I know there have been some questions about qualification for the USARA national championship this year, so I wanted to reach out to share a status update on the qualification and registration process.
The new USARA leadership team decided early in our tenure to revise the qualification procedures to better reflect a team’s performance throughout an entire season, emphasizing their holistic performance rather than how they may do at any given race. Though we know that the new process will not make everyone happy, and that there may still be a few wrinkles to iron out, we believe that the updated plan will ensure that the National Championship brings together a geographically diverse field of the top teams across the nation, while also creating the space for one of the things that we all love about our sport: the ability for teams at all levels to line up at the start and commemorate the end of another season of adventuring together.
We also knew going into this year that the 2021 qualification standards would be complicated, because we would have to balance rollover entries for the abbreviated and uneven 2020 season with those teams qualifying via the new procedures that USARA established for 2021.
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To accommodate both of those groups - and the various nuances within each - we have divided the 100-team capacity the following ways:
Timeline for Invitations and Registration ProcesS
Here is where we stand now on qualifications and registrations, as of 7/13.
We anticipate having roughly eight discretionary slots available. If your team will not qualify based on the 2020 rollover or 2021 rankings and you believe that you should be at the 2021 National Championship for any reason, please reach out to me no later than July 23. In your email, please include your team name, anticipated Nationals roster, and the reason that you should earn a discretionary slot. The Nationals Committee will meet the following week to determine how to extend these discretionary invites, before open registration widely.
Facebook live Q&A
I recognize that this is a lot of information to distill and that there are a lot of new details to take in. I will be holding a Facebook Live Q&A, specifically on the Nationals qualification and registration process, on Wednesday, July 21 at 8:30pm EST. Please log onto the USARA facebook page then to participate. I will address any questions that come in by email there as well. The video will live on our facebook page and will be available to watch after the fact.
Thank you all for your patience and understanding as we transition to a new qualification structure while still contending with the residual effects of the challenging 2020 season. As always, I’m available to talk through any concerns you may have, about nationals, USARA, or adventure racing more broadly.
And stay tuned for exciting information about the 2022 national championship!
USARA Executive Director
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