For adrenaline junkies whose enthusiasm can’t be slaked by a single sport, a triathlon is just the ticket. The combination of running, biking and swimming make hearts beat fast and endorphins kick into overdrive.
USA Triathlon, the national governing body for the sport, has been fueling the multisport lifestyle since its founding in 1982. Each year, it sanctions more than 4,300 races and touches more than 500,000 members, making it the largest multisport organization in the world.
With a team of more than 50 full-time staffers, USA Triathlon combines in-depth event experience with community-focused relationship building to grow the sport and deliver resources that empower members of the racing community to reach their full potential.
As event producers, the NGB owns and runs four national championships each year. This year’s schedule saw the Duathlon Nationals (run, bike, run) in Greenville, South Carolina; the Age Group Nationals in Cleveland, Ohio; and the Youth and Junior Nationals in West Chester, Ohio.
In April, it held the Collegiate and High School Club National Championships in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. This is the fourth year the “Druid City” has hosted, having previously welcomed teams in 2011, 2012 and 2017. The strong bonds forged between USA Triathlon, Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports, surrounding municipalities, corporate sponsors and legions of local volunteers make the event a special spot on the calendar for more than 1,700 participating athletes and their coaches, families and friends.
Connect Sports got behind the scenes with the organizers, hosts and one of this year’s participants to share an inside look at how the event came together.