Dave Scott, His Career, His Coaching, Training, Covid and Amazing Insight

Boulder’s Dave Scott ran his first Ironman in 1980 and finished in 9:24:33, nearly 2 hours faster than the previous win, with ABC Wide World of Sports broadcasting the event from Kona for the first time. Scott’s time and approach is widely considered to have changed the Ironman from a test of endurance to a race. Scott returned in 1982 and finished second. In 1983, Scott won in what was Mark Allen’s first Ironman. In what would become a renowned rivalry, Scott would win three of the next four Ironmans over Allen.

He was the Roger Bannister of triathlon… the first person to go under 10 hours, 9 hours and 8:30 in Kona. Dave Scott’s personal triathlon journey paralleled the early history of the Ironman Triathlon.

Bob Babbitt, Triathlon historian & Ironman Hall of Fame inductee

Listen to the podcast Here: 303 and Dave Scott

Scott has stated that he is most proud of his performance in 1994. Another second-place finish, Scott was 40 years old at the time so his race was considered to be a revolutionary feat. Two years later, Scott finished fifth overall. 2001 was his last foray into the Ironman. The 47-year-old Scott had back problems due to some last minute bike changes, which forced him out of the race.

Ironwar

In 1989, the rivalry between Scott and Allen reached a peak in what has alternately been called the “Ironwar” and “The Greatest Race Ever Run.”[5] Scott has stated “I never focused my goals on Mark Allen or what I had to do in the swim or the bike compared to Mark Allen. Ultimately, the competition level sometimes dictated that. After many years of racing, in 1989, we had a very very close race. It seemed like we were bouncing off of one another. It was influenced by our competitive natures.” Allen ultimately won with Scott placing second and both broke Scott’s course record.

Dave talks about taking care of your heart and the damage that can be done with regular long hard workouts. 

Help Support Team USA Athletes via the Giving Games

The postponement of the Tokyo Olympic Games has impacted many American triathletes and paratriathletes. USA Triathon has teamed up with several U.S. Olympic and Paralympic National Governing Bodies (NGBs) to launch the Giving Games, an effort to support and sustain U.S. sport organizations and their athletes on their journey to the postponed Tokyo Olympic and Paralymic Games in 2021.

Between July 24th and August 9th (the original dates of the Tokyo 2020 Games), the USA Triathlon Foundation is conducting a direct fundraising campaign, asking for your support to fund our athletes and their mission to transform lives though sport by providing resources to swim, bike, and run for all.

“The COVID-19 pandemic forced the elite domestic and International Triathlon Union (ITU) racing seasons to be put on pause, removing many U.S. triathletes’ sole source of income via prize money and sponsor incentives,” said David Deschenes, USA Triathlon Foundation Executive Director. “The postponement of the Tokyo Games adds another year of costs for athletes including travel, coaching expenses, training facilities and equipment. USA Triathlon is proud to take part in Giving Games, providing a unique opportunity for Olympic and Paralympic fans across the country to give back to the athletes who will inspire them next year in Tokyo.”


Unlike most Olympic and Paralympic sports around the world that receive government funding, U.S. athletes rely heavily on their community for philanthropic and sponsor support. Adding to the physical and emotional toll that a delay in competition places on their shoulders, their revenue streams and future racing plans are now under threat.

“With the majority of competitions canceled or postponed, it’s challenging as a professional athlete — who relies on prize money as a source of income — to maintain financial stability and offset personal cost,” said Renée Tomlin, U.S. National Team member and Tokyo Olympic hopeful in triathlon. “It’s a privilege to compete for Team USA, and that is never taken for granted; however, financial sustainability is pertinent in the pursuit of excellence at this level. The Giving Games offers a unique, interactive platform for those with the means to share and support Olympic and Paralympic athletes affected in these difficult times.”

“America’s athletes need our support to compete in 2021,” said Max Cobb, Chair of the National Governing Bodies Council. “At a time when America feels extraordinarily divided, this is an opportunity to come together in our common love of country and sport for the pursuit of success on the world stage, raising funds to directly support our athletes and our sports that sustain them, and their dreams, during this critical next year.”

All funds raised will either be a direct donation to a specific sport or provide general support for all sports, which will be equally divided among the participating sports organizations.

Fans and donors who wish to support USA Triathlon and its athletes directly can make a gift at this link. All proceeds will support U.S. Olympic and Paralympic triathlon hopefuls by funding high-performance initiatives and grant programs.

Olympic and Paralympic fans may also contribute to Giving Games in the following ways:

  • Take the Giving Games quiz to find the sport that best matches you, and make a donation to that organization
  • Enter to win one of 10 sweepstakes packages from Omaze
  • Help set the World Record for most donations made in 24 hours
  • Compete in the Medal of Giving by donating directly to a sport. At the conclusion of Giving Games, each sport will award a Gold, Silver and Bronze medal to the top three donors.

Giving Games will actively raise funds for athletes and their sports organizations during the original window of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020: July 24-Aug. 9.

Though recognized and supported by the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee, the National Governing Bodies are separate organizations. The Giving Games initiative is not associated with or endorsed by the USOPC or U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Foundation (USOPF), and funds raised through the Giving Games initiative are used to directly aid the National Governing Bodies and the athletes they support.



About Giving Games
Giving Games, taking place July 24 – August 9, 2020, is a fundraising initiative that brings U.S. sports organizations together and implores Americans to help sustain our athletes’ journeys. The initiative was started to help fill the gap of time that currently sits empty due to the postponement of the Tokyo Games. All funds raised will either be a direct donation to a specific sport or general support of all of the sports which will be equally divided among the participating sports organizations. Comprising multiple fundraising activations, Giving Games works to sustain our athletes and sports during an unprecedented time of need. For more, visit givinggames2020.com.

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 usatriathlonfoundation.org to learn more and donate today.

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 & Paralympic Committee (USOPC).

Media ContactsCaryn Maconi, Communications Manager
719-955-2828 | caryn.maconi@usatriathlon.orgChuck Menke, Chief Marketing Officer
719-955-2827 | chuck.menke@usatriathlon.org

Ft. Collins Epic Warrior Triathlon, First Front Range Triathlon Went Well

By Bill Plock

Ft. Collins: About 150 athletes participated in the past weekends, Epic Warrior triathlon in Ft. Collins. Complete with small wave starts in the pool as athletes lined up in social distant cues and finishing with athletes waiting in spaced out lines for freshly made vegan hotcakes and hash, the Epic Warrior triathlon seemingly was a huge success. And a welcome chance to re-connect with the triathlon community in a safe and responsible way.

Says JB Tobin, head of Breakaway Athletic Events, “we just wanted everyone to be able to relax and have fun. We had planned for so many great events this year, so it was nice to have had at least one of them! Thanks everyone who came out to participate!”

Of note, the transition area looked a lot different than normal with half the bikes per bike rack, port-o-potties spread out differently and athletes wore masks setting up their transition spot and waiting in spaced out lines to enter the pool for their wave start. Each wave was fairly small and athletes entered the water about 10 seconds apart to minimize being near each other. As one group would get about halfway into their swim, the next wave would be brought in and cued up.

At the awards ceremony the podium wasn’t really used but all the top finishers were recognized as athletes and spectators stayed very spread out in the grass at the Edora Center in Ft. Collins.

To see the results for the entire race go here: http://racingunderground.racetecresults.com/results.aspx?CId=16436&RId=338

DU Triathlon Team Coach Barbara Perkins Shares Behind the Scenes to New Program

A couple of weeks ago the University of Denver announced its decision to roll out a varsity women’s triathlon team. And, coaching that team is Barbara Perkins. 303 interviewed Barbara to learn more about her, what it’s like to be at the helm of a first year program, what her priorities are and how she hopes to deal with it all during the current challenges of COVID.

Here is a link to the Podcast: Please be sure to subscribe to the podcast which really helps us to attract more sponsor

https://303endurance.libsyn.com/barbara-perkins-du-head-tri-coach

Here is some more information about Barbara. In 2019, Barbara was the first female to cross the finish line at Ironman Santa Rosa. She punched her ticket to Kona for the second time. In 2019, Barbara came in 5th at Galveston 70.3, 4th at Boulder 70.3, as well as competing in both the 70.3 World Championships and the Ironman World Championships. In 2018, Barbara finished 2nd at Eagleman 70.3, 10th at Coeur d’Alene 70.3, and 8th at Indian Wells 70.3. During the 2017 season, Barbara completed her first Ironman World Championship and finished 21st in her age group. In 2017, finished 4th overall amateur female at Steelhead 70.3 and 2nd Age in her group. At Ironman Louisville 2016, she won her age group and secured her first Kona Qualification. Barbara has qualified for the 70.3 World Championships for 6 consecutive years in a row. She has represented the USA at ITU Olympic Distance World Championships in 2015.  Barbara registered her first age group win at IM New Orleans 70.3 in 2015. She finished 4th at her first Ironman in Lake Tahoe, 9th at Ironman New Zealand and 8th at Ironman Texas. She has also been a USAT All-American and a Gold Ironman All-World Gold athlete multiple times.

University of Denver adds Women’s Triathlon to Varsity Sports

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Triathlon, along with Karlton Creech, University of Denver Vice Chancellor for Athletics, Recreation and Ritchie Center Operations, today announced that the University of Denver will add women’s triathlon to its varsity sport offerings. The school is the 37th in the nation, the second in Colorado and the ninth at the NCAA Division I level to add the sport. 

DU joins Colorado Mesa University (Grand Junction, Colo., DII) as the only schools in Colorado to offer varsity women’s triathlon. The inaugural team will begin competition in the fall 2020 season.

The addition of women’s triathlon as DU’s 18th intercollegiate varsity sport is made possible through a grant from the USA Triathlon Foundation. The USA Triathlon Foundation Women’s Emerging Sport Grant is distributed to select NCAA membership institutions to develop, implement and sustain women’s triathlon programs at the varsity level.

“On behalf of the University of Denver, we are excited to add the sport of women’s triathlon to our fall lineup,” Creech said. “The USA Triathlon Foundation grant, and grants like it, provide excellent opportunities for colleges and universities to sponsor emerging women’s sports across the country. This addition will help us attract new students from across the country as our coursework, our campus and the Rocky Mountain backdrop provide future Denver triathletes with the opportunity to pursue success at the highest level in the classroom and in competition.” 

“The addition of the University of Denver to the women’s collegiate triathlon family is groundbreaking for several reasons,” said Rocky Harris, USA Triathlon CEO. “Colorado is one of the nation’s thriving triathlon hubs. With DU’s prestigious academic reputation, and as the first Division I program in the state to add the sport, the school is sure to attract top student-athletes and become a force on the national stage.”

Barbara Perkins, assistant coach of the men’s and women’s swim teams at DU, has been named the program’s first head coach. Perkins is an accomplished triathlete, finishing the 2019 season ranked 30th in the world and ninth in the U.S. for her age group in IRONMAN’s All-World Rankings. The former Air Force assistant is a two-time IRONMAN World Championship finisher and six-time IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship qualifier.

“I am extremely excited for women’s triathlon to find a new home at the University of Denver,” Perkins said. “With my background in coaching swimming at the DI level as well as my racing experience as an elite triathlete myself, I am confident that I am the right person to get this program started and feel beyond fortunate to have been selected for the position. Triathlon is an emerging sport and is giving young women new opportunities to compete at the collegiate level. I am thrilled that Denver has the opportunity to be a part of the process to continue to grow this sport.”

DU will benefit from competitive opportunities with programs located throughout USA Triathlon’s North Central Region, including Black Hills State University (Spearfish, S.D., DII), Calvin University (Grand Rapids, Mich., DIII), Central College (Pella, Iowa, DIII), Coe College (Cedar Rapids, Iowa, DIII), Colorado Mesa, Concordia University Wisconsin (Mequon, Wis., DIII), Drury University (Springfield, Mo., DII), Millikin University (Decatur, Ill., DIII), Montana State University Billings (Billings, Mont., DII), North Central College (Naperville, Ill., DIII), Trine University (Angola, Ind., DIII) and the University of South Dakota (Vermillion, S.D., DI).

NCAA Division I programs Arizona State University (Tempe, Ariz.) and Texas Christian University (Fort Worth, Texas) are also nearby for regional competition.

“Denver is the absolute perfect place for the sport of triathlon,” Perkins said. “Our facilities include a 50-meter Olympic-sized swimming pool, treadmills and space for a smart bike trainer studio, Washington Park is less than a mile away from campus and is the ideal set up for closed circuit bike rides, runs or brick work outs, and we are 15 minutes away from a multitude of rides in the mountains. We have so many resources at our fingertips including the home of USA Triathlon and the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Center just down the road in Colorado Springs. Colorado is the home to many of the world’s best professional triathletes and will serve as a great jumping off point to the future of our sport. The future is bright for triathlon at the University of Denver, and we can’t wait to get started this fall.”

The NCAA named triathlon an Emerging Sport for Women in 2014, a designation that gives USA Triathlon a 10-year window to demonstrate the sport’s sustainability at the NCAA level by recruiting at least 40 varsity programs. The governing body is quickly approaching that goal with momentum on its side, as 28 schools have added the sport since January of 2017, and 36 schools have done so since 2014.

Women’s triathlon is a fall sport, and the varsity season includes three regional qualifiers followed by the Women’s Collegiate Triathlon National Championships. Races are sprint-distance, featuring a 750-meter open-water swim, draft-legal 20-kilometer bike and 5-kilometer run.

For more information about triathlon as an NCAA Emerging Sport for Women, visit usatriathlon.org/ncaa. Interested in helping to identify and recruit the next women’s varsity collegiate triathlon program? Inquiries may be directed to Tim Yount, USA Triathlon Chief Sport Development Officer, at Tim.yount@usatriathlon.org.

Women’s Varsity Collegiate Triathlon Programs (as of July 1, 2020): 

NCAA Division I 

Arizona State University (Tempe, Ariz.) 
Delaware State University (Dover, Del.)
East Tennessee State University (Johnson City, Tenn.) 
Hampton University (Hampton, Va.) 
Texas Christian University (Fort Worth, Texas)
University of Denver (Denver, Colo.)
University of San Francisco (San Francisco. Calif.) 
University of South Dakota (Vermillion, S.D.) 
Wagner College (Staten Island, N.Y.) 

NCAA Division II 

American International College (Springfield, Mass.)
Belmont Abbey College (Belmont, N.C.) 
Black Hills State University (Spearfish, S.D.) 
Colorado Mesa University (Grand Junction, Colo.) 
Daemen College (Amherst, N.Y.) 
Davis & Elkins College (Elkins, W.V.) 
Drury University (Springfield, Mo.) 
Lenoir-Rhyne University (Hickory, N.C.)
King University (Bristol, Tenn.) 
Montana State University Billings (Billings, Mont.) 
Queens University of Charlotte (Charlotte, N.C.) 
St. Thomas Aquinas College (Sparkill, N.Y.) 
Southern Wesleyan University (Central, S.C.) 
Wingate University (Wingate, N.C.)

NCAA Division III 
Calvin College (Grand Rapids, Mich.) 
Central College (Pella, Iowa)
Coe College (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)
Concordia University Wisconsin (Mequon, Wis.) 
Eastern Mennonite University (Harrisonburg, Va.)
Guilford College (Greensboro, N.C.)
Mary Baldwin University (Staunton, Va.)
Millikin University (Decatur, Ill.) 
Milwaukee School of Engineering (Milwaukee, Wis.) 
North Central College (Naperville, Ill.) 
Northern Vermont University-Johnson (Johnson, Vt.) 
Transylvania University (Lexington, Ky.)
Trine University (Angola, Ind.) 
Willamette University (Salem, Ore.)

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 & Paralympic Committee (USOPC).

Sprint Tri in Eagle to Help Locals July 11. Make it Part of Weekend in the Mountains.

This is from the Vail Valley Charitable Fund, host of annual LG TRI sprint Triathlon slated to happen July 11. It may be the first triathlon in the state and can be part of a fun weekend in the mountains. They raise money to help families in the Eagle County community. Details of the event are below. They have worked hard to ensure a safe event and are very confident the event will happen. This is a great for the family and includes a fun mountain bike tour to kick off the week-end on July 10th.

There is no better place to be this summer than right here in beautiful Eagle County. The weather is perfect with cool, comfortable evenings and sunny Rocky Mountain days. Locals enjoy a relaxing pace of life and an abundance of open space. We’ve always got room for our residents, and having you here makes our community complete!

We write to you today with an invitation to participate in or volunteer for the LG TRI on July 11th at the Eagle Pool and Ice Rink. We are excited to welcome neighbors and newcomers to our mountain town to this family-friendly event. New this year, we’ll have a family-friendly mountain bike ride to kick off the weekend on Friday night, July 10th. Participants may “choose their own” adventure on the Boneyard or Haymaker trails, and there will be trail leaders to provide a great way to experience something new. Afterwards, we’ll relax together with music, food, and beer.

We run the LG TRI in memory of Laura Genelin, a beloved mother, wife, friend, and triathlete. The Vail Valley Charitable Fund (VVCF) once helped Laura and her family with a direct aid grant and fundraiser when she was seeking treatment for cancer. The VVCF has been helping community members experiencing a medical crisis for 24 years to the tune of $8.2 million and over 1,700 families. We help over 50 people per year because of our fundraising efforts and extremely low overhead. 

For more details about the event, visit lgtri.com or click on the following links to participate: 

Eagle County has become the country’s guiding light for COVID-19 containment and recovery efforts. Your beloved community led Colorado in flattening the curve, has conducted the most COVID-19 tests per capita and is the first county in the state to welcome our second-home owners back. Come join us at altitude for a summer of fresh air and outdoor fun. We’d be honored if you joined us for the LG TRI, whether by participating or volunteering.  This community comes together so well in times like this.  All proceeds earned at the LG TRI will go right back to our community members facing financial burden because of a medical crisis. 

USA Triathlon Operation CO>COVID-19 a Success!

By Khem Suthiwan

Their journey began the evening of Friday, June 19th at 6:30pm MT, at the Utah-Colorado border just west of Grand Junction. Their goal, to complete a 483-mile relay ride across the state of Colorado while raising money for the USA Triathlon Foundation COVID-19 Relief Fund and the Care and Share Food Bank of Southern Colorado.

Over the course of 483 miles, the riders averaged 20 mph, climbed nearly 23,000 feet of elevation with their highest point at Monarch Pass at 11,312 feet of elevation. Just before 8:00pm and beating the sunset, all nine riders joined together for the final mile to the Kansas-Colorado state line.

We were able to catch up to them within a few hours of the finish. All the athletes and crew were in great spirits, looking forward to seeing the state line.

At a rider exchange spot with about 20 miles to go, a deputy from the Sheriff of Cheyenne County pulled over with flashing lights. His first words were “You guys are obviously part of some sort of bike team.” The crew immediately jumped in to tell the deputy about the relay ride, and that if he wanted to talk to someone in charge, the CEO (Rocky Harris) is coming down the road about to finish his current leg of the relay. Many laughs were exchanged and his handcuffs made an appearance for fun. At the next rider exchange stop, the deputy offered up a donation to the crew. A great gesture to an already amazing day.

The participating riders included:

• Kyle Coon, Tokyo Paralympic Hopeful 
• Hailey Danz, Rio 2016 Paralympic Silver Medalist and Tokyo Paralympic Hopeful
• Kendall Gretsch, PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Nordic Skiing Gold Medalist and Tokyo Paralympic Hopeful
• Kevin McDowell, Tokyo Olympic Hopeful
• Jack O’Neil, U.S. Paratriathlon Junior Development Team Member
• Melissa Stockwell, Rio 2016 Paralympic Bronze Medalist and Tokyo Paralympic Hopeful, Team Toyota Athlete
• Renée Tomlin, Tokyo Olympic Hopeful
• Alex Libin, Elite Triathlete and Guide for Kyle Coon 
• Rocky Harris, USA Triathlon Chief Executive Officer

The team had set a goal to raise $20,210 in reference to the postponed Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, which will take place in 2021. At the time of their finish, $21,568 had been raised with donations still rolling in. Donations are still being accepted at usatriathlonfoundation.org.

Toyota U.S. Paratriathlon Resident Team to Ride Across Colorado to Benefit COVID-19 Relief, Care & Share Food Bank

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO – MAY 27: Paralympian and former U.S. Army Officer Melissa Stockwell cycles during a training session on May 27, 2020 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Athletes across the globe are now training in isolation under strict policies in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

From USA Triathlon

Nine U.S. elite triathletes training for the postponed Tokyo Paralympic and Olympic Games, along with USA Triathlon CEO Rocky Harris, will cycle a combined 483 miles across the state of Colorado starting Friday, June 19, in a 24-hour relay challenge dubbed “Operation CO>COVID.” 

The ride, which is supported by Toyota vehicles, was fully planned and executed by members of the Toyota U.S. Paratriathlon Resident Team including Kyle Coon, Hailey Danz, Kendall Gretsch, Allysa Seely, Melissa Stockwell and Howie Sanborn (Sanborn will not participate in the ride due to injury). The squad normally trains out of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, but the training center’s athletic facilities have been closed since mid-March due to COVID-19. 

The event is designed to drive awareness and donations for the USA Triathlon Foundation, which will then distribute proceeds equally between two causes: the USA Triathlon Foundation COVID-19 Relief Fund, which provides grants to members of the multisport community impacted by the pandemic, and the Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado. Donations are being accepted at usatriathlonfoundation.org. The team has set a goal to raise $20,210 in reference to the postponed Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, which will take place in 2021.

In addition to the paratriathlon resident team and Harris, participants in the challenge also include U.S. Olympic hopefuls Kevin McDowell and Renée Tomlin; up-and-coming 17-year-old paratriathlete Jack O’Neil; and elite triathlete Alex Libin. Libin will serve as a sighted guide for Kyle Coon, who is visually impaired.

“The Tokyo postponement left us all wanting to do something to both test ourselves physically and to give back to the community,” said Stockwell, a U.S. Army veteran and Team Toyota athlete who won a bronze medal in paratriathlon’s debut at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. “The idea to ride our bikes 483 miles across the state of Colorado accomplished both. Instead of racing in Tokyo, we will be racing the sun to finish our ride before sundown and raising money to give back to the community for COVID-19 relief. We look forward to completing these miles as a team and making a small difference.”

“Our paratriathlon resident team came up with Operation CO>COVID as a unique challenge for themselves, but more importantly, because they wanted to give back to our community during this unprecedented time,” Harris, CEO of USA Triathlon, said. “I am incredibly proud to ride alongside this group of individuals who, even when faced with the disappointment and uncertainty of an Olympic and Paralympic Games postponement, are still motivated to support others whose livelihoods have been threatened due to COVID-19.”

“It’s incredible to see the Toyota U.S. Paratriathlon Resident Team come together for such a great cause,” said Dedra DeLilli, group manager, Toyota Olympic and Paralympic Marketing. “We’re inspired by the athletes’ motivation to go above and beyond to create a positive impact for both the multisport community and the local community where they train. We can’t wait to follow the team’s ride, and our Toyota employees all over the country will be cheering them on.”

The ride will cover 483 miles in total distance, gaining nearly 23,000 feet of elevation as it extends from the Utah-Colorado state line in Montrose, Colorado, to the Colorado-Kansas state line at U.S. 40 and CR 57 (near the town of Arapahoe, Colorado). The route travels from the Western Slope up into the Rocky Mountains, cresting Monarch Pass at 11,312 feet of elevation before descending into the Front Range via Colorado Springs and into the Eastern Plains. To view the complete route, click here.

Athletes will be divided into three teams of three, with each person covering up to four different segments ranging from 3-15 miles at a time. The first riders will begin cycling from the Utah-Colorado state line in the evening (exact time TBD) on Friday, June 19, with a goal to be at the Colorado-Kansas state line 24 hours later on Saturday, June 20. 

Toyota support vehicles will transport the rest of the athletes and their gear along the route, stopping to swap riders after each segment. The athletes must collectively maintain an average of 21 miles per hour in order to successfully cross the state within 24 hours. 

The participating athletes include:

  • Kyle Coon, Tokyo Paralympic Hopeful 
  • Hailey Danz, Rio 2016 Paralympic Silver Medalist and Tokyo Paralympic Hopeful
  • Kendall Gretsch, PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Gold Medalist and Tokyo Paralympic Hopeful
  • Kevin McDowell, Tokyo Olympic Hopeful
  • Jack O’Neil, U.S. Paratriathlon Junior Development Team Member
  • Allysa Seely, Rio 2016 Paralympic Gold Medalist and Tokyo Paralympic Hopeful 
  • Melissa Stockwell, Rio 2016 Paralympic Bronze Medalist and Tokyo Paralympic Hopeful, Team Toyota Athlete
  • Renée Tomlin, Tokyo Olympic Hopeful
  • Alex Libin, Elite Triathlete and Guide for Kyle Coon 
  • Rocky Harris, USA Triathlon Chief Executive Officer

FOR MEDIA: 

  • All riders are available for interviews leading up to the event date, and photos and video b-roll of athletes are available upon request.
  • Interviews, video and photo opportunities are possible during the ride itself but must be requested and coordinated in advance, as the relay is continuous and transport vans will be in motion throughout the day.
  • For all in-person coverage, members of the media must wear masks and maintain six feet of distance from athletes and support staff.
  • To request interviews or media materials, please contact Caryn Maconi, USA Triathlon Communications Manager, at caryn.maconi@usatriathlon.org or 443-534-5954.

To learn more about Operation CO>COVID, or to make a donation to the USA Triathlon Foundation, visit usatriathlonfoundation.org.


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 $3 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 usatriathlonfoundation.org to learn more and donate today.

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 & Paralympic Committee (USOPC).
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Sip, Relax, and Enjoy! Free Virtual Wine Tasting with USA Triathlon!

In April, the USA Triathlon Foundation announced their partnership with The Vice Wines and their limited edition “Tri Blend” luxury wine, and we could not be more excited about it! To help get you as excited as we are, we are inviting you to a private virtual wine tasting with the founder and winemaker, Mr. Malek Amrani

On June 17 at 5p.m. (PT), join Mr. Amrani as he walks us through an experiential and educational evening about The Vice Wines and the Tri Blend. Learn about the inspiration behind the blend, the process of selecting each varietal and the best ways to enjoy and taste the wine. 

Also joining the wine tasting are special guests, Katie Zafares, 2019 ITU World Series Champion, 2016 Olympian and the inspiration behind the Tri Blend and Amy Dixon Paralympic National Team athlete, Tokyo Paralympic hopeful and sommelier. 

“The Tri” is a blend of 16% Petite Sirah, 54% Malbec and 30% Cabernet Franc. The inspiration behind the precise blending is the percentage of total race time spent on each distance – swim, bike, run – by Zaferes en route to her victory at the 2019 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Lausanne, but also racing in the age group world championship with his fellow Team USA members.

There is NO charge to register for the wine tasting. All that you will need is a bottle of the Tri Blend which can be purchased below. 

Interested in joining us for this special evening? Register NOW. 

To be able to participate in the Virtaul Wine Tasting you will need a bottle of the Tri Blend.

As a USA Triathlon Member you receive 25% off your purchase while using code: USAT25

All proceeds of the Tri Blend are donated back to the USA Triathlon Foundation. 

There is Hope for More Swim Spots at Chatfield

By Bill Plock

Open water swimming is happening, but if you missed out on the “swim lottery” and are hoping to swim, things may change soon.

Holly Solomon

303 made a stop last week at the gravel “pond” at Chatfield State park. The park zoomed with paddle boarders, cyclists, fishermen, boaters, campers and swimmers of course. At first glance, other than people wearing face masks, it seemed like a typical summer day.

Tristen Rogers and Todd Lytle

At the swim beach several groups including the Rocky Mountain, CWW, and YTT triathlon clubs carved out space on the beach for a monitor to check in and out swimmers. As it stands right now, those groups, plus COMSA (Colorado Masters Swim Association) and a few other groups are the only ones allowed to host open water swimmers. This isn’t different than past years, but what has changed is the number of people allowed access and how the groups work together. This year each group offered a limited number of swim spots to their members. Members are then required to sign up for a time via an ap and each group provides a monitor to ensure people arrive at their time and enter and exit the water. The idea is to allow only 10 people at a time to enter the water and then stagger groups of 10 over the allotted open water time. Thus the limit of total swimmers per group. The groups with permits have been working together to minimize the total number of people congregating and people are being asked to not gather on the shore before or after swimming and to wear masks to and from their car.

Jeanette Sorensen Hickok

In the past, people who didn’t belong to any other groups holding permits could swim by joining COMSA and basically show up during open swim times and check in with the monitor on duty. COMSA held a sign up for swimming and currently is not offering swim spots. But that could change.

According to COMSA chair, Chris Nolte, “we are hopeful that when and if Governor Polis increases the group gathering size from 10 to 25 we will be able to offer more swim spots, so keep checking our website. https://www.comsa.org

Chatfield is the only public option for open water swimming. The rangers and park staff are no doubt keeping a close watch on swimmers following the rules. A couple of other lakes opened briefly and then closed, so be sure if you do go swim, follow the rules.