USA Triathlon, in partnership with Toyota and the City of Milwaukee, has confirmed that Milwaukee has been selected to host the 2020 and 2021 Toyota USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships with the 2020 event set for August 7-9.
USA Triathlon also announced that beginning in 2020, the Age Group Nationals sprint-distance race, which previously did not require qualification, will now be qualification-based. Special qualification opportunities for both the sprint- and Olympic-distance events are available for participants at the 2019 Toyota USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships in Cleveland.
As USA Triathlon’s largest and longest-running annual event, USAT notes that the Age Group National Championships typically attract more than 5,000 athletes and 10,000 spectators. Milwaukee hosted the event from 2013-15, and the city is one of only two in history to have hosted for three consecutive years. Its 5,789 registrants in 2014 remains an Age Group National Championships record.
“Milwaukee was a beloved host city for Age Group Nationals from 2013-15 — offering both an ideal venue and strong local partnerships that gave us the ability to offer outstanding championship events,” said Rocky Harris, USA Triathlon CEO. “We look forward to bringing the nation’s most dedicated sprint and Olympic-distance triathletes back to a city that has welcomed us with open arms.”
Milwaukee is home to several professional sports teams, including the Milwaukee Brewers (MLB) and Bucks (NBA). The city has a history of hosting large-scale national sporting events, including:
- The 2015 US Figure Skating Skate America;
- The 2017 USA Gymnastics Championships;
- The 2017 US Open;
- The first and second rounds of the 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament; and
- The 2018 USA Weightlifting American Open Finals.
The city will also host the 2020 Democratic National Convention from July 13-16.
“We are excited and honoured to bring back the Toyota USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships to Milwaukee in 2020 and 2021,” said Marissa Werner, Senior Sports and Entertainment Sales Manager for VISIT Milwaukee.
“These premier events will each bring nearly 15,000 visitors and an estimated economic impact of more than US$6 million to the Greater Milwaukee area. While competing, attendees will get to experience our beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline, award-winning Milwaukee County Parks, world-class sporting facilities, a vibrant downtown, the Milwaukee Art Museum and all of Milwaukee’s wonderfully random facets that make it a top destination.”
The main venue for Age Group Nationals is adjacent to the Milwaukee Art Museum, Henry Maier Festival Park and Discovery World along the shore of Lake Michigan. Athletes will swim in Lake Michigan, which provides cool water temperatures and a breakwater in Milwaukee’s bay.
The bike course traverses the Daniel Hoan Memorial Bridge and the Lake Freeway, which will be closed to traffic during the event. The run course travels out along Lake Michigan on paved trails through the scenic Veterans Park, returning on the shaded Lincoln Memorial Drive.
Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport, located just seven miles from downtown and the race venue, has direct flights from most major US airports. In addition, most race hotels will be located within one mile of the venue.
In 2020, racing will begin on Friday, August 7, with a 750m open water swim competition. The open water swim is open to anybody, and no qualification is required to compete. On Saturday, athletes will toe the line for the qualification-based Age Group Olympic-Distance National Championships, which feature a 1,500m swim, 40km bike and 10km run.
The action continues on Sunday with the Age Group Sprint National Championships, held on a 750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run course. For the first time in Age Group Nationals history, the sprint-distance race will require qualification to participate, similar to the Olympic-distance.
For both the sprint- and Olympic-distance races, an open wave will be available for athletes who do not meet the qualification criteria but still wish to participate. The open waves, capped at 150 men and women each, do not require qualification. Open wave participants will not be eligible for National Championship awards or Team USA qualification; however, non-championship awards will be presented in five-year age groups.
Both the sprint- and Olympic-distance races will serve as qualifiers for the following year’s ITU Age Group Triathlon World Championships. The 2021 and 2022 World Championships will be held in Bermuda and Abu Dhabi, respectively.
Registration for the 2020 Toyota USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships will open on August 8 for participants at this year’s Age Group Nationals, set for August 8-11 in Cleveland. This early-registration option at Tier 1 pricing is only available in person in Cleveland.
Online registration at Tier 2 pricing will open for all qualified athletes and open wave participants on August 12.
Exclusive qualification opportunities for 2019 Age Group National Championships participants:
- All qualification criteria for the 2020 Toyota USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships (sprint- and Olympic-distance) will be waived for 2019 Age Group Nationals participants who register during Tier 1 pricing, which is only offered onsite at the 2019 event in Cleveland. This option opens on August 8 and is only available until the conclusion of the event. Registration will be located in the expo area at the race venue.
- All participants in the sprint-distance race at the 2019 Age Group National Championships, to be held on August 11 in Cleveland, will automatically qualify for the 2020 Sprint National Championships. USAT notes that this special, one-time qualification opportunity will not apply in future years.