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Cleveland will host the 2018 and 2019 USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships

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Posted at 12:52 PM, Apr 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-12 12:52:55-04

Cleveland's ability to hold large national events such as the Republican National Convention and local events like the World Series and the Cavs parade has given Cleveland a national reputation as a city that can successfully host events with large gatherings.

The Greater Cleveland Sports Commission along with the City of Cleveland and the Cleveland Metroparks announced on Wednesday that the city will host the 2018 and 2019 USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships.

The event will take place August 11 and 12  in 2018 and August 10-11 in 2019.

The USA Triathlon's event will feature 5,000 athletes and another 10,000 spectators from across the United States.

The event is projected to generate $6.5 million in revenue each year, providing a total economic impact of $13 million for Northeast Ohio, according to a Greater Cleveland Sports Commission news release.

The race covers a 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike and a 10-kilometer run which will take place throughout Edgewater Park and nearby neighborhoods such as the Detroit Shoreway and St.Clair-Superior.

Athletes participating in the race can qualify to represent Team USA at the International Triathlon Union Age Group World Championships.