PTO Paying Pro Triathletes Now to Help With Crisis

In a podcast interview to be released on March 28th, Co-President of the Professional Triathlon Organization (PTO), Tim O’Donnell commented on the recent announcement about the PTO paying professional triathletes now rather than making them wait until the end of year.

“Michael Moritz, Chairman of Crankstart (the financing behind PTO), and Charles Adamo, (Chairman of PTO) have really showed amazing graciousness and a commitment to the athletes who rely on prize winnings by paying now and increasing the purse by half a million dollars,” said O’Donnell.

Tim O’Donnell, Kona 2019 with Rich Soares

LONDON, ENGLAND. 18 March 2020. The Professional Triathletes Organisation today announced its response to COVID-19 by increasing its Year-End Annual Bonus Programme from $2,000,000 to $2,500,000 and paying it all immediately based on the PTO World Rankings. The $500,000 increase would go to men and women athletes ranked 21-50, who previously would have been paid $5,000 each in a year-end bonus, but will now see that amount raised to $8,000, and men and women athletes ranked 51-100, who previously would have been paid $2,000 each in a year-end bonus, but will now see that amount raised to $5,000. Athletes will be paid based on their PTO World Ranking as of January 1 or March 15, whichever is higher.

During this period that the race schedule is disrupted, the top ten PTO World Ranked men and women athletes have committed to work together with the PTO to engage in appearances and online exhibitions and any revenue from these will be distributed to athletes ranked 20-100.

Rachel Joyce, Co-President of the PTO, commented, “The world finds itself in a difficult and almost unprecedented time. We appreciate that many people are struggling both physically and economically. For our athletes, like many others, the future is filled with uncertainty. With many races cancelled, the ability of our athletes to be able to race in the near future has been greatly reduced. The PTO has been looking for a way to support our athletes in this time of instability. We appreciate that many race operators and race directors are struggling with financial constraints and the PTO is fortunate to be in a position to be able to provide some support to our athletes. We hope that our response in paying athletes a total of $2,500,000 today will help them manage the immediate disruption they are experiencing. We are now looking to work with sponsors, governing bodies, race organisers and other groups in exploring additional opportunities to help alleviate the hardships that COVID-19 is causing to the triathlon community.”

Charles Adamo, Chairman of the PTO, stated that, “The actions taken by the PTO today are indicative of the way our athletes are viewed as valuable partners. Once events were being cancelled, the Crankstart Investments team immediately contacted us and wanted to find the best way to provide short-term support to the athletes. We will continue to monitor the ongoing impact and hope to be able to adopt additional programmes where athletes are not only supported, but also are able to provide support to others who may be struggling in this current environment. As an organisation, the PTO and its professional athletes will look to work with governing bodies, race directors, race organisers and our entire triathlon community to see how we are able to help.” 

The PTO also has also announced that under the current circumstances, The Collins Cup, scheduled for May 30, will need to be postponed and will be rescheduled for 2021 at the x-bionic-sphere®. For THE CHAMPIONSHIP, scheduled for May 31, Challenge Family and the x-bionic-sphere are working closely with the local authorities to determine if the event should and can be rescheduled for a later 2020 date. Sam Renouf, CEO of the PTO, commented that, “Given the complex and innovative broadcast production we were going to deliver for The Collins Cup, it is just impossible to logistically have all the worldwide vendors and suppliers gearing-up in this uncertain environment and be able to hold The Collins Cup this year.”

Improvements Coming to Boulder’s Most Popular Trails

From Mt. Sanitas to Chautauqua, the City of Boulder is planning to make improvements to some of its most popular trails.

From BoulderColorado.gov

Learn about these projects and talk with city staff who work to maintain, repair and build trails an upcoming open house with the City of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) Department.  The event will be held Thursday, Feb. 27 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the OSMP HUB Building, 2520 55th St.  

Expect to learn about these upcoming projects and more:  

  • Anemone Trail: Planned construction will extend the Anemone Trail into a 3-mile trail loop west of Boulder, providing stunning views of Boulder Canyon, Sunshine Canyon, Front Range peaks and the city of Boulder. 
  • Mt. Sanitas  Trail: One of OSMP’s most popular trail routes is the Mt. Sanitas Trail. It can be difficult to maintain due to erosion and widening that can occur, which can cause impacts to native plant communities next to the trail. Crews will return for the fifth year in a row to repair sections of trail with stone steps and retaining walls.    
  • 1st-2nd Flatiron Trail: The construction of stone steps and retaining walls will further stabilize the trail to prevent erosion, reduce switchback shortcutting, and minimize vegetation damage.  Staff’s planting of vegetation also will help with native plant restoration.  
  • Cyclic trail maintenance: OSMP crews work year round on regular maintenance to reduce trail erosion and clear trails of overgrown vegetation. This helps extend the life of trails and prevents the need for costly or major maintenance projects.  

 
Get the latest trail updates 

A new text messaging service will provide community members updates about OSMP trail closures – most notably, muddy trail closures that can occur regularly during the winter, spring and fall. Sign up for this service by texting the word “OSMP” to 888-777. You can also find updates through the OSMP interactive trail map.

Don’t forget to download the new Boulder Area Trails App, which provides information on OSMP trails, as well as trails and paths managed by 11 other Boulder-area agencies.  

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Arizona State, Colorado Mesa Win at Women’s Collegiate Triathlon West Regional Qualifier

From USA Triathlon

Photo by Jessica Welk/USA Triathlon

The second of three Regional Qualifiers for the varsity women’s collegiate triathlon season was held Sunday in South Dakota, hosted by NCAA Division II triathlon program Black Hills State University. The race marked the second opportunity for teams and individuals to qualify for the Women’s Collegiate Triathlon National Championships, set for Nov. 16 in Tempe, Arizona.

Athletes completed a sprint-distance 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer draft-legal bike and 5-kilometer run. Awards were presented to the top-two individuals in each NCAA Division (DI, DII and DIII) and the top-two teams in DI and DII. There were not enough competing athletes from DIII programs to award a team score in that division.

Arizona State’s Kyla Roy, Audrey Ernst, Kira Stanley and Hannah Henry were the first four athletes across the line overall, as Roy took the DI individual victory with a time of 1 hour, 1 minute, 12 seconds. Colorado Mesa University’s Mazzy Jackson was the top DII finisher in 1:06:04, placing eighth in the overall field. Earning the DIII individual win was Northern Vermont University-Johnson’s Ellery Kiefer in 1:15:41, taking 22nd overall.

ASU was the top NCAA DI team on the day with six points, followed in the DI standings by the University of South Dakota with 19. USD’s Ella Kubas led the Coyotes with a fifth-place finish both overall and in her division, crossing the line in 1:05:30.

Colorado Mesa took top honors for DII teams with seven points, and Black Hills State was second with 16. Mathilde Bernard led the Black Hills State squad, finishing third in the DII standings and 13th overall with a time of 1:08:25.

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Paralympians Allysa Seely, Mark Barr Win ESPYS

From USA Triathlon

Two of paratriathlon’s biggest stars were honored Wednesday night in Los Angeles at the ESPY Awards, ESPN’s annual celebration for all things sports.

Paralympians Allysa Seely and Mark Barr took home the ESPYS for best female and male athletes with a disability, honored for their dominant 2018 seasons.

Seely, who won gold at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, logged a perfect season in 2018 on the ITU Paratriathlon World Series circuit, culminating in a gold medal at the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships in Gold Coast, Australia, which marked her third career world title in the women’s PTS2 category. Seely’s season earned her USA Triathlon’s Elite Paratriathlete of the Year honors for 2018.

She has continued that win streak this season with first-place finishes at the first three stops on the circuit in Milan, Italy; Yokohama, Japan and Montreal, Quebec.

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U.S. Olympian Joe Maloy to Lead USA Triathlon Collegiate Recruitment Program

From USA Triathlon

Maloy to lead talent transfer of single-sport NCAA runners and swimmers to elite triathlon

Photo: Nils Nilsen

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Triathlon today announced that 2016 U.S. Olympian Joe Maloy has been hired as coordinator of the USA Triathlon Collegiate Recruitment Program (CRP), which identifies and recruits top-level NCAA runners and swimmers to elite triathlon. A member of the USA Triathlon High Performance staff, Maloy started on June 24 and will work remotely out of Southern California.

Maloy fills the role previously held by 2004 U.S. Olympian Barb Lindquist, who founded the CRP in 2009 and resigned as program manager last month. Lindquist remains a consultant for the USA Triathlon high performance staff.

“USA Triathlon is proud to bring another Olympian onto our staff — not only to build on the strong foundation of the CRP, but also to develop its future in new and innovative ways,” said John Farra, High Performance General Manager at USA Triathlon. “Joe’s background as a collegiate swimmer, ITU triathlete and Olympian lends him an authenticity that will be key to recruiting the right athletes to the CRP. I know Joe is ready to hit the ground running as we approach Tokyo 2020 and the next Olympic quadrennial.”

The CRP fast-tracks the talent transfer of single-sport collegiate runners and swimmers who have the potential to be elite triathletes. Through active recruitment, assessment, mentorship, support and a full-time coaching environment within an elite squad, USA Triathlon has increased the quality and quantity of the next generation of potential Olympic medalists.

“Collegiate athletes who’ve transitioned to triathlon have enjoyed success at the sport’s highest levels,” Maloy said. “Barb Lindquist recognized an opportunity to introduce these athletes to our sport when she started USA Triathlon’s Collegiate Recruitment Program, and I’m looking forward to building upon that work. This is not only a great opportunity to help USA Triathlon find podium contenders for the Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games, but it’s also a chance to introduce hard-working women and men to both a sport and a community that will positively impact their lives for years to come. “

Read the full press release here

American just made it cheaper to travel with bikes, surfboards, skis and tubas

American Airlines is eliminating its hefty oversize bag fees for large sports equipment and musical instruments ahead of the summer travel season.

From USA Today
By Dawn Gilbertson

Passengers checking items including surfboards, skis and bikes will now pay standard checked bag fees instead of an oversize bag fee of $150 each way on domestic flights. The fine print: like all checked bags, the items must not weigh more than 50 pounds or overweight bag fees of$150 for those items will kick in, though fees may vary.

The savings are significant: American charges $30 each way for the first checked bag and $40 for a second checked bag.

American said the new policy, which takes effect immediately, was based on feedback from customers and employees.

It also likely was a competitive move. Alaska Airlines eliminated a $75 surcharge for oversized sports equipment in 2017 and last year United Airlines cut the fees for surfboards on nonstop flights to and from California

American said certain oversize items, including antlers, hang gliders, scuba tanks and kite/windsurfing gear, will still be subject to the flat $150 fee because they require special handling.

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How These Colorado Students Learn to Run With a Buffalo

From Runner’s World
By Lisa Jhung

Photo: Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

Can you imagine corralling a 1,300-pound animal at full sprint?

Running with a 1,300-pound bison is not your average college extracurricular. Yet, each spring in late April as the semester draws to an end, students line up with hopes of being part of one of the University of Colorado-Boulder’s proudest traditions.

This year, 35 current and incoming students came out hoping to be handpicked to earn the coveted title of being one of the school’s “Ralphie Handlers.” Ralphie is the name of the bison, or buffalo as is the school mascot, that has led the home team onto the field at football games for the past 52 years.

As you can imagine, the university can’t let the large animal run by itself across the field. That’s where the handlers come in. They run by its side as Ralphie reaches speeds of up to 19 mph in a horseshoe-shaped route before being directed into a trailer by handlers who hold onto ropes on Ralphie’s harness.

“We have two people up front; they’re typically our faster people,” program director John Graves told Runner’s World. “They’re helping to control Ralphie’s direction as she runs around the field.” In back, you’ll find the biggest, strongest handler. “His job is to slow her down a little bit.” Two other handlers run on either side of her to help both direct and slow her down.

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Boulder’s Sam Long wins Chattanooga 70.3, 28mph Bike Split!

There are many story lines to Boulder’s Sam Long taking first place at yesterday’s IRONMAN Chattanooga 70.3, but this quote from the Facebook page of the Wednesday Morning Velo, sums up the local cheering (and maybe some jeering) that accompanied Sam to Tennessee. And is a testament to just how awesome of a performance he had finishing in 3:48:50.

Congrats to “Threshold Group” honcho, Sam Long, for taking the WIN at yesterday’s IRONMAN 70.3 Chattanooga, including a race best bike split of 2:04:06 for 56 miles… that’s almost 28mph! See if you can hang on next time Sam joins us at WMV

The official news from IRONMAN:

Boulder’s Sam Long worked hard to eliminate all of his +3:20 time deficit and 14th place finish in the swim over the 56-mile single loop bike course. Coming off the bike with lead and then laying down a solid 1:15:22 run, Long took the victory by a 1:53 winning margin over Jackson Laundry (CAN).

You can hear more about Sam on this interview on Mile High Endurance Podcast with Rich Soares and Bill Plock (of 303), LINK HERE

Kara Goucher Nearly Collides With Mountain Lion on Morning Training Run

The big cats are a regular part of life in Boulder, but the former Olympian wasn’t expecting to see one on a populated road.

From Runners World
By Jacob Meschke

Photo: Todd Ryburn Photography/Getty Images
  • Former Olympian Kara Goucher nearly collided with a mountain lion during a morning training run last Monday in Boulder, Colorado.
  • After an injury forced her to drop out of Houston Marathon in January, the 2:24:52 marathoner decided to try her hand at trail running.

Even Kara Goucher, 2:24:52 marathoner and mainstay of U.S. women’s distance running for over a decade, gets spooked sometimes. But when it’s a dangerous wild predator just inches away from you, that’s understandable.

Since the return of an old hamstring injury forced Goucher to drop out of January’s Houston Marathon after 16 miles—her first marathon attempt since her heartbreaking fourth-place finish at the 2016 Olympic Trials—Goucher has taken her running in a new direction: the trails.

After so much success on the road and track, the 2007 IAAF World Championships silver medalist in the 10,000 meters and three time top 10 Olympic finisher, now 40, is training to run the Leadville Trail Marathon on June 15.

Photo: Allen Krughoff/Hardcastle Photography LLC

Though she wants more time to acclimate to the new discipline, Goucher told Runner’s World, training in her home of Boulder, Colorado has been going well. That is, until she nearly collided with a mountain lion.

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Dirty Duo race, something Different!

This race is a bit different: All athletes start 150 meters from the start line (LeMans start) and run to their bike; AND there are no age or gender groups, pretty cool!

Lory State Park, just west of Fort Collins, boasts some of the best trails, views and surroundings for outdoor enthusiasts and athletes. The “Dirty Duo” Off Road Ride & Run puts athletes right in the center of those surroundings for an all out multisport race!

Athletes start 150 meters from the transition area in what’s called a LeMans start. When the horn goes off they’ll sprint to their bikes and take off! Racers can go as easy or hard as they’d like in this first section to attack for position.

Once on the bikes this unique 11.25 mile two loop course will challenge their legs and keep them inspired as they climb to see epic views of Horsetooth Reservoir. There are two loops down Lodgepole Rd which is flat, open and fast. This gives faster riders a chance to pass other athletes before getting back onto the tight & technical single track trails.

As riders blaze into transition they’ll start to climb again almost immediately once they leave on the 4 mile run. The run course is technical, twisty and offers great scenery just like the bike course.

This race has NO age groups, NO gender groups and a small athlete capacity of just 100 racers. The course promises soaring skies and some awesome trail terrain that will leave smiling and dirty by the end.

We created an event like this to connect athletes with a “grassroots” type of race experience. There’s no formal sanctioning, no formal age/gender rankings and it’s essentially you vs you on the mountain trails.

Fort Collins is a short 10 minute drive east. The area boasts some of the best local breweries around, bike friendly paths at every turn and a ton of activities all within minutes of iconic downtown – also known as “Old Town”. Don’t take our word for it – make a weekend out of this event and plan to get a little extra sight seeing done after your cleaned up from the mountain 🙂