USA Triathlon Nationals is the new multi-day triathlon event starting in 2023 and will be the largest annual amateur triathlon event in the United States. The event combines the long-running National Age Group Championships, which includes the National Sprint and Olympic Distance Championships, and the Junior and Junior National Championships into one combined event, bringing together the top amateur adult triathletes from across the country and junior and junior athletes for three race days Aug 4-6.
USA Triathlon and VISIT Milwaukee are committed to coordinating with local entities such as the Milwaukee Museum of Art, Discovery World and Bartolotta Restaurants to host all events taking place along Lake Milwaukee.
“Milwaukee has been a beloved host city for the National Age Group Championships for the past two years and from 2013-2015. The city provides both a great venue and strong local partnerships that allow us to to deliver exceptional championships to triathletes across the country,” said Victoria Brumfield, Acting CEO of USA Triathlon. “Our new USA Triathlon Nationals will truly be a showcase for triathlon in the United States, as we will have athletes from all States aged 7 to 80. By combining the Junior and Junior National Championships with the National Sprint and Olympic Distance Championships, the USA National Triathlon Championships will introduce Junior and Junior races and athletes to thousands of additional adult athletes as well as members. family, friends and spectators across the country.
“Milwaukee is thrilled to once again welcome athletes and spectators to our beautiful lakefront for a third consecutive year. Sports Milwaukee, along with VISIT Milwaukee, are grateful for the partnership that has been built with USA Triathlon over the past seven years and applaud Team USA Triathlon for creating such an incredible event,” said Peggy Williams-Smith, President and CEO of Visit Milwaukee. . “With the addition of Junior and Junior National Championship events to the 2023 competition, our city is poised to host the biggest National Championships yet. A premier destination for sporting events, Milwaukee has been a favorite for triathletes for the past few years, and we know 2023 will be no different. We’re excited to welcome even more athletes while providing the same amazing experience attendees have come to expect.
The largest and oldest annual event in American triathlon, the National Sprint and Olympic Distance Championships, returns to Milwaukee in 2023 for a third consecutive year. In 2021 and 2022, the event attracted over 6,000 registrants – the first two times in the event’s history to reach the 6,000 mark. As with the 2022 event, the National Sprint Championships and Olympic distance will once again include the national championships in Clydesdale and Athena in 2023.
Zone3’s fun and iconic Youth and Junior National Championships bring together young triathletes ages 7-19 for participation-based youth races and legal junior draft races. Qualification is not required to compete in youth age group races, which are open to athletes aged 7-18 (previously restricted to 7-15). The junior and junior national championships also include paratriathlon divisions and a race category dedicated to athletes with intellectual disabilities. Other elements of the event that athletes are used to, including the team tent area, will be part of the event in Milwaukee to maintain the camaraderie and spirit of the youth and junior racing community. .
The nation’s rising triathlon stars are competing in legal junior draft races. Several past and present members of the elite U.S. National Triathlon Team – including Tokyo 2020 Olympians Kevin McDowell and Taylor Knibb; 2016 US Olympians Ben Kanute and Greg Billington; and U23 and Junior Triathlon World Champion Tamara Gorman – all began their triathlon careers on the Junior and Junior race circuits.
The main site of the US National Triathlon Championships is adjacent to the Milwaukee Museum of Art, Henry Maier Festival Park, and Discovery World along the shores of Lake Michigan. Athletes will swim in Lake Michigan, which offers cool water temperatures and a breakwater in Milwaukee Bay. The bike route crosses the Daniel Hoan Memorial Bridge and the Lake Highway, which will be closed to traffic during the event. The running course hugs Lake Michigan on paved trails through scenic Veterans Park, returning to tree-shaded Lincoln Memorial Drive.
In 2023, the races will begin on Friday August 4 with a 750 meter open water swimming competition. Open water swimming is open to all and no qualifications are required to compete, but athletes must pre-register for this event.
Youth and junior athletes will then take center stage on Friday, with the legal repechage races for youth and juniors. Young Draft-Legal athletes will cover a 375m swim, 10km bike and 2.5km run, while Junior Draft-Legal athletes will compete in a 750m swim, 20km bike and a 5 km race. The legal draft format is similar to the style of racing contested in the Olympics and other world elite triathlon competitions. Friday’s race ends with a Kids Splash & Dash open to all.
On Saturday, adult athletes will be in line for the qualifying-based national Olympic distance championships, which include a 1,500m swim, 40km bike and 10km run.
Also on Saturday is the mixed youth and junior relay. Relay teams are made up of four competitors (two boys, two girls), with each team member completing a 250m swim, a 5km bike allowed and a 1.2km run before moving on to the next athlete. The mixed relay event made its Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, with Team USA winning the silver medal.
After Saturday’s mixed relay, there will be the youth age group races for athletes aged 13-18. Athletes will cover a 300m swim, a 10km free-draft bike and a 2.5km run. No qualifications are required to participate.
The action continues on Sunday with the qualifying-based national sprint championships, held over a 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run course.
Youth age group races for athletes aged 7 to 12 will wrap up the weekend. Athletes aged 7-10 will complete a 100m swim, 5km bike and 1km run, while 11-12 year olds will complete a 200m swim, 10km bike and 1km run. 2km. Young paratriathletes and athletes with intellectual disabilities will also compete on Sunday, taking the same course as the 11-12 age group.
Qualification is not required to compete in youth age group races, which are open to athletes aged 7-18 (previously restricted to 7-15). Emphasizing participation and personal goal setting rather than competition for younger age groups, “National Champion” titles will only be awarded to athletes between the ages of 13 and 18. while athletes aged 7 to 12 will receive placement awards.
Registration for the US National Triathlon Championships is currently open for participants in this year’s Age Group Nationals and Junior and Junior Nationals. After this pre-registration period, registration will open for all qualified athletes and non-qualifying events on October 12.
The sprint and Olympic distance races will serve as qualifiers for the 2024 Triathlon World Age Group Triathlon Championships. For more information on Team USA, made up of the country’s top amateur multisport athletes representing the United States at the World Triathlon Championships, visit usatriathlon.org/teamusa.
About the American Triathlon
USA Triathlon is proud to be the national governing body for triathlon, as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, all-terrain triathlon, paratriathlon, and indoor and multi-sport events. virtual in the United States. Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon sanctions over 4,000 races and connects with over 400,000 members each year, making it the largest multi-sport organization in the world. In addition to its work at the local level with athletes, coaches and race directors – as well as the USA Triathlon Foundation – USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing in international events, including Championships of the Triathlon World, the Pan American Games and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of World Triathlon and the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC).
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