Sprint Registration Now Open for 2019 USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships in Cleveland

By USA Triathlon | Aug. 10, 2018, 9:31 a.m. (ET)

CLEVELAND, Ohio — 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 Aug. 10-11, 2019, in Cleveland.

Cleveland is also hosting the 2018 edition of Age Group Nationals, taking place this Saturday and Sunday at Edgewater Park. More than 5,400 athletes are set to compete, making the field the second-largest in the event’s 35-year history.

Just as in 2018, the weekend of racing in 2019 will feature an Olympic-distance championship on Saturday, Aug. 10, for which athletes must qualify to compete. Saturday’s race will feature a 1,500-meter swim in Lake Erie, a 40-kilometer bike in the neighborhoods of downtown Cleveland, and a 10-kilometer run finishing at Edgewater Park. Racing will continue Sunday, Aug. 11, with a sprint-distance championship that covers a 750m swim, 20k bike and 10k 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 2019 event. 

“USA Triathlon is proud to return to Cleveland for a second year of hosting our largest and longest-running National Championships event,” said Brian D’Amico, Director of Events at USA Triathlon. “We are prepared to welcome a near-record field of participants this weekend, and we owe much of that success to our collaboration with the City of Cleveland, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and Cleveland Metroparks. We look forward to putting on another premier race experience for our nation’s top age-group athletes at Edgewater Park in 2019.”

Top finishers in both the Olympic-distance and sprint-distance races will qualify to represent Team USA at the 2020 ITU Triathlon Age Group World Championships in Edmonton, Canada, in their respective distances. To learn more about qualifying and competing for 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, the 2018 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships and several other national competitions for sports within the Olympic movement. Cleveland has also been selected to host 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 2019 USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships, visit the event page at usatriathlon.org/agnc2019. A complete schedule, course maps and other event details will be posted to the event page as they become available. Complete event information for this weekend’s Age Group Nationals can be found at usatriathlon.org/agnc2018.

For more about Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, visit clevelandsports.org

Dates, locations and registration details for the remainder of the 2019 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 events and connects with more than 400,000 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).