How To Qualify to Represent the USA @ ITU Cross Worlds

We’ve been asked tons of questions about the USA Triathlon OFF-ROAD National Championships (coming May 16 to Hewitt, New Jersey – only 50 miles from New York City). The biggest question seems to be – “how exactly do you qualify to represent Team USA at ITU Cross Worlds and what, where and when is that?”

Clearly the men’s and women’s winner qualifies, but did you know there are actually 18 slots for every 5 year age group? Your odds of qualifying to represent the USA and take on the World get even better as the 18 slots roll down to the 30th place for each to qualify. So for example, let’s say you’re in the 45-49 men’s age group and you finish in 20th place. All it takes is 2 of the top 18 to pass on electing to go to ITU Worlds and you have a slot.

Now let’s dig into ITU and the World Championships. First off, the International Triathlon Union (ITU) is the international governing body for multi-sport disciplines. For racing purposes, what we in the USA call Off-Road Triathlon is pretty much known as Cross Triathlon for the rest of the world. Athletes come from across the globe to compete for the title of ITU World Championship. The 2020 USA Triathlon Off-Road National Championships can qualify you for the 2021 ITU Cross Worlds, which will be held in Australia in August, 2021. 

Age groups for Team USA qualification will be based on your age as of December 31, 2021. The 5 year age groups are 17-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89. Athletes will be placed in their age group for Team USA processing that positions them by their age as of December 31, 2021.

A Team USA representative will be onsite so that those who qualify to be on Team USA can indicate their intent to join Team USA after the awards ceremony. There will be no requirement to pay for anything at the time of indicating intent.

All athletes eligible to represent the United States must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen OR
  • Be a U.S. national – someone who has resided in the US for three consecutive years and has not competed for their country of citizenship in prior year.

The 2020 USA Triathlon Off-Road National Championships features an extended version of the renowned XTERRA Way Over Yonder course. The course includes 1500 Meter Open Water Swim, 30K Mountain Bike and 10K Trail Run. Registration is open to all racers looking to take on “the Beast of the East” – there is no qualifying event to enter.

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