COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Triathlon today announced that the Toyota USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships, initially scheduled for Aug. 8-9 in Milwaukee, have been canceled due to current local government guidelines surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
“While we are disappointed to have to cancel the marquee event on USA Triathlon’s National Championships calendar, health and safety concerns take precedence in this challenging time,” said Brian D’Amico, USA Triathlon Director of Events. “We are pleased to be able to offer deferrals to the 2021 or 2022 Age Group National Championships without the need to re-qualify, or to another USA Triathlon-owned event in 2021 or 2022. We appreciate our community’s patience and understanding during this unprecedented time, and we look forward to gathering again in Milwaukee next August.”
“We are deeply disappointed that our beautiful shores of Lake Michigan will not play host to the 2020 USA Triathlon AGNC,” said Peggy Williams-Smith, president and CEO of VISIT Milwaukee. “Our city is an ideal destination to host this event, but we understand the need to put the safety of the athletes and Milwaukeeans first during this unique time in our history. We thank USA Triathlon for their partnership and graciously agreeing to host both the 2021 and 2022 Championships in Milwaukee. Sports Milwaukee, championed by VISIT Milwaukee, looks forward to welcoming the triathletes back for the next two years.”
The Toyota USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships will return to Milwaukee the next two years, including Aug. 7-8, 2021 and Aug. 6-7, 2022. As USA Triathlon’s largest and longest-running annual event, Age Group Nationals typically attracts more than 5,000 athletes and 10,000 spectators. Milwaukee hosted the event from 2013-15, and the city is one of only two in history to have hosted for three consecutive years. Its 5,789 registrants in 2014 remains an Age Group National Championships record.
Athletes who were registered for 2020 Age Group Nationals — including the Sprint-Distance, Olympic-Distance, Time to Tri Open Waves and Open Water Swim Competition — have the option to transfer the value of their registration to a future USA Triathlon-owned event in 2021 or 2022. These include the Toyota USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships (no need to re-qualify) or Open Water Swim Competition, USA Duathlon National Championships, Legacy Triathlon or Open Water Swim Competition, or USA Triathlon Collegiate Club National Championships (pending eligibility).
Registered athletes will receive an email from USA Triathlon with more details about the deferral process.
Athletes who qualified and claimed their Team USA Spot for the 2020 Edmonton ITU World Triathlon World Championships will be eligible to transfer their qualification to the 2021 ITU World Triathlon World Championships. More information will be sent out within the coming weeks to all confirmed 2020 Team USA Athletes.
Continual updates from USA Triathlon regarding COVID-19 are available at usatriathlon.org/covid-19. USA Triathlon also launched the Safe Return to Multisport initiative, a comprehensive set of best practices and recommendations for race directors, coaches and athletes to implement to resume racing and group training safely as the nation recovers from COVID-19. All documents can be found at usatriathlon.org/safe-return.
USA Triathlon continues to monitor the situation surrounding COVID-19, while following the guidance of local authorities, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), when making decisions regarding the status of USA Triathlon events and programs. Any further potential changes to USA Triathlon’s National Championships event calendar will be communicated as soon as possible.
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