Team USA?
All athletes eligible to represent the United States must:
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Be a U.S. national – someone who has resided in the US for three consecutive years and has not competed for their country of citizenship in the prior year.
Team USA eligible athletes must not have competed for their country of citizenship in the prior year. Athletes who choose to be recognized as nationals who have competed for their country of citizenship in the last year may get dispensation by obtaining a letter from the National Federation of their home country allowing competition as a USA athlete.
For more information visit the Team USA website.
Course Preview Video
Produced by Endurance Films.
Get fired up for this weekend's Age Group Nationals - you can "ride" the bike course no matter where you are with this course preview video.
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 Olympic Distance 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 — www.usada.org — 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 www.GlobalDRO.com, 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 http://www.usada.org/tue. 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 email@example.com 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)