I just signed up for my season opener yesterday and realized that I needed a USA Triathlon (USAT) license to participate. In the past the West Side Duathlon was not a USAT sanctioned event so it was nice to save that $10. This year, it is and further the one day license is now $12 (compared to an annual license price of $45). Although it is unlikely I will break even on the pure economics, I chose to get an annual license. There are lots of benefits to being a USAT member. You get discounts at USAT partners which include TriSports.com, airlines, hotels, car rental companies, Triathlete magazine, TrainingPeaks, DeFeet, Tyr, Rudy and other sports retailers. You are also supporting triathletes at the high performance and Olympic level.
Despite criticisms of sports governing bodies, USAT is working to grow the sport and make triathlon more accessible to everyone. They have youth development programs and work closely with triathlon clubs across the country.
I am a member of the Arvada Triathlon Club and have seen firsthand how USAT grants have helped grow our membership and get us on solid footing. We were founded in 2009 and received grants in 2011 and 2013. Those grants have allowed us to attract and retain new members and introduce the sport of triathlon to individuals.
Yes. I am a triathlete.