Cleveland Triathlon Announces University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s as the Official Charity for the 32nd Annual Event

May 14th, 2018

Cleveland Triathlon Announces University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s as the Official Charity for the 32nd Annual Event

Cleveland, OH  Pacific Sports and University Hospitals are proud to announce the extension of their existing relationship on the most decorated triathlon in history. University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s (UH Rainbow) will become the official charity for the Cleveland Triathlon, and the event’s participants, sponsors, and stakeholders will actively be involved in fundraising for UH Rainbow. Volunteer and community support will also be a component of the relationship, as will the new finish line festival located at Voinovich Park in North Coast Harbor.

UH Rainbow offers the most expansive pediatric care network in Northeast Ohio, with more than 740,000 annual patient encounters at 131 service locations. The vast network includes nationally-ranked UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital — Cleveland’s only full-service, freestanding children’s hospital with a medical staff of more than 745 physicians and Northern Ohio’s only Level I Pediatric Trauma Center – along with a primary care network of more than 200 pediatric and family medicine providers at 83 offices, inpatient care, pediatric emergency services, urgent care centers, surgery centers, medical and surgical specialty clinics, and advanced newborn and maternal/fetal medicine services.

“Support from the Cleveland Triathlon and Pacific Sports will help expand University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s exceptional care through innovative programs and services in our community and beyond,” says Patti DePompei, RN, MSN, president, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s and UH MacDonald Women’s hospitals. “On behalf of the babies, children and young adults we are privileged to care for, thank you for choosing our organization as the event’s official charity.”

Cleveland Triathlon Race Director Jack Caress expanded on the scope of this new relationship, “We are honored to announce University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s as our Official Charity.  To be partnering with such a prestigious organization and to develop and implement fundraising for such an incredible and worthwhile charity is great for our event. It also great for the Cleveland community and extends our long history of fundraising with our events nationwide.  We could not be happier about expanding our relationship with University Hospitals.”

Pacific Sports has long history of cause relationships and with charitable organizations.  The Foundation for Letters in Brooklyn, UC Irvine Crew program in Newport Beach, and most recently raised well over $1 million dollars with United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Cleveland.   In addition, Pacific Sports supports and serves on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Sports Council and the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games. Pacific Sports events have generated over $9 million dollars for charities and worthwhile causes during its history. 

The 2018 Cleveland Triathlon is set for Sunday, July 22. For more information and to register, visit:

About University Hospitals / Cleveland, Ohio
Founded in 1866, University Hospitals (UH) serves the needs of patients through an integrated network of 18 hospitals, more than 40 outpatient health centers and 200 physician offices in 15 counties throughout northern Ohio. The system’s flagship academic medical center, UH Cleveland Medical Center, located on a 35-acre campus in Cleveland’s University Circle, is affiliated with Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. The main campus also includes UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the nation; UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital, Ohio’s only hospital for women; and UH Seidman Cancer Center, part of the NCI-designated Case Comprehensive Cancer Center. UH is home to some of the most prestigious clinical and research programs in the nation, including cancer, pediatrics, women’s health, orthopedics, radiology, neuroscience, cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, digestive health, transplantation and urology. UH Cleveland Medical Center is perennially among the highest performers in national ranking surveys, including “America’s Best Hospitals” from U.S. News & World Report. UH is also home to Harrington Discovery Institute at University Hospitals – part of The Harrington Project for Discovery & Development. UH is one of the largest employers in Northeast Ohio with 26,000 employees. UH’s vision is “Advancing the science of health and the art of compassion,” and its mission: “To Heal. To Teach. To Discover.”   Follow UH on Facebook @UniversityHospitals and Twitter @UHhospitals. For more information, go to

About Pacific Sports
Based in Irvine, California, Pacific Sports LLC has been the premier sports consulting firm for over 35 years. The firm specializes in event development, production, management and corporate sports marketing and development in participatory lifestyle events including triathlon, running and cycling. Pacific Sports produces six events annually including the Brooklyn 15k, Cleveland Triathlon, Long Beach Triathlon, Newport Beach Triathlon and the U.S. Open Triathlon in Rockwall, Heath, and Dallas Texas. The company and its founder and president, Jack Caress, have produced more than 430 endurance events in the United States, including the 1996 Triathlon World Championships in Cleveland, Ohio and 12 U.S. Championships.

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Cleveland Triathlon Announces University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s as the Official Charity for the 32nd Annual Event

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