Telegraph story details Tim Don’s arduous journey back from broken neck; training for Boston Marathon

In this story from the Telegraph, Tim Don’s story of recovery from being hit on the bike just days before last year’s IRONMAN World Championship is detailed, including the five holes drilled into his head for his halo device.

Read about Tim Don’s life-threatening crash in Kona HERE

From the Telegraph

Tim Don: how the fastest ever Ironman shook off a broken neck to keep on running

In October 2017, Tim Don was cycling in Kailua-Kona on the island of Hawaii, one of the southernmost islands in the secluded American state. The British athlete was putting the finishing touches on months of training ahead of the biggest race of his career: the Ironman World Championship.

But Don, a three-time Olympic triathlete, didn’t get to take part in that race in Hawaii. Three days before the big day, while cycling along a designated lane, he was t-boned by a car turning into a petrol station. Thirty minutes later Don woke up on his way to hospital with a broken neck. It was a day before his daughter’s birthday; he feared he might never compete again.

But there’s definitely something setting athletes apart – particularly those of extreme sports or extreme distances. While most would take as long as possible to recover, Don had itchy feet within days. Despite the pain, and against doctors’ advice, he was back on the exercise bike within three weeks. “The screws kept coming loose”, he explains. “They had to keep screwing them back into my skull. One came loose so many times it was making a big indentation. They were worried they’d puncture the skull.” And then, the understatement of the century: “It’s pretty intense”.

Just four months on, Don is training for the Boston Marathon in April, with the ultimate goal of realising his dream in Hawai’i this year…


Time to Tri: 303Radio Chats with Barry Siff

Recently USA Triathlon and IRONMAN teamed up and created the Time to Tri Initiative aimed at attracting 100,000 new athletes into the sport of Triathlon. In this podcast, Barry Siff, President of the USAT Board of Directors discussed how this initiative came to be, what it means for local races and how it will impact the sport overall. The program hopes to inspire grass roots approaches to making triathlon more accessible.

At 303Triathlon, we are starting the “303 Beginner Tri Project”. We will tackle some fundamental challenges beginners face and offer workout goals and key workouts for local races and encourage new triathletes to gather for information and group training opportunities. Stay tuned for more on this. Meanwhile, take a listen to this podcast with Barry!”


2017 IRONMAN Athlete Choice Awards

As you plan your 2018 season, who better to consult than your fellow athletes? Our annual athlete surveys tell the story best: using the information we gather from YOU, our community, we are proud to present our top 10 IRONMAN and 70.3 events events across a variety of categories. Read on for the places and communities that will get you excited to race this year—whether you’re looking for a pristine swim, a memorable post-race party, or a bike course that will leave you drooling.

Categories include: 

Overall Satisfaction

Overall Swim

Overall Bike

Overall Run

Best Race Venue

Best Host City Experience

Best Post-Race Celebration

Will Attend Next Year

Will Recommend to a Friend


How did your favorite race fare?

Complete 140.6 results here

Complete 70.3 results here




Triathlete Magazine Makes $100,000 In-Kind Donation to Time to Tri Initiative

Boulder based Outdoor Pocket Media, owners of Triathlete Magazine, VeloNews, Women’s Running, and just announced a huge donation in an effort to support USAT and IRONMAN’s new program “Time to Tri” aimed at getting 100,000 new people into the sport of triathlon. Details of this donation are below.


303’s Bill Plock and Mile High Endurance’s Rich Soares recently interviewed USAT President, Barry Siff, to discuss the program more in depth.  This discussion (podcast) can be heard on Mile High Endurance this Sunday, February 25th, and on 303Radio Friday March 2nd.


Multi-channel advertising donation will reach runners and cyclists to grow triathlon

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Triathlete Magazine announces a $100,000 donation of advertising space to the Time to Tri™ initiative, a new, industry-wide campaign to introduce 100,000 Americans to triathlon by the end of 2020. Pocket Outdoor Media, the publisher of Triathlete Magazine, will donate print, digital and social advertising space across all its leading endurance sports brands, including Triathlete, Women’s Running, and VeloNews, in an effort to bring runners and cyclists into the sport of triathlon.

Time to Tri is a new, industry-wide campaign launched by USA Triathlon and IRONMAN to grow American participation in the sport of triathlon. The campaign will recruit and support athletes as they pursue their first triathlon, one of the most transformative experiences in endurance sports. Time to Tri provides training and racing advice including a free training plan, motivational tools, and other resources through

The site offers editorial content as well as free, customized sprint-distance training plans to athletes who sign up with their email address. Each plan’s workouts were developed by USA Triathlon Certified and IRONMAN U® Certified Coaches and are based on the athlete’s self-selected skill level in the swim, bike, and run. In addition to the digital platform at, USA Triathlon and IRONMAN will also engage in proactive outreach to identify new and aspiring triathletes including single-sport swimmers, cyclists and runners.

“Triathlete’s huge commitment is exactly what we had in mind when we introduced Time to Tri to key industry stakeholders,” said Rocky Harris, USA Triathlon CEO. “Our goal is to bring the sport together to grow triathlon, and nothing says that louder than the industry’s leading media brand stepping up to the plate with $100,000 in advertising.”

“As the world’s most read triathlon magazine, Triathlete is uniquely positioned to aid the Time to Tri effort,” said Pocket Outdoor Media CEO Felix Magowan. “Yet it’s the exposure to non-triathletes through, Women’s Running magazine and VeloNews that offers the biggest opportunity to grow the sport. We are delighted to partner with USA Triathlon and IRONMAN in this effort.”

“We are excited about growing participation in the sport of triathlon,” said Chris Stadler, Chief Marketing Officer for IRONMAN. “Our goal is to help potential first-time triathletes overcome their barriers through proper education, and this generous donation provides the perfect platform.”


Previous 303Triathlon post here

Weekend Preview: Some fun events for a snowy weekend

Triathlon Events

Saturday Feb. 10th


IRONMAN Team Colorado Training Event



Join 303Triathlon and IM Boulder staff for a great indoor ride and a run.  IPA Endurance coaches will talk about goal setting and time management.

SwimLabs & CYCLEBAR – Ripples to Waves Fundraiser Event

Lone Tree

Catch Me If You Can Run

Ft Collins

Sunday Feb. 11th


Old Man Winter Rally & Run


Monday Feb 12th


Intro to Foundation Training for Endurance Athletes



Cycling Events

Friday Feb. 9th


Winter Bike to Work Day


Saturday Feb. 10th


Frisco Freeze Fat Bike Race


E-Bike Demo and Open House


Light Up the Night


USA Cycling Fat Bike National Championships

Grand Rapids, Mi

Sunday Feb. 11th


Old Man Winter Rally & Run


Mirinda Carfrae on the Comeback Trail


We chatted with the three-time world champion and new mom about babies, bodies, and big goals.

by Megan Evoe

Coming back to triathlon after a break can be a double-edged sword. While the excitement and motivation to get back into the swing of swim, bike, and run can light a fire under many triathletes, there is always that moment where you suddenly realize just how hard it can be to get your body, mind, and fitness level back to a place where you don’t feel like throwing in the towel.

Three-time IRONMAN world champion Mirinda Carfrae is no different when it comes to handling a changed body and level of fitness after having baby Isabelle this past August. We caught up with the new mom about what it’s like to go from running down the finisher’s shoot to run-walking through her neighborhood. Check out how Carfrae stays positive as she eases herself back into training, new curves and all. How is life these days as a new mom?

Mirinda Carfrae: I absolutely love being a mom! You can’t really describe the feeling of having a baby and showing the baby the world. I love all the little things that come along with it, like the first time they see new things. It’s cool to witness how exciting that is for them and to be a part of Izzy’s journey.

What is a significant difference in your life now as you juggle motherhood and triathlon?

Read the full story




Nestled at the foot of the imposing Flatirons, Boulder, Colorado is already a wildly popular home-base and vacation destination for triathletes. The city’s health-conscious culture, near-perfect weather and breathtaking natural environment made it an instant favorite when it debuted last year.

Boulder’s robust downtown, with its famous pedestrian-only Pearl Street Mall and idyllic Boulder Creek, will provide families and fans an unforgettable race day as they wait for their loved ones to cross the finish line. From five-star hotels to James Beard award-winning restaurants, Boulder’s hotel and dining options are some of the best in the nation.

Once finished in the water, the first transition will start the athletes on a beautiful multi-loop course all contained in Boulder County. The course has a few pronounced climbs in it, but in general it plays out very fast. Once done with the two 50+ mile loops you will do the final 7 miles on an additional loop and roll into Downtown Boulder for the second transition at Boulder High School.

The two-loop run course is almost entirely on Boulder Creek Trail, winding along the creek and through city parks. Spectators will have multiple opportunities to cheer on the athletes and the last few steps of the day will take athletes up Pearl Street for a triumphant finish.

The 2017 IRONMAN Boulder offers 40 qualifying slots for the 2018 IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. 



Event details and registration here


Industry-wide effort aims to attract 100,000 new participants to the sport by 2020

TEMPE, Ariz. — IRONMAN and USA Triathlon today announced Time to Tri™, an unprecedented industry-wide initiative to grow the sport of triathlon in the United States by supporting and inspiring beginners to complete their first race. With the end of 2020 as a goal of introducing 100,000 new participants to the sport, Time to Tri provides training and racing advice, motivational tools and other resources at its online hub,

The initiative, a strategic joint effort founded by both parties, was unveiled this morning at the Triathlon Business International Conference in Tempe, Arizona, in a presentation led by IRONMAN CEO Andrew Messick and USA Triathlon CEO Rocky Harris.

“As an industry leader, we are proud to join forces with USA Triathlon to spearhead the development of Time to Tri,” said Andrew Messick, President and CEO for IRONMAN. “While a lot of effort has gone into this for the past few months, the truth is that we are really just beginning. The power, control and responsibility of this initiative lies with the entire industry and is truly something that should lead to the benefit of all, from athletes, to coaches, clubs, race directors and industry endemics. We all have a common interest in bringing new people into our sport.”

“Since coming onboard as USA Triathlon CEO, my focus has been to increase collaboration across the industry and work together on a shared goal of growing participation in triathlon,” Harris said. “Time to Tri is a critical step in that process, and we are proud to partner with IRONMAN in getting this effort off the ground. But, more importantly, this is an industry-wide initiative, and we will need the support of everyone across all of the sport’s constituency groups to be successful.”

By announcing the initiative at the TBI Conference, IRONMAN and USA Triathlon reached three key groups of industry stakeholders — coaches/clubs, race directors and retailers/brand manufacturers — with a call-to-action to sign a public pledge at and make this an initiative powered by the entire industry.

After signing the pledge, which asks stakeholders to spread the word about Time to Tri with their audiences via email and social media, signees will receive a “playbook” and a collection of branded digital assets to use in promoting the initiative. One of four playbooks will be distributed based on the signee’s affiliation as a race director, coach, club or brand, but each playbook includes sample messaging and strategic ideas for recruiting beginners to triathlon. In a public rollout on Monday, February 5, IRONMAN and USA Triathlon will also equip their respective members and athlete database with the tools to get involved.

The content at is inspired by qualitative and quantitative research that addresses key barriers to entry, such as swimming ability and open water swimming experience, triathlon knowledge, and the perception of a financial barrier.

The site will also offer editorial content as well as free, customized sprint-distance training plans to athletes who sign up with their email address. Each plan’s workouts are developed by USA Triathlon Certified and IRONMAN U® Certified Coaches and are based on the athlete’s self-selected skill level in the swim, bike and run.

In addition to launching the digital platform at, IRONMAN and USA Triathlon will engage in proactive outreach to identify new and aspiring triathletes. The running community is a primary target audience, and Time to Tri will have a presence at running race expos across the country in order to reach those athletes.

Time to Tri will also promote pool and indoor triathlons as a non-intimidating first triathlon experience — directly addressing the fear of open water swimming as a barrier to entry — as well as short-course (sprint- and Olympic-distance) racing, relays and beginner waves.

Building on the success of IRONMAN’s Women For Tri® initiative, Time to Tri will join forces with Women For Tri to increase the percentage of women triathletes (currently, that number is 39 percent) by driving the creation of women’s-only events and clinics while further supporting the Women For Tri online community.

Other outreach opportunities include partnering with the USA Triathlon Youth Splash & Dash Aquathlon Series, youth triathlon clubs and summer camps to recruit more young people to the sport; reaching new audiences on social media during the second annual National Triathlon Week this July; and enlisting the help of 44 of the nation’s top amateur triathletes through the USA Triathlon Ambassador Program.

To learn more about Time to Tri, and to sign a pledge to help grow the sport of triathlon in your community, visit For a list of sanctioned triathlon events taking place in 2018, visit

IRONMAN Boulder Bike Course Reveal Party



With IRONMAN Boulder just a mere 143 days away, It’s time to reveal the bike course.

CMS will be hosting this special reveal party. IRONMAN Boulder Race Director, Tim Brosious and his staff, have been working hard with the City and County of Boulder to develop an exciting and challenging course that keeps the safety of athletes, spectators and community a priority.

Bring your friends and questions and join 303Triathlon and IRONMAN Boulder at CMS on Friday evening.


Event details here

IRONMAN Boulder Bike Course Reveal Party

With IRONMAN Boulder just a mere 143 days away, It’s time to reveal the bike course.


CMS will be hosting this special reveal party.  IRONMAN Boulder Race Director, Tim Brosious and his staff, have been working hard with the City and County of Boulder to develop an exciting and challenging course that keeps the safety of athletes, spectators and community a priority.

So, please bring your friends and questions and join 303Triathlon and IRONMAN Boulder at CMS on Friday evening.


Where: Colorado Multisport, 2480 Canyon Blvd, Boulder, CO 80302

When: Friday January 19, 5pm – 7pm ish with a 5:25 reveal


*light snacks will be available