Cleveland is excited to host the 2019 Toyota USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships!
“We’re extremely excited that Cleveland was selected to host the Toyota USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships for two years in a row,” said David Gilbert, President and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. “This is USA Triathlon’s Superbowl. What better place to showcase their event than the City of Cleveland, which has successfully hosted many Olympic sport National Governing Body championships. We have an incredible lake, beautiful all-purpose trails throughout Cleveland Metroparks and a community who will welcome these athletes and spectators with open arms.”
USA Triathlon’s event will feature approximately 5,000 athletes and another 10,000 spectators from across the United States. We expect that 4,500 of those athletes and 8,500 spectators will travel to the Greater-Cleveland area from outside of the region. This event is projected to generate $6.5 million in economic impact for Northeast Ohio.
The Age Group Nationals features a Saturday Olympic-distance triathlon, for which athletes must qualify to compete. The race, which covers a 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run, will qualify top athletes in each age group to represent Team USA at the International Triathlon Union Age Group World Championships. The World Championships will be held in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 2019, and Edmonton, Alberta, in 2020.
The championship race will be followed by a Sunday sprint triathlon that is open to public competitors. Sprint athletes will cover a 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike and 5-kilometer run along the shore of Lake Erie overlooking downtown Cleveland.
The course is set to include a swim portion at the beach of Edgewater Park. The remainder of the Olympic-distance route may showcase the neighborhoods of Detroit-Shoreway, Downtown Cleveland, St. Clair-Superior and University Circle. Specific race routes are still being finalized with the City of Cleveland and USA Triathlon.
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