Updated: Aug 22
In a city known for its vibrant spirit and love for sports, the Tri-CLE Rock-Roll-Run Triathlon is making waves, quite literally, as it prepares to kick off tomorrow, August 12th, at the North Coast Harbor in Cleveland. This event isn't just your average triathlon; it's a celebration of athleticism, community, and the stunning landscapes that Cleveland has to offer.
Mark Brandt, the visionary behind this incredible event, has brought his passion for triathlons to life by creating an experience that not only challenges athletes but also ensures safety, cleanliness, and inclusivity for participants of all ages and skill levels. As we walked along the picturesque North Coast Harbor, Mark shared his journey of securing permits, assembling safety teams, and coordinating cleaning crews, all with the intention of providing an unforgettable experience for everyone involved.
The event's carefully chosen starting point, nestled between the iconic Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Great Lakes Science Center, sets the tone for what's to come. The route extends to Edgewater Beach, offering athletes and spectators alike breathtaking scenic views that embody the essence of Cleveland's waterfront charm. It's a route that promises not only physical challenges but also the chance to soak in the city's beauty.
For a behind-the-scenes look, we had the pleasure of speaking with Natalie McManamon and Melanie Prohaska, co-directors of the event. They shared their insights into the meticulous year-long planning process that goes into making the Tri-CLE Rock-Roll-Run a reality. With unwavering dedication, they've crafted an event that they fondly refer to as a "labor of love."
Tomorrow, on August 12th, the city will come alive as athletes dive into the break wall protected waters of North Coast Harbor for the swim leg of the triathlon. The unique Dual Time Trial Start, where three athletes begin every 5-10 seconds, adds a layer of excitement to the race. The swim distances vary, catering to different levels: 250 meters for the Super Sprint, 750 meters for the Sprint, and 1500 meters for the Olympic distance triathlon.
As athletes transition to the biking leg, they'll conquer the closed-to-traffic Memorial Shoreway, offering a spectacular view of the Cleveland skyline and downtown neighborhoods. To ensure a fair and safe race, multiple lanes will be provided to avoid drafting and enable safe passing. The biking distances are 8k for the Super Sprint, 20k for the Sprint, and 40k for the Olympic distance triathlon.
The journey concludes with the run through Cleveland's premier Metropark, a route that showcases the city's urban and natural beauty in equal measure. With distances ranging from 3k to 10k, participants will be treated to stunning vistas of downtown Cleveland and the serene lakefront. It's worth noting that the park remains open to the public, adding an element of camaraderie between the athletes and the community.
If you're as thrilled as we are about this event, join us tomorrow as we stream live video coverage on the "Cleve-It To Us" official Facebook page. Experience the energy, the determination, and the sheer joy of the participants as they take on this remarkable challenge.
And if you're itching to be a part of the action yourself, now is the time to mark your calendars and explore the possibility of becoming an athlete in next year's event. Visit www.RockRollRun.com to discover more about the Tri-CLE Rock-Roll-Run Triathlon, and while you're at it, delve into all the incredible experiences that Cleveland has to offer.
Let's celebrate athleticism, community, and the spirit of Cleveland together.
A Special thanks to Melanie, Natalie and Mark from Tri-CLE, and J Kuzma (Audio Visual Tech)