Why TCMTriSquad is not pushing the 2023 USA Triathlon Club Nationals
Updated: Mar 21
You might be wondering why, as someone obsessed with team events, I haven't been pushing the USA Triathlon National Club Championships (to be held in Austin, Texas April 20-23). Although it's also possible you've never heard of them. The reason is because they have decided to do it at the "Multisport National Championships" which is basically a bunch of back-to-back events that are anything but a triathlon or a normal triathlon. Continuing USAT's obsession with creating more and more events for people that don't like, or for some reason can't, combine swimming, cycling and running.
The purist in me can't conceive how you can award points toward a National Triathlon Club Championship from anything but a triathlon. In fact, it would be possible, and not even that far fetched, that by sending a team of duathletes of 10 different ages and genders that you could be the National Triathlon Club Champion without having a single person in your team who knew how to swim. Or if you stacked the aquathlon, a single member who owned a bike. What a farce! Does any other national federation decide it's champion club in this way? Or even close? Also, do better than "bragging rights" if you're gonna drag us to Texas. Triathlon Australia has a $9,000 prize pool. That will motivate club presidents to get a team together!
The solution to this problem is simple. Score club members (however you want to do it) at the regular National Championships, held this year in Milwaukee. Yes, you have to qualify individually, but that's OK. We're trying to find out the "champion" club of a "competition" called a triathlon.
Here are the details if you're interested. (I'm not).