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2013-06-24 11:54 PM

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I recently participated in my first triathlon over the weekend. I did much better than I expected and finished second in my age group out of 11 participants. Reading thru the USA Triathlon guidelines for qualifying for nationals, it said I had to finish in the top 10% in my age group. I would assume since there were only 11 people in my age group that I would have had to have won my age group to qualify for nationals. Any help and clarification would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.


2013-06-25 8:03 AM
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I also forgot to mention, I finished 9th place out of 122 people.
2013-06-25 8:06 AM
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Originally posted by Jasonhomey

Reading thru the USA Triathlon guidelines for qualifying for nationals, it said I had to finish in the top 10% in my age group. I would assume since there were only 11 people in my age group that I would have had to have won my age group to qualify for nationals.


Correct. If you finish second, there need to be 20 in your AG to qualify for Nationals. The exception is Qualifying Races -- read more here if you haven't already.

http://www.usatriathlon.org/events/usat/2012/08/age-group-national-...

Good luck!

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2013-06-25 8:12 AM
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You are correct.

Not that you're out much, Nats has been sold out for a while (the Oly) and the Sprint is no qualification needed.

(You've also got a lot better chance of making the US team in the sprint)
2013-06-25 9:14 AM
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Still, it would have been nice to say I had actually qualified and give me something to aim for next year. Thanks for the answers.
2013-06-25 2:51 PM
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When you do qualify they will actually send you an email, "Congratulations from USA Triathlon", to let you know once they have processed the results. In the message they mention how you qualified, what race you qualified at, and a nice big "QUALIFIED" graphic to make you feel extra special!


2013-06-25 2:56 PM
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Originally posted by CuzinVin8 When you do qualify they will actually send you an email, "Congratulations from USA Triathlon", to let you know once they have processed the results. In the message they mention how you qualified, what race you qualified at, and a nice big "QUALIFIED" graphic to make you feel extra special!

And when you come in between 11 and 20%, they send you a nice email saying:

You're soooooo close!

Italics are theirs.  One of the funniest emails I've gotten in sooooooooo long a time!

I think my wife is still laughing.  Tongue out

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2013-06-25 3:34 PM
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Oddly, I qualified this year for a race last September where I placed 3/21 in my AG. Since that only puts me in the top 14%, I'm not sure how I got in. Not that it really mattered, since I wasn't about to travel to WI for an Oly, but it may indicate that they're not always completely strict regarding the top10% for whatever reason...
2013-06-25 5:37 PM
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Maybe this is a given, but it also has to be a USAT sanctioned event, I believe. 
2013-06-25 8:00 PM
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Oddly, I qualified this year for a race last September where I placed 3/21 in my AG. Since that only puts me in the top 14%, I'm not sure how I got in. Not that it really mattered, since I wasn't about to travel to WI for an Oly, but it may indicate that they're not always completely strict regarding the top10% for whatever reason...
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2013-06-25 8:00 PM
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Originally posted by CuzinVin8 When you do qualify they will actually send you an email, "Congratulations from USA Triathlon", to let you know once they have processed the results. In the message they mention how you qualified, what race you qualified at, and a nice big "QUALIFIED" graphic to make you feel extra special!

And when you come in between 11 and 20%, they send you a nice email saying:

You're soooooo close!

Italics are theirs.  One of the funniest emails I've gotten in sooooooooo long a time!

I think my wife is still laughing.  Tongue out

Matt



I look forward to getting that email. Not as much as the qualified email, but nothing like rubbing it in that you didn't get in.


2013-06-26 4:06 AM
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Subject: RE: Qualifying for Nationals
Originally posted by KiterChick

Oddly, I qualified this year for a race last September where I placed 3/21 in my AG. Since that only puts me in the top 14%, I'm not sure how I got in. Not that it really mattered, since I wasn't about to travel to WI for an Oly, but it may indicate that they're not always completely strict regarding the top10% for whatever reason...


Yeah, I qualified at a race last summer where I was 2/16 and was surprised by that.
2013-06-26 7:31 AM
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Originally posted by meggfishy
Originally posted by KiterChick Oddly, I qualified this year for a race last September where I placed 3/21 in my AG. Since that only puts me in the top 14%, I'm not sure how I got in. Not that it really mattered, since I wasn't about to travel to WI for an Oly, but it may indicate that they're not always completely strict regarding the top10% for whatever reason...
Yeah, I qualified at a race last summer where I was 2/16 and was surprised by that.

They say 10%, but there some rounding going on, or rather what may be easiest to understand as some rounding. Somewhere in there they explained that they do this, but left it a bit vague as to exactly how far it will go.

2013-06-26 8:24 AM
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I believe you also have to be an annual member, not just a race-day member. (At least, I think I read that somewhere.)
2013-06-26 8:34 AM
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Originally posted by meggfishy
Originally posted by KiterChick Oddly, I qualified this year for a race last September where I placed 3/21 in my AG. Since that only puts me in the top 14%, I'm not sure how I got in. Not that it really mattered, since I wasn't about to travel to WI for an Oly, but it may indicate that they're not always completely strict regarding the top10% for whatever reason...
Yeah, I qualified at a race last summer where I was 2/16 and was surprised by that.

They say 10%, but there some rounding going on, or rather what may be easiest to understand as some rounding. Somewhere in there they explained that they do this, but left it a bit vague as to exactly how far it will go.




Agreed on the rounding. In one race I was in the 10.xx% and never got the email saying I was in. I don't remember the exact number but it was over 10.5% and less than 11.0%.

I got a funny "congratulations you qualified" last year from an August 5th race...Nationals were the next weekend and it had been sold out for months before. Yes, thanks for that! LOL. Then I qualified again for 2013...and realized they moved the race to Miiwaukee. Vermont would have been perfect as I could have gone home to PA to visit and drop off the kiddo to grandma for a week in summer.
2013-06-26 9:01 AM
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To make it even more confusing I was 2nd out of 12 finishers in my AG (14th overall)........and it was an XTERRA (offroad tri) that got me my qualification for Nationals. I am not going though.


2013-06-26 1:40 PM
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Actually I believe you did qualify. If I'm reading it correctly they round up the number of qualifying spots. So 10 or less only 1 qualifying spot, 11-20 top 2 qualify, 21-30 top 3 and so on.

edit to add the quote from the USAT website:

•A non-championship USAT sanctioned event in one of the specified qualifying distances (as explained above) will qualify the top 10 percent or top finisher (whichever is greater) in each age group.

** Note: If there are 25 athletes in an age group and an athlete places 3rd or higher, they have qualified for the 2013 Olympic Distance Nationals. If an athlete places 4th out of 25 they have not qualified.


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2013-06-26 2:21 PM
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Interesting. I was 4th out of 28 in AG at a 5150 event and I got the letter saying I qualified for nationals. It stated I finished in the top 10% of my AG. 4/28 = 14.3% ??? None of the top 5 in my AG qualified top 5 overall either. I did get free entry to the Hy-Vee 5150 Championships for finishing top 5 so maybe that can get you to AG nationals....
2013-06-26 2:29 PM
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I got one in 2012 saying I qualified for oly nationals though I hadn't done an oly since 2010.  So I'm really not sure how they decide who gets these.
2013-06-26 2:36 PM
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you can qualify for olympic nationals through a sprint. its short course nationals basically.
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