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Pre-Race Briefing

Pre-Race Briefing

The pre-race briefing, with USA Triathlon COO, Tim Yount, 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 eventt info table at packet pick-up.

Event Schedule

Updated March 4, 2014

*This schedule is tentative and is subject to change

Thursday, April 3  
5pm Draft Legal Athlete Briefing *Mandatory
5:30pm-6pm Packet Pick Up Draft Legal Race Only
Friday, April 4  
7:30am Transition Opens - DL Men
8:50am Transition Closes - DL Men
8:15am - 8:45am Swim Warm-up - DL Men
Packet Pick Up (Oly and MTR - Whole team must be present for MTR packet pick up)
Expo open at Tempe Beach Park
9:00am Men Draft-Legal Start
9:45am Transition Opens - DL Women
10:15am - 10:45am Swim Warm-up - DL Women
10:30am Course Closes for DL Men
10:50am Transition Closes - DL Women
11:00am Women Draft-Legal Start
12:30pm Course Closes for DL Women
12:30pm - 1:00pm Open Swim (Women only) *Olympic-Distance Athletes only
1:00pm - 1:30pm Open Swim (Men only) *Olympic-Distance Athletes only
2pm Collegiate National (Non-Drafting) Rules Briefing - City Hall Council Chambers - 31 E. 5th Street
3pm Coaches & Captains Meeting *Mandatory - City Hall Council Chambers - 31 E. 5th Street

4:30pm - 8:45pm

Collegiate Mixed Team Relay Briefing *Mandatory - City Hall Council Chambers - 31 E. 5th Street
Pasta Dinner - Dave and Buster's (Details below)

Saturday, April 5

5:30am Transition Opens - Collegiate National
7:00am-7:20am Swim Warm-up - Women Only
Transition Closes - Collegiate National
7:30am Collegiate National Start Women Wave 1
7:40am Women Wave 2
7:50am Women Wave 3
8:42am Swim Cut Off Collegiate Women
Expo open at Tempe Beach Park
Swim Warm-up Collegiate Men Only
10:30am Collegiate National Start Men Wave 1
10:45am Men Wave 2
10:55am  Bike Cut off Collegiate Women 
11am Men Wave 3
11:15am Men Wave 4
11:25am Men Wave 5
Swin Cut Off - Collegiate Men
1:50pm Bike Cut off Collegiate Men
1:50pm (approx) Bike Check-out Begins - Collegiate National
2:45pm Collegiate National Course Closed
Mixed-Team Relay Transition Opens
3:00pm All Bikes MUST be out of Collegiate National transition
3:50pm Mixed-Team Relay Transition Closes
3:50pm Mixed Team Relay Final Instructions
Athlete Intro
4:05pm Mixed-Team Relay Begins
5:35pm Mixed-Team Relay Ends
8pm-9:30pm Award Ceremony


CNC MustachionalsFor the first time, USA Triathlon will host Mustachionals at the 2014 USA Triathlon Collegiate Nationals Championships. Submit a photo using the #mustachionals hashtag on Twitter or email a photo to with Mustachionals in the subject line by 11:59 p.m. MT on Friday, April 4.

USA Triathlon will select and notify the finalists, and the crowd will determine the winner at the Award Ceremony on Saturday, April 5 at the Tempe Marketplace. The winner will receive a prize package from USA Triathlon — and bragging rights as the 2014 Mustachionals Champion.


Collegiate Olympic Distance

Category   Place
 Collegiate National Female  1-5 
 Collegiate National Male 1-5
Fastest Swim Split Female 1
Fastest Swim Split Male 1
Fastest Bike Split Female 1
Fastest Bike Split Male 1
Fastest Run Split Female  1 
Fastest Run Split Male  1
Fastest Transition Split Female 1
Fastest Transition Split Male   1 

Draft Legal

Category   Place
Female  1-3
Male  1-3 

Mixed Team Relay

 Category Place 
Mixed Team Relay 1-3 

Weekend Awards

Category  Place 
Overall Team (1 DL + 4 Oly per gender)
Overall Male Team (1 DL + 4 Oly)
Overall Female Team (1 DL + 4 Oly)
Armed Forces  1
Journey to Nationals  1
Team Spirit 1
 Combined Individual Male (DL + Oly)
  Combined Individual Female (DL + Oly)



Collegiate Nationals Scoring (5.11)

Collegiate Nationals Awards (5.12 & 5.13)

Parking Map

*Click on the above map for a printable version.


Would you like to be notified when photos are available following the 2014 Collegiate National Championships?

Submit your information here.

Bike Support

USA Triathlon is proud to call Tempe Bicycle the official bike support shop for the 2014 USAT Collegiate National


Bike support will be provided at the following times:

Friday, April 4

7 a.m.-11 a.m. (Tempe Beach Park)
8:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. or until the last rider is off (on course)

Saturday, April 5
5:15 a.m.-7:30 a.m. (Tempe Beach Park)
7:30 a.m.-1:50 p.m. or until the last rider is off (on course)
2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m. (Tempe Beach Park)
3:50 p.m.-5:45 p.m. or until the last rider is off (on course)

Support provided at transition will be limited to basic bike needs such as airing tires, helping to change flats, gear and brake adjustments. Any other bike issues will be handled at the Tempe Bicycle expo booth.


Wetsuit Rental

USA Triathlon has teamed up with to offer USA Triathlon members wetsuit rentals for only $65. Visit to start your wetsuit rental process. 

The $65 rental charge can be applied toward the purchase of any wetsuit sold by w/in 90-days of the rental (a maximum of two rentals can be applied to a wetsuit purchase).  

Pasta Dinner

Registration is now OPEN for the free pasta party dinner!


USA Triathlon will once again host a free pasta dinner for competing athletes and one coach per team on Friday, April 4. Additional coaches or guests may purchase a ticket at the door for $15. There is only seating for 400 athletes at a time so all athletes must attend at their designated time. The seating times are as follows: 4:30-5:45 p.m., 6:00-7:15 p.m., and 8:00-8:45 p.m.


The pasta dinner will be held at Dave and Buster's in the Tempe Marketplace (2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281).

The menu will consist of:
-Italian rosemary chicken breast
-Baked cavatappi tossed in a light butter sauce with asiago
-Marinara sauce with fresh mozzarella on the side cheese
-Caesar salad (croutons on the side)
-Fresh baked rolls with butter on the side
*Gluten free meals will sub mashed potatoes for the pasta
**Vegetarian meals will sub garden vegetable medley for the chicken

CLICK HERE to submit your team's information for the pasta party. After your submission, you will receive an email confirming your pasta party time.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Ava Jones at or 423-794-8623.

Post Race Food

Monti's Steakhouse Catering will be providing the post-race athlete meal. Athletes will be able to refuel with a choice between an Angus burger or a barbecue glazed chicken breast with all the desired toppings, plus a house made pasta salad with vegetables. Cold toppings will include lettuce, tomato, onion, variety of sliced cheese, ketchup, mustard, and mayo.

Water Temperature

The water temperature in Tempe Town Lake is expected to be in the mid 70's on race day.

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

Bike Safety

Before heading out on one of Tempe’s multi-use paths, take a refresher course in the local bike safety laws. Athletes should also take a second to print out a the CITY MAP that illustrates the best cycling areas.

Always ride with the flow of traffic. Riding against the flow of traffic can be potentially very dangerous and is against the law.

Obey traffic signs, signals and laws. Bicyclists must operate their bicycles like drivers of motor vehicles. Always follow lane markings. Remember to use hand signals for turning and stopping.

When a road hazard or other obstruction exists in a bicycle lane, you may temporarily merge with caution into the adjacent automobile lane to avoid the hazard.

Use a light when riding after dark. The law requires a white headlight and rear reflector at night.

When approaching a METRO light rail crossing
    o Never try to beat the train. 
    o Never stop on the tracks. 
    o Be alert when near the tracks. 
    o Look for flashing headlights and listen for warning bells and horns. 
    o Look both ways before crossing the tracks.

For a complete list of Tempe bike safety laws, visit the City of Tempe’s bicycle safety web page.

Information provided by Tempe Tourism

USAT Jacket Sale

Additional USA Triathlon jackets will be available for sale on Saturday, April 5 at the info tent. These will be sold for $20 each with all proceeds going to the USA Triathlon Foundation. Both cash and credit card will be accepted.

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.

Bus and Light Rail Ride Guide

Do you need an easy way to get around Tempe? Try using the bus and light rail system. The below PDF will let you view the bus and light rail system that runs through the Phoenix and Tempe area. The PDF has detailed map of the system, but also provides schedules, fares, how to ride, and connections.

CLICK HERE for a PDF of the bus and light rail system.

The City of Tempe

Welcome USA Triathlon athletes!
Tempe, Arizona is the proud home of the 2013 and 2014 USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championships. With 330 days of sunshine a year, Tempe, Arizona is a perfect destination for triathletes and anyone who craves warm temperatures and fun activities.

What to see and do in Tempe
Here in the sun-splashed Sonoran Desert, the list of things to do is diverse and unexpected.

Before or after race day, take a scenic hike at Papago Park, “A” Mountain or South Mountain Park and Preserve. Go paddle boarding on Tempe Town Lake, or run along the five miles of pathways around this popular urban oasis.

Visit the Arizona State University (ASU) Tempe Campus.  Cheer at a sporting event. Discover free museums and galleries and ASU Gammage, a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed theater.

Find bargains and great restaurants throughout the city. Tempe Marketplace features boutiques and national retailers, include Roadrunner Sports and Target. Also, visitors can enjoy free live music in “The District” area every Friday and Saturday night. Arizona Mills is home to more than 175 retailers and attractions such as SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium and GameWorks. The historic Mill Avenue District, located next to the ASU campus, is home to more than 100 shops and restaurants, including many locally owned favorites.

Getting to Tempe is easy. Tempe is located just minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and accessible via METRO light rail.

For additional information:
Tempe Tourism Office
Visitor’s Center
51 W. Third St., Ste. 105
in the Mill Avenue District
Open Mon. - Fri., 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

(800) 283-6734

Information provided by the Tempe Tourism.

Gatorade Endurance: Train with what's on course!

Endurance Formula

Gatorade Endurance Formula is a specialized sports drink designed to sustain hydration during prolonged training and racing when fluid and electrolyte losses can be significant It contains nearly two times the sodium (200mg) and more than three times the potassium (90mg) of Gatorade Thirst Quencher to help sustain hydration, maintain proper fluid balance and replace the critical electrolytes lost in sweat during these occasions.  Endurance Formula will be served along the Collegiate National Championship courses.


Carb Energy Drink

Gatorade Endurance Carb Energy Drink is a liquid carbohydrate source for pre-training/racing fuel with B vitamins, which as part of a daily diet, help convert carbohydrates to energy.  The Gatorade Endurance Carb Energy Drink is formulated with 30 grams of carbohydrate to provide fuel for training or racing and will be served along the Collegiate National Championship courses.

Purchase these products for training at or at a Sports Specialty retailer near you.


The 2014 Collegiate National Championship award ceremony will be held at Tempe Marketplace. The award ceremony will begin at 8:00pm. The ceremony will be held in the center of The District at the stage of Tempe Marketplace (right next to Dave & Buster's). Note: 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.

Tempe Marketplace
2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy.
Tempe, AZ 85281


2013 Photos
will be posted shortly after the event

2012 Photos  

2011 Photos



Staying Hydrated with FuelBelt

You may think you are tough enough not to hydrate during your race, but in all’re not. Staying properly hydrated will make you run stronger, longer and keep you safe, plain and simple. Keep these tips in mind and check out for a full collection of hydration products and race gear to make your next race the best.

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)

Pasta Party Times

Boston University 4:30-5:45
Columbia 4:30-5:45
Florida Tech 4:30-5:45
Grand Valley State University 4:30-5:45
Idaho State University  4:30-5:45
Illinois State University 4:30-5:45
James Madson University 4:30-5:45
Liberty University  4:30-5:45
Massachussetts Institute of Technology 4:30-5:45
Northern Arizona University 4:30-5:45
Oregon State Triathlon Club 4:30-5:45
Purdue University 4:30-5:45
Southern Illinois University
Southern Methodist University 4:30-5:45
Stevens Institute of Technology 4:30-5:45
Texas State 4:30-5:45
Texas Tech Triathlon 4:30-5:45
University of Texas at Austin 4:30-5:45
Triathlon Club at FSU 4:30-5:45
UC Irvine 4:30-5:45
University of Arizona 4:30-5:45
UMass Triathlon Team 4:30-5:45
University of Florida 4:30-5:45
University of Georgia 4:30-5:45
University of Miami
University of Montana 4:30-5:45
University of Southern California 4:30-5:45
University of Virginia 4:30-5:45
US Air Force Academy 4:30-5:45
Webber International University 4:30-5:45
University of Alabama 6:00-7:15
Auburn University 6:00-7:15
Bentley University 6:00-7:15
Bradley 6:00-7:15
Cal Poly 6:00-7:15
Centenary 6:00-7:15
Cleveland State University 6:00-7:15
College of Southern Idaho 6:00-7:15
University of Illinois 6:00-7:15
Georgetown University 6:00-7:15
Minnesota State University, Mankato 6:00-7:15
University of Missouri 6:00-7:15
NC State 6:00-7:15
Northeastern University  6:00-7:15
Northwestern University 6:00-7:15
Ohio State 6:00-7:15
Stanford  6:00-7:15
Texas A&M University 6:00-7:15
University of Chicago 6:00-7:15
University of Connecticut 6:00-7:15
University of Dayton 6:00-7:15
University of Delaware 6:00-7:15
University of North Texas 6:00-7:15
University of South Carolina  6:00-7:15
University of Vermont Triathon 6:00-7:15
University of Wisconsin-Superior 6:00-7:15
University of Wisconsin 6:00-7:15
Baylor 8:00-8:45
Cal State Northridge 8:00-8:45
Clemson 8:00-8:45
Drake 8:00-8:45
Drexel 8:00-8:45
Iowa State University  8:00-8:45
LSU 8:00-8:45
San Diego State 8:00-8:45
UC San Diego 8:00-8:45
UC Santa Barbara 8:00-8:45
UNC-Wilmington 8:00-8:45
University of Arkansas 8:00-8:45
University of Central Florida 8:00-8:45
Univeristy of Iowa 8:00-8:45
University of Michigan 8:00-8:45
University of Tulsa 8:00-8:45
UT Dallas 8:00-8:45
Washington University in St. Louis 8:00-8:45