USA Triathlon Is Coming Back to Milwaukee!

Expect to see athletes and fans swarming the city in August.

USA Triathlon will return next month to Milwaukee’s lakefront for the 2021 Toyota Age Group National Championships.

The event will take place Aug. 7-8 and attract more than 10,000 visitors to the city while generating and estimated economic impact of $6 million.

“Milwaukee just welcomed back an NBA Championship title and this August we welcome back USA Triathlon to our lakefront,” said Marissa Werner, director of Sports Milwaukee, a division of Visit Milwaukee, the city’s convention and visitors bureau. “USA Triathlon has told us that Milwaukee was one of its competitors’ and spectators’ favorite host cities when they were here last.”

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The USA Triathlon last visited Milwaukee in 2015 and returns for two consecutive years. For this summer’s event, the Olympic-Distance National Championship takes place on Aug. 7 and the Sprint-Distance National Championship will be held on Aug. 8.

The competition will take place along the shore of Lake Michigan in Milwaukee.

“Lake Michigan and Milwaukee’s three rivers provide perfect swimming, kayaking, and even surfing,” Werner said. “Lakeshore State Park gives sports teams a plethora of options from running along the trails to competitive diving into Lake Michigan. And Veterans Park brings competitors to lakeside trails, greenery, and even kite-flying.”

The USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships, the organization’s largest and longest-running National championships event, first came to Milwaukee in 2013, hosting a record field of nearly 4,000 at that time.

USA Triathlon is the National Governing Body for triathlon, duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon is based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and sanctions more than 4,300 races and connects with nearly 500,000 members each year, making it the world’s largest multisport organization.

USA Triathlon’s Age Group National Championships will be the region’s latest major sporting event, with more on the horizon.

The Ryder Cup heads to Whistling Straits in Sheboygan County in late September, putting the Greater Milwaukee area on the world stage once again.

In January 2022, the U.S. Speedskating’s Olympic Long Track Team Trials will take place at the Pettit National Ice Center and the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball First and Second Rounds head to Fiserv Forum in March 2022.

“Milwaukee is an attractive, affordable sports-friendly city ideal for a wide range of sporting events,” Werner said.



Rich Rovito is a freelance writer for Milwaukee Magazine.