5 Reasons to Race Your State Championship in 2023
by Stephen Meyers
State Championships season is coming!
Triathlon season is nearly here state pride is on the line at USA Triathlon State Championships.
Here are five reasons to race your State Championship in 2023!
State pride baby! As an age group athlete, you can compete at your state's State Championship for the opportunity to earn the title of state champion!
Have you always wanted to qualify and race at Sprint and Olympic Distance National Championships? Racing your State Championship is a great way to qualify!
State championships qualify the top 35% or top five (5) finishers in an age group (whichever is greater). Normal qualification standards are the top 15% or top two (2) in your age group (whichever is greater).
So, you have better odds to qualify at a State Championship!
Note that you may only qualify for Olympic-distance Nationals by placing in the Olympic distance State Championship race or Sprint Nationals by placing in the sprint distance State Championship race.
And as a bonus, any state championship after June 1, 2023 will qualify you for BOTH 2023 AND 2024 USA Triathlon Nationals. Will we see you in Milwaukee Aug. 4-6 for the 2023 USA Triathlon Nationals?
There's nothing like racing local. You're there with your friends and family members. In your hometown or visiting a city in your state. Supporting local businesses. And supporting your local race directors, who are the lifeblood of the sport. Support local races in your state!
High school athletes, rep your school and race for a State High School Championship! Each State Championship also features the State High School Championship, so round up your friends and come race together! As a bonus: All high school athletes who finish any State High School Championships will automatically qualify for 2023 Sprint-distance Nationals in Milwaukee. (Athletes must be at least 15 years old as of Dec. 31, 2023 to compete at Age Group National Championships).
As always, we love the swag — especially medals! Race for a special State Championship medal at your State Championship this year!
Please check individual race websites for the most up-to-date information. Race dates and locations subject to change.
To view the full calendar of 2023 State Championships, visit USA Triathlon’s State Championships calendar here.
|Alabama||July 8||Mountain Lakes Triathlon||Guntersville, Ala.|
|Arizona||April 30||Cactus Man Triathlon||Tempe, Ariz.|
|Arkansas||June 4||Walmart Ozark Valley Triathlon||Fayetteville, Ark.|
|California||April 30||Orange County Triathlon||Mission Viejo, Calif.|
|Colorado||July 22||Tri Boulder||Boulder, Colo.|
|Connecticut||June 17||Pat Griskus Olympic Triathlon||Middlebury, Conn.|
|Delaware||Aug. 6||Lum's Pond Triathlon||Bear, Del.|
|Florida||May 21||305 Triathlon||Miami, Fla.|
|Georgia||Sept. 16||Tugaloo Triathlon||Lavonia, Ga.|
|Idaho||June 18||Treasure Valley Triathlon||Boise, Idaho|
|Illinois||June 3||Tri-Shark Classic Triathlon and Duathlon||Hudson, Ill.|
|Indiana||June 4||Leon's Triathlon||Hammond, Ind.|
|Iowa||May 27||Tri Clear Lake||Clear Lake, Iowa|
|Kansas||July 9||Shawnee Mission Triathlon & Duathlon||Shawnee, Kan.|
|Kentucky||July 23||Tri Louisville||Louisville, Ky.|
|Louisiana||May 6||Louisiana Triathlon||New Roads, La.|
|Maine||June 25||Sebago Lake Triathlon||Standish, Maine|
|Maryland||June 3||Rock Hall Triathlons||Rock Hall, Md.|
|Massachusetts||June 10||Hyannis 1 Triathlon||Centerville, Mass.|
|Michigan||July 15||Ann Arbor Tri||Pinckney, Mich.|
|Minnesota||Aug. 25||Maple Grove Triathlon||Maple Grove, Minn.|
|Mississippi||June 17||Southern Firecracker Triathlon||Grenada, Miss.|
|Missouri||May 21||St. Louis Triathlon||St. Louis, Mo.|
|Montana||June 18||Bozeman Triathlon||Bozeman, Mont.|
|Nebraska||July 16||Omaha Triathlon||Omaha, Neb.|
|Nevada||Sept. 30||Las Vegas Triathlon||Boulder City, Nev.|
|New Hampshire||Aug. 26||Live Free & Tri||Feeedom, N.H.|
|New Jersey||July 15||New Jersey State Triathlon||West Windsor, N.J.|
|New Mexico||June 10||City of Lakes Triathlon||Santa Rosa, N.M.|
|New York||Aug. 26||Rochester Triathlon||Rochester, N.Y.|
|North Carolina||Sept. 9||White Lake Fall International & Sprint||White Lake, N.C.|
|North Dakota||June 17||BISMAN Triathlon||Bismark, N.D.|
Deer Creek Triathlon and Duathlon(Age Group & High School)
Mt. Sterling, Ohio
|Oklahoma||July 22||Territorial Olympic/Sprint Triathlon||Guthrie, Okla.|
|Oregon||Sept. 9||Best in the West Triathlon Festival||Sweet Home, Ore.|
|Pennsylvania||June 10||Poconos Triathlon||Hawley, Pa.|
|Rhode Island||Sept. 12||Newport Triathlon||Newport, R.I.|
|South Carolina||June 24||Clemson Triathlon||Clemson, S.C.|
|South Dakota||Sept. 9||Wildlife Loop Triathlon||Custer, S.D.|
|Tennessee||June 4||Eddie Ferrell Music City Triathlon||Nashville, Tenn.|
|Texas||Sept. 17||Disco Triathlon & Duathlon||Valley View, Texas|
|Utah||Sept. 16||Kokopelli Triathlon||Hurricane, Utah|
|Virginia||July 8||REV3 Williamsburg||Williamsburg, Va.|
|Washington||July 8||Lake Whatcom Triathlon||Bellingham, Wash.|
|West Virginia||July 9||Richwood's Scenic Mountain Triathlon||Richwood, W.V.|
|Wisconsin||June 25||Pleasant Prairie Triathlon||Pleasant Prairie, Wis.|