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Youth Triathlon

USA Triathlon is committed to increasing youth access to multisport and offers a variety of programs and resources to help young athletes get involved in triathlon, develop their skills and achieve their goals. With programs and resources for all ability levels, we are here to support young athletes throughout their multisport journey.

A great way for children to begin their multisport journey is the Splash and Dash Youth Aquathlon Series, featured in more than 50 events across the country annually. Aquathlons greatly reduce the barrier to entry to multisport as no bike is required.

The next step for many children is to find a local youth race, such as a triathlon or duathlon. USA Triathlon’s youth and junior season culminates annually with the Youth and Junior National Championships. This event is open to athletes aged 7-15 of all capabilities and also features Elite races that require qualification.

Youth Events

  • Youth State Series

    USA Triathlon supports youth races and clubs across the country that give youth athletes the opportunity to get involved in the sport of triathlon.

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  • Youth & Junior Nationals at USAT Nationals

    July 13-14 West Des Moines, Iowa

    **This link is for the youth age-group race where qualification is not required. Draft-legal race registration is not open yet and will be open closer to the event date. Please look back for more information on registration for the draft-legal race.

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  • Find A Race

    Find a multisport race near you

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Multisport Basics

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    Join USA Triathlon

    USA Triathlon offers discounted annual membership for youth athletes. For just $10 a year, athletes aged 13-17 can enjoy unlimited racing. Or, for $30, youth athletes can ensure membership through their 18th birthday.

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Youth Programs

Youth Resources

  • Youth Guide

    USA Triathlon's Youth Guide covers various youth events and programs with articles providing information for both youth athletes and their parents. The guide includes basic information about multisport, tips for getting to the next level, and more.

    Note: Additional precautions should be taken for participants under the age of 7 or those less experienced with swimming.

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  • Project Play

    As a parent, you want sports to be a great experience for your child. These checklists make it easy to ensure that happens. Based on the Aspen Institute's report, they provide 10-point checklists tailored to your child's age and activity level. Ask these questions of your child, yourself, and local programs to build an athlete for life.

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USA Triathlon has zero tolerance for abuse and misconduct, both on the race course and off it. We work with the U.S. Center for SafeSport to provide training to help protect athletes that several members of the multisport community must complete, including coaches, officials, race directors and more.

Learn More about USA Triathlon's Safe Sport Policies

Safe Sport Activity Book (PDF)