USA Triathlon comes to Omaha, brings new...

Posted at 12:28 PM, Mar 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-23 13:28:20-04

For the first time ever, the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships is coming to Omaha this summer.

On Wednesday, organizers announced a new change for this year’s two-day competition, held Aug. 13 and 14 at Carter Lake.

Thousands of qualified triathletes will flock to the city, but in a year of firsts – beginners from the metro can also participate in the championships.

While swimming, running and biking all day long may sound intimidating, organizers believe otherwise.

The Age Group National Championships will allow 150 first-time triathletes to compete in the games. Organizers say slots are on a first come, first serve basis and each entrant will receive a 12 week training plan.

A well-known former local triathlete says the championship is a dream come true.

The sports fanaticism here and the spirit of the community is what led the board to select Omaha as the home of the games for the next two years, says Barry Siff, president of the organization.

In a bit of a unique twist, the competition will feature a swim between two states and a specially designed race course for running and biking, which will highlight landmarks in the city and beyond.

For more information on how to register or on The USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships, click here.