More than 500 attend inaugural Endurance Exchange triathlon industry conference

The event is a collaboration between USA Triathlon and Triathlon Business International (TBI). Photo credit: Harrison Zhang.

From USA Triathlon

The conference in Tempe, Arizona, brought together race directors, coaches, retailers and others in the multisport community.

The inaugural Endurance Exchange triathlon industry conference brought together more than 500 race directors, coaches, retailers and others in the multisport community for three days of learning, sharing best practices and networking Thursday through Saturday at Arizona State University’s Sun Devil Stadium.

The event, a collaboration between USA Triathlon and Triathlon Business International (TBI), was created in an effort to grow, inspire and support the triathlon community by collaboratively hosting the nation’s largest experiential triathlon summit where everyone within the multisport community can learn; share best practices, trends and innovations; network; and collaborate.

Featuring a dynamic lineup of expert presenters from across the multisport community, Endurance Exchange offered content specific to coaches, race directors and retailers, along with general sessions relevant to the entire industry. Sessions included interactive roundtables, question and answer forums, panel discussions and presentations on a variety of topics relevant to endurance sports.

Among the topics covered were diversity, equity and inclusion concepts and their relevance to the future of triathlon; mental health and performance; CBD usage in endurance sports; creating new and unique revenue streams for your events; how to create a successful charity partnership; what race directors can do to make their events more environmentally friendly; running biomechanics and the growing trend of gamification of endurance sports.

In addition, professional triathlete and Picky Bars CEO Jesse Thomas and longtime Boston Marathon race director and USA Triathlon Hall of Fame member Dave McGillivray delivered entertaining and inspiring presentations, chronicling their experience with the sport of triathlon.

“I was really seeking out the endurance sports type of conference. I’ve been to a lot, but this was pretty different. I wanted something triathlon-specific that would help me grow my business and help me grow as a coach and help me pass that knowledge on to the next coach that I’m mentoring. This is one of the better conferences I’ve been to,” said Jen Myers (Chesapeake, Va.), a USA Triathlon Level I certified coach.

Eric Byrnes, former MLB outfielder and current MLB Network analyst, and Pasquale Romano, President and CEO of ChargePoint — both avid triathletes —delivered keynote presentations.

Romano’s keynote explored the relationship between endurance sports and entrepreneurship, put into context for athletes, race directors, coaches, manufacturers, brands and other business stakeholders in the multisport industry.

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Andy Pruitt Joins iKOR Labs

Boulder, CO – iKOR Labs, the Boulder-based producer of recovery-enhancing hemp oil/CBD (cannabidiol) products, today proudly announced the addition of Andrew Pruitt,EdD as Sports Medicine Consultant for Science and Innovation.

Pruitt, a legend in the endurance industry, has been putting his golden touch to use for decades. He received a Bachelor of Science in Anatomy from Iowa State University and moved to Colorado in 1973 to join the sports medicine staff for Colorado University Athletics, eventually becoming the Director of Sports Medicine. He subsequently earned an M.S in Physical Education and Sports Medicine from the University of Colorado, and an Ed.D in Adult Health Education from California Coast University. Pruitt also served as the Chief Medical Officer for U.S. Cycling as well as the Chief Medical Officer for all cycling venues during the Atlanta Olympics. He eventually founded the Boulder Center for Sports Medicine and CU Sports Medicine and Performance Center. He was a pioneer in running and cycling pathomechanics using 3D motion capture technology. His overarching medical interest has been endurance sport health and wellness.

With a personal passion for endurance sports, Pruitt is also a two-time paralympic road cycling world champion, as well as a Nordic ski racer. Currently he is pursuing age group time trials and gravel races.

“This venture is back to my health and wellness roots. I have been experimenting with CBD for the past two years, and gravitated to iKOR’s position, philosophy and transparency. I am looking forward to helping build iKOR into a thought leader in recovery and CBD.” says Pruitt, of joining the iKOR team.

“The number one question I aim to answer is ‘does it work’. There are so many people talking about the benefits of CBD, I am looking forward to getting deeper into the science behind the product. There are a lot of companies out there with fancy packaging and fancy marketing but questionable products. We want to do it differently. We will have quality products that are marketed appropriately and build on the library of evidence.”

“We have been after Andy for years. I knew he was exactly who we needed here at iKOR, we just had to be patient until the timing was right,” says Craig Sweeney, iKOR President. “The way he views recovery, science, and training is so unique. His approach to research and product innovation is well-documented and will help solidify iKOR as a global leader in athletic recovery. We have mounds of anecdotal evidence from our athletes and our customers, and now I look forward to allowing Dr Pruitt to run free and really let the science guide what comes next for this brand.”

Dr. Pruitt will focus on research as well as the development of new products in the iKOR family. He joins the aim of supporting and guiding iKOR’s mission to be the number one resource in recovery.

Justin Chester’s New Triathlon Class in Lafayette


Photo by Jeremy Papasso/Staff Photographer)

People  interested in participating in a triathlon this year now have a class in Lafayette to help them to get started.

Justin Chester, a Lafayette resident and USA Triathlon coach, this month is starting a new class at Bob L. Burger Recreation Center to get people in competition shape. 

“I started the program in Parker four years ago,” Chester said. “I’ve been a triathlon coach for 11 years now. What I found when I started training was it was somewhat intimidating. Boulder County has become a hot spot for triathlons. There are numerous pros that live in Boulder. To that point, it can be more intimidating for someone new to the sport when Boulder is so ripe with professional runners, professional cyclists and the like.”

Chester said he wanted to create a program that would not only help people get the proper training, but provide a good support system.  

“I wanted to open a program that was not intimidating, but it was something that would allow beginners to have a head start in all the things I didn’t know as a beginner,” he said.

In the program, participants will meet multiple times a week and train in all three events.

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“Perhaps this is a sign,” Teri Ward on winning another 303 contest–with Rinny surprise

By Bill Plock

Of all times, during the week of the 2019 IRONMAN World Championships, Teri lost her beloved husband Chuck, after a battle with cancer.

2019 has been a tough year for Teri. She also attempted IRONMAN Boulder in June and was not able to finish. With hopes of qualifying for Kona, her summer turned upside down with the disappointing race, but much more importantly, with a turn for the worse as Chuck’s battle with melanoma cancer worsened. 

Chuck and Teri met just a few years ago. The triathlon community was a big part of their lives and still is for Teri. Their love affair flourished and it’s clear in talking with Teri that despite having met Chuck later in life, he was the love of her life and vice versa. Teri finds so many parallels to life and triathlon and the sport and the community fuel her every day.

While in Kona this year, 303’s Khem Suthiwan collected some wonderful goodies from companies like IKOR, UCAN, SockGuy, Vega, Quantum and more. She even got a coveted swim cap from Clif Bar at the coffee boat. Contestants then answered a daily trivia question and those that answered were eligible to win the grand prize of products. And Teri won!

Teri, 303Triathlon and Mirinda “Rinny” Carfrae have crossed paths before.

In 2015 we had a different contest sponsored by Audi Boulder (now Audi Flatirons) and Teri won a workout session with Rinny. To win two contests, with hundreds of people eligible, seems like destiny right? 

When told of winning Teri said, “A couple of friends pointed out that I had won a Kona bag. What a surprise! You see, I had DNF’d at IRONMAN Boulder this year, missing a Kona slot, then my husband’s fight against cancer took a turn for the worst in August and my motivation to train was very limited and my darling husband passed the week of Kona and I haven’t been sure if I would ever train again. Perhaps this is a sign that I am meant to use his determination and strength as motivation to keep up my Kona quest.”

Thinking of Hiring a Triathlon Coach? Few Tips


As the new year approaches we get a lot of requests for coaching. For those who are new to the sport, who have never had a coach, or are interested in hiring a new coach, these are some things you should consider to help you find the right one.  A coach can have many roles in helping you achieve your triathlon goals: 

  • Designing an individualized training plan that takes into account your strengths and weaknesses, rate of progression, and availability.
  • Navigating your season by providing structure around development of technical skills, defining training objectives at different times in the season, and developing race-specific strategy
  • Managing your time and energy more efficiently. Having a plan tailored specifically to you leaves you with more mental energy for family, work, and social time, rather than worrying about creating the plan and if/when/where to make adjustments.

Here are some suggestions on what to look for in a coach: 

  • How accessible/responsive is the coach?  Understand what their response time is for questions on workouts, review/feedback on completed workouts.  Ask what modes of communication are accepted; text, email, call, DM? Do they take a day off, when are they not accessible? 
  • Ask about their credentials:  USAT Certifications, Ironman U., USA Cycling/Running/Swimming, Strength Training, etc.  This will help you understand their education level and commitment to ongoing learning. 
  • Years of experience:  1 year or 20 years? The number of athletes coached to an Ironman finish (or whatever distance or PR you may be aspiring too).
  • Scheduling:  When will you receive your schedule?  And what is the typical block? 7/14/21/30 days?
  • Changes: How many changes are allowed, how frequent, what if I miss a workout or need to move it?  This may apply to the level of coaching you are willing to pay for.   
  • Is there more than one level of coaching?  Generally, more communication, more allowed schedule changes and more flexibility correlates to higher fees.  Time is money.

Once you’ve determined that your coach is responsive, reliable, and qualified, the next step is to figure out if a particular coaching style works for you. In the same way that you see different personality types of the coaches of your favorite sports teams, triathlon coaches have different styles and methods of motivation. Some coaches are more directive in defining a training plan, while others take on a collaborative approach. Communication styles and frequency vary and should ideally match your own.

Here are some suggestions on finding a coach whose methods and approaches are best suited for you:

  • Short course or long course focused: Many coaches work with a variety of distances, but some specialize.
  • Beginners vs. advanced athletes: Regardless of your speed, some coaches may prefer to focus on one end of the spectrum.
  • Data: Do you prefer a coach who uses heart rate, power, or RPE? Make sure you have a power meter if you are choosing a coach who only works with power zones.
  • What is the coach’s motivational style? What type of motivation works best for you?
  • Expectations: What are the coach’s expectations of you as an athlete? Do you fit within their framework?

If you commit to putting time and energy into finding the right coach, the benefits you will gain will be exponential.

D3 Coaches Laura Marcoux and Julie Dunkle co-authored this article and each has outstanding coaching credentials and inspiring athlete success stories. What you will find from both of them is a commitment to help you achieve your goals and they will leave no stone unturned to help you get it done!

USA Triathlon Foundation Now Accepting Applications for 2020 Ambassador Team Powered by Newton Running

From USA Triathlon

The USA Triathlon Foundation today announced it is accepting applications for the second annual USA Triathlon Foundation Ambassador Team Powered by Newton Running. Team members are charged with raising awareness for the mission of the USA Triathlon Foundation and encouraging participation in their local communities, all while serving as brand representatives for Newton Running. The application window runs from Nov. 4-Nov. 22.

The ambassador team is based around the everyday triathlete with a passion for giving back. Through local service projects, community outreach activities and beginner triathlon clinics, ambassadors will embody the mission of the USA Triathlon Foundation: to support and promote triathlon, and to open pathways to triathlon to those for whom it might not otherwise be possible. 

Outreach activities will support one of the Foundation’s three key focus areas: encouraging every child to participate; inspiring every paratriathlete to compete; and igniting young athletes’ dreams of competing at the Olympic or Paralympic Games.

“We have so many amazing individuals in our sport of triathlon, as made apparent by the passionate and committed members of our inaugural ambassador team in 2019,” said Caroline Condon, Fundraising Programs Coordinator for the USA Triathlon Foundation. “We look forward to witnessing the impact that the 2020 ambassador team will continue to have on the sport, through both personal philanthropic support and grassroots outreach to aspiring triathletes nationwide.”

The team is powered by Newton Running, the exclusive running shoe partner of USA Triathlon and the USA Triathlon Foundation, which has emphasized social responsibility and community giveback as part of its business model since being founded in 2006. 

“Newton Running is proud to partner with the USA Triathlon Foundation to bring together a very special group of athletes to represent our common values,” said Wendy Lee, Director of Global Sales and Philanthropy for Newton Running.

Ambassador team members will participate in service projects onsite at the Legacy Triathlon in Long Beach, California, on July 18; and the Toyota USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships in Milwaukee on Aug. 8-9. Service projects will support local triathlon communities and multisport-focused charities in each host city.

Additionally, ambassadors will raise a minimum of $1,000 each for the USA Triathlon Foundation. That funding will go toward deserving individuals and organizations in the multisport community in support of the foundation’s three focus areas.

Throughout the triathlon season, ambassadors will also share the mission and vision of the foundation through personal stories on their social media channels and in multisport-focused media outlets. 

In addition to age group ambassadors, three U.S. elite athletes will be chosen to be team captains. Team captains help lead community service efforts while using their social media platforms to advance the Foundation’s mission and vision.

The inaugural 2019 USA Triathlon Foundation Ambassador Team introduced 40 youth to multisport through community engagement programs at the Legacy Triathlon and the Toyota USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships; raised more than $30,000 for the triathlon community; and brought awareness to both the USA Triathlon Foundation and Newton Running.

To apply for the 2020 USA Triathlon Foundation ambassador team Powered by Newton Running, click here. To learn more about the USA Triathlon Foundation or to make a donation today, visit

About USA Triathlon
USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon, as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,300 events and connects with more than 400,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work at the grassroots level with athletes, coaches, and race directors — as well as the USA Triathlon Foundation — USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships, Pan American Games and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the ITU and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).

About the USA Triathlon Foundation

The USA Triathlon Foundation was created in 2014 by the USA Triathlon Board of Directors as an independent tax-exempt 501(c)(3) entity. Under the leadership of its Trustees and Committee members, the Foundation serves as a means to create a healthier America through triathlon and seeks to transform lives by opening up new pathways to the sport for all, especially those who are otherwise underserved. The USA Triathlon Foundation operates with the belief that every child should have the chance to participate, every paratriathlete should have the opportunity to compete, and every aspiring elite athlete should be able to chase his or her Olympic dream. Since the Foundation’s inception, more than $1.9 million has been provided to worthy causes and organizations that support its mission. Donations to the USA Triathlon Foundation ensure America’s youth are introduced to the benefits and fun of a multisport lifestyle, athletes with disabilities receive the training, support and gear to be able to participate and excel, and the best aspiring young athletes have a chance to pursue their Olympic Dreams. Visit to learn more and donate today.

About Newton Running
Newton Running creates performance shoes specifically for runners and outdoor recreationists. The brand, which is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, was built and is operated by runners for runners and strives to help athletes improve their form and abilities. Newton Running is a purpose driven company with a commitment to social and environmental accountability. Learn more about Newton Running at

Pro Triathlete Kennett Peterson Shares Struggles in Kona

In the days after Ironman Boulder, my 2nd place began to to get overshadowed by the fact that I’d qualified for Kona, which hadn’t been a goal or even something I’d been thinking about for 2019. Racing Kona wouldn’t be the most logical step to take in my triathlon career, since I still hadn’t won a race. Competing at Wisconsin or Chattanooga would have made a lot more sense in hindsight. Alas, the hurrah of Kona swept me away and I made the commitment to be there in October.

Unfortunately, my Hashimoto’s ended up getting in the way, as I’ve discussed in previous blog posts. This entire year I’ve struggled with low energy and low motivation, and have been off and on depressed since the beginning of January. I managed to get through one block of good training in April and May, but that was it. I went in for blood work in August and my thyroid numbers were bad. But instead of being hypo, I was now hyper. The dose of thyroid medication I was on was too high, causing me to suffer from hyperthyroidism, which has many of the same symptoms of hypothyroidism—low energy, muscle weakness, and insomnia to name a few.

When I was first diagnosed in 2015 I never saw an endocrinologist because back then I was on Medicaid and no endocrinologists accepted Medicaid in Boulder, so I just worked things out with my primary care doctor. Over a period of a year and a half (it takes six weeks for a medication increase or decrease to show up in your blood work) we came to a dose of Armour Thyroid that seemed optimal for me. It most likely wasn’t, and my TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) slowly began getting too low.

I decreased my thyroid medication early this September and things began slowly turning around. I had two good weeks of training in Tucson with Chris a month out from Kona, though a handful of days during that training camp I was completely spent and couldn’t put out any power on the bike or in the pool. With thyroid disorders, recovery is compromised and performance is unpredictable from day to day. On bad days, training feels like it does the before you get really sick with a head cold—you have no energy and you feel super off, but you don’t know why because you don’t have any cold symptoms yet.

Back in Boulder, I had a rest week followed by a fairly hard week of training, during which I finally put out some good numbers. In addition to two hard group runs, I did a five hour ride averaging 242, and a three hour ride with a 90 minute interval at 300 watts. Nothing groundbreaking, but this week was encouraging considering how my training had gone in the previous four months. I had a strong masters swim on Saturday and that sealed the deal for my confidence. I hadn’t felt good about Kona all summer, but now that my hormones finally began turning a corner, I became hopeful. It was a week out from the race, so I couldn’t have cut things any closer.

Some physical limitations cannot be made up for with positive thinking. While I’d had a few good days, October 12th wouldn’t be one of them.

The Race

Pretty quickly during the swim I felt off. I was unable to take powerful strokes, and felt myself drifting backwards in the chaotic froth of the first 400 meters. Instead of having the usual fight in me, I was content to let other pass by, and I dropped in with a small group of other stragglers and ended up just gluing myself to them for the remainder of the race. I realized how slow our dejected group of four was going by the halfway point because it no longer felt challenging, and I began daydreaming.

After coming out of the water and entering transition, I had to double back and search for my helmet visor, which had become detached in the bag. Losing those 30-40 seconds meant that I was no longer in contact with the three guys I’d swum with, two of whom were strong cyclists (Arnout and Weiss) and who ended up bridging to the main group.

It probably didn’t matter that I wasn’t with them, because once I got on the bike I found that I was struggling to average 23 miles per hour. My power meter wouldn’t turn on that morning before the race, which seemed like a big problem at the time, but having legs that don’t work is, of course, a bigger issue. By the first turn-around at mile six or seven I counted that I was seven minutes behind the tail end of the main group. I knew my race was over at that point.

Photo: Kenny Withrow (@itskennywithrow)

I continued onto the Queen K highway, still a few minutes behind the lead female, Lucy Charles, who’d passed me in the swim, and still losing ground to the one guy up the road I was able to see when I first got onto the bike. By mile 15 I got passed by the second to last place male. At this point I was just riding to put some distance between myself and town; I needed time to ride off my emotions and think about things before I spoke to anyone, had to suffer any type of cheering from spectators, or got back to my dark condo. I flipped it at mile 25 and soft pedaled home, almost in a state of disbelief that this was how my race went. After so many hours of training (well, not that many) and hours spent fantasizing and going over the race in my head, it was over before it really began.

But things can always get worse. Much, much worse.

I spent the rest of the day watching the race on my computer from bed since seeing it in person was too difficult to stomach. Adelaide and I packed up the next day and moved into an Airbnb with both sets of our parents. Throughout that day and the next I felt like I’d wasted a once in a lifetime opportunity, and wasted the time of so many people, including the time of Adelaide and our families, in addition to my sponsors. By day three, I was doing better. We’d been snorkeling, did a night dive with manta rays, drove to Volcano National Park, and Adelaide and I had been running on Alii Drive each morning.

On Thursday, the last day of our trip, roughly three hours before we needed to be at the airport, I was body surfing on Magic Sands beach. A wave built up and I went for it even though I knew I was too far in and that I would go over the falls and get pounded. I’ve surfed and body surfed for my entire life, and feel very comfortable in the water. I’ve wiped out a thousand times on much larger waves without incident. This was just a little three footer, so I didn’t think there’d be much of a consequence of being pummeled by it. As it flipped me, I tucked my chin and covered my head like normal. It was a steep beach, and the water between me and the shore had been sucked back into the wave as it approached, making it just a few feet deep when I went head-first into the sandy bottom. As the top of my head impacted the sand, I felt and heard two distinct pops in my upper back, followed instantaneously by pain. I instinctively wiggled my toes and fingers a quarter second later, fearing the worst, when I was still underwater. I popped up in the wash with the wind slightly knocked out of me, and as I made my way to shore, a secondary tiny wave knocked me off my feet in my weakened state. I regained my balance and staggered to my beach blanket and layed down in a good deal of pain. A few minutes later Adelaide appeared, wondering why I’d gotten out so early. We’d only been in the water a few minutes when I’d wiped out.

She rushed over to the lifeguard stand when I told her what happened, and a lifeguard appeared above me. He suggested I go to the ER. “Someone gets a spinal injury here every day,” he commented. We opted for urgent care instead.

As the urgent doctor manipulated my head up and down and side to side, he told me that my neck and back were fine. “I wouldn’t be able to do this if there was something broken. He’d be in a lot more pain,” the doctor told my mom. Exactly what I thought, I thought to myself. Just a back strain. After all, the pain had let up a bit at this point.

My mom and Adelaide insisted that I get an X-ray anyways. After Kathleen (Adelaide’s mom) drove us to the radiology building, we went back to the Airbnb and packed. Or, I should say, Adelaide packed for me as I laid in bed with my eyes closed. An hour later we got a call from the radiologist, who said the X-ray showed a small bone chip on my cervical spine. It could also be an anomaly, or just part of my bone structure. The x-ray wasn’t detailed enough to confirm anything. To be safe, we decided to go back to the urgent care for a neck brace on our way to the airport. The doctor—the same one as before—said the neck brace probably wasn’t even necessary, and that I only needed to wear it in the airport where I might be run into and knocked over by another person. He adjusted it to the loosest setting and sent us on our way.

It was a miserable day of travel home because in addition to the neck and back pain, I ended up getting super sick with a really bad head cold that had started as a sore throat earlier that morning.

Fast forward a week and a CT scan and MRI showed that I didn’t just have a minor bone chip. I’d broken my neck. I suffered a stable burst fracture of C7 without damage to any soft tissue. The other day, while my neurosurgeon pointed out the damage to my vertebrae on his computer, he said “This is the type of injury that paralyzes people. You got lucky.” My throat had gone dry so I nodded. Paralyzation has been my biggest fear since adulthood. I have no fear of spiders, flying, confined spaces, or most things people are normally afraid of. Yet, even the thought of my own death doesn’t bother me that much. Paralyzation, or losing a limb due to amputation, would be the worst possible thing to happen to me, and I don’t think I’d ever be able to cope with it. Most fears seem to be based on activities, animals, or other tangible things: being at the top of a cliff or walking by a barking dog, for instance. Conversely, my main fear—a very specific injury—is the result or consequence of another person’s phobia. I’m not sure if this makes me more, or less, rational than others people.

Photo: Carolyn Peterson

If my vertebrae had been dislodged just a bit more and pushed inwards towards my spinal cord, I wouldn’t be able to walk, control my bowel movements, or have full strength in my arms. That my disc didn’t rupture and none of my ligaments were harmed is also incredibly fortunate. Already, just a week out, I don’t have very much pain, so it’s a good thing that I got checked out, otherwise I might be out riding today.

Because the fracture is stable, I don’t need surgery or to wear the halo that has been made famous in the triathlon world by Tim Don. However, during the next six to eight weeks I can’t be in a car due to the possibility of being in a crash, must keep my neck brace on at all times, and I obviously can’t train or do anything that would jeopardize my neck. I assume this includes using a pogo stick, jumping on the trampoline, or doing box jumps and back squats, though I think dancing should be fine since it doesn’t involve the neck at all:

ITU World Grand Final, Loads of Coloradans, Steph Popelar Defends Title

Lausanne, Switzerland…Many Coloradans are competing in this weekend’s ITU World Triathlon Grand Final featuring sprint and olympic distances and draft legal sprint distances along with many para categories.

Shannon Dee and Melissa Langworthy with 303’s Khem Suthiwan

Coloradans competing in the Elite, Junior and Para categories are:

Summer Rappaport (Thornton, Colo.)
Eli Hemming (Kiowa, Colo.)
Morgan Pearson (Boulder, Colo.)

Liberty Ricca (Colorado Springs, Colo.)

Allan Armstrong (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Allysa Seely (Glendale, Ariz.), Hailey Danz (Wauwatosa, Wis.), Kendall Gretsch (Madison, Wis.) — all resident athletes at the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs

In the age groups, , Steph Popelar (F50-54, Elizabeth, Colo.), defends her world title. The rest of the age group Colorado athletes are:

Non-Draft Standard/Oly Dis AMES Taylor 33 MALE GOLDEN
Non-Draft Standard/Oly Dist Beckman Jeff 47 MALE Golden
Draft-Legal Sprint Distance Caldwell Alicia 57 FEMALE Denver
Non-Draft Standard/Oly Dist DANDLEY Lori 65 FEMALE denver
Non-Draft Standard/Oly dist Dee Shannon 36 FEMALE Littleton
Draft-Legal Sprint Distance DEVINCENZO EVAN 24 MALE Arvada
Draft-Legal Sprint Distance Dunn Michael 37 MALE Denver
Non-Draft Standard/Oly Dist Elliott Katie 39 FEMALE ASPEN
Non-Draft Standard and Draft-Legal Sprint Distance Framke Kirk 45 MALE Denver
Draft-Legal Sprint Distance HOBAN Jennifer J 48 FEMALE Parker
Draft-Legal Sprint Distance Hodge Christeen 38 FEMALE Boulder
Draft-Legal Sprint Distance Hoffmann Heidi 70 FEMALE Aspen
Non-Draft Standard/Oly Dist Isaacson Cora 18 FEMALE Superior
Non-Draft Standard and Draft-Legal Sprint Distance KOSTNER Barbara 71 FEMALE Lakewood
Non-Draft Standard/Oly Dist Laney Judith 66 FEMALE Denver
Draft-Legal Sprint Distance Langworthy Melissa 39 FEMALE Denver
Non-Draft Standard/Oly Dist Lowry Danielle 32 FEMALE GOLDEN
Draft-Legal Sprint Distance Maloney Melissa 53 FEMALE Durango
Non-Draft Standard and Draft-Legal Sprint Distance Mason Jonathan 43 MALE fort collins
Non-Draft Standard/Oly Dist MATTERN Tess 32 FEMALE FORT COLLINS
Non-Draft Standard/Oly Dist McDonald Laura 37 FEMALE Castle Rock
Draft-Legal Sprint Distance McLaughlin Neal 59 MALE CENTENNIAL
Non-Draft Standard and Draft-Legal Sprint Distance Meisner Stephanie 46 FEMALE greenwood village
Draft-Legal Sprint Distance Myers Kristy 40 FEMALE Lakewood
Draft-Legal Sprint Distance NEELAN NANETTE 61 FEMALE Lakewood
Draft-Legal Sprint Distance Orcutt Paige 29 FEMALE Morrison
Non-Draft Standard/Oly Dist Popelar Steph 52 FEMALE Elizabeth
Draft-Legal Sprint Distance Swayze Jetson 34 MALE louisville
Draft-Legal Sprint Distance Trujillo Charles 53 MALE Denver
Draft-Legal Sprint Distance Valentyik Peter 50 MALE Boulder
Draft-Legal Sprint Distance Vanderstoep Sandy 78 FEMALE Colorado Springs
Draft-Legal Sprint Distance Waterman Robin 56 FEMALE Golden
Draft-Legal Sprint Distance Welber Jack 81 MALE Boulder
Non-Draft Standard and Draft-Legal Sprint Distance Wood Lockett 80 MALE Lyons

At the 2018 ITU Age Group Triathlon World Championships in Gold Coast, Team USA raced to 34 world championship medals between the sprint and standard events, including 13 golds, eight silvers and 12 bronzes.

For more information about Team USA, comprised of the amateur athletes who represent the United States in ITU Age Group World Championship events, visit

The ITU World Triathlon Grand Final, held from Aug. 29-Sept. 1, marks the culmination of the ITU World Triathlon Series by crowning the men’s and women’s elite world champions. The week of racing also features ITU Paratriathlon, Junior and U23 World Championships, in addition to the age-group races. Visit for coverage of U.S. performances in all events, and follow @TriathlonLive on Twitter for live updates during each race.

Eli Hemming of Kiowa To Compete in Worlds Saturday

The ITU World Championship, Olympic distance triathlon is this Saturday, August 31 in Lausanne, Switzerland. 303 will highlight a few Colorado athletes participating. Today we offer you some background on the top U.S. man at the 2018 Championship in Gold Coast, Australia, Colorado’s Eli Hemming.

Eli was a standout track and cross-country runner at Ponderosa High School, earning the Colorado 4A state title in cross country as a senior. He went on to run cross country for Metropolitan State University of Denver, where his older sister Brenna was on the women’s team. Hemming has become an athlete to watch leading in to the 2020 Olympic Games after having several breakthrough races on the ITU circuit over the past year. He was the top American male at the 2018 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Gold Coast, Australia, finishing 16th. Later that year, he earned his first career ITU Triathlon World Cup medals, a silver in Miyazaki, Japan, and a bronze in Tongyeong, South Korea. Hemming then earned his first ITU World Cup victory in Tiszaujvaros, Hungary, in July of 2019. He was named the 2016 and 2017 USA Triathlon Under-23 Athlete of the Year, and the 2018 USA Triathlon Men’s Olympic/ITU Triathlete of the Year. 

Career Highlights

2019 Tiszaujvaros ITU Triathlon World Cup gold medalist
2018 Miyazaki ITU Triathlon World Cup silver medalist
2018 Tongyeong ITU Triathlon World Cup bronze medalist
2018 ITU Mixed Relay Series Nottingham gold medalist
Eight-time CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup medalist (5 golds, 2 silvers, 1 bronze)
Three-time CAMTRI Triathlon Mixed Relay American Championships medalist (1 gold, 2 silvers)
2018 Sarasota-Bradenton CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon North American Championships gold medalist
2017 USA Triathlon U-23 National Champion
2017 Sarasota CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Championships silver medalist
2016 West Des Moines CAMTRI Triathlon U23 American Championships silver medalist
2016 Nyon FISU World University Triathlon Championship men’s team bronze medalist
2013 Vila Velha PATCO Triathlon Pan American Championships junior men’s silver medalist

Elite Triathlon Career

2019: Finished 13th at the Dam an World Triathlon Abu Dhabi on March 8 • Earned silver as a member of the U.S. Mixed Relay team at the Daman World Triathlon Mixed Relay Series Abu Dhabi on March 9 • Finished 39th at the ITU World Triathlon Yokohama on May 18 • Finished in 9th as a member of the U.S. Mixed Relay team at the Hamburg ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships on July 7 • Won gold at the Tiszaujvaros ITU Triathlon World Cup on July 14 • Placed 27th at the Tokyo ITU World Olympic Qualification Event on Aug. 16

2018: Earned his first two career ITU Triathlon World Cup medals with a bronze in Tongyeong on Oct. 27 and a silver in Miyazaki on Nov. 10 • Placed 16th at the Sarasota-Bradenton ITU Triathlon World Cup, which was held as a duathlon, on Oct. 13 • Led the U.S. men with a 16th-place finish at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Gold Coast, Australia, on Sept. 12 • Finished 23rd at ITU World Triathlon Hamburg on July 14 • Placed 20th at ITU World Triathlon Leeds on June 10 • Was part of the gold-medal-winning U.S. team at the first-ever ITU World Triathlon Mixed Relay Series event in Nottingham, England, on June 6, teaming up with Kirsten Kasper, Matt McElroy and Katie Zaferes • Took fifth at the Cagliari ITU Triathlon World Cup on June 2 • Placed 11th at ITU World Triathlon Bermuda on April 28 • Was part of the gold-medal-winning mixed relay team at the Sarasota-Bradenton CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon North American Championships on March 11 • Started the season with victories at the Clermont CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup on March 3 and the Sarasota-Bradenton CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon North American Championships on March 10 

2017: Earned a silver medal in the men’s elite race and was part of the silver-medal-winning mixed relay team at the Sarasota CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon and Mixed Relay American Championships • Took the win at the Hamilton CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup • Placed seventh at the Cagliari ITU Triathlon World Cup • Finished 38th at ITU World Triathlon Leeds • Won gold at the West Des Moines CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup, earning the USA Triathlon U-23 national title in the process • Placed 26th at ITU World Triathlon Edmonton • Took 14th at the ITU Under-23 World Championships in Rotterdam, the Netherlands • Placed 23rd at the Sarasota-Bradenton ITU Triathlon World Cup

USA Triathlon hosting triathlon combine for female high school athletes

By Khem Suthiwan

What sport comes to mind when you hear the word combine? For most it’s football. Now the sport of triathlon is using the same venue to grow and recruit collegiate hopefuls, and right in our own backyard.

With 31 NCAA varsity triathlon programs and growing, there has been great success among single-sport athletes (swimmers and runners) who participate in triathlons. This combine will be the perfect opportunity to showcase their potential to collegiate recruiters.

Here are the details:

Who: The clinic will be limited to 30 female individuals; no experience needed; ages 12-18;

When: Saturday, August 17th 8:00am-12:00pm

What: 100 meter swim and 1600 meter run time trials; skills analysis

Where: Cheyenne Mountain High School, 1200 Cresta Road, Colorado Springs

Cost: Free

Have a high school athlete interested in giving triathlon a tri? Click here to register.