Your triathlon scholarship in the USA
One of the most exciting sports event every year is the Iron Man on Hawaii. Every October 1,800 athletes plunge into the cold Pacific water, swim 3.86 kilometers, then get on their bikes for 180.2 kilometers and run a marathon to conclude the race. The winner can call himself one of the most persistent and toughest athletes on earth.
But in the motherland of triathlon there is also a lot going on in college. The triathlon is becoming more and more popular at universities. Mainly because of the perfect training conditions.
How many scholarships are there?
Triathlon is officially ranked as an emerging sports by the NCAA. Therefore, the sports is on its way to be a fully supported sport. Currently, there are a few college teams, that are completed by club teams.
Universities with triathlon teams:
- Men: 3
- Women: 25
Full scholarships per team:
- Men: 0
- women: 4,5
How is the training and the season structured in the USA?
Typically, college teams train five times a week for two hours each. Most of the time, the pools, the athletics stadium and the weight rooms are right on campus. This way you save a lot of time and have more time to recover. Even if you are part of the Track and Field team, you can pursue your triathlon career. We know from experience that the running coaches are very tolerant when it comes to triathlon workouts and support you in achieving your goals.
There is a clear advantage especially when training in the warmer regions such as Florida, California and Arizona, because you can train there all year round in perfect conditions.
Most triathletes train and compete as part of the university’s Track and Field team. For this reason, as a triathlete you compete almost all year round. The cross-country season from August to October, which primarily focuses on basic endurance, the short indoor season in January and February and the outdoor season from March to May. The national triathlon championships also take place in the spring semester.
Requirements for your triathlon scholarship
In order to get a sports scholarship in one of the few college triathlon teams, you should be on e of the best athletes of your country. However, due to the limited number of places in the teams, a triathlon scholarship is not guaranteed.
You have better offers and more choices if you decide to become part of a Track and Field team. Here you have excellent chances of getting a high scholarship. You can get additional scholarship money with the following times:
- 5000m: 15:00 – 15:45 min
- 10000m: 32:00 – 33:30 min
- 5000m: 17:30 – 20:00 min
- 10000m: 38:00 – 41:00 min