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Olympic-Distance: August 11, 2018 
1500m swim, 40k bike, 10k run 
Sprint: August 12, 2018
750m swim, 20k bike, 5k run

Location: Edgewater Park, Cleveland, Ohio
Registration Closed on Aug. 5 at 11:59 p.m. MT


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USA Triathlon, along with the Coast Guard, has made the joint decision to change the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships sprint-distance race from a triathlon (swim-bike-run) to a duathlon (run-bike-run) due to strong currents in Lake Erie. The course will be a 2.72-kilometer run, 20-kilometer bike, 2.72-kilometer run. Athletes will go off in a time trial start. The race was delayed 30 minutes and began at 7:30 a.m. 


Watch all of the action LIVE via the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships livestream as the top U.S. amateur triathletes swim, bike and run from Cleveland's Edgewater Park this weekend.

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2017 USA Triathlon Sprint National ChampionshipsGet Ready to Rock!

USA Triathlon is bringing the nation's most competitive triathlons to Cleveland, Ohio, the "Rock 'n Roll Capital of the World!" The Olympic-Distance Age Group National Championship will take place on Saturday, Aug. 11 while the Sprint National Championship will occur on Sunday, Aug, 12. Athletes will swim in Lake Erie and bike and run along the lake shore overlooking downtown Cleveland. Participants of both races have the chance to compete for Age Group National Titles as well as spots on Team USA in 2019.

No stranger to adrenaline rushes, Cleveland is home to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as well as three professional sports teams. For a different kind of performance, Cleveland’s Playhouse Square, the largest performing arts center in the United States outside of New York City, hosts Broadway hits, solo acts and so much more. If you like to eat, don’t miss the West Side Market, with more than 100 vendors selling local produce, exotic spices, and authentic cultural foods from shawarmas to strudels. And if you like the outdoors, head out on Lake Erie, visit one of the 18 reserves of the Cleveland Metroparks that surround the city, or take a quick drive south to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio's only National Park.

Check out for travel suggestions and to start planning your trip to Northeast Ohio.


Edgewater Beach Water Quality Update — NEW as of Aug. 9 at 12:40 p.m. ET

On the morning of Thursday, Aug. 9, the water at Edgewater Beach was declared clear for swimming. Water quality testing showed levels were within normal range, and as a result the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships are not impacted. For the most up-to-date water quality conditions, visit

Parking and Shuttle Info - Please Read

To ensure a smooth trip to Edgewater Park on race mornings, all participants and spectators are strongly encouraged review the parking and shuttle information. Only vehicles with parking passes will be permitted to park at the race venue on race days. Anybody without a parking pass must utilize the free shuttle transportation from FirstEnergy Stadium or the Hilton Downtown. Click here to learn more and view all options. No vehicles are permitted to be left in the park overnight.

Current Water Temperature

The current water temperature in Lake Erie at Edgewater Beach is 76.2 degrees F as of 6 a.m. ET on 8/12. The sprint-distance swim is wetsuit legal.

Pre-Race Webinar

The pre-race webinar is now available. Click here to view on YouTube. Recorded by Race Director Brian D'Amico, all athletes are encouraged to watch the webinar to review everything needed for a smooth and successful race.

Event Program

Check out the 2018 Age Group Nationals Event Program featuring athletes to watch, course maps, and important event details. A printed edition will also be included in participant's goody bags.

Olympic-Distance Event Qualification Emails

To register, you must use the unique link provided to you once you have received the "You've Qualified" email. Your unique link will be sent in a separate email from within one to two business days of receiving the "You've Qualified" email. If you believe you have qualified, but did not receive the email, please first read the qualification details. Please note: race directors have 15 days to submit results after their event occurs. If you have qualified, you will not receive the qualification email until a few days after they submit results.

If you believe you qualified, but have not received notice yet, please email Registration. Due to some recent technical issues, some qualified athletes may not have received their emails and registration links.

No qualification is required for Sprint-Distance. Sprint registration is open to everybody.

Team USA Qualification

Team USA

Standard-Distance Team USA

The 2018 USA Triathlon Olympic-Distance Age Group National Championships in Cleveland, Ohio will qualify athletes for the 2019 ITU Standard-Distance Triathlon World Championships in Lausanne, Switzerland. After applying the age-up rule, the top 18 in each age group, rolling down to 25th place will qualify for the World Championship. The top 20 athletes per age group in the USA Triathlon annual rankings as of 12/31 will qualify for the world championship. The top 2 are offered a spot rolling down to 20th. 

Athletes must be present at the awards ceremony to accept their slot. Failure to accept your slot at the ceremony will result in a forfeiture of your slot.

Note: All spots offered via the rankings system are subject to spots being available on the roster

Sprint-Distance Team USA

The 2018 USA Triathlon Sprint-Distance Age Group National Championships in Cleveland, Ohio will qualify athletes for the 2019 ITU Draft-Legal Sprint-Distance World Championships in Lausanne, Switzerland. The 2018 Age Group National Championships are not-draft legal, however, athletes will also have the additional opportunity to qualify through a separate Draft-Legal National Championship in Sarasota, FL on Oct. 13. Eight (8) spots per age group at the Age Group Sprint National Championships and ten (10) spots per age group at the Draft-Legal National Championship will be allocated to the World Championship. Click here for further details on qualification.

Team USA Age-Up Rule

At 2018 Nationals, athletes will race in their appropriate age groups based on their age as of Dec. 31, 2018. Awards will be issued based on those results. If an athlete "ages up" into another age group in 2019, a separate set of results will be issued accounting for those athletes who aged up and Team USA slots will be awarded based on these results. So their finish time will be compared to those athletes in the older age group. For example, if John Doe is going to be 49 years old by Dec. 31, 2018, he will age-up up into the 50-54 age group for the 2019 World Championships since he will be 50 years old by Dec. 31, 2019. Thus, for Team USA qualifying purposes, his time at the qualification event will be compared to the men currently in the 50-54 age group. We will post the age-up results at the awards ceremony.

Who can qualify for Team USA?

All athletes eligible to represent the United States must:

Be a U.S. citizen OR

Be a U.S. national – someone who has resided in the U.S. for three consecutive years and has not competed for their country of citizenship in the prior year. Team USA eligible athletes must not have competed for their country of citizenship in the prior year. Athletes who choose to be recognized as nationals who have competed for their country of citizenship in the last year may get dispensation by obtaining a letter from the National Federation of their home country allowing competition as a USA athlete.

For more information visit the Team USA website.

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