USA Triathlon and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission today announced that University Hospitals will serve as the Official Medical Services Provider of the 2018 and 2019 USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships, both of which will be held in Cleveland.
The 2018 event is set for Aug. 11-12, with both Olympic and sprint-distance races taking place at Edgewater Beach Park and the surrounding neighborhoods of downtown Cleveland. The last time that Age Group Nationals, USA Triathlon’s largest and longest-running National Championship event, was held in Cleveland was in 1992.
“At all USA Triathlon National Championships, the health and safety of the athletes is our No. 1 priority — and we actively seek out the best possible medical care to provide on race day,” said Brian D’Amico, USA Triathlon Director of Events. “We have complete confidence in University Hospitals’ world-class team of sports medicine physicians and emergency medical professionals, and are proud to offer their services to the nation’s top age-group athletes as they chase national titles in 2018 and 2019.”
“University Hospitals Sports Medicine is proud to serve as the medical partner of the USA Triathlon events in Cleveland,” said James Voos, MD, Division Chief, Sports Medicine, UH Cleveland Medical Center. “Our medical team is prepared to provide the safest race day environment possible for these talented athletes.”
“We could not be more excited as both an event partner and a community member to have USA Triathlon host a world-class event such as their Age Group National Championships in Northeast Ohio,” said David Gilbert, President and CEO of Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. “Our confidence in University Hospitals to provide excellent care to the athletes competing in Cleveland is unwavering, and we’re proud to host USA Triathlon in 2018 and 2019.”
For more information about the 2018 USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships, visit usatriathlon.org/nationalchampionships.
About University Hospitals | Cleveland, Ohio: Founded in 1866, University Hospitals serves the needs of patients through an integrated network of 18 hospitals, more than 40 outpatient health centers and 200 physician offices in 15 counties throughout northern Ohio. The system’s flagship academic medical center, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, located on a 35-acre campus in Cleveland’s University Circle, is affiliated with Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. The main campus also includes University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the nation; University Hospitals MacDonald Women's Hospital, Ohio's only hospital for women; and University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, part of the NCI-designated Case Comprehensive Cancer Center. UH is home to some of the most prestigious clinical and research programs in the nation, including cancer, pediatrics, women's health, orthopedics, radiology, neuroscience, cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, digestive health, transplantation and urology. UH Cleveland Medical Center is perennially among the highest performers in national ranking surveys, including “America’s Best Hospitals” from U.S. News & World Report. UH is also home to Harrington Discovery Institute at University Hospitals – part of The Harrington Project for Discovery & Development. UH is one of the largest employers in Northeast Ohio with 27,000 employees. For more information, go to UHhospitals.org.
About Greater Cleveland Sports Commission: Since 2000, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission (GCSC) is responsible for attracting more than 190 sporting events which provide nearly $570 million in economic activity to Northeast Ohio. GCSC supports the local economy, utilizes sports as a vehicle to forward community agendas and maintains a goal of producing events that are more successful when held in Cleveland than in other cities. For more information, visit clevelandsports.org.
About USA Triathlon: USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon, as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,300 races and connects with nearly 500,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work with athletes, coaches, and race directors on the grassroots level, USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships, Pan American Games and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the ITU and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).