USA Triathlon has developed an indoor triathlon program called USATri60 to introduce individuals to the sport of triathlon at a grassroots level. The purpose will be to expose participants to the sport of triathlon in a one hour, non-threatening setting and with a built-in support system built to drive the concept that ‘anyone can be a triathlete’. The YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region and the Rocky Mountain State Games are partnering to offer this event as a part of the 2018 State Games. All athletes will receive a USA Triathlon goodie bag and will compete for Gold, Silver, and Bronze Rocky Mountain State Games medals. A maximum number of athletes will be permitted to each event due to facility capacities. All participants will be assigned a race number that will be visible on all swim caps as well as marked on the top of each participants hand. All results will be listed on the Rocky Mountain State Games results page and the USATri60 results page after the event.
303’s Khem Suthiwan caught up with David Deschenes regarding the recent announcement by USA Triathlon and here’s what he had to say:
“I’m excited for the opportunity to be able to help lead and impact the sport of triathlon at the governing level. The mission of the USA Triathlon Foundation is simple: to support and promote triathlon, and open pathways to triathlon in those whom it might not otherwise be possible. The Foundation focuses on three key areas (young athletes, paratriathletes, and/or Olympic hopefuls) to provide the opportunities for every child to participate, every paratriathlete to compete, and every youth athlete to chase his or her Olympic dream.”
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The USA Triathlon Foundation today announced the hiring of David Deschenes as its first-ever Executive Director, a role responsible for leading major gift fundraising and annual fund initiatives, donor relations, grant programs, marketing and communications, and community outreach while overseeing the Foundation’s daily business operations.
Deschenes will report to the USA Triathlon Foundation Board of Directors’ President and serve on USA Triathlon’s senior leadership team. He will operate out of the USA Triathlon National Office in Colorado Springs starting March 30.
“I am thrilled to have Dave join the USA Triathlon Foundation as our first Executive Director,” said Jacqueline McCook, President the USA Triathlon Foundation Board of Directors. “Dave is uniquely qualified to lead the Foundation to the next level, driven by his passion, dedication and depth of experience in the multisport arena. He will be instrumental in enabling us to dramatically expand our impact on communities and individuals throughout the U.S. as we strive to achieve our mission of transforming lives by opening pathways to triathlon for all — particularly among underserved youth, paratriathletes and Olympic dreamers.”
Splits for each event are recorded and a total time (including transitions between events) determines the top finishers. The top male and female finishers from each age bracket, 13 – 29, 30 – 39, 40 – 49, 50+, will receive a VillaSport gift card
Each participant will receive aVillaSport triathlon t-shirt
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$15: Basic 10’x10′ sales area – this is for those that bring their own table & chairs
$25: Basic 10’x20′ sales area – this is for those that bring their own table & chairs
$15: An 8′ table and folding chair will be provided
$10: Per bike for bike corral. Want to sell your bike, but don’t want to sit at a booth all day? Our staff will wrangle the bikes while prospective buyers take a gander! Drop it off at 10:45, and pick it up by 4.
Day of booths will be available at the door: $20 for a 10’x10′ and $30 for a 10’x20′
Vendor setup is from 10am to 11am and tear-down is from 4pm to 5pm. Doors open to the public 11am-4pm.
This will be a cash only event, but there are ATM’s within walking distance.
What can be sold or traded?
This is a Cycling & Outdoor Sports Specific Swap Meet and we would like to limit the Sellers to anything that would be considered useful, helpful or directly related to cycling or the cycling and outdoor culture. Here are some examples: This is not an exclusive list!
Bike disciplines: mountain, road, cross, singlespeed, commuter, bmx, vintage, antique , tank, electric, trikes bikes – it doesn’t matter.
All parts, accessories, racks, etc. for all disciplines.
All riding and casual clothing & apparel, shoes, hats, jackets, jewelry, assessors, etc.
All outdoor hiking, camping, skiing, kayaking, etc.
Foods, sports drinks, sports bars, etc.
Outdoor, hunting, camping, hiking, etc. gear.
Cross Sport equipment, hiking, skiing, kayaking, etc.
Going on year 3 of our one and only Colorado Springs Outdoor Sports & Recreation Expo! This will be show #7 of our 3x a year series. Perhaps we should call it Year 3, Episode 7? Regardless, the best expo in Southern Colorado is getting bigger and better!
We’re moving the expo to the Plaza of the Rockies after 2 years at Ivywild. While we’re gracious of the partnership we’ve had the last 2 years we’ve had to turn away vendors every time as we were limited on space plus we were challenging the parking in Ivywild with the over 400 attendees we were getting to each show last year.
Now with Plaza of the Rockies help we have a FAR bigger space to use and covered parking for vendors/attendees and almost unlimited vendor space.
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All sports, recreation, fitness, and wellness providers welcome. We have had stores, national brands, nonprofits, communities, and more at each event. Sports-wise we have had cycling, running, hiking, kickball, walking, yoga, swingline, disc golf, ultimate frisbee, SUP, scuba, skiing, skateboarding, gyms, and more represented.
Gwen Jorgensen made a last minute appearance at 24Hr Fitness in Colorado Springs last weekend. Kris Kuckenbacker, a triathlete from Colorado Springs, describes his experience for us:
I first found out that Gwen was going to be at the COS 24Hr Fitness Thursday morning (November 10th) from the local tri club social media page, just two days before the meet and greet was to occur. It was a very basic post and just said “Gwen Jorgensen will be at 24 Hour Fitness in Colorado Springs this Saturday,” that was it. I searched the comments and was further able to find out that it would be from 11:30-1:00. Oh Great!
That was the exact same 90 minute window I had a scheduled a massage for earlier in the week. Skeptical, I searched online to see if I could verify the information and came up empty. Regardless, I rescheduled the massage and decided to go to the gym the following day and see what the deal was myself. Sure enough, a large poster was on the entrance window with Gwen’s photo and pertinent details for the meet and greet. I was excited!
My girlfriend, and fellow triathlete, was down from Denver for the weekend and was just as excited as I was for such an amazing opportunity to meet the ITU legend and Olympic Gold Medalist. We took magazines, the recent USA Triathlon quarterly publication and the August issue of Triathlete, both with Gwen’s picture gracing the covers for her to sign.
I’ve never met anyone and had them autograph their picture before, that added a little awkwardness while standing in line. We were surprised how few people were there, which was a good thing as neither of us are fans of large crowds.
The moment came and we walked up to Gwen. I got increasingly nervous as we approached and realized I wasn’t in any way prepared for a verbal encounter. I stayed a few steps behind my girlfriend, trying to hide behind her tiny frame, as she engaged in conversation with a very humble and genuine Gwen Jorgensen. They started with a little race and triathlon small talk which transitioned seamlessly and quickly into real life events and girl stuff as though they were long time friends.
When her attention turned to me, I shook her hand and introduced myself in which she replied “Hi, I’m Gwen.” All I could muster as a response was “Yes, yes you are”. I was literally speechless and embarrassed. We got our magazines signed pictures taken with Gwen, then headed to brunch. All we could talk about was how amazing it was to meet such an icon of the sport, and how authentic and real Gwen was to everyone she met.