The Cleveland Triathlon

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Thanks to everyone who participated, volunteered, and sponsored the 33rd Annual Cleveland Triathlon. With the 33rd edition, we surpassed $100 million in economic impact to the City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County during the triathlon’s history, which started in 1987. We have also raised over $20 million for Cleveland based charities and much more for cause related fund-raising directly by participants. Over 42,000 triathletes have participated and we estimate that nearly 15,000 made our event their very first triathlon. The safety record continues to be exceptional during our tenure and exemplified by the exceptional medical team at University Hospitals, our Medical Sponsor. The Cleveland Triathlon showcases one of the great cities in the U.S. and our ability to show a positive impact to the community has been and continues to be very gratifying. We look forward to seeing you in 2020.

 Race Date: 2020 TBD

Packet Pickup: UH Ahuja Medical Center

Posing for the swim at Cleveland’s Downtown Marina

Posing for the swim at Cleveland’s Downtown Marina

2019 Expo, Packet Pickup and Complimentary Pasta Feed

Saturday, July 20th

University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center

10am to 3pm.

The Transition is where you place your bike and gear

The Transition is where you place your bike and gear

Race Day, The Cleveland Triathlon

Sunday, July 21st

North Coast Harbor and First Energy Stadium

  • National Anthem 6:45am

  • Olympic 7:00am

  • Sprint: 7:15am

  • MegaSprint: 7:15am

  • SuperSprint: 7:45am

  • Youth Triathlon: 7:50am

University Hospitals gate at First Energy Stadium. Site of the Finish Line Festival

University Hospitals gate at First Energy Stadium. Site of the Finish Line Festival

Social Media

We will be using Instagram and Twitter to keep you up to date on all Cleveland Triathlon updates and happenings. Share with us at:

Instagram: clevelandtriathlon

Twitter: @CLETriathlon


The Races

The Cleveland Triathlon has a distance and experience tailored to each participant from beginner to seasoned warriors.

SuperSprint Triathlon. Geared for beginners, those looking for a super-short race or for a fun family and friends race. It begins with a 300 yard swim in the north coast inner harbor. Flat, no waves, and water temps in the mid-70’s. The bike is one loop, 8 miles, of our closed-to-traffic Memorial Shoreway (yes, it is on a freeway without traffic) and the downtown run finishing at the University Hospitals Gate at First Energy Stadium.


Sprint Triathlon

Our most popular distance. Starting with a flat water, no wave swim in the inner harbor of Downtown Cleveland of .4 miles. Bike course is 16 mile on the closed-to-traffic Memorial Shoreway (2 loops of 8 miles each) and finishing with a 5k run that concludes at the UH gate at First Energy Stadium.


Olympic Distance

The classic, competed at the same as the Olympic Games. We start with a flat water, no wave, inside the breakwall swim of 1.5 kilometers (.9 miles). 24 bike on the the closed-to-traffic Memorial Shoreway, and finish with a 10k run that finishes at the University Hospitals Gate at First Energy Stadium

MegaSprint Distance

For those who want the longer bike and a shorter swim and run, we created the MegaSprint. 24 mile Olympic Bike paired with the .4 mile swim and 5k run of the Sprint Course. A cool alternative.


Youth Triathlon

For boys and girls 6 -14, we have a distance that is geared toward the kids. 100 yard swim, 3 mile bike, and 1 mile run.

Note: We let younger racers compete in the SuperSprint triathlon with the family members or friends. In the Youth race, kids only.



University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s

Official Charity of the Cleveland Triathlon

UH Rainbow offers the most expansive pediatric care network in Northeast Ohio, with more than 740,000 annual patient encounters at 131 service locations.

The vast network includes nationally-ranked UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital — Cleveland’s only full-service, freestanding children’s hospital with a medical staff of more than 745 physicians and Northern Ohio’s only Level I Pediatric Trauma Center – along with a primary care network of more than 200 pediatric and family medicine providers at 83 offices, inpatient care, pediatric emergency services, urgent care centers, surgery centers, medical and surgical specialty clinics, and advanced newborn and maternal/fetal medicine services.

“Support from the Cleveland Triathlon will help expand University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s exceptional care through innovative programs and services in our community and beyond,” says Patti DePompei, RN, MSN, president, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s and UH MacDonald Women’s hospitals. “On behalf of the babies, children and young adults we are privileged to care for, thank you for choosing our organization as the event’s Official Charity.”

Cleveland Triathlon Race Director Jack Caress expanded on the scope of this relationship, “We are honored to have University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s as our Official Charity. To be partnering with such a prestigious organization and to develop and implement fundraising for such an incredible and worthwhile charity is great for even and great for the Cleveland community We could not be happier about expanding our relationship with University Hospitals.”