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(Tentative) 2015 Race Weekend Schedule

SATURDAY, July 25 - UCP Headquarters / Race Expo

Packet Pick-Up is MANDATORY on Saturday if you are not registered as VIP.
Registration will also be open. There is NO packet pickup or 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; $8 for all others)
11:00 am - Speaker: Dr. James Voos
Chief, Division of Sports Medicine at University Hospitals
Lead Team Physician, Cleveland Browns
2:00 pm - Course Talk (given by race director Jack Caress)
2:00 pm - Buitoni Pasta Lunch Closes
2:30 pm - Speaker: Dr. James Voos
Chief, Division of Sports Medicine at University Hospitals
  Lead Team Physician, Cleveland Browns
3:00 pm - Registration Closes

SUNDAY, July 26 - Voinovich Park/E. 9th Street

5:00 am - Transition Area opens and body marking begins (East 9th Pier)
5:30 am - VIP registration opens (no other packets will be available, VIP open)
6:30 am - Road closures begin
6:45 am - Transition area closes
                  National Anthem 
6:50 am - Super Sprint race begins
7:00 am - Sprint race begins
7:45 am - Olympic race begins 
                 Youth waves start after Olympic swimmers are in (7-10 years old; 11-14)
10:30 am - Super Sprint and Sprint awards ceremony 
11:30 am - Olympic awards ceremony
1:00 pm - Finish line and expo close


2015 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.


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 here and on the Facebook page.

Event Photography
We will have a team of professional photographs taking competitor photos during the race. The link will be posted here and on the Facebook page.

Post Race Festival
The post race area will be at the old skate park next to the finish line. Join us there, listen to the music and watch the awards festival.

Host Hotel - TBD

Rules and Regulations  

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

  • Aid Stations
    Herbalife H3O is the Official Fluid Replacement drink for the Cleveland Triathlon and Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water is the Official Water of the Cleveland Triathlon. Herbalife and Arrowhead 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:

    2014 Results & Competitor Photos


    Results Link:  2014 Race Results 

    2014 Competitor Photos:  2014 Photos

    Your 2014 photos were taken by FinisherPix.