For the second straight weekend, West Chester’s Voice of America Park will host a national championship competition.
This past weekend it was the WWA Wakeboard National Championships and beginning this Saturday and concluding on Sunday, VOA Park will host the 2012 USA Triathlon Youth Junior National Championships.More than 700 triathletes, ranging from beginners to potential future Olympians, will compete in the event. The athletes, ages 7 to 19, will compete in Youth, Youth Elite and Junior Elite categories.
According to the Butler County Visitors Bureau (BCVB), the event is expected to draw more than 1,600 visitors and bring in an estimated $500,000.
“We are excited to be a part of this prestigious youth sporting event,” said Mark Hecquet, executive director of the BCVB. “To have a sporting event of this magnitude come to our county will be a great boost for the local economy.”
The event runs from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Sunday. It is free and open to the public.
Due to the nature of the event, which includes running, swimming and cycling, there will be some road closures in the vicinity of VOA Park.
Cox Road between Liberty Way and the northern most entrance to the VOA Retail Centre will be closed from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on both days of the event. In addition, Liberty Way between Cox Road and Butler Warren Road will be closed from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on each day. Emergency traffic only will be permitted during these times.
Access to all businesses will be maintained from Tylersville and Cox Road (south of VOA Park Drive). Motorists are encouraged to follow all posted detours while driving and to allow extra time to reach their destinations.
USA Triathlon is seeking volunteers, who will receive a free USA Triathlon volunteer t-shirt, meals and beverages, to help with the event. To sign up, visit http://usatriathlon.volunteerlocal.com/volunteer/?id=958.
For more information about the event, visit usatriathlon.org.