USA Triathlon today announced that it will return to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Aug. 8-9, 2015 for the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships, the organization's largest and longest-running National Championships event.
The event first came to Milwaukee and the city's Lake Michigan lakeshore in 2013, hosting a record field of nearly 4,000 athletes at the Milwaukee Art Museum and Discovery World. The economic impact of the 2013 event was nearly $5.8 million, and the event was also voted the Best Urban Triathlon in the 2013 Triathlon Business International Triathletes' Choice Awards. In 2014, the event sold out with a registered field of 5,700 athletes vying for national titles and world championships spots in the Olympic-distance and sprint events on Aug. 9-10.
"The City of Milwaukee and our local organizing committee have been superb hosts over the past two years while helping us welcome record fields for this marquee race," said Rob Urbach, USA Triathlon CEO. "The participant feedback for the venue and the entire event experience has been overwhelmingly positive, so we are thrilled to announce the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships - one of the sport's largest events - will return to Milwaukee in 2015."
"We are honored that USA Triathlon has decided to return to Milwaukee for an unprecedented third time in 2015," said Paul Upchurch, President and CEO of VISIT Milwaukee. "Milwaukee's lakefront has proved to be a spectacular venue for this event, which results in nearly $6 million in economic impact to the community. This amazing event would not be possible without the hard work of the entire community to ensure that the triathlon runs smoothly and the athletes have the best experience possible."
The Aug. 8 Olympic-distance race features a 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run, while the sprint race on Aug. 9 will showcase a 750m swim, 20k bike and 5k run. The races will 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 2015 Age Group Nationals in Milwaukee will serve as the sole event qualifier for Team USA for the 2016 ITU Age Group World Championships, with location for that event still to be determined.
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).