Benefits of the Ten Dollar USAT Fee for Triathlon Registration

March 3, 2011 - 2 minutes read

If you have participated in triathlon (or duathlon), you may have noticed that in a lot of cases there is a $10 fee for the triathlon registration if you are not a member of USAT.

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While at first you may want to “grunt” about the added fee, here’s some information I found on the USA Triathon website that will help you understand why being a USAT Sanctioned Event and/or a USAT member is quite valuable

For Multisport Race Directors
By sanctioning your event with USAT, you get:

  • Affordable, comprehensive insurance program to protect the race director, event volunteers, athletes and sponsors.
  • Inclusion in the USA Triathlon National Ranking System, which ranks athletes across the nation.
  • Access to professional USA Triathlon Officials who are trained to ensure that each sanctioned event is safe and fair for competitors.
  • Access to great sponsor programs and benefits.
  • Participants will recognize the event as a fair race and credible race.
  • Outstanding exposure through the USAT Event Calendar.

For Multisport Athletes
By becoming a USAT Member, you get:

  • Subscription to the quarterly USA Triathlon publication USA Triathlon Life.
  • Savings at USA Triathlon sanctioned events by no longer having to purchase one-day licenses.
  • Secondary Medical/Accident Insurance: Covers USAT sanctioned activities (contact USAT National Office for policy specifics.)
  • Discounts and special promotions from USA Triathlon partners.
  • Eligibility to qualify as a Team USA Triathlon/Duathlon member and compete at ITU World Championship events.
  • Eligibility to compete at USA Triathlon National Championships.
  • E-newsletters to keep you informed.

The biggest follow-up question I get when answering calls about why there is a $10 fee is “Well, then how much are the memberships?”  Currently, adult memberships are $39 for one-year and youth memberships are $5.  So for adults, as soon as you register for 4 sanctioned triathlons in one year, your membership paid for itself.

Contact Kris at if you have questions about USAT Sanctioning or Memberships