Thousands of the US nation’s top amateur triathletes will converge on Cleveland’s Edgewater Park this Saturday, August 11, and Sunday, August 12, for the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships. First held in 1983, Age Group Nationals is USA Triathlon’s largest and longest-running National Championships event. Athletes from all 50 US states and Washington DC, are set to compete.
The event is set to draw more than 5,400 participants, making it the second-largest field in the event’s history and the largest since 2014. Athletes must qualify to compete in Saturday’s race by earning a competitive age-group finish at a previous USA Triathlon-sanctioned event (no qualification is required for Sunday’s race). The youngest athlete on the start list this weekend is 14 years old, and the oldest is 88.
Cleveland hosts the event for the first time since 1992. Both races will start and finish at Edgewater Park, as athletes swim in Lake Erie, bike and run along the lakeshore overlooking downtown Cleveland, and finish with a sprint down USA Triathlon’s National Championships red carpet within the park.
Racing begins on Saturday with the Olympic-Distance National Championships, featuring a 1,500m swim, 40k bike and 10k run. The first wave of athletes will go off at 07:00 ET, the last wave starts at 09:26, and the course will close at 13:20.
On Sunday, the action continues with the Sprint National Championships, in which athletes will cover a 750m swim, 20k bike and 5k run. The first athletes will start at 07:00; the last wave goes off at 08:50, and the course closes at noon.
In both races, athletes will be chasing national titles in their respective age groups. Top finishers in each age group will also earn the opportunity to represent Team USA at the 2019 ITU Age Group Triathlon World Championships in Lausanne, Switzerland, in their respective race distances.
At Olympic-Distance Nationals, the top 18 finishers in each age group (rolling down to 25th place) will earn a spot on Team USA. Sprint-distance competitors must finish in the top eight in their age groups to secure a spot for the Sprint World Championships, which will feature a draft-legal bike leg.
Athletes may also qualify for the Sprint World Championships with a top finish at the USA Triathlon Draft-Legal Sprint Triathlon National Championships in Sarasota, Florida, in October.
Spectators and media can access a free livestream of both races at usatriathlon.org. Live coverage will also be available on Twitter @USATLive. Race leaderboards and individual athlete tracking can be found by using the USA Triathlon Events App, free to download on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Media, family and friends can also track athletes using a web-browser-based version of the app.
The Cleveland community is encouraged to head to Edgewater Park, support the competitors and experience the excitement of multisport. Admission is free to all spectators.