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XTERRA Youth Tour & World Championship Qualification

AGE GROUPS

XTERRA Youth Program is divided into 3 age divisions:

  • M/F 14-15 (“Youth A”) 
  • M/F 16-17 (“Youth B”) 
  • M/F 18-19 (“Junior”) 

The age group is determined by the athlete's age as of December 31st of the year of the race.

RACE FORMATS AND OFFICIAL DISTANCES

To align with global triathlon standards, each age group in the Youth Tour will be assigned a recommended race distance.

M/F 14-15: Super Sprint Distance

Maximum distances: 400m swim, 8K bike, 2K run.

M/F 16-17 & M/F 18-19: Sprint Distance

Maximum distances: 750m swim, 15K bike, 5K run.

These distances align with World Triathlon recommendations, and are enforced by most federations. Athletes in the M/F18-19 (Junior) division may choose to participate in Full Distance Triathlons as they wish, but all championship races will be decided on the distances described above.

When allowed by governing federations and/or race directors, youth athletes may choose to compete in whatever distances are available to them. However in the interest of athlete safety and health XTERRA strongly recommends youth athletes participate in the distances described above.

WORLD YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFICATION

Qualification to the XTERRA Youth World Championship is possible by the following means:

Slots

Slots to the XTERRA Youth World Championship will be awarded to youth athletes who compete and finish in top positions in any of the XTERRA Youth World Championship qualifying events, as described below. 

  • Qualifying Sprint Distance races will offer slots to the top 5 male and female youth athletes in the 18-19 (Junior) and 16-17 (Youth B) divisions.
  • Qualifying Super Sprint Distance races will offer slots to the top 5 male and female youth athletes in the 14-15 (Youth A) division.

The invitations for these slots will be sent out by XTERRA once results from the qualifying races have been submitted and verified. There is no roll-down process for these slots.

Application

Athletes who do not have the opportunity to qualify directly by earning a slot may apply for a wild card entry to the XTERRA Youth World Championship. Reasons for not being able to qualify directly include:

  • There is no appropriate distance for the relevant age division at an XTERRA event in their respective country or area.
  • There are no XTERRA races available for the youth athlete within 500km. 

If the applicant did compete in an XTERRA qualifying triathlon within the season, but not the specified distance for their division, they should submit their result from the race. Applicants without an XTERRA qualifying result from the season must submit their 3 best Cross Triathlon results of the last 12 months. Please include result links.

XTERRA Duathlon results may be considered for Youth World Championship qualification only by emailing youth@xterraplanet.com with proper documentation of additional triathlon and swim proficiency. All applicants must have MTB results in some form.

For all athletes under 18, the application must be made by their parents, Club manager or Federal Youth representative. 

Applications should be sent in to youth@xterraplanet.com.

XTERRA WORLD YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING EVENTS

The schedule of events with qualifying youth races may be found below. Please note that dates and events are subject to change.

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FD
Full Distance
SD
Sprint Distance
SSD
Super Sprint Distance
Qualifying events for 2024 Youth World Championship
DATES
EVENT
LOCATION
COUNTRY
JUNIOR
YOUTH B
YOUTH A
XTERRA South Africa
XTERRA South Africa
EMEA
Elgin Valley, Grabouw, Western Cape
,
South Africa
South Africa
Junior:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth B:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth A:
FD
SD
SSD
x
XTERRA Wellington Festival
XTERRA Wellington Festival
APAC
Wellington
,
New Zealand
New Zealand
Junior:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth B:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth A:
FD
SD
SSD
x
XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship
XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship
APAC
Kenting National Park
,
Taiwan
Taiwan
Junior:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth B:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth A:
FD
SD
SSD
x
XTERRA Rotorua Festival
XTERRA Rotorua Festival
APAC
Rotorua
,
New Zealand
New Zealand
Junior:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth B:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth A:
FD
SD
SSD
x
XTERRA Malta
XTERRA Malta
EMEA
Majjistral Nature Reserve
,
Malta
Malta
Junior:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth B:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth A:
FD
SD
SSD
x
XTERRA Puerto Rico
XTERRA Puerto Rico
PANAM
Cabo Rojo, PR
,
Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico
Junior:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth B:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth A:
FD
SD
SSD
x
XTERRA Australia
XTERRA Australia
APAC
Dunsborough
,
Australia
Australia
Junior:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth B:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth A:
FD
SD
SSD
x
XTERRA ATX
XTERRA ATX
PANAM
Austin, Texas
,
United States
United States
Junior:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth B:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth A:
FD
SD
SSD
x
XTERRA Portugal
XTERRA Portugal
EMEA
Golegã
,
Portugal
Portugal
Junior:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth B:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth A:
FD
SD
SSD
x
XTERRA Greece Vouliagmeni
XTERRA Greece Vouliagmeni
EMEA
Vouliagmeni
,
Greece
Greece
Junior:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth B:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth A:
FD
SD
SSD
x
XTERRA New Jersey
XTERRA New Jersey
PANAM
New Jersey
,
United States
United States
Junior:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth B:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth A:
FD
SD
SSD
x
XTERRA Nouvelle Aquitaine
XTERRA Nouvelle Aquitaine
EMEA
Beaumont-du-Lac
,
France
France
Junior:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth B:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth A:
FD
SD
SSD
x
XTERRA Weston Park
XTERRA Weston Park
EMEA
Staffordshire
,
United Kingdom
United Kingdom
Junior:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth B:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth A:
FD
SD
SSD
x
XTERRA North American Championship
XTERRA North American Championship
PANAM
Pelham, AL
,
United States
United States
Junior:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth B:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth A:
FD
SD
SSD
x
XTERRA Japan Nenouekogen
XTERRA Japan Nenouekogen
APAC
Nenouekogen
,
Japan
Japan
Junior:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth B:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth A:
FD
SD
SSD
x
XTERRA Colombia
XTERRA Colombia
PANAM
Paipa
,
Colombia
Colombia
Junior:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth B:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth A:
FD
SD
SSD
x
XTERRA Lake Garda
XTERRA Lake Garda
EMEA
Toscolano-Maderno
,
Italy
Italy
Junior:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth B:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth A:
FD
SD
SSD
x
XTERRA Cameron Park
XTERRA Cameron Park
PANAM
Waco, Texas
,
United States
United States
Junior:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth B:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth A:
FD
SD
SSD
x
XTERRA Pirineu
XTERRA Pirineu
EMEA
La Guingueta d’Àneu
,
Spain
Spain
Junior:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth B:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth A:
FD
SD
SSD
x
XTERRA Belgium
XTERRA Belgium
EMEA
Namur
,
Belgium
Belgium
Junior:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth B:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth A:
FD
SD
SSD
x
XTERRA Tremblant
XTERRA Tremblant
PANAM
Domaine St-Bernard
,
Canada
Canada
Junior:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth B:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth A:
FD
SD
SSD
x
XTERRA Lory
XTERRA Lory
PANAM
Fort Collins, Colorado
,
United States
United States
Junior:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth B:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth A:
FD
SD
SSD
x
XTERRA Switzerland
XTERRA Switzerland
EMEA
Vallée de la Brévine
,
Switzerland
Switzerland
Junior:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth B:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth A:
FD
SD
SSD
x
XTERRA Valachy
XTERRA Valachy
EMEA
Valachy
,
Czech Republic
Czech Republic
Junior:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth B:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth A:
FD
SD
SSD
x
XTERRA DINO Northern Indiana
XTERRA DINO Northern Indiana
PANAM
South Bend, Indiana
,
United States
United States
Junior:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth B:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth A:
FD
SD
SSD
x
XTERRA Magnolia Hill
XTERRA Magnolia Hill
PANAM
Magnolia Hill Ranch
,
United States
United States
Junior:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth B:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth A:
FD
SD
SSD
x
XTERRA France
XTERRA France
EMEA
Xonrupt, Vosges
,
France
France
Junior:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth B:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth A:
FD
SD
SSD
x
XTERRA Victoria
XTERRA Victoria
PANAM
Victoria
,
Canada
Canada
Junior:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth B:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth A:
FD
SD
SSD
x
XTERRA Quebec
XTERRA Quebec
PANAM
Manoir du Lac Delage
,
Canada
Canada
Junior:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth B:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth A:
FD
SD
SSD
x
XTERRA Slovakia
XTERRA Slovakia
EMEA
Banska Stiavnica
,
Slovakia
Slovakia
Junior:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth B:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth A:
FD
SD
SSD
x
XTERRA EX2
XTERRA EX2
PANAM
Rocky Gap State Park
,
United States
United States
Junior:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth B:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth A:
FD
SD
SSD
x
XTERRA Conquer the Crater
XTERRA Conquer the Crater
PANAM
Greater Sudbury, Ontario
,
Canada
Canada
Junior:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth B:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth A:
FD
SD
SSD
x
XTERRA Lake Scanno
XTERRA Lake Scanno
EMEA
Scanno
,
Italy
Italy
Junior:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth B:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth A:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Qualifying events for 2024 or 2025 Youth World Championship
DATES
EVENT
LOCATION
COUNTRY
JUNIOR
YOUTH B
YOUTH A
XTERRA Portland
XTERRA Portland
PANAM
Gaston, Oregon
,
United States
United States
Junior:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth B:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth A:
FD
SD
SSD
x
XTERRA European Championship
XTERRA European Championship
EMEA
Prachatice
,
Czech Republic
Czech Republic
Junior:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth B:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth A:
FD
SD
SSD
x
XTERRA Ardennes
XTERRA Ardennes
EMEA
Lac de la Gileppe
,
Belgium
Belgium
Junior:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth B:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth A:
FD
SD
SSD
x
XTERRA Costa Rica
XTERRA Costa Rica
PANAM
Las Catalinas, Guanacaste
,
Costa Rica
Costa Rica
Junior:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth B:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth A:
FD
SD
SSD
x
XTERRA Sleeping Giant
XTERRA Sleeping Giant
PANAM
Boulevard Lake
,
Canada
Canada
Junior:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth B:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth A:
FD
SD
SSD
x
XTERRA Bromont
XTERRA Bromont
PANAM
Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park / Lake Bromont beach
,
Canada
Canada
Junior:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth B:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth A:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Qualifying events for 2025 Youth World Championship
DATES
EVENT
LOCATION
COUNTRY
JUNIOR
YOUTH B
YOUTH A
XTERRA Whistler
XTERRA Whistler
PANAM
Whistler
,
Canada
Canada
Junior:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth B:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth A:
FD
SD
SSD
x
XTERRA Lake Tahoe
XTERRA Lake Tahoe
PANAM
Lake Tahoe
,
United States
United States
Junior:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth B:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth A:
FD
SD
SSD
x
XTERRA Sardegna
XTERRA Sardegna
EMEA
Castiadas
,
Italy
Italy
Junior:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth B:
FD
SD
SSD
x
Youth A:
FD
SD
SSD
x

FAQS

Do youth athletes need a license to participate in the Youth World Championship?

Yes, as the Youth World Championship will be held in Italy, youth athletes must have a valid license from their national triathlon federation. Athletes without a license will be required to obtain an Italian medical certificate, along with a day FITRI license. The athlete's parents or guardians must be present to sign for the day license.

Do XTERRA Full Distance qualifying races still offer a slot for the 15-19 division?

Yes, the slots previously allocated to this division will remain the same. Athletes who earn this slot will be able to choose whether to transfer it to the Youth World Championship, or in the case of Junior (18-19) athletes, keep it for the Full Distance (see next question). Note that to compete in the XTERRA World Championship (Full Distance), athletes must be 18 years or above.

Can Junior (18-19) athletes still participate in the XTERRA Full Distance World Championship?

The XTERRA Junior World Championship will be decided on a Sprint Distance course. Junior athletes who choose to participate in the Full Distance race at the World Championship will have to either compete in the 20-24 age group, or be registered as an Elite (if they meet the criteria). Slots awarded to the Youth World Championship cannot be transferred to the Full Distance, so Junior athletes who wish to do the Full Distance will still need to earn their slot on a Full Distance race.

What if there is no race available for my age?

Youth athletes may participate in any XTERRA triathlon race where the governing federation and/or race director allow. If a youth athlete completes an XTERRA triathlon event that is not the official distance for their category, they may use that result to apply for a Youth World Championship slot by emailing youth@xterraplanet.com. For example, if a 17 year old (Youth B) athlete participates in a Full Distance race and places 2nd in their division, and there was no Sprint Distance race available, they may use that result to apply for a slot to the Youth World Championship.

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