Last updated on July 3rd, 2019 at 07:14 pm
With approximately 6,500 athletes set to compete in the 2015 USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships this August, VISIT Milwaukee is calling for volunteers to cover 400 of 800 event shifts.
The national event will run on Saturday, Aug. 8, and Sunday, Aug. 9, as volunteers assist with bag checks, transition supports, bike check-ins and check-outs, course supports and other stations critical to competing athletes’ success.
The triathlon, which Milwaukee has hosted the last two years, is broken down into two competitions. On Saturday, the Olympic Distance National Championship will dominate Milwaukee’s lakefront as athletes complete a 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike ride and 10-kilometer run. On Sunday, the Sprint National Championship will be held as athletes aim for top speed in a 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike ride and 5-kilometer run.
Event volunteers will be trained prior to the weekend. Volunteers are also guaranteed a t-shirt and food during their shifts.
This is the final year Milwaukee will host the USA Triathlon for the foreseeable future. Having a single city host the event for three consecutive years has been “unheard of,” said VISIT Milwaukee spokesperson Kristin Settle.
Milwaukee has continuously been selected as the event destination through the “aggressive” efforts of VISIT Milwaukee’s sales team, who touted the city’s amenities and hotels to USA Triathlon, Settle said.
Along with bringing the event to Milwaukee, VISIT Milwaukee, which acts as the city’s tourism bureau, has helped coordinate triathlon locations, media, hotel rooms, restaurants, activities for participants and visitors, course requirements and more.
VISIT Milwaukee anticipates the USA Triathlon will inspire an economic impact of $5.3 million.
It is not clear where the 2016 triathlon will take place.
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