USA Triathlon Duathlon National Championships Will Not Take Place as Scheduled in Tuscaloosa

USA Triathlon today announced that the USA Triathlon Duathlon National Championships will not take place as originally planned on May 30-31 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, due to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 global pandemic.

The decision comes after Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox on Wednesday announced a ban on all events through the end of May to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and protect the capacity of Tuscaloosa’s healthcare system and the city’s most vulnerable populations.

The safety of all athletes, staff, volunteers and the community at large is USA Triathlon’s highest priority. USA Triathlon is exploring all options as it relates to Duathlon Nationals and will communicate updates to registered athletes as appropriate.

The event typically draws more than 1,000 run-bike-run enthusiasts from across the country each year. Top finishers in each age group qualify to represent Team USA at the following year’s ITU Sprint and Standard-Distance Duathlon Age Group World Championships, which are held as part of the ITU Multisport World Championships. The 2020 Multisport World Championships are scheduled for Sept. 4-13 in Almere, Netherlands, while the 2021 edition will take place in Townsville, Australia, from Aug. 6-15. Additional details regarding Team USA qualification and eligibility for 2021 will be forthcoming.

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