The Professional Triathletes Organisation (PTO) and USA Triathlon have announced that the PTO US Open will take place in the City of Milwaukee on 4-5 August, 2023, alongside USA Triathlon’s National Championships event.
Partnering with Sports Milwaukee to host and with over 7,000 participants and 20,000 spectators expected to attend, it promises to be one of the largest ever weekends of Triathlon in North America.
A specially designed course around Milwaukee, which is adjacent to the Milwaukee Art Museum, Henry Maier Festival Park and Discovery World along the shore of Lake Michigan, will host the world’s top female and male professional triathletes as they battle it out for the prestigious PTO US Open title over the 100km PTO Tour distance (2km swim, 80km bike and 18km run). Athletes will swim in Lake Michigan, which provides cool water temperatures and a breakwater in Milwaukee’s bay. The bike course traverses down Lincoln Memorial Drive with a flow through transition that provides a picturesque and spectator friendly venue. The run course travels out along Lake Michigan on paved trails through the scenic Veterans Park, returning on the shaded Lincoln Memorial Drive.
Commenting on the news, PTO CEO Sam Renouf said:
“Partnering with USA Triathlon at their National Championships in Milwaukee will give our professionals a fantastic backdrop to this year’s PTO US Open as well as vociferous support. Having worked with USAT last year, we’re building a great understanding and have a very clear vision for this year’s races.”
Leading US athletes welcomed the move. PTO World #4 Taylor Knibb, who finished second in last year’s event, saying: ‘This is great news and I’ll definitely be trying to plan the race into my schedule and then go one better in 2023”. Reigning men’s PTO US Open champion Collin Chartier said that he was “excited about defending his PTO US Open title in Milwaukee”.
In its first season, the PTO US Open was part of a three-race PTO Tour that delivered on its goal to take longer distance Triathlon to a broader audience, including: a global dedicated TV and streaming audience of 23.1 million through multiple top-tier broadcast partnerships; 125 million impressions and 29 million social media video views of its award-winning, internally produced shoulder content.
“With three days of all-day racing we are able to host three distinctly different events – sprint and Olympic-distance national championships, Zone3 Youth and Junior Nationals, and the PTO US Open – and give every competing athlete their well-deserved time in the spotlight,” said USA Triathlon Chief Sport Development Officer Tim Yount. “This triathlon festival will showcase one of the things that makes our sport both unique and great – athletes ages 7 to 87, age group and professional, from all over the U.S. and around the globe, racing at the same venue over the same weekend and we look forward to celebrating our multisport community with so many.”
The Milwaukee date builds on last week’s announcement that the 2023 PTO Tour will go to Asia for the first time, when the PTO Asian Open is staged in the Marina Bay Financial District in Singapore on 19-20 August.
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About the Professional Triathletes Organisation
The PTO is a new body co-owned by the professional athletes, seeking to elevate and grow the sport of Triathlon and take it to the next level. Each PTO Open is raced over 100km (2km swim, 80km bike and 18km run). The remaining dates for the 2023 PTO Tour season will be announced in the coming weeks and be underpinned by the PTO World Rankings, helping to create a compelling season-long narrative in the sport for the first time.