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"Let Them Play" Film Screening 

Open Water Swim Competition

VIP Hospitality Packages - On Sale Now

2020 AGNC - Use 2019 to Qualify for 2020!

AJ Baucco


Bag Check and Security

Bike Check-In and Out

Bike Course: Pre-event Riding

Bike Support

Course Nutrition

Drug Testing

Events App

Event-Day Communications


Medical Services

Packet Pickup, Race Expo, and Wristband Colors

Parking and Shuttle Info - Race Days

Participant List

Pilates For Sports Stretching

Pre-Event Webinar

See Something, Say Something 


Sunset Sprint 5K

Swim and Water Temperature

Timing Chips

Town Hall Meeting - Update

Wahoo Shake Out Ride

Volunteers Needed!

let them play film

"Let Them Play" film screening at Capitol Theatre, Featuring Eric Byrnes in attendance

Experience Eric Byrnes's "triathlon across America" on the big screen with an exclusive screening of his documentary, "Let The Play" on Thursday, Aug. 8 in Cleveland. The USA TriathlonFoundation is partnering with Byrnes and the Let Them Play Foundation to help create awareness and provide kids with the opportunity to lead a healthy and active life. 

In summer 2018, Byrnes swam 7 miles across San Francisco Bay, rode his bike over 2,400 miles from Oakland to Chicago and then ran from Chicago to New York City – 905 miles — to give awareness to his cause. His journey was documented by acclaimed film producer Erich Cochran. 

For those athletes visiting Cleveland for the 2019 Toyota USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships or those local to the area who are passionate about endurance sports and healthy kids, check out this film — and meet Byrnes — Thursday at 7 p.m. at Capitol Theatre. A donation of $12 to the USA Triathlon Foundation reserves your seat for the exclusive screening of "Let Them Play."

Click here for tickets. 

And check out the movie trailer here

100% of the proceeds will be used in partnership between the USA Triathlon Foundation and the Let Them Play Foundation.

Open Water Swim Competition - SOLD OUT

Open water swim sold out as of Tuesday, Aug. 6. A waitlist is available until AGNC registration closes at 11:59 p.m. MT Wednesday, Aug. 7. USA Triathlon is pleased to announce a new event taking place on Friday, August 9 at 11:00am at Edgewater Park Beach. A 750m Open Water Swim Competition will allow athletes to gain access to a competitive race either as a tune up for Saturday and Sunday races or for those not racing to be involved in the overall event weekend. The timed competition will see athletes receiving a swim cap and t-shirt, along with awards for top placing athletes. The race follows USA Triathlon rules and will be wetsuit legal up to 78 degrees. Packet pickup will take place on Thursday, August 8 from 2-6 pm and Friday, August 9 9:30-10:30 am at the VIP Tent. Registration is $45. 

VIP Hospitality PackagesAGNC Foundation

Support your athlete while supporting the USA Triathlon Foundation. Enjoy the convenience, hospitality and dedicated viewing areas offered to VIP guests throughout race day — food and beverages, $150 in gifts, and special VIP access. Get a front-row seat at the finish in Cleveland with the USA Triathlon Foundation!

Click here to purchase your VIP Hospitality Package. Packages may also be purchased during the event registration process.

Proceeds from your purchase support the USA Triathlon Foundation.

Please note: Use of a VIP parking pass must adhere to the times and details listed on the parking information page. Vehicles parked on-site at Edgewater Park must arrive before 6:15 a.m. both days and cannot leave until after 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 10 or 11:30 a.m. on Aug 11. As the bike course utilizes the entrance and exit to Edgewater Park, no vehicles will be able to enter or exit during these times while athletes are on the course.

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2020 AGNC - Use 2019 to Qualify for 2020!

Age Group Nationals will be headed back to Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 2020-2021! With this venue change, also comes a change in the qualification criteria. Beginning in 2020, Sprint-distance will require qualification, similar to Olympic-distance. More information on next year can be found at www.usatriathlon.org/agnc2020.

To provide additional qualification opportunities with this change, USA Triathlon has created the following exemptions to 2020 qualification:

  1. Anybody who is registered for 2019 AGNC in Cleveland will have the chance to register on site in Cleveland for 2020 and all qualification requirements will be waived for both Olympic and Sprint. This 2020 registration opportunity with no qualification restrictions will only be available at the expo in Cleveland, Aug. 8-11. This will also be the lowest entry price for 2020, $175 for Olympic and $90 for Sprint. You must show your 2019 race wristband at the Visit Milwaukee table to register for 2020 AGNC. (Credit cards only, no cash or checks accepted). Again, this opportunity is only available at the expo - Online registration will not be available for 2020 until Monday, Aug. 12.
  2. All participants in the Sprint-distance race at 2019 AGNC in Cleveland will automatically qualify for the 2020 Sprint National Championships in Milwaukee. This special, one-time qualification opportunity will not apply in future years.

Please note that even though both Olympic and Sprint will require qualification starting in 2020, open waves for each distance will be available in Milwaukee. The open waves are not eligible for national championship awards or Team USA Qualification, but they will have the opportunity to qualify for 2021 AGNC National Championship divisions.

Sprint-distance is still open to all for 2019, so please register today! We look forward to seeing you in Cleveland and Milwaukee!


Olympic-Distance Sprint Open Water Swim
Category Place Category Place Category Place
17-19 (M/F) 1-10 15-19 (M/F) 1-5 15-39 (M/F) 1
20-24 (M/F) 1-10 20-24 (M/F) 1-5 40-59 (M/F) 1
25-29 (M/F) 1-10 25-29 (M/F) 1-5 60+ (M/F) 1
30-34 (M/F) 1-10 30-34 (M/F) 1-5 Overall Male 1
35-39 (M/F) 1-10 35-39 (M/F) 1-5 Overall Female 1
40-44 (M/F) 1-10 40-44 (M/F) 1-5
45-49 (M/F) 1-10 45-49 (M/F) 1-5    
50-54 (M/F) 1-10 50-54 (M/F) 1-5    
55-59 (M/F) 1-10 55-59 (M/F) 1-5    
60-64 (M/F) 1-10 60-64 (M/F) 1-5    
65-69 (M/F) 1-10 65-69 (M/F) 1-5    
70-74 (M/F) 1-10 70-74 (M/F) 1-5    
75-79 (M/F) 1-10 75-79 (M/F) 1-5    
80-84 (M/F) 1-10 80-84 (M/F) 1-5    
85-89 (M/F) 1-10 85-89 (M/F) 1-5  

For specific race entry and award eligibility requirements, please see the Sprint or Olympic-Distance registration pages. 

Awards Ceremony

All awards ceremonies, rules briefings, and townhall meeting will occur at the Cleveland Public Auditorium, 500 Lakeside Ave E, Cleveland, OH 44114.

Olympic Distance Awards Ceremony

  • Saturday, August 10 at 5:15-6:45pm

Sprint Distance Awards Ceremony

  • Sunday, August 11 at 1-2:30pm

Bag Check and Security

Athletes should expect an increased security presence at the 2019 USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships. The city of Cleveland and USA Triathlon have instituted the following security measures for the safety of all participants and spectators:

  • Each participant will receive a clear plastic bag at packet pick-up to store their gear on race day and during the swim warm up on Friday, August 9th. The clear plastic security bags are 18x24 inches, and athletes will be permitted to check the bags at the bag check tent near transition. Transition bags or AGNC race bags (distributed at packet pick-up) will need to fit inside the clear plastic bags provided for bag check.
  • No bags of any kind will be allowed in transition while the races are underway. However, athletes will be permitted to carry gear into transition on race morning (between 4:30-6:40 a.m.), but the gear will need to fit within the clear plastic bag provided by USAT. Note: any bags left in transition may delay the start of the race.
  • Bag checks will be in place at the expo entrance, swim start area, and at the finish line bleachers.
  • Do not leave bags or backpacks unattended at the venue or on the course. Unattended bags will be confiscated and potentially destroyed, and may also delay the race schedule.

USA Triathlon supports the "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign. Learn more.

Thank you for helping us ensure the safety of the athletes and spectators.

*Security measures are subject to change.*

Bike Check-In and Out

Bike check-in for the Olympic-Distance National Championships will be from 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 9. Sprint National Championships athletes will check in bikes Saturday, Aug. 10 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. These times are mandatory for all athletes.

Transition will reopen at 5 a.m. race morning and close at 6:55 a.m. for all athletes on both days. Olympic-distance athletes will be able to check bikes out on Saturday at approximately 12:00 p.m. Sprint National Championships athletes can check out bikes on Sunday at approximately 10:50 a.m. There is no bike check-in on race morning.

Note: No bags will be allowed in transition. The security of bags and personal items is the responsibility of the athletes, not USA Triathlon. There will be a secure bag-check tent, so please check your bag at the tent or leave it in your car or hotel. Athletes must have their wristband on to check-in and check-out your bike.

Bike Check-In Procedure for Athletes Doing Both Races

Bike check-out on Saturday, Aug. 10 is mandatory for all Olympic-distance athletes at 12:00 p.m. (approx.). For athletes also competing in Sprint distance on Sunday, Aug. 11, we have made the process easier for you. On the lake-side of transition (north side), there will be a row of racks with no numbers. When bike check-out starts at approximately 12:00 p.m., athletes have one of two options:

  1. Remove your bike and gear from your Olympic-distance rack position and re-rack in the last row (open racking), closest to the parking lot, leaving only your bike. Your gear must go with you. Once this is complete, you may choose to do one of the following: 
    • A.) Return on Saturday when sprint distance check-in takes place from 3:30 – 5:30pm and re-rack your bike in the rack position that has your sprint-distance number OR
    • B.) Arrive on Sunday morning when transition is open to re-rack your bike in the rack position that has your sprint-distance number
  2. Remove your bike and gear from your Olympic-distance rack position and exit transition. You may then re-enter transition during sprint distance check in taking place from 3:30-5:30 p.m. and re-rack your bike in the rack position that has your sprint-distance number.

Please keep in mind the following notes if you are racing both Olympic-distance and Sprint races:

  • You will have a different race number for each race. You must change out your Olympic-distance number for your sprint distance number on your helmet, bike, bib, wristband, and tattoos.
  • So that race staff may identify your bike if needed, please ensure your bike still has a number on it if you place it on the racks without numbers (can be either Olympic or Sprint number)
  • All numbers are unique to each athlete; there are no duplicates.
  • The racks without numbers are located inside of transition area and will remain secured as with the rest of transition area.
  • Additionally, please ensure you wear the appropriate swim cap for the appropriate day of racing.

Bike Course - No Riding On Shoreway Outside of Racing

For your safety and the safety of drivers, please do not ride your bike on the Cleveland Memorial Shoreway outside of designated racing times. The road will not be closed before race day and will only be closed during permitted race times. The Shoreway will be completely closed to vehicular traffic during racing. People found riding on the Shoreway outside of designated times may be ticketed by the police.

Click here to view the course maps. 

Bike SupportBike Authority

USA Triathlon is pleased to be partering with Bike Authority, the Official Bike Support of Age Group Nationals. Bike Authority will be located at the race expo during packet pickup, starting on Thursday afternoon, Aug. 8 and continuing through the end of racing on Sunday. They will also be providing on-course support. Bike Authority will be able to take care of basic maintenance on site and during the event, however athletes are encouraged to visit their shop for more serious needs if they arrive in Cleveland before Thursday. Expo and packet pickup times are listed lower on this page.

Bike Authority's local shop is located at 7979 Broadview Road, Broadview Heights, OH 44147.

Please note: nominal charges may apply for more extensive repairs and maintenance as determined by Bike Authority.

Course Nutrition

  Gatorade Endurance formula is the Official Sports Beverage of USA Triathlon and will once again be available on the course for all athletes.
 Sport In Science Science in Sport will provide on-course energy gels and energy bars at aid stations. Science in Sport’s isotonic gels provide fast, easily digestible energy! Both caffeinated and non-caffeinated will be available. Science in Sport will also offer their energy bars on course that pack 26g of carbohydrates into each bar!

Drug Testing

In accordance with U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) regulations, athletes may be drug tested at this event. Should drug testing occur, there are strict protocols that must be followed and will be coordinated by the on-site USADA representative as well as a USA Triathlon staff member. For information on USADA, please click here. For a list prohibited and banned substances, click here.

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All athletes, spectators, family, and friends are encouraged to download the USA Triathlon Events App. Users can follow the progress of athletes as they race through each of USA Triathlon’s Owned National Championships. Click here to download today.

Click here for app FAQs.

Event-Day Communications

In the event of an emergency or the need of USA Triathlon to communicate important information on event-day, please stay tuned to USA Triathlon's social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter (@usatriathlon and @USATlive), your email, the USA Triathlon Events App, and venue PA announcements. 


FinisherPix is the official photographer of USA Triathlon National Championships. Click here to preorder and click below to view photos from each day of the event. Photos will be available to view and purchase a few days after the event

Medical ServicesUniversity Hospitals

USA Triathlon and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission are thrilled to partner with University Hospitals who will serve as the Official Medical Services Provider of the 2019 Age Group National Championships. University Hospitals' world-class sports medicine team will have a comprehensive variety of medical and emergency services available at the finish line and on the race courses. Learn more about University Hospitals here.


Packet Pickup, Race Expo, and Wristband Colors


Packet pickup and the race expo will be located near transition area at Edgewater Park. All bikes must be checked in the day prior to your race.

  • Thursday, August 8: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Friday, August 9: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    •  Open Water Swim: 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
  • Saturday, August 10:
    • Race Expo: 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    • Sprint Packet Pickup: 2 p.m.- 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 11:
    • Race Expo: 7:30 a.m. - Noon

Click here to view the current event schedule.

Wristband Colors: (Must be wearing to enter transition area)

Athletes must wear wristband(s) provided in race packet during the entire duration of the event. Athletes must have their wristband on to check-in and check-out their bike.

  • Olympic-Distance: Blue
  • Sprint: Red

Parking and Shuttle Information - Race Days

Click here for more information. It is critical that all athletes review parking information for a smooth trip to Edgewater Park on race mornings.

Participant List

Click here to view the current participant list. This is updated each Monday before the event. 

Pilates For Sports StretchingPilates For Sports

Come and join Pilates For Sports for a session designed to teach you how to engage your core and stretch out your body in preparation for your race. Simply bring a mat or a couple of towels to lie on. We look forward to seeing you there.

Pre-Event Webinar

The Age Group Nationals pre-event webinar is now available on YouTube. All athletes are encouraged to watch the webinar to learn the latest on event details, rules and more information to make race day a breeze.Click here to watch.

see something say somethingSee Something, Say Something

USA Triathlon supports "If You See Something, Say Something®," a national campaign led by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), at its events. The campaign raises public awareness of the indicators of terrorism and terrorism-related crime, as well as the importance of reporting suspicious activity to state and local law enforcement. Informed, alert communities play a critical role in keeping our nation safe. We can all help keep our communities safe by paying attention to our surroundings and reporting suspicious activity to local law enforcement.

Speaker: AJ Baucco

AJ Baucco is an established long course professional triathlete and entrepreneur from Cleveland, Ohio. In 2011, he was named Professional Rookie of the Year by USA Triathlon, and since then, he has achieved top results at every distance from super sprint to Ironman. In the last few years, he was on the winning team for 6 different Major League Triathlon events, and secured 2 back to back series championships. In 2013, he founded AJ Baucco Coaching LLC, which has coached nearly 500 athletes from all over the world. More recently, he launched his second business, Peak Athletic Collective LLC, which organizes and manages age group ambassador teams for industry leaders like ENVE Composites, Stages Cycling and Infinit Nutrition. Come here AJ speak about race execution and mental fitness on Friday, August 9 at 3 p.m. at the Cleveland Public Auditorium, immediately following the Rules Briefing. Learn more about AJ here.


USA Triathlon Sportsmanship Creed

As competitive athletes and members of the triathlon community, you know there is no better feeling than succeeding in your endeavors in sport. As a competitor at USA Triathlon events, you have a responsibility to demonstrate the highest standards of sportsmanship per the USA Triathlon Rulebook (Article III, Sections 3.3 and 3.4, Line b.), and as such, should always show respect for the sport, your fellow athletes, race staff, officials, volunteers and spectators. Each individual athlete shares this responsibility, which includes refraining from the use of improper language and conduct detrimental to the community at large. This rule will be strictly enforced and disrespectful language or conduct will not be tolerated.

For more information on USA Triathlon rules and sportsmanship, please reference the USAT Competitive Rules.   

Sunset Sprint 5Ksunset sprint 5k

Race the sunset along Cleveland’s scenic shores of Lake Erie in the Sunset Sprint 5K presented by Gebauer’s Instant Ice to kick off an action-packed weekend of 2019 Toyota USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships at Cleveland Metroparks Edgewater Park.

Starting and ending at the official USA Triathlon finish line, the course runs entirely along the all-purpose trail at the newly renovated Edgewater Park and beach. Enjoy this unique opportunity to race or walk at sunset while celebrating Cleveland’s fitness and outdoor lifestyle culture. For more information and to register, please visit: 

Runners and walkers of all abilities are welcome. Dogs are also welcome! Please no strollers on the course due to limited space.

Event Details

  • Date: Friday, August 9
  • Time: 6:30 p.m.
  • Location: USA Triathlon Finish Line at Edgewater Park, 6500 Memorial Shoreway, Cleveland, Ohio 44102
  • Cost: Through Aug. 6: $30 for adults, $20 for ages 14 and under. Raceday: $35 for adults, $25 for ages 14 and under
  • Awards: Top 3 male and females in each age group

All proceeds benefit Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, a local nonprofit responsible for attracting more than 190 sporting events which provide nearly $570 million in economic activity to Northeast Ohio. It supports the local economy, utilizes sports as a vehicle to forward community agendas and maintains a goal of producing event that are more successful when held in Cleveland than in other cities.

Click here for more information and to register today!

Swim and Water Temperature

The water temperature in Lake Erie is expected to be in the low-mid 70's on race day. As of 7/26/2019, current water temperature is 71 degrees Fahrenheit.

According to Article IV, Rule 4.4, the wetsuit rule is stated as follows: 

“Each age group participant shall be permitted to wear a wet suit without penalty in any event sanctioned by USA Triathlon up to and including a water temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit.” 

Due to the nature of the Age Group National Championships, no athletes will be permitted to wear a wetsuit if the water temperature exceeds 78 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Latex allergies: If you have a latex allergy, please let USAT staff know and you will be provided with a non-latex swim cap. 

Timing Chip

Timing chips in 2019 must be returned after the event - they are NOT disposable. If you are participating in multiple races, you will receive a separate chip for each race. Your chip must be returned at the completion of your race at the finish line. If you forget to return your chip, you can return it by mail. Lost chips result in a $95 replacement fee. Mail lost chips to:

Sportstats USA

4005 West River Dr NE Suite B4

Comstock Park, MI 49321

Town Hall Meeting - UPDATE

In lieu of the Town Hall meeting, all athletes are encouraged to attend a presentation on the current state of triathlon in America by USA Triathlon's CEO Rocky Harris and President Jacqueline McCook. This will take place on Saturday, Aug. 10 at 5:15 p.m. at the Cleveland Public Auditorium. The first 100 attendees will receive a free drink ticket. 

Wahoo Shake Out Ride

Come out and join the Wahooligans on a 25-mile, conversational pace ride to loosen up the legs before race day. The ride will leave from the Wahoo Expo Booth heading towards Rocky River Recreation, turnaround at the South Mastick Picnic Area, and end at Terrestrial Brewing Company for some recovery drinks and conversation! 
Link to route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30721985

Volunteers Needed!

Volunteers are critical to the success of our events. Interested in volunteering at the Age Group National Championships? All volunteers will receive a hat, shirt, food, and snacks as a thank you for time spent.
*Hats limited to first 1,200 volunteers. One hat per person.

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