Nation’s Top Amateur Triathletes to Compete at Age Group Nationals in Cleveland Next Month

From USA Triathlon

2018 USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships Sprint Distance August 12, 2018 ©2018 Rich Cruse /.crusephoto.com

USA Triathlon’s largest and longest-running national championship event returns to Cleveland’s Edgewater Park next month, with the most accomplished amateur triathletes in the nation set to compete for national titles and world championship berths on Aug. 10-11 as part of the 2019 Toyota USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships.

Thousands of age-group triathletes from all 50 states and Washington, D.C. are expected to compete in the event, which first debuted in 1983 and was previously held in Cleveland in 1992 and 2018. Age Group Nationals is consistently one of the top-five largest triathlons in the United States and last year’s event was the second-largest Age Group Nationals in the event’s history with more than 5,400 participants. The largest field to date was in 2014, when 5,789 athletes registered to race in Milwaukee.

“Triathletes of all ages from across the country make the trek to Age Group Nationals each year to test their skills against an immensely talented and competitive field,” said Brian D’Amico, USA Triathlon’s Director of Events. “It is a great source of pride to welcome these triathletes back to this two-day event year after year, and as we host this field in Cleveland for a second consecutive year, we’re grateful to all our partners in the local community, including the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, Cleveland Metroparks, and the City of Cleveland, who are helping us ensure every competitor has a memorable race experience.”

The races will start at 7 a.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 10, with the Olympic-Distance National Championships, where athletes will race across a 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run course. Action will then resume at 7 a.m. ET on Sunday, Aug. 11, with the Sprint National Championships, covering a 750m swim, 20k bike and 5k run. Both events will be centered at Edgewater Park, a 147-acre lakefront with 9,000 feet of shoreline.

National titles are on the line both days, as are coveted spots on USA Triathlon’s Team USA, comprised of the nation’s top amateur athletes who represent the U.S. at ITU Age Group World Championship events. The top 18 finishers in each age group of Olympic-Distance Nationals, after applying the age-up rule (rolling down to 30th place), will earn the right to represent Team USA at the 2020 ITU Standard-Distance Age Group World Championships in Edmonton, Alberta, set for Aug. 20-23, 2020.

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USA TRIATHLON HALL OF FAME NOMINATION WINDOW TO CLOSE DECEMBER 1

Select elite athlete, age-group athlete and contributor nominees to be inducted next August in Cleveland

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The deadline to nominate elite athletes, age-group athletes and contributors to the ninth induction class of the USA Triathlon Hall of Fame is approaching quickly, with nominations being accepted until Dec. 1. New inductees to the Hall of Fame will be honored during a banquet in Cleveland on Aug. 9, 2018, in conjunction with the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships from Aug. 11-12.

Launched in 2008, the USA Triathlon Hall of Fame serves to recognize, honor and commemorate those individuals and groups that have demonstrated excellence in every aspect of multisport, thereby inspiring others to elevate their own performance, participation and community involvement.

Categories of eligibility include elite athletes, age-group athletes and contributors. The elite and age-group athlete categories recognize individuals who, while licensed as an elite or age-group athlete respectively by USA Triathlon, competed with great success in national or world events over a period of years; demonstrated outstanding sportsmanship; and contributed in other ways to the betterment of multisport.

To be nominated in the elite category, an athlete must not have competed as an elite for at least three years prior to consideration or must be at least 40 years old.

For both elite and age-group categories, achievements in all disciplines governed by USA Triathlon may be considered — including triathlon, duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, paratriathlon, off-road triathlon and winter triathlon.

The contributor category is intended to honor an individual who has made significant contributions to the growth, reputation, character and/or success of any of the disciplines governed by USA Triathlon. A wide variety of roles may be considered under this designation, including but not limited to: sport pioneers; event organizers; officials; coaches; trainers; inventors of equipment, processes or systems; members of the media; volunteers; or others who have served the governing body.

Anyone may submit nominations in one or multiple of the eligible categories. All nominations will be reviewed by a selection committee to ensure that nominees meet the criteria. All nominations meeting the criteria will then be forwarded to a voting committee, which will consider the merits of each nominee and make the final designation.

The nomination form is available at usatriathlon.org/halloffame and can be either completed and submitted directly online or emailed to Ellis.davis@usatriathlon.org.

Cleveland Selected for 2018-19 USAT National Championships

From USA Triathlon

CLEVELAND SELECTED AS HOST CITY FOR 2018-19 USA TRIATHLON AGE GROUP NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

The 2018 Age Group National Championships are set for Aug. 11-12.

CLEVELAND – USA Triathlon, in partnership with the City of Cleveland, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and Cleveland Metroparks, today announced that Cleveland has been selected as the host city for the 2018 and 2019 USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships. The 2018 event will take place from Aug. 11-12 at Edgewater Beach Park and the surrounding neighborhoods of downtown Cleveland.

As USA Triathlon’s largest annual event, the Age Group National Championships typically attract nearly 5,000 athletes and 10,000 spectators.

“USA Triathlon will be proud to bring our nation’s most dedicated triathletes to Cleveland, a city with a rich sporting history and countless attractions,” said USA Triathlon CEO Rob Urbach. “We are encouraged by the enthusiasm and commitment of the city, the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and Cleveland Metroparks, and we look forward to excellent championship events in 2018 and 2019.”