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Default How to Become a Professional Triathlete? - 12-08-2006, 12:40 PM

Does anybody know what's involved in becoming a professional triathlete? Are their specific times that have to be attained? Specific placement in sanctioned races? What?
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Default 12-09-2006, 03:34 AM

Hey,

I was having same problem when I started running as a newbie. And I have searched for it lot. I have taken few advice from others and from some online sources. I am giving you some contents of my notes. Hope it helps , here you go

Qualification criteria: Any athlete who chooses to compete as an elite triathlete must meet at least one of the three (3) criteria listed below:

CRITERIA A: Finish top-eight overall and within 8 percent of the overall winner's time, according to gender, in at least three (3) USAT sanctioned events that occurred within the past 12 months and had at least 500 participants. No exceptions will be made.

CRITERIA B: Finish within 8 percent of the overall winner's time in at least two (2) ultra- distance events that included an elite field (offering $5k or greater in prize purse) that occurred within the past 12 months and had at least 500 participants. Ultra distance is defined as any distance equal to or greater than a 4K swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run. Events must have been sanctioned by USA Triathlon. No exceptions will be made.

CRITERIA C: Finish within 8 percent of the overall winner's time in one (1) ultra-distance event that included an elite field (offering $5k or greater in prize purse) that occurred within the past 12 months and had at least 500 participants AND finish top-eight and within 8 percent of the overall winner's time, according to gender, in at least one (1) USAT sanctioned event that occurred within the past 12 months and had at least 500 participants.
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Default 12-09-2006, 03:39 AM

Not sure but I think the official criteria are to:

1) Swim really fast 2) Bike really, really, really fast 3) Run very very fast

These are the crieterias you keep in your mind.
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