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2018 Race Weekend Schedule



Location:  University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center

Events:  UH Expo, Packet Pickup and Pasta Lunch 

  •  Opens:  10am
  • Guest Speaker:  10:30am and 12:30pm
    • Dr. Ben Geletaka - University Hospitals
      Discussing Sports Medicine, preparation for the Cleveland Triathlon, injuries and taking all of your questions.
  • Course Talks:  11:00am, 1pm and 2pm
  • Pasta Lunch:  11am to 2pm
  • Expo Closes:   3pm
Mission Impossible - Fallout - (In Theaters July 27th)



Location: Downtown Cleveland North Coast Harbor

Events:  Cleveland Triathlon Race Day

  • Transition Opens:   5am
  • National Anthem:  6:45am
  • MegaSprint Start:  7am
  • SuperSprint Start:  7:15am
  • Sprint Start:  7:30am
  • Olympic Distance Start:  8am
  • Youth Race Start:  8:30am
  • Awards Ceremony: 11:15am
  • Post Race Party:  Ongoing at NUEVO

Hotel Information

Hotels Near The Cleveland Triathlon

 ClevelandOH 44114 

Hilton Cleveland Downtown
100 Lakeside Ave E
ClevelandOH 44114

The Westin Cleveland Downtown
777 St. Clair Avenue NE
ClevelandOH 44114
(216) 771-7700 

Cleveland Marriott Downtown At Key Center
127 Public Sq
ClevelandOH 44114

Drury Plaza Hotel Cleveland Downtown
1380 E 6th St
ClevelandOH 44114

More Hotels In Downtown Cleveland:
For more hotel options in downtown Cleveland, review the following link on Trip Advisor for the all of your lodging options while you're in town for the race.

2018 Race Information

SwimStream Start

Here's how the SwimStream start works:
  • Participants will be allowed to self-determine they start 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, this would be below 22 minutes; for the Sprint it would be below 11 minutes. 
  • The swim chute will be very similar to other swim starts you've seen.   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 with SuperSprint race going first, Sprint second, and Olympic third.  Where you line up in each race  on the honor system, but we encourage faster swimmers up front (regardless of age or category) and if you swim with friends, family, or club members this is even better.  Whatever makes you comfortable.  We want swimmers to have maximum comfort and relaxation when entering the harbor.
  • 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 75 swimmers each (e.g., 75 swimmers in the under-22-minute Olympic swim stream).  We will run streams of swimmers until we get 300 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 marina to exit the swim via ladders.  If necessary, we allow assistance in exiting the water. Lifeguards and our swim coordinators will assist in controlling the flow of the swimmers (like turning off and on a spigot).
  • Once the SuperSprint distance race is in the water, we will have a approximately 10 minute gap and then start the Sprint under-11 minute swimmers, and so on until all the competitors have left the docks and enter the water. The Sprint will start once the SuperSprint swimmers exit the water, and the Olympic starts after the Sprint swimmers are past the turn buoys.
  • We strongly encourage you to warm up prior to the swim.


Rules and Regulations  

  • USAT Competitive Rules
  • Most Common Rules Violations
  • National Weather Service for Cleveland

  • Aid Stations
    Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water is the Official Water of the Cleveland Triathlon. Arrowhead water will be at the aid stations. Bars, water 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: