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Cleveland Chosen To Host National Triathlon Championships

Christopher Douglas win his first overall national title on Sunday, while Kirsten Sass continued her championship dominance at the USA Triathlon Sprint National Championships, the final event of the 2016 USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships.
Rich Cruse
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USA Triathlon
Christopher Douglas win his first overall national title on Sunday, while Kirsten Sass continued her championship dominance at the USA Triathlon Sprint National Championships, the final event of the 2016 USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships.

USA Triathlon has chosen Cleveland to host its National Championships in the summer of 2018 and 2019. The Greater Cleveland Sports Commission announced the news Wednesday at Edgewater Park where part of the competition will take place.

The influx of athletes, their families and spectators is expected to put $13 million into the local economy.

Rob Urback, CEO of USA Triathlon, says Cleveland stood out in the decision process.

“It’s a big investment for us, as our best and biggest race and I just feel that here, coming here, the people and the support that we’ve had and so hopefully this will do even more to showcase Cleveland as one of the top sports destination cities in the country.”

The course will take triathletes through the city’s natural resources and neighborhoods, including swimming in Lake Erie from Edgewater Park beach. Triathletes will then bike and run through Detroit-Shoreway, Downtown Cleveland, St. Clair-Superior and University Circle.

Urback says Cleveland’s setting made it an ideal city to host the largest annual triathlon event in the country.

“Imagine what our telecast could look like when you start with our downtown, the venues come out to the water here and how that will show off the assets of the city to the passionate community of triathletes around the country as well as even the world is watching this race.”

Cleveland Metroparks' beach house, currently under construction at Edgewater Park, will serve as the hub for athletes on competition days.

The triathletes who win in each age group will qualify to compete with Team USA at the World Championships in Switzerland in 2019 and Canada in 2020.