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2014 Race Weekend Schedule of Events

SATURDAY, July 26 - DoubleTree by Hilton Cleveland Downtown 

Packet Pick-Up is MANDATORY on Saturday if you are not registered as VIP.
Registration will also be open. There is NO registration on race day.


10:00 am - Registration Opens
10:30 am - Course Talk (given by race director Jack Caress)
11:00 am - Buitoni Pasta Lunch Opens (free for registered competitors)
2:00 pm - Course Talk (given by race director Jack Caress)
2:00 pm - Buitoni Pasta Lunch Closes
4:00 pm - Registration Closes

SUNDAY, July 27 - Voinovich Park/E. 9th Street

5:00 am - Transition Area Opens on E. 9th Street
5:30 am - VIP Registration Opens
6:30 am - Road Closures Begin
6:45 am - Transition Area Closes
7:00 am - SwimStream start  (Youth: Soon after the swim streams are in the water)
9:00 am - Finish Festival Expo Opens
12:00 pm - Awards Ceremony
1:00 pm - Expo Closes


2014 Race Information


Starting Times

7:00 AM - First stream starts
8:00 AM (est.) - Youth waves start after Olympic SwimStream starts 
                          7-10 years old                         
                          11-14 years old

SwimStream Start

Pacific Sports launched its new SwimStream start procedure at the Herbalife Triathlon Los Angeles last month. It was a huge success and we're using it again in 2014 at the Cleveland Triathlon. The only competitors who will NOT be using the SwimStream start process are the two youth categories. They will use the standard wave start based on age.  Here's how the SwimStream start works:

  1. Participants will be allowed to self-determine at which time they begin the swim portion of the Cleveland Triathlon.  Those with the fastest anticipated swim time will be encouraged to start in the earliest grouping or stream. For the Olympic Distance it would be below 22 minutes; Sprint it would be below 11 minutes; for the Super Sprint it would be below 6 minutes.   
  2. The swim chute will be no different than our previous construction or other swim starts you've seen. Volunteers will be holding a sign that has a specific time on it (similar to a run pace for a half or full marathon). Swimmers should line up in their appropriate anticipated time.  Note, just like a running event, we will not force someone in a specific time/pace.  It is on the honor system. This will allow some variability if friends, members of a triathlon club, co-workers from the same company, or family members want to swim together.  We want swimmers to have maximum comfort and relaxation when entering the ocean.
  3. Once a stream enters the start chute, swimmers will move toward the end of the chute, cross the timing mat and proceed directly into the water.  Similar to a funnel. Your time starts when you cross the SwimStream timing mat. We will have streams of approximately 100 swimmers each, and streams will continue until we get about 400 participants in the water. At this point, athletes will be allowed into the water as earlier streams of swimmers finish and come up onto the beach. Lifeguards and our swim coordinators will assist in controlling the flow of the swimmers (like turning off and on a spigot).
  4. Once the Sprint distance race is in the water, we will have a approximately 10 minute gap and then start the Super Sprint under 6-minute swimmers, and so on until all the competitors have left the beach. The Super Sprint will start once the Sprint swimmers are past the turn buoys heading south.
  5. We strongly encourage warm-ups prior to the swim start.  Those will be west of the swim course and at the participant's discretion.

At the Herbalife Triathlon L.A., we found that the SwimStream start allowed all the competitors to get into the water nearly 55 minutes faster than the traditional wave starts, so let your cheering section know you'll be on the bike a lot faster than in previous years.

Approximately 30 minutes after the first competitor crosses the finish line, results will be posted near the finishline. They will remain posted in hardcopy until the awards ceremony is over.  Results can also be found through a posted link.

Event Photography
We will have a team of professional photographs taking competitor photos during the race, please click here to go to the photo gallery landing page.

Post Race Festival
The post race area will be at the old skate park next to the finish line.

Host Hotel
The DoubleTree by Hilton Cleveland Downtown, 1111 Lakeside Avenue, is once again this year's official host hotel! Overlooking the shores of Lake Erie, it's the site of our Saturday Expo and packet pickeup and is located just a short walk to the start of the race. It's the perfect place for athletes, friends, and family to stay during race weekend! Click here to reserve your room at a special 2014 Cleveland Triathlon price.

Rules and Regulations  

  • USAT Competitive Rules
  • Most Common Rules Violations
  • Previously Recorded Water Temperature for Lake Erie

    Transponder (Timing Chip) Instructions
    The Cleveland Triathlon is proud to partner with Premier Sports to provide the latest innovation in timing technology. ChronoTrack provides superior reliability along with the use of a disposable system called, D-Tags. One of the many goals of the ChronoTrack system is to simplify the timing process for athletes. A disposable tag eliminates the need for several organizational choke points that allow the athletes to spend more time focusing on their competition and less time waiting in lines. Shorter lines before the race to pick up your bib and chip and no line to return your tag or chip afterward are just some of the benefits to the ChronoTrack system. The D-tag is easy to attach your shoe and is far lighter and less intrusive than other timing tags and chips. Once the D-tag is attached to your shoe, you will quickly forget that it is even there! For Instructions and FAQ ... CLICK HERE

    Aid Stations
    Herbalife H3O is the Official Fluid Replacement and Ice Mountain Water is the Official Water of the Cleveland Triathlon. Herbalife and water (on the Olympic course) will be at the aid stations. Bars, water, Herbalife and fruit will be available at the post-race food area.

    Look for aid stations at the following locations:

    • Exiting Transition on the E. 9th St Pier
    • Top of the Memorial Shoreway entrance ramp and E. 9th St.
    • On the Memorial Shoreway at the 5K turn around
    • Cleveland Triathlon Finishline behind the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    The Awards Ceremony will take place at approximately noon between Rock Hall and Science Center. Awards are given 1st-3rd in each category and overall male and female in each event. 

    There is plenty of parking in nearby lots on East 9th Street – Municipal Lot, Willard Garage, North Point Garage. Parking is also available on the streets South of Lakeside Avenue and at the DoubleTree by Hilton.

    You may email us at for any additional questions.

    For those of you participating in your first triathlon, Here are a few items to read: