Safe Return to Multisport

Safe Return to Multisport

As the multisport community and endurance sports industry considers returning to racing again in 2020 and beyond, USA Triathlon has launched the Safe Return to Multisport initiative, a unified approach to work toward safely opening the sport to the public. These guidelines, recommendations and resources will help athletes, race directors, coaches, clubs and officials prepare for a return to racing while remaining consistent with guidance from federal, state and local authorities, and aligned with local circumstances.

Click here to view the Safe Return to Multisport initiative

This is an evolving situation and the information included in this initiative will be continually updated as circumstances change so check back for the latest updates. (updated 4/1/21)


USA Triathlon Safe Return to Multisport Guidelines

Click here to download the guidelines for a safe return to racing and training that match the federal government’s three-phased approach. Recommendations last updated 3/18/21.

Return to Racing Recommendations for Athletes

Click here to download these resources to communicate to athletes what changes to expect, why they are necessary and how to prepare for those changes. Recommendations last updated 3/18/21

Travel Recommendations: Travel like a Pro 

Click here to download these resources, which provide athletes recommendations when traveling to and from an event, as well as during the event outside of competition. These recommendations have been developed by medical experts in the partnership with USA Triathlon, relying on resources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee and World Triathlon.

Return to Racing Recommendations for Race Directors

Click here to download the fact-based recommendations for running a safe race developed by race directors and experts for race directors. Recommendations last updated 3/18/21. Updated multiple sections to reflect change in face coverings recommendation, expanded Event Medical and Safety Operations at Events section, and updated Transition Area to include Wave Start Alterations information. Also updated safe travel recommendations.

Race Checklist for Race Directors

Download the Return to Racing Checklist for Race Directors to ensure you are prepared to host your next multisport event.

COVID-19 Contact Tracing

Download the USA Triathlon Guidelines for COVID-19 Contact Tracing.

Guidelines for Volunteers


Download the USA Triathlon Guidelines for Volunteers, who are vital to the execution and implementation of events.

Recommendations for Organized Mass Gatherings

Safe Return to Racing Event Spotlights

A look at how Race Directors nationwide have learned to expect the unexpected, and make the necessary changes and adjustments in order to maintain the safety of athletes, staff, volunteers and spectators amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Return to Racing Training Program

This program includes more than 25 FREE training plans, plus articles and videos designed specifically for athletes during this challenging time. Whether you’re looking to get from the couch to a 5K, training for your first standard distance duathlon, interested in building strength or are taking on 70.3, these plans have you covered.

Free training plans are only available to USA Triathlon Annual Members. If you are a member and would like to receive them, please email Become an annual member today for $50 to receive the training plans and support local race directors, coaches, clubs and other members of the multisport community.

Click here to download the guidelines to communicate what changes race directors should expect from officials, why they are necessary and how to prepare for those changes. Guidelines last updated 11/12/20


The initiative has been developed in coordination with experienced race directors, medical experts, certified coaches, club directors, officials, athletes and endurance sport leaders while relying on fact-based recommendations from other expert resources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, Occupational Safety and Health Administration and utilizing sport-specific guidelines developed by the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee and the International Triathlon Union.

The information in these documents is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical or legal advice. All content, including text, graphics, images and information, are provided for general informational purposes only. The knowledge and circumstances around COVID-19 are changing constantly and, as such, USAT does not make any guarantees that the information will always be up-to-date and accurate. You should seek advice from medical and legal professionals if you have specific questions about your situation or event.

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