Transportation (UPDATED 8/13)

There will be additional shuttles available from the Hilton on Sunday morning starting at 5 a.m. The drop and pickup points will be at 16th and Cornish.

event programEvent Program

The 2016 USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships event program is now available in a digital edition (best viewed on a desktop or laptop computer), Android and iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch. The event program features key event information, including the schedule of events, maps, frequently asked questions and more.


Pre-Race Webinar

Be sure to watch the pre-race webinar for everything you need to know to have a successful race.

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Athlete of the Year and Multisport Awards Banquet

USA Triathlon will be honoring the Athletes of the Year and Multisport Award winners from the 2015 season, presented by Garmin, with a unique celebration dinner and ceremony at the CenturyLink Center Omaha on August 11th, as a lead up to the Age Group National Championship in Omaha, NE on August 13-14. The event will be held Thursday night, August 11 starting at 5:30p.m.

For the 2015 Athletes of the Year, click here.

For the 2015 Multisport Award winners, click here.

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Cancellation Policy: No refunds

Attire: Please be aware that business casual attire is expected for this event. No shorts, please. 

Dinner: 

  • Summer Garden Salad – romaine and mixed greens, tomatoes, cucumber, red onion and balsamic vinaigrette.
  • Chicken Bruschetta – roasted chicken, tomatoes, basil, red onions and pesto drizzle
  • Penne Pasta- marinara sauce & parmesan
  • Italian Green Beans
  • Chocolate Cake

Prices:

  • Adult: $29.95 (Price changes to $34.95 per person after August 4, 2016.)
  • Child (8-14): $15.95
  • Children under 7 are free

Event details and schedule:

  • Check-in: 5:30pm
  • Cash Bar Opens: 5:30pm
  • Buffet Dinner: 5:45pm to 6:30pm
  • Award Winner Presentations:  6:45pm to 8:45pm
  • Bar Closes:  9pm
  • The parking map is available below under "parking."


Awards Ceremony

The Sprint-distance awards ceremony will take place from on Sunday, August 14 from 1-2:30 p.m. at the CenturyLink Convention Center, Junior Ballroom. Parking is available in Lot B for $8 per car. Lot D is also open for overflow parking. Parking is also available in the garage for $12 per car. The parking map is available below under "parking."


Awards

Category  Place
15-19 (M/F) 1-5
20-24 (M/F) 1-5
25-29 (M/F) 1-5
30-34 (M/F) 1-5
35-39 (M/F) 1-5
40-44 (M/F) 1-5
45-49 (M/F) 1-5
50-54 (M/F) 1-5
55-59 (M/F) 1-5
60-64 (M/F) 1-5
65-69 (M/F) 1-5
70-74 (M/F) 1-5
75-79 (M/F) 1-5
80-84 (M/F) 1-5
85-89 (M/F) 1-5

For specific race entry and award eligibility requirements, please see the registration page.

Bag Check and Security

Athletes should expect an increased security presence at the 2016 USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships. The city of Omaha and USA Triathlon have instituted the following security measures for the safety of all participants and spectators:

  • Each participant will receive a clear plastic bag at packet pick-up to store their gear on race day and during the swim warm up on Friday, August 12th. The clear plastic security bags are 18x24 inches, and athletes will be permitted to check the bags at the bag check tent near transition. Transition bags or AGNC race bags (distributed at packet pick-up) will need to fit inside the clear plastic bags provided for bag check.
  • No bags of any kind will be allowed in transition while the races are underway. However, athletes will be permitted to carry gear into transition on race morning (between 5:30-7:30 a.m.), but the gear will need to fit within the clear plastic bag provided by USAT. Note: any bags left in transition may delay the start of the race.
  • Bag checks will be in place at the expo entrance, swim start area, and at the finish line bleachers.
  • Do not leave bags or backpacks unattended at the venue or on the course. Unattended bags will be confiscated and potentially destroyed, and may also delay the race schedule.
Thank you for helping us ensure the safety of the athletes and spectators.

*Security measures are subject to change.*


Greenstreet Cycles

Bike Support - Greenstreet Cycles

USA Triathlon is thrilled to partner with Greenstreet Cycles, the Official Bike Support Partner of 2016 Age Group Nationals. Greenstreet will provide on-course support during the event as well as pre-race support at packet pick-up and in transition area on race morning. Additionally, Greenstreet Cycles has a variety of bikes available for rent during your race. 

Greenstreet Cycles will have a full-service shop setup near transition area at Levi-Carter Park from Thursday, August 11 through Sunday, August 14. Athletes are encouraged to take care of major bike issues before race day at their on-site shop. For any maintenance issues that need attention in the days leading up to the race until Wednesday, August 10th, athletes should visit Greenstreet's local Omaha shop. Between Thursday, August 11 and Sunday, August 14, bike service will be available to Age Group Nationals participants only at Greenstreet's transition area shop. For further information on Greenstreet Cycles, services they can provide, and pricing, please click here. Please note: Greenstreet will charge nominal fees for bike maintenance on site. Athletes may also purchase retail bike parts and triathlon gear at either their Omaha store or their transition area shop.


Carter Lake Swimming

There will be no swimming in Carter Lake from Monday, August 8 through Sunday, August 14 outside of the permitted swim warm up and race times.


Course Nutrition

Aqua Systems  Thank you to Aqua Systems for providing water at aid stations. Visit ilovemywater.com for more information on Aqua Systems' services.
  Carb Boom! Energy Gel will be available on the course for in various flavors for all athletes.
  Gatorade Endurance formula (Lemon-Lime flavor) is the Official Sports Beverage of USA Triathlon and will once again be available on the course for all athletes.

Draft Legal Clinic Presented by Craig Hanken

Interested in learning more about the exciting discipline of Draft-Legal racing? USA Triathlon's Draft-Legal Technical Specialist Craig Hanken will provide detailed information on draft-legal education, rules, and tips for your next draft-legal race. This clinic will occur at 4 p.m. (immediately following the rules briefing and Leanda Cave Presentation) on Friday, August 12 at 4 p.m. at the CenturyLink Convention Center, Junior Ballroom.

Please note: There is no draft-legal race this year in Omaha. More information on Draft-Legal World Qualifiers can be found here.


Event-Day Communications

In the event of an emergency or the need of USA Triathlon to communicate important information on event-day, please stay tuned to USA Triathlon's social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter (@usatriathlon and @USATlive), your email, and venue PA announcements. If you are near your car or a radio, you are also advised to tune in to the Event Information Channel: 1670 AM.


Food and Concessions


Athletes:

Athletes will receive a free post-race meal from Attitude on Food at the post-race food tent. The meal will be pasta with chicken. Gluten-free and vegan options will be available. Athletes must have their event wristband on to receive food.

Spectators:

Several local food trucks will be available at the venue for spectators to purchase food. Food trucks include:

AOF
B-skew'd
Gyro Shack

Gyro Shack

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Mosaic pickle


Leanda Cave Presentation: "Fueling Passion with Purpose"

Leanda CaveUSA Triathlon is thrilled to have accomplished triathlete Leanda Cave present before Age Group Nationals in Omaha. Leanda will speak on Friday, August 12 at 3 p.m. at the CenturyLink Convention Center, Junior Ballroom. This is truly an opportunity you do not want to miss!

About the Presentation: "We all have our personal reasons for competing in the sport of triathlon: weight loss, becoming the best athlete one can be, winning, change of lifestyle, meeting new people, competition, etc.  These goals gave us a purpose.  But over time, it gets harder to stay motivated to achieve these goals.  I should know, I've been competing in triathlon for 22 years, and professionally for over 15 years."  

To stay motivated about triathlon and to have a purpose after all these years, I have had to keep reigniting my passion.  I want to go through the ups and downs I've had throughout my career and discuss the strategies I have used over the years to keep passionate about training and racing at the highest level."

Leanda has been competing in triathlons since 1994. She began her triathlon career at the Olympic distance and gradually made her way to dominating long course triathlon. In 2001 Leanda became European Under- 23 champion. A year later she would break through at the international level as she won the silver medal at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester. She won another silver medal at the European Championships, then had greater success when she took the gold and the World title in Cancun, Mexico in November 2002. In 2002 she was nominated for the Welsh Sports Personality of the Year Award, a feat that she repeated in 2012. In 2012 Leanda was also named as one of the “World’s Fittest Women” by CNN. This is quite a recognition as 2012 was also an Olympic year. In 2007 Leanda went on to win her second world title at the ITU Long Distance World Championships in France. From this point forward she won numerous long course races around the world, including: Escape from Alcatraz (4X), Florida 70.3 (3X), Miami 70.3 (3X), Wildflower Long Distance Triathlon, and Ironman Arizona. In 2012, Leanda won both the IM 70.3 World Championships and IM World Championships, the only female triathlete in history to accomplish both feats in a single year. Leanda was born in England, moved to Australia when she was only 4 and eventually moved back to the UK where she chose to represent Wales in triathlon. In 2008 Cave moved to United States, she currently lives and trains in Miami Beach when she’s not racing.

For more information on Leanda Cave, pleae visit her website: LeandaCave.com.


Medical Support

USA Triathlon thanks Nebraska Medicine for their generous support at Age Group Nationals. Athletes will find many Nebraska Medicine staff and volunteers on course and and the finish line during the events. For a great video on the services they will provide, please click here.


Parking - CenturyLink Convention Center and TD Ameritrade Park Events.

For all ancillary events taking place at the CenturyLink Convention Center, parking is available in Lot B. Lot D will be open for overflow parking as well. Note: overnight parking is prohibited in these lots. All lots are ADA accessible. These lots are 3.5 miles from the airport and our host hotel, the Hilton, is directly across the street.

Click image to download printable map.

MECA parking 

Map key:

  1. Fairfield Inn and Suites
  2. Holiday Inn
  3. Homewood Suites by Hilton
  4. Hampton Inn and Suites
  5. Hilton (host hotel)
  6. Doubletree by Hilton
  7. Hilton Garden Inn
  8. Courtyard by Marriott
  9. Residence Inn Old Market Area
lot b 

Parking - Race Day at Carter Lake

Athletes should enter the parking area from N. 13th St. and Carter Blvd. Traveling in an RV? RVs will be able to park on site during the event (no overnight parking available at Carter Lake). For overnight RV parking, please consider these area campgrounds.

In the event that parking near transition area fills, the following nearby parking lots are also available:

1119 E Hartman Drive, Omaha, Nebraska

1655 E. Locust Street, Omaha, Nebraska / Carter Lake, Iowa

100 Locust St. Carter Lake, Iowa

626 Locust St. Cater Lake, Iowa

parking



Road Closures

Please plan ahead to avoid the following roads that will be closed completely due to the event. Road closures are subject to change without notice. Please follow the direction of police officers, traffic control and parking attendants, and USA Triathlon staff and officials.

Thursday, August 11 through Sunday, August 14

  • Carter Lake Drive from N. 12th Street to Abbott Drive will be closed completely beginning at 7 a.m. on Thursday.

Saturday, August 13 (5 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.)

  • Bike Course
    • Carter Lake Blvd to Abbott Drive
    • Abbot Drive North to Arthur C. Storz Expressway
    • Arthur C. Storz Expressway to North 16th Street
    • North 16th Street to JJ Pershing Drive
    • JJ Pershing Drive to North River Drive
    • North River Drive to Road P51
    • Road P51 to Road P34
  • Run Course
    • Carter Lake Shore Dr. to North 11th Street
    • North 11th Street to Izard Street
    • Izard Street to North 12th Street
    • North 12th Street to Cuming Street

Sunday, August 14 (5 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.)

  • Bike Course
    • Carter Lake Blvd to Abbott Drive
    • Abbot Drive North to Arthur C. Storz Expressway
    • Arthur C. Storz Expressway to North 16th Street
    • North 16th Street to John J. Pershing Drive
    • John J. Pershing Drive to North River Drive
    • North River Drive and Ponca Road
  • Run Course
    • Carter Lake Shore Dr. to North 11th Street
    • North 11th Street and Locust Street

Rules Briefing

The rules briefing for both Olympic and Sprint-distance athletes will occur at on Friday, August 12 at 2 p.m. at the CenturyLink Convention Center, Junior Ballroom. This is optional, but will advise athletes on all pertinent rules and allow for questions to the head official. Athletes who require parking can part in Lot B for $8 per car. Lot D will be open as well if needed for overflow parking.


Shuttles from Hotels to Transition Area

Shuttles for Age Group Nationals will run on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 12, 13, and 14. Shuttles will pick up from the Hilton Omaha (1001 Cass St., Omaha, NE 68102) and the Embassy Suites Omaha (555 South 10th St., Omaha, NE 68102). Below you will find detailed maps outlining where the exact pick up/drop off point(s) will be for each hotel. Once shuttles have left the hotel, they will proceed directly to Levi Carter Park and will run on a loop throughout their designated time. Shuttles will wait no longer than 10 minutes at each location for a pick-up or drop-off. Please see below for a detailed schedule and information for each day. Each shuttle will be a coach bus with Arrow Stage Lines printed on the sides. Please be courteous to not leave trash, race gear, and personal items on the shuttles. All athletes and spectators are welcome to ride the shuttles; riders are not required to stay at either hotel to ride a shuttle. *Athletes will not be permitted to bring bikes on any shuttles.*

Friday, August 12
Time(s): 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. (Last shuttle from Levi Carter Park back to hotels will be at 6:00 p.m.)
Locations: Embassy Suites Omaha & Hilton Omaha traveling to Levi Carter Park on a constant loop

Saturday, August 13
Time(s): 5:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.; 12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. (Last shuttle will leave hotels for Levi Carter Park at 9:00 a.m., and will leave Levi Carter Park for hotels at 6:00 p.m.)
Locations: Embassy Suites Omaha & Hilton Omaha traveling to Levi Carter Park on a constant loop

Sunday, August 14
Time(s): 5:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.; 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (Last shuttle will leave hotels for Levi Carter Park at 9:00 a.m., and will leave Levi Carter Park for hotels at 1:00 p.m.)
Locations: Embassy Suites Omaha & Hilton Omaha traveling to Levi Carter Park on a constant loop

Embassy Suites Shuttle
Embassy Suites (click map for larger version)
Hilton Shuttle
Hilton (click map for larger version)


Running Trails

Looking for trails to get some training runs in while you are in Omaha? Check out the recreation websites for Omaha and Council Bluffs.




Spectators - Best Places to View the Race

Spectators attending Age Group Nationals should consider the following spots as great places to view the race:

  1. TD Ameritrade Park (Olympic-Distance only)
  2. Finish line shoot and bleachers
  3. Bike-in/out shoot
  4. Edge of water between swim dock and exit
  5. Swim-in/out shoot

Spectators wishing to view the Olympic run course in TD Ameritrade Park can park in Lot B for $8 per car and walk directly to Gate 3. Lot C will be closed down during this time for the Olympic run course. For parking at TD Ameritrade Park, please see the parking maps above.


Swim and Water Temperature

Water temperature as of Aug. 12 @ 5:32 a.m. : 86.7 degrees F.

The water temperature in Carter Lake is expected to be in the upper 70s or low 80s on race day.

According to Article IV, Rule 4.4, the wetsuit rule is stated as follows: 

“Each age group participant shall be permitted to wear a wet suit without penalty in any event sanctioned by USA Triathlon up to and including a water temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit.” 

Due to the nature of the Age Group National Championships, no athletes will be permitted to wear a wetsuit if the water temperature exceeds 78 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Latex alergies: If you have a latex allergy, please let USAT staff know and you will be provided with a non-latex swim cap.


Team USA Draft-Legal Sprint Qualification

This event will qualify athletes for the 2017 ITU Draft-Legal Sprint World Championship. For more information on qualification, please click here.


Timing Chips - Disposable

Timing chips for the event will be disposable timing chip bands. Because of this, athletes will be receiving their timing chip bands in their packets at packet pick up. It is the athlete’s responsibility to remember to bring and wear their timing chip band on race day. Click here for instructions on how to attach your timing chip band and stipulations that should be followed. Note that if you are wearing a wetsuit, it MUST NOT be covered or on top of the wetsuit. Timing chips should still be attached at the ankle as outlined in the instructions. Upon crossing the finish line, there will be a table with scissors in which you should cut off your timing band and place in the designated trashcan. You will not need to turn in your timing chip band but rather dispose of it.


Town Hall Meeting

The 2016 USA Triathlon Town Hall Meeting will take place on August 13 at 4:15 p.m. in the CenturyLink Center Junior ballroom. This is directly before the Olympic-Distance awards ceremony. All athletes are encouraged to attend and voice their opinion on the current state of triathlon in America. USA Triathlon's CEO, President, and Age Group Committee Chair will be in attendance to address questions. The first 100 attendees will receive a free drink ticket.


Tri It 5k and 1 Miler on Friday Night

Tri ItWant a quick warm run up before your triathlon? Do your family and friends want to get in on the Age Group Nationals action, but are not racing Saturday or Sunday? Check out the Tri It 5k and 1 Miler on Friday, August 12 at Levi Carter Park.  Registration begins at 5 p.m. and the race starts at 6:30 p.m. The race will start near transition area and finish through the USA Triathlon National Championships chute. Click here for more information and to register today!


Untimed Undie Run 2k on Thursday Night

Untimed Undie RunAs a welcome to the Omaha Community, Race Omaha and the Council Bluffs Convention and Visitors Bureau will be hosting a new event – the Untimed Undie Run 2K, 2 States, 2 Cities.

This low-key 1.25 mile run will start and end on the banks of the Missouri River. Runners dressed in their undies and costumes will start in the Council Bluffs park, head across the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, turn around at the trail on the Nebraska side and head back over the bridge to Council Bluffs. Judges will choose the most unbelievable undies worn by runners as part of a costume contest.

The Untimed Undie Run will be held at the riverfront on Thursday, August 11. Registration opens at 5:30 p.m. and the race starts at 7 p.m. Parking is available at Harrah’s Casino, 1 Harrah’s Blvd, Council Bluffs, IA 51501. Click here for more information and to register today!