will be in the spotlight of the triathlon world this summer when the
top amateurs in the nation will be running, swimming and biking in and
around Lake Michigan.
Landing the USA
Triathlon Age Group National Championships is considered quite a coup
for the city, which beat out seven other Midwestern cities, including
Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul and Kansas City. "This is a first
for the city. Milwaukee has never hosted anything like this,"
says Wendy Hanisch, who, first thought, "Why not Milwaukee?"
She and husband
Bob own Peak Performance Professionals. They worked with VISIT
Milwaukee’s Brent Foerster, Michelle Haider and Marissa Werner and
put together a bid for the race, even though the process was already
well under way. A trip to Milwaukee by Jeff Dyrek, the national events
director for USAT Triathlon, gave Milwaukee the surge it needed.
"We went from nobody to one of the top two really quick,"
Wendy Hanisch says.
learned last October it would host the 2013 and 2014 races.
The 2013 event
will include the Olympic Distance Nationals held Saturday, Aug. 10,
followed by Sprint Nationals on Sunday, Aug. 11.
qualify in their respective age group at a USAT-sanctioned event of a
qualifying distance in order to compete in the Olympic distance race.
To qualify, athletes must have competed in the qualifying race between
July 18, 2012, and ending eight days prior to the 2013 Olympic
Distance National Championship, though the Olympic Distance race might
close out sooner than the latest qualifying date.
Sprint Nationals are open to anyone who would like to compete.
The 2013 Age
Group Nationals in Milwaukee will serve as the sole qualifier for Team
USA for the 2014 ITU World Championships taking place in Edmonton,
Canada. The top 18 finishers in each age group will qualify.
Each race will
allow up to 3,250 athletes to compete. "This is by far the
largest USAT National event that they ever had," Wendy Hanisch
says. In 2012, there were 1,900 finishers at the event held in