IRONMAN Boulder and IRONMAN Boulder 70.3 Is Here to Stay Through 2020

Having IRONMAN Boulder withdrawals? Well, we have good news to share! Clear out and make room in your race calendar for the next couple of years!

IRONMAN BOULDER AND IRONMAN 70.3 BOULDER EXTENDED THROUGH 2020

Boulder to continue to host exceptional race experience for an additional two years

TAMPA, Fla./BOULDER, Colo. (June 6, 2018) – IRONMAN, a Wanda Sports Holdings company, in partnership with the City of Boulder and the Boulder Convention and Visitors Bureau, have agreed to extend their partnership with the continuation of the IRONMAN® Boulder and IRONMAN 70.3® Boulder triathlons through 2020.

“Boulder is a city that provides a tremendous amount of support to the triathlon community while embracing the IRONMAN spirit,” said Tim Brosious, Race Director for IRONMAN Boulder. “We are thrilled to continue our partnership through 2020 and grow the rich culture that the sport has instilled in Boulder. We are looking forward to this weekend’s race as we continue IRONMAN events in this area.”

Located at the foot of the Flatiron Mountains, Boulder provides a central vacationing and training location for triathletes. The city’s health-conscious culture, refreshing weather and picturesque Colorado mountain views provide a sensational venue for athletes and spectators.

“We have been a proud sponsor of IRONMAN Boulder for five years,” said Tom McGann, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Boulder Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Our working relationship with IRONMAN and the City of Boulder have only strengthened and grown during this time, and we are happy to announce the Boulder Convention and Visitors Bureau has committed to continuing our sponsorship of this event for 2019-2020”.

The 2018 IRONMAN Boulder will take place on June 10, 2018, while the IRONMAN 70.3 Boulder will be held on August 4, 2018. Over 4,000 athletes are registered for the 2018 events and approximately 20,000 spectators are expected to attend the races. A dedicated team of over 2,500 volunteers helps to make the event successful. The IRONMAN Foundation will distribute $60,000 in charitable giveback to non-profit initiatives and groups in the Boulder region in 2018.

“The City of Boulder is excited to continue to host both IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 events over the coming years,” added Michael Eubank, Special Events Manager from the City of Boulder. “We look forward to what’s in store with this established partnership that brings race participants and our community together.”

Since first debuting in 2014, IRONMAN Boulder has become a staple in the IRONMAN race circuit. The race begins with a one-loop, 2.4-mile swim in the Boulder Reservoir, followed by a multi-loop, 112-mile bike course contained within Boulder County, featuring several pronounced climbs. Athletes then embark on a 26.2-mile marathon run from the Boulder Reservoir through residential neighborhoods to downtown Boulder and onto the Boulder Creek Trail, winding along the creek and through city parks. The finish line is on Pearl Street located in the heart of downtown Boulder.

IRONMAN 70.3 Boulder also provides athletes with a scenic and challenging course. Participants begin their journey with a 1.2-mile swim in the Boulder Reservoir, followed by a fast and flowing 56-mile single loop bike course through north Boulder County. The two-loop, 13.1-mile run course begins and ends at the Boulder Reservoir.

For more information, please visit www.ironman.com/boulder for the IRONMAN event and www.ironman.com/boulder 70.3 for the IRONMAN 70.3 event. Athlete inquiries may be directed to boulder@ironman.com and boulder70.3@ironman.com. For media inquiries, please email press@ironman.com.

Tri Coach Tuesday: Crowie brings camp to Boulder

Craig Alexander announces special training camp Jun 15-17

Overview
To advance, to move forward to become better and build a higher-level understanding. Sansego wants to help you advance your triathlon

skill set by bringing 3x Ironman World Champion Craig Alexander and our team of coaches to you for an intensive, three-day training program. The Sansego Advance is built for all levels of triathletes, from beginner to advanced as the program will be focused on developing you into a better athlete.

As a father, husband, businessman and athlete, Crowie has felt the same pressures you do in balancing family, a career and your passion for the sport of triathlon. The Sansego Advance program provides an opportunity to train with Crowie and get expert guidance from the Sansego team of coaches in a three-day program offered in major cities across the US. Instead of taking a week off work and away from family to go to a training camp, you can join us during the day, sleep in your own bed and spend time with your family, all without having to take time off work.

For this program, you’ll have the chance to train with Crowie in his second home of Boulder, Colorado, the mecca of triathlon. You’ll experience some classic training routes of the top Ironman pros and see a day in the life of a pro living in Boulder.

June 15-17
Boulder, Colorado
University of Colorado Athletic Complex

Designed for all levels of athlete
– 3-day Advance program means less time away from work and family
– Train with 3x Ironman World Champion Craig Alexander
– Get 1 on 1 feedback from the team of coaches at Sansego
– Opportunity to meet other athletes in your area with the same level of commitment to the sport Learn new skills in all three disciplines as well as nutrition and mental aspects of racing
– Locations and Dates
– Cost and Participants
– $350 usd per Advance Weekend 25 participants maximum

Included:
-Coaching support and guidance from the Sansego team -Great swag from Crowie’s sponsors
-1 on 1 coaching sessions with Sansego coaches
-Dinner event with Craig Alexander
Boulder Advance Program

Tentative Program Agenda:

Friday

9:00am Arrival to Camp and Start of Program 10:00am Bike Session on Boulder IM course
1:00pm Lunch Break
2:30pm Swim session with video analysis (CU Pool) 4:00pm Strength training presentation with Crowie 5:30pm Training Presentation with Sansego Coaches

6:30pm Dinner on Your Own

Saturday

7:00am Depart for long bike ride (60m with climbing)
12:30pm Lunch break (provided)
1:00pm Bike Set-up presentation (Ivan O’Gorman)
2:30pm Swim session with video
4:00pm Performance Nutrition Presentation with Sansego Coaches 6:00pm Dinner with Crowie (Rubens)

Sunday
7:00am Long Run (1.5hrs) – Creek Path? 8:30am Breakfast Break (on own) 10:00am Recovery/ Skills Bike Ride 11:30am Final Skills Presentation 12:30pm Camp Wrap-up
1:00pm Depart Camp

Additional Services we could provide:

-Massage
-Retul Bike fit with Ivan O’Gorman

 

Register Here

Longmont Triathlon: The Story of the Story Bowl

by Sue Linroth, Boulder Salt Company and Co-sponsor of The Story Bowl

photo: Daily Camera

 

Back in 2014 I engaged Sara Taylor (Currently the City’s Recreation Program Supervisor, but who was also race director at the time), about Boulder Salt partnering/sponsorship in some way with the Longmont Tri. I knew that I wanted it to be in a unique way, rather than the typical age group awards. Sara was very open to suggestions. When it came down to it, I wanted to be a part of an award that didn’t revolve around how fast a person is. I knew from experience that everyone out there has their own story behind getting into triathlon and some people are fighting a fight that you couldn’t imagine. They might be coming in 83rd in their division or even the last to cross the finish line, but there’s something remarkable about their spirit, inspiration, or journey that most people will never know.

So to take the thinking back a few years: before I ever did my first triathlon (which happened to be at the Longmont Tri), I would sign up to volunteer along with other members of Blue Sky Velo, a cycling and tri club I am a member of. I would get to talking to the athletes and was blown away by the stories I heard about what brought them to the event in the first place or why they kept coming back (it’s the longest running tri in Colorado, and maybe even the 48 contiguous states). Read Save the Longmont Triathlon Here

I would get into conversations with other people, including event staff, and tell them the stories. I realized pretty quickly that what I was doing, by reaching out and asking/sharing stories was somewhat unusual and gave people a very different insight into the athletes on course. As I thought about the award and wanting it to be unique, I came up with the idea to ask people to write down their stories, and then choose a few to recognize during the awards ceremony. With Sara’s help I contacted other sponsors, which tended to be independent, local business, told them of the idea and invited them to join me. Two other (long time) Longmont Tri sponsors (*Bob Cranny/Altitude Physical Therapy and Dr. Donna Mitchell/BodyPoint Medicine) were very enthusiastic about this type of award and we joined together to give three participants a very nice prize package based on their “story”.

 

The stories were broken into 3 categories: My first Longmont Tri, My most unique/funny Longmont Tri experience and My most memorable/inspiring Longmont Triathlon experience. Traditionally I talk to athletes during packet pick up and on race morning and invite them to write down their stories. The other sponsors and myself read the stories and select three (not necessarily one from each category, but we do try for a mixture when possible). Then those stories are read by the announcer immediately preceding the age group awards. Those athletes are awarded their prize package and get their pictures taken. It’s becoming a favorite 5-10 minute time period at the triathlon and a very nice way to honor the community of athletes that are drawn to this long-running hometown event – now in it’s 38th year!

*I would also like to point out the Bob and Donna, in addition to being longtime sponsors, both have a pretty long history of competing in the Longmont Tri! I have participated 2 or 3 times.

 

Missy C., Triathlon Veteran, Most Memorable Longmont Triathlon 

I am currently a veteran of over 25 triathlons and Longmont is one of my favorites.  It’s well organized, has great volunteers and always great post race food and other goodies.  Most importantly though, I love the atmosphere:  low-key, welcoming all abilities and especially encouraging first-timers.  My all-time favorite triathlon memory was a few years ago here. . . a female participant was sitting by her bike after the swim leisurely enjoying a piece of chocolate cake!  She said she had earned it, and obviously had no desire to rush through the experience.  Triathlons do not have to be just a competition or a race.  The journey to get there is the real reward, as much as the event itself.

 

Kirk D., Most Unique Longmont Tirathlon

In 2009, my wife convinced me to do the Longmont Tri with her.  I only did it to support her and thught it would only be a 1-time thing.  In 2010, I did my first Half Ironman!

Since 2009, I’ve done the Longmont Tri all but one year, Have done dozens of Sprints & Olympics and 3 Halfiron distance races.

Who knew it was so addicting?

 

303Beginner Tri Project – Hydration & Fueling 101

by Alison Freeman

 

You may or may not have given much thought to hydration and fueling (also known as water and food) during your training up to now. That’s ok! For short-course racing – sprint and Olympic-distance triathlons – faking it often can work just fine in training. That being said, there’s nothing wrong with having a little knowledge to fuel your fueling (hahaha) and on race day the knowledge will really come in handy.

 

WHAT

You’ve got lots of options when it comes to hydration and fueling:

Water. Duh. That’s hydration.

 

Gels, blocks, chews, and waffles. Things like Gu Energy Gels, Gu Chomps, Clif Shot Energy Gels, Clif Shot Bloks, Honey Stinger Energy Chews, Honey Stinger Waffles, and Gatorade Energy Chews are very popular fueling sources for triathletes. They are all easily digestible sources of quick fuel for your muscles – and are really tasty to boot! No one option is better than the other, it’s really just a matter of personal preference. So grab a smorgasbord of types and flavors and see what you like.

 

Real food. Yup, you can also just use actual food as fuel, but it requires a little more research on your part. You’re looking for food that’s easily transportable, has lots of sugar – but very little fat or protein. Believe it or not, baby food “squeezers” are a popular choice which fits that bill. Personally, I like my frosting packets and gummy bears – I mean, Energy Gels and Shot Bloks – so I just stick with those.

 

 

Electrolytes. Also knows as: sodium. Yes, you do need to think about this as well, particularly on hot days and longer workouts. Sodium is not typically found in gels, blocks, etc and is often in low supply in real food, so you’ll want to supplement with something like BASE Salt, Boulder Salt, SaltStick, Enduralytes, or Nuun.

 

Sports drinks. All this sounding really complicated? Here’s some good news: you can get hydration, fueling, and electrolytes all in a single bottle of your sports drink of choice. There are lots of choices out there: Gatorade and Gatorade Endurance, Infinit Speed, Heed, Skratch, CarboPro, and Tailwind, to name a few. So, just as with the gels, blocks, chews, and waffles, grab a few sample-size options and see what you like.

 

 

WHEN

Here are some rules of thumb to help you understand when to pay attention to hydration and fueling, and when you can really just fake it:

Before your workout, it’s helpful to have some food (fuel). If you train immediately after you wake up, a gel packet or something along those lines will help get you out the door. If you train later in the day, your normal meals should do just fine. Keep in mind that some foods will sit heavier in your stomach, particularly for running, so maybe don’t have a giant burrito and then knock out a tough run. I’d wait at least an hour after a meal to train, and two to three hours is even better.

For workouts under 60 minutes, you’re fine with just some water (in other words: faking it).

For workouts 60 minutes or longer, you’ll want to get your fuel and hydration going (food and water). You want to aim for one standard bike water bottle (20-24 oz) per hour for hydration. If your fueling source is liquid, that counts as your hydration too. Bonus! If you are going with gel, blocks, or a food-based fuel source, shoot for 250-300 calories per hour on the bike (especially if you are running after!) and up to 200 calories per hour on the run. In terms of electrolytes (sodium), individual needs vary widely, from 300-400mg per hour to upwards of 1500mg per hour; for short-course racing, default somewhere in the 300-600mg per hour range and/or whatever is in your sports drink.

 

HOW

On the bike, you can bring a bottle or two depending on how many bottle cages you have on your bike frame. I recommend a bottle of water and a bottle of sports drink if you have two cages. If you don’t have a cage on your bike, go get one now. You really, really need to be able to carry at least a water bottle while you ride.

As for bringing along gels, waffles, real food, and/or salt supplements, you can plan to stow them in your bike jersey or tri top pockets (yup, that’s what they’re there for) or you can rig your bike with a “bento box” – a little storage compartment that you strap to the top of your frame, right behind the bars – and stow all your fueling in there.

 

On the run, it’s simplest to just use what they have at the aid stations – water and Gatorade, typically. If you’ve gotten in the correct amount of water, fueling, and electrolytes on the bike then you don’t need to worry to much about quantities for a 5k run. If you do want to bring some water along, perhaps on a really hot day, then I recommend a handheld water bottle. It doesn’t matter if the bottle is small, because you can refill it at the aid stations, and as a bonus most handheld bottles have small zippered pockets where you can store gels or other fueling.

 

SOME FINAL NOTES

Be sure to practice your fueling and hydration plan during training! That way you know whether it’s easy or hard to suck down a gel while cycling, if you are able to reach that second water bottle, and if you’re still thirsty after drinking 20 ounces of water in 30 minutes or if you finish your ride and your sports drink bottle is still half full.

Try out different things in training, find a system that works, and then race like you train. Because, above all: nothing new on race day!

6 Reasons Why The Wildflower Experience Needs to Be on Your Bucket List

by Alison Freeman

I recently traveled to California to participate in the iconic Wildflower Experience , a race that’s been on my bucket list for nearly my entire triathlon career. My weekend did not disappoint! The gorgeous venue, challenging course, and full weekend of being off the grid with thousands of compatriots were exactly what I’d been imagining. If you’re looking for a race venue that does *not* involve the Boulder Rez, I highly recommend making the trip to Wildflower. Here’s why:

1. The History
2018 marked the 35th running of the Wildflower triathlon (what’s Wildflower?). If that doesn’t make it a race rich with history, then I don’t know what does. Surely there’s a reason for the longevity of this race – don’t you want to find out what it is?

 

2. The Unique Environment
This is not the standard race where everyone shows up for packet pickup, returns for the race, and then departs soon after crossing the finish line. The venue is 35 miles from the nearest town – and nearest hotel – so you’re showing up on Thursday, eating, sleeping, hanging out, racing, maybe racing again, and celebrating through Sunday afternoon, all at the race venue … and all with your race weekend posse plus thousands of others doing the same. It truly is the Wildflower Experience, not just a triathlon.

 

 

3. The Brutal Bike and Run Courses
I realize that doesn’t sound like a selling point at first blush. But if you hold the opinion that too many people are looking for easy races so they can PR, and that too many race directors are taking the challenge out of their courses to enable those PRs, you will LOVE the Wildflower course. It has more elevation on both the bike and the run than any other course that I know of in North America, including three rated climbs on the bike and one on the run. Even the pros are known to power hike the big climb on the run course!

 

 

4. Local Race Vibe; National Brand Numbers
The local race vibe brings a more laid back attitude and a wider range of athletes than you might see at a nationally-branded race. But with registration numbers in the thousands, you’re not going to get lonely out there on the run course. And numbers like that also mean great vendors at the Expo and a stocked merch tent, two of my favorite things (cuz, just like snacks after 10pm, Expo and merch tent money don’t count).

 

5. There’s Something For Everyone … And I Mean, EVERYONE
With four triathlons over two days, two trail running races, SUP races and rentals, it’s easy to pull together a wide-ranging group for a girls’ weekend / guys’ weekend / family race-cation. Even if your friends or family don’t want to break a sweat, there are bands playing all day at the Expo, where they can also do some wine tasting and get a massage. And for those with a real specialty-focus to their sport, there was even a well attended but very under-the-radar running of the Beer Mile this year. Oh, wait, and did I mention the 80s dance party? I mean, who isn’t going to want to come with you next year?

 

6. The Logistics Are NOT As Overwhelming As You Think
Getting yourself, your gear, and your bike to a race can often be headache enough, so it’s understandable that adding food, water, and shelter to that list might feel like a deal-breaker. But, really, it’s not as bad as it sounds. Your guide to How to Wildflower spells out all the details, and rumor has it that local bike transport extraordinaire ProBike Express will be serving Wildflower once again in 2019. With PBE transporting your bike, your gear, and your tent, the rest is a piece of cake. Or at least a nice s’more.

Longmont Triathlon Needs You!

The Longmont Triathlon is the longest running triathlon in the State of Colorado.  Now in it’s 38th year!

No event can ever be successful with out a full compliment of volunteers.  Race Director Sara Taylor is looking for folks to help make this great weekend a huge success.  Read on to see how you can help by volunteering for this great event.

Recreation and Golf services is planning for the 38th Longmont Triathlon Weekend on June 2nd and June 3rd.  We need volunteers to keep the athletes safe and motivated on the course.  This is a wonderful opportunity for families, students, athletic teams, churches, and business organizations to give back to the community, team build, and gather volunteer hours.  Youth 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Please consider joining us to cheer, direct participants, hand-out water, or help with registration and/or hospitality.  We need help on Saturday, June 2nd from 7am to 11am and on Sunday, June 3rd from approximately 6:15am to 11am.  If you can help, please email Sara Taylor (sara.taylor@longmontcolorado.gov)  with your job preference, day/days you can help and your contact information.  You are welcome to volunteer for one day or both!

Thank you in advance for your time and energy.  This event wouldn’t be the same without smiling faces and encouraging cheers.

 

Gain some inspiration from these great stories shared by first time participants over the past several years.  Watch for more of these fun and inspiring Story Bowl Stories over the next several weeks.

 

Longmont Tri Participant, Greg Thompson, First Timer Athlete

2006.  My daughter was 9 and I was 38.  She was on a synchronized swim team and I was swimming a handful of times per month, but had not ridden a bike in over a decade and was slow jogging only 2 miles, when I saw the advertisement for kid and adult tri.  I asked my daughter, quite out-of-the-blue, if she would do the kid event and I would do the adult tri.  She rapidly replied ‘yes’.  Suddenly I was in shock and it was only 5 weeks away!  I felt like dying as I gasped for air across the finish line that first time,  This was the start of a terrific journey and 6 years later, I competed in my first iron distance tri in North Carolina and was 2nd in my age group.  Now after two knee surgeries, I’m back for my 9th Longmont Tri.

 

Longmont Tri Participant, Kevin Pallaoro, First Timer Athlete

About 8 month ago, I took my 3 yr old daughter to her first swim lesson and she asked why I couldn’t teach her to swim.  My response sparked something in me.  The reality is  that I didn’t know how to swim.  Three days later I signed up for masters swim and started my journey towards my first tri.  

I chose Longmont since it was a pool swim and my wife works for the city  I a very excited for my first ever tri and a new found love for swimming.

BRAVER BOLDER STRONGER. Triathlon workshops designed by women for women.

Join 303Triathlon‘s Bill Plock with Rachel Joyce and Dana Platin via Facebook Live from TriBella on Thursday, May 10th at 10:45am (MDT).

PRESS RELEASE – MAY 7, 2018
BRAVER BOLDER STRONGER. Triathlon workshops designed by women for women.

Boulder, Colorado USA: Rachel Joyce, professional triathlete; 2017 IRONMAN Boulder Champion, and Dana Platin, leadership coach and founder of The Warmi Project, are collaborating on an innovative local workshop series. Each workshop offers a unique blend of practical triathlon skills and mental tools designed to have an immediate benefit on performance. The series will take place at the University of Colorado, Boulder Recreation Center and single workshop registration is available:

Swim Braver Workshop: Sunday May 20 10:00am-3:00pm
Bike Bolder Workshop: Sunday June 3 10:00am-3:00pm
Run Stronger Workshop: Sunday June 24 10:00am-3:00pm

The Swim Braver session will develop the ability to squash the inner critic and lead with a BRAVER self-mentor both on and off the race course. The Bike Bolder session will progress the courage needed to push the comfort zone in order to fear less, take calculated risks, and move BOLDER through life. The Run Stronger session will explore the top three strategies to crush
goals to run STRONGER in life.

“Since transitioning from the corporate world to professional triathlon in 2005, I have learned a huge amount about swimming, biking and running,” said Rachel Joyce. “I understand how the development of everyday skills are essential to truly showcase fitness in the triathlon arena. I am excited to share my experiences through the Braver Bolder Stronger workshops and to be partnering with Dana Platin. Dana’s depth of knowledge and women’s leadership portfolio emphasizes the relevance of mental tools, which is often the missing piece of the jigsaw.”

“Human Interest Group is proud to support this engaging workshop series,” said Heather Nocickis, “Rachel and Dana have created a relevant, effective content program based on their respective paths to success. The result of their vision for women’s leadership is a blueprint that builds confidence and drives change, empowering others to break through barriers – in sport or in the corporate arena.”

“As a passionate, avid athlete, I use my participation in triathlons, cycling, and mountaineering as a way to set personal goals that push my limits beyond what I thought was possible,” says Dana Platin. “Personal triumphs and setbacks have taught me about gratitude, grit, and grace. My 20-years in leadership development, training, and program management are lessons learned for other women aspiring to crush their fear to accomplish their goals. I am thrilled to
partner with Rachel Joyce on this powerful experience that uses the journey of triathlon to tap into that braver, bolder, stronger version of ourselves.”

Each workshop will kick off with a challenging physical component. The swim/bike/run training sessions will be coached by Rachel, instructing on technique and key skills specific to triathlon, such as open water sighting and adapting swim strokes for different conditions; climbing and descending proficiency on the bike; and, finishing with a strong run in the final leg of a triathlon.

This will be followed by lunch and refreshments. Dana will advance discussion during the afternoon sessions, further examining potential barriers to empowerment and those tools and choices that contribute to success and define what braver, bolder, stronger means for women’s leadership and participation.

About Braver Bolder Stronger: Braver Bolder Stronger Workshops is a partnership between Rachel Joyce, Dana Platin and The Human Interest Group. For more details and event registration, click HERE.

Media Enquiries: The Human Interest Group
Heather Novickis email: heather@humaninterestgroup.org
Phone: 303.517.0624

Parking for Workshops
The workshops will take place at CU Student Recreation Center, located at 1855 Pleasant Street in Boulder, CO. We recommend parking at Lot 169 (free parking on weekends) or the Folsom Field Parking Garage (paid parking) as shown here.

IRONMAN 70.3 Boulder: Prices are Gonna’ Rise

IRONMAN 70.3 Boulder – August 4, 2018

With a flat, fast bike course and spectacular views of the Flatirons, IRONMAN 70.3 Boulder is an event you don’t want to miss out on this summer.

Entries are selling fast, as 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 Boulder will offer qualifying slots to the 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Nice, France.

Register TODAY before the price increases to Tier 3.

Outspoken: Women in Triathlon Summit

FOR RELEASE MAY 1, 2018

Announcing the Outspoken: Women in Triathlon Summit Presented by Triathlete Magazine

First-Ever Women in Triathlon Summit Gives Athletes, Coaches, Race Producers, and Industry Leaders the Tools to Help Make Triathlon a More Inclusive Sport

Boulder, Colorado, USA — May 1, 2018 — Triathlete Magazine, the world’s #1 triathlon resource, will present the Outspoken: Women in Triathlon Summit this fall, a partnership between Live Feisty Media and Shift Sports. The summit will bring together amateur and professional triathletes, coaches, industry professionals, race organizers and members of the media to discuss the past, present, and future of gender equity in triathlon. The ultimate goal of the summit is to create a vision for the future of women in triathlon, develop leadership skills, and foster meaningful connections amongst attendees. Attendees will hear from leaders on the state of gender equality in triathlon today, coaching and mentoring women athletes, supporting entrepreneurship and leadership, advocacy and activism, and how to empower the next generation of female triathletes and sports leaders. Outspoken: Women in Triathlon Summit will take place November 30th through December 2nd at the AC Marriott in Tempe, Arizona. To learn more and register, visit outspokensummit.com.

“Over my 12-year career as a professional triathlete, I saw many opportunities for women just beginning their triathlon journey,” said Dr. Sara Gross, cofounder of Outspoken and CEO of Live Feisty Media. “But what’s missing is the next level: industry leadership roles, more women coaches, and equality at all levels of racing. To create the next generation of women triathletes, we must first push the boundaries of the sport itself and by working with Triathlete, the Outspoken Summit will kick off that conversation.”

“For 35 years, Triathlete magazine has been the mouthpiece of the sport,” said Erin Beresini, Editor-in-Chief. “This partnership with Outspoken will bring our message of inclusivity to life. It will also give a voice to an integral part of the triathlon community that traditionally—as in many other sports and businesses in general—has not been included in decision-making positions of power.”

The Outspoken Summit will span three days and include keynote speakers from across triathlon as well as sessions geared to consider triathlon’s history of inclusion, where the sport should head, and how attendees can help effect positive change. Summit and Shift Sports cofounder Dr. Lisa Ingarfield said, “One key reason women are underrepresented in endurance sports leadership is that the conversation stagnates. The Outspoken Summit will go deeper to consider the roots of the problem. This partnership will break down the silos, deepen the dialogue, and create lasting change for all triathletes.” Panel discussions will look at triathlon’s past participants, check in with the present demographics and trends, and describe a more inclusive version of the sport’s future. Summit attendees will also enjoy coached morning workouts, networking sessions, and a variety of smaller breakout sessions to tackle specific topics.

The two-year partnership between Outspoken Summit and Triathlete includes advertising and editorial support from Triathlete and Women’s Running magazines. “The issues of equality and inclusiveness go deeper than just triathlon,” said Rob Wood, Chief Revenue Officer for the publisher Pocket Outdoor Media. “Women are the future for endurance sports. Bringing more voices to this conversation will only help the industry succeed. We are proud to be leading this initiative with the Outspoken Summit founders and we invite other brands to join us this November in bringing more women into our sports.”

About Pocket Outdoor Media

Pocket Outdoor Media is the leading publisher in endurance sports. Pocket Outdoor Media’s brands influence and engage more athletes than any other through a combined print, online, and social audience of 44 million runners, cyclists, triathletes, and swimmers. Our brands include VeloNews, the authoritative voice of cycling; Triathlete, the world’s #1 triathlon resource; Women’s Running, the world’s largest running magazine for women; Competitor.com, the most trusted website for runners; and VeloPress, the world’s leading publisher of books on endurance sports. Pocket Outdoor Media is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado and has an office in San Diego, California. See more at pocketoutdoormedia.com.

About Outspoken Summit
The Outspoken Summit is a partnership between Live Feisty Media and Shift Sports. Live Feisty Media produces the IronWomen and If We Were Riding podcasts, hosts written content at livefeisty.com and provides live video coverage at numerous triathlon events in North America. Shift Sports is dedicated to assisting triathlon organizations, teams, and events in initiating and sustaining inclusive practices by looking beyond participation numbers alone.

Media, Sponsorship and Partnership Inquiries: Outspoken Summit
Dr. Sara Gross, Cofounder, sara@livefeisty.com
Dr. Lisa Ingarfield, Cofounder, info@shiftsports.org

Media Inquiries: Triathlete Magazine
Erin Beresini, Editor-in-Chief, eberesini@pocketoutdoormedia.com, (858) 768-6740

Advertising, Sponsorships, and Partnerships
Gordon Selkirk, Triathlete Publisher, gselkirk@pocketoutdoormedia.com, (949) 444-1086
Rob Wood, Chief Revenue Officer, rwood@pocketoutdoormedia.com, (303) 245-2102

Pocket Outdoor Media
3002 Sterling Circle, Ste 100
Boulder, CO USA 80301
pocketoutdoormedia.com

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Outspoken: Women in Triathlon Summit

Tempe, Az

 

What is Outspoken?
Outspoken is an opportunity for women in triathlon to connect with like-minded women, hear from industry leaders, and develop leadership skills related to their role in triathlon. The summit will provide a rich forum that will help develop strong voices, inspire others and advocate for change in the sport you love. Together, summit attendees will work to elevate women’s triathlon and women in the business of triathlon through partnership, community, a focus on solutions, and skill development.

Why Outspoken?
There is a noticeable gap between triathlon and women: women are still underrepresented in the sport and in the sport’s leadership positions. We decided something should be done about this continued inequity. We want to bring together women’s voices in triathlon to engage in discussion, learning, and strategy development. The Summit will provide women with both individual leadership skills as well as drive a coordinated approach to gender equity in triathlon. Our voices are stronger when woven together. The Summit strives to amplify our voices and to enact real and sustained change in the sport.

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