Wednesday, December 12, 2012

2013 Age Group Nationals

I got this email today
Congratulations Jeremy Solt. You have qualified for the Olympic-Distance race at the 2013 USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships on August 10 in Milwaukee, Wis., after finishing in the top 10 percent in your age group at the Maple Grove Triathlon: Dare To TRI.
That's pretty sweet, though I thought I had heard somewhere that the age group nationals weren't a qualifying event. So I looked it up
Any athlete who wants to compete at the Olympic Distance National Championship must qualify in their respective age group at a USAT-sanctioned event of a qualifying distance. This event is the only USAT National Championship for which athletes have to meet a strict qualification.
It is true though that the AG sprint nationals is not a qualifying event, you can just go.

There are all sorts of ways to qualify for this event, but I fall into top 10% in my age group at a non championship, but still USAT, event. Qualifying doesn't reserve a spot, the race fills up. For now we're planning on going, because that will be neat, though my wife did say "what are we going to do in MILWAUKEE!?"

So there we have it, that's pretty neat!