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5 Reasons to Race Your State Championship in 2023

by Stephen Meyers

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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.

AlabamaJuly 8Mountain Lakes TriathlonGuntersville, Ala.
ArizonaApril 30Cactus Man TriathlonTempe, Ariz.
ArkansasJune 4Walmart Ozark Valley TriathlonFayetteville, Ark.
CaliforniaApril 30Orange County TriathlonMission Viejo, Calif.
ColoradoJuly 22Tri BoulderBoulder, Colo.
ConnecticutJune 17Pat Griskus Olympic TriathlonMiddlebury, Conn.
DelawareAug. 6Lum's Pond TriathlonBear, Del.
FloridaMay 21305 TriathlonMiami, Fla.
GeorgiaSept. 16Tugaloo TriathlonLavonia, Ga.
IdahoJune 18Treasure Valley TriathlonBoise, Idaho
IllinoisJune 3Tri-Shark Classic Triathlon and DuathlonHudson, Ill.
IndianaJune 4Leon's TriathlonHammond, Ind.
IowaMay 27Tri Clear LakeClear Lake, Iowa
KansasJuly 9Shawnee Mission Triathlon & DuathlonShawnee, Kan.
KentuckyJuly 23Tri LouisvilleLouisville, Ky.
LouisianaMay 6Louisiana TriathlonNew Roads, La.
MaineJune 25Sebago Lake TriathlonStandish, Maine
MarylandJune 3Rock Hall TriathlonsRock Hall, Md.
MassachusettsJune 10Hyannis 1 TriathlonCenterville, Mass.
MichiganJuly 15Ann Arbor TriPinckney, Mich.
MinnesotaAug. 25Maple Grove TriathlonMaple Grove, Minn.
MississippiJune 17Southern Firecracker TriathlonGrenada, Miss.
MissouriMay 21St. Louis TriathlonSt. Louis, Mo.
MontanaJune 18Bozeman TriathlonBozeman, Mont.
NebraskaJuly 16Omaha TriathlonOmaha, Neb.
NevadaSept. 30Las Vegas TriathlonBoulder City, Nev.
New HampshireAug. 26Live Free & TriFeeedom, N.H.
New JerseyJuly 15New Jersey State TriathlonWest Windsor, N.J.
New MexicoJune 10City of Lakes TriathlonSanta Rosa, N.M.
New YorkAug. 26Rochester TriathlonRochester, N.Y.
North CarolinaSept. 9White Lake Fall International & SprintWhite Lake, N.C.
North DakotaJune 17BISMAN TriathlonBismark, N.D.

June 4

July 16

Deer Creek Triathlon and Duathlon(Age Group & High School)

Queen City Triathlon at Caesar State Park(Club)

Mt. Sterling, Ohio

Cincinnati, Ohio

OklahomaJuly 22Territorial Olympic/Sprint TriathlonGuthrie, Okla.
OregonSept. 9Best in the West Triathlon FestivalSweet Home, Ore.
PennsylvaniaJune 10Poconos TriathlonHawley, Pa.
Rhode IslandSept. 12Newport TriathlonNewport, R.I.
South CarolinaJune 24Clemson TriathlonClemson, S.C.
South DakotaSept. 9Wildlife Loop TriathlonCuster, S.D.
TennesseeJune 4Eddie Ferrell Music City TriathlonNashville, Tenn.
TexasSept. 17Disco Triathlon & DuathlonValley View, Texas
UtahSept. 16Kokopelli TriathlonHurricane, Utah

Vermont Sun Triathlon

Salisbury, Vt.
VirginiaJuly 8REV3 WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Va.
WashingtonJuly 8Lake Whatcom TriathlonBellingham, Wash.
West VirginiaJuly 9Richwood's Scenic Mountain TriathlonRichwood, W.V.
WisconsinJune 25Pleasant Prairie TriathlonPleasant Prairie, Wis.

Stephen Meyers is USA Triathlon's Communications & Content Senior Manager and editor in chief of USA Triathlon Magazine. 
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