The 2013 event, also held in Milwaukee near Discovery World and the Milwaukee Art Museum, drew a record field of more than 4,000 competitors from all 50 states, ranging in age from 15 to 89. Participation in the event has more than doubled since 2010.
USA Triathlon's Age Group Nationals returns to Milwaukee in August 2014. (Paul Phillips/Competitive Image)
"Milwaukee proved to be an excellent host in 2013 and the support from the city, as well as key organizations and individuals, helped make the event memorable for nation's top amateur triathletes," said Rob Urbach, USA Triathlon's Chief Executive Officer. "We look forward to continuing this relationship to provide an even more exceptional race experience in August 2014."
"Milwaukee was proud and excited to host a record number of participants in the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships in 2013, and we hope to welcome even more athletes in 2014. With picturesque Lake Michigan as backdrop for the race and the support of a strong local triathlete community, the stage was set for an event which received rave reviews from all involved," said Paul Upchurch, VISIT Milwaukee President & CEO.
The Olympic-distance race, scheduled for Aug. 9, features a 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run, while the sprint race on Aug. 10 is comprised of a 750m swim, 20k bike and 5k run. Both races showcase the nation's top age-group fields and serve as qualifiers for Team USA, the select group of amateur triathletes who represent the U.S. at International Triathlon Union World Championship events. The 2014 Age Group Nationals in Milwaukee will serve as the sole event qualifier for Team USA for the 2015 ITU World Championships, which will be held in Chicago, Ill.
Registration for Sprint Nationals is now open. Athletes who have qualified for Olympic-Distance Nationals between July 10 and Sept. 15, 2013, will receive an email during the week of Sept. 30 with registration instructions. Additional qualifying emails will be sent as athletes qualify through Aug. 2, 2014. Visit usatriathlon.org for qualification information for 2014 Olympic-Distance Nationals. There are no qualifying standards for Sprint Nationals.
Questions regarding Age Group Nationals and registration can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit usatriathlon.org for more information on Olympic-Distance Nationals and Sprint Nationals.
About USA Triathlon: Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon - the fastest growing sport in the U.S. Olympic Movement - as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,300 races and connects with more than 550,000 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 Summer Olympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the ITU and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).