COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Triathlon today announced the opening of registration for the sprint-distance race at next year’s USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships, to be held on Aug. 11 and 12, 2018, in Cleveland.
Cleveland, which last hosted Age Group Nationals in 1992, will welcome the event in both 2018 and 2019.
The weekend of racing will feature an Olympic-distance championship on Saturday, Aug. 11, for which athletes must qualify to compete. Saturday’s race will cover a 1500-meter swim in Lake Erie; a 40-kilometer bike in the neighborhoods of downtown Cleveland; and a 10-kilometer run finishing at Edgewater Beach Park.
The racing will continue Sunday, Aug. 12, with a sprint-distance championship that covers a 750m swim, 20k bike and 5k run.
Registration is now open through ACTIVE for the sprint-distance race, which has no qualifying criteria. Registration for the Olympic-distance race will open to qualified athletes in the coming weeks, with the qualifying window to remain open until approximately eight days before the 2018 event.
“USA Triathlon is proud to bring the nation’s top amateur triathletes to Cleveland for the next two years, as the enthusiasm of the City of Cleveland, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and Cleveland Metroparks throughout the planning process has been unrivaled,” said Brian D’Amico, USA Triathlon National Events Director. “Athletes will enjoy a beautiful venue at Edgewater Beach Park, as well as the countless local attractions that the city has to offer.”
“Northeast Ohio couldn’t be more proud to host USA Triathlon’s Age Group National Championships,” said David Gilbert, President and CEO of Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. “We’re excited to showcase our beautiful lakeshore and downtown neighbors to visitors from across the nation competing in this event. The strength of our partnerships and the support of our community have played a significant role in securing this event, which is expected to garner $6.5 million in economic impact to the Greater Cleveland area.”
Top finishers in both the Olympic-distance and sprint-distance races will qualify to represent Team USA at the 2019 ITU Triathlon Age Group World Championships in Lausanne, Switzerland, in their respective distances. To learn more about Team USA, visit usatriathlon.org/teamusa.
Cleveland has a rich history of hosting premier national sporting events, including the 2007 NCAA Women’s Basketball Final Four, the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Midwest Regional, the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup and several national championships for sports within the Olympic movement. Cleveland has also been selected to host the 2018 NCAA DI Wrestling Championships and the 2019 MLB All-Star Game.
The city is home to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as well as three major professional sports teams. Visitors can see a show at Playhouse Square, the largest performing arts center in the U.S. outside of New York City, or visit the West Side Market, which features more than 100 vendors selling local produce, spices and authentic cultural foods. Outdoor enthusiasts can spend time on Lake Erie, visit one of the 18 reserves of the Cleveland Metroparks that surround the city, or drive south to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Visit thisiscleveland.com to learn more about what to see and do in the area.
For more information about the 2018 USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships, visit the event page at usatriathlon.org. A complete schedule, course maps and other event details will be posted to the event page as they become available.
For more about Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, visit clevelandsports.org.
Dates, locations and registration details for the remainder of the 2018 USA Triathlon National Championships will be announced in the coming months.
About Greater Cleveland Sports Commission
Since 2000, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission (GCSC) is responsible for attracting more than 170 sporting events which have contributed over $500 million in economic activity to Northeast Ohio. The GCSC supports the local economy, utilizes sports as a vehicle to forward community agendas and maintains a goal of producing events that are more successful when held in Cleveland than in other cities.
About USA Triathlon
USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon, as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,300 races and connects with nearly 500,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work with athletes, coaches, and race directors on the grassroots level, USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships, Pan American Games and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the ITU and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).