USA Triathlon Announces Additional Safe Return to Multisport Resources

From USA Triathlon

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Triathlon today announced additional resources as part of its Safe Return to Multisport initiative, a comprehensive and multi-pronged set of racing, training and event production guidelines for the multisport community to rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic. The new resources include Guidelines for COVID-19 Contact Tracing, Guidelines for Volunteers, and a Safe Return to Racing Town Hall open to the public this Wednesday, April 7.

“USA Triathlon collaborated with world-class medical experts and leaders at all levels of the sport to develop useful resources to empower our community to get back to racing safely,” said Rocky Harris, USA Triathlon CEO. “Many towns and venues across the U.S. approved USA Triathlon-sanctioned races as the first events to be held during the pandemic. This was due in large part to the stringent safety protocols our race directors were ready to present to local authorities, as well as the outdoor and physically distanced nature of the sport itself. USA Triathlon sanctioned hundreds of races across the U.S. in the last year, and there have been no confirmed COVID-19 cases among our participants associated with those events.”

About Safe Return to Multisport
The Safe Return to Multisport initiative was first launched in May 2020 and has been continually updated and expanded as circumstances change. It is developed in coordination with experienced race directors, medical experts, certified coaches, club directors, officials, athletes and endurance sport leaders. It is based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization and Occupational Safety and Health Administration, as well as sport-specific guidelines from the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee and World Triathlon. The resources are meant to be used in conjunction with federal, state and local protocols — including mass gathering thresholds and physical distancing requirements.

Safe Return to Racing Town Hall — Wednesday, April 7
USA Triathlon and Triathlete will co-host a Safe Return to Racing Town Hall on Wednesday, April 7, at 7 p.m. ET, designed to help athletes of all levels plan their return to racing in 2021. The virtual discussion is free and open to the public, and will be livestreamed on USA Triathlon’s Facebook page. It will provide an overview of USA Triathlon’s Safe Return to Multisport guidelines and will feature industry professionals covering various topics — from getting back to training safely while managing expectations, to travel suggestions and what athletes should expect on race day. For more details, click here.

Contact Tracing and Volunteer Guidelines

The new resource Guidelines for COVID-19 Contact Tracing, primarily intended for race directors, outlines the actions that should be taken when a COVID-19 infection is identified among an athlete, spectator, official, volunteer or staff member at an event. This includes a step-by-step process for identifying and notifying close contacts, as well as a review of CDC-recommended quarantine, testing and isolation procedures.  

The Guidelines for Volunteers document is provided as a resource for individuals who volunteer at multisport events. This includes a self-screening checklist, a review best practices to mitigate exposure and spread COVID-19, and a set of do’s and don’ts for volunteer participation. Volunteers are vital to the execution and implementation of multisport events. To learn more about local and national volunteer opportunities, click here.

Additional Resources
In addition to the Volunteer Guidelines and Contact Tracing documents, resources also include a Safe Return to Multisport overview; Return to Racing Recommendations for Athletes; Return to Racing Recommendations for Race Directors; Return to Racing Guidelines for Officiating; Recommendations for Organized Mass Gatherings; a Return to Racing Training Program; and Travel Like a Pro, a set of best practices for athletes traveling to events nationally and internationally. All resources are available for download at usatriathlon.org/safe-return.

USA Triathlon continues to monitor the situation surrounding COVID-19, while following the guidance of local authorities, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), when making decisions regarding the status of USA Triathlon events and programs.

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 4,000 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 World Triathlon Championships, Pan American Games and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of World Triathlon and the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC).

USA Triathlon’s Elevate 2028 Strategic Plan to Guide Through the LA Olympics

USA Triathlon’s Elevate 2028 Strategic Plan will guide the organization’s priorities, decision-making processes and culture through the next two Olympic and Paralympic Quadrennials. The robust set of guiding principles, goals and strategies will enable USA Triathlon to grow participation, provide unmatched support to the multisport community, and reach vast new audiences culminating at the Olympic and Paralympic Games Los Angeles 2028.

Elevate 2028 is intentionally extended through 2028 to mark the moment when the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games will return to the United States — to Southern California, the birthplace of triathlon — for the first time in 32 years. The LA 2028 Games will mark the first time triathlon is contested in the Olympic and Paralympic Games on U.S. soil, providing the opportunity to build a legacy in the U.S. and create mainstream exposure for the sport on an unprecedented scale.

Vision: To grow, inspire and support the triathlon/multisport community.

Mission: To provide resources that empower members of the triathlon/multisport community to reach their full potential

   OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES

Excellence: We embody the aspirational ideals set by our Olympic and Paralympic athletes, reaching the highest levels of performance in everything we do.

Service We operate in a spirit of service and giving back, enabling the triathlon/multisport community to attain its goals and thrive.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access We aspire to ensure the sport is reflective of the country we represent, and value and embrace diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.

Collaboration We maximize reach and available resources through strategic partnership.

   KEY AREAS OF FOCUS

Serve and Engage Our Community: Provide exceptional service, resources and value to our constituent groups – including Race Directors and Event Production Companies, Coaches, Officials, Clubs, Volunteers, Athletes and Fans, and any other individuals or organizations that support the triathlon/multisport community.

Grow the Sport: Increase participation and engagement by expanding and simplifying pathways for new athletes to enter the sport and develop and maximize their triathlon/multisport potential while empowering and providing meaningful value and support for USA Triathlon members.

Elevate the Brand and the Sport: Inspire athletes of all ages to become participants, fans and lifelong members of our community by sharing and celebrating the virtues of the sport, the mission of USA Triathlon, and the personal, unique and shared qualities of our members.

Embody Sport Leadership: Demonstrate global excellence in athlete support, sport performance and business operations.

Ensure Financial Strength: Diversify and increase revenue streams to fund our strategic priorities.

   STRATEGIES AND TARGET OUTCOMES

SERVE AND ENGAGE OUR COMMUNITY

How We Will Do It (Strategies)• Service and Value. Transform the relationships with our constituent groups and their overall experience with USA Triathlon in significant, tangible ways, to increase satisfaction, retention and advocacy.• Resource Leader. Establish the most trusted and robust education and resource program in the endurance sports industry to develop a talented, diverse, and passionate pool of coaches, race directors, officials, volunteers, and leaders.• Build, Connect and Activate the Community. Create and cultivate an integrated network of meaningful relationships and volunteerism and maximize our constituent base across the triathlon/multisport community at the grassroots level.• Establish Government Relations, Advocacy and Public Affairs Capabilities. Develop local and national governmental relationships and partnerships to increase influence on local event permitting and costs, health and wellness, athlete safety, and environmental sustainability. 

What We Will Measure (2028 Target Outcomes)• Become an organization renowned throughout the sports industry for its exceptional customer service with an annual 8.0 blended average customer satisfaction rating (CSAT) across constituents and members• Position the organization as the industry leader in resources for all constituents and prospective multisport athletes to elevate and connect the triathlon/multisport community• Assure the top-25 markets in the United States have a vibrant triathlon/multisport community through support of youth and adult clubs, local races, volunteerism and strong governmental relationships 

GROW THE SPORT

How We Will Do It (Strategies)• Deepen Connection with Membership. Retain and support the triathlon/multisport membership base by delivering meaningful value and transforming an athlete’s personal relationship with the sport into a lifestyle, mindset and passionate lifelong pursuit.• Build Youth Development Pathways and Infrastructure. Provide clear pathways into the sport from youth to collegiate athletes and develop programs to grow the next generation of athletes.• Ensure Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access. Break down barriers and create opportunities to engage individuals from underserved and underrepresented populations and foster a welcoming and inclusive environment for people of every race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, ability and socioeconomic status.• Engage New Audiences: Increase pathways to attract fitness enthusiasts, become the trusted source for new triathlon/multisport athletes, strengthen strategic partnerships, and leverage innovative fitness technology and gaming to reach new audiences. 

What We Will Measure (2028 Target Outcomes)• Improve the average membership lifetime value (baseline to be determined in 2021)• Increase diversity in triathlon/multisport to better reflect the demographics of the United States• Build an established and nationally recognized high school sport program 

ELEVATE THE BRAND AND THE SPORT

How We Will Do It (Strategies)• Reposition the sport: Activate #PowerWithin to address the sport’s challenges head-on, galvanize the current triathlon/multisport community and inspire new audiences to discover the health and wellness benefits of the sport, and ultimately, realize the best versions of themselves.• Embrace All Multisport Formats. Fully embrace the diversity of swim, bike, run experiences by promoting all triathlon/multisport related disciplines.• Establish Triathlon and Multisport as Mainstream. Increase public awareness of triathlon/multisport as an aspirational, yet attainable, participatory sport and establish it as a compelling and exciting spectator sport.• Optimize the Road to LA 2028. Leverage LA 2028. Engage current and prospective fans and athletes on the journey through Tokyo and Paris to the 2028 Olympic & Paralympic Games in Los Angeles to raise awareness, excitement and support for triathlon/multisport in the U.S. 

What We Will Measure (2028 Target Outcomes)• Increase the brand health score by 20% by elevating the brand of the sport and USA Triathlon• Expand non-traditional swim-bike-run formats to double participation• Evolve triathlon/multisport from a primarily participant sport to a spectator sport 

EMBODY SPORT LEADERSHIP

How We Will Do It (Strategies)• Ensure Athlete Well-Being. Support holistic athlete development, with an emphasis on health, safety, fair competition and personal growth through significant, focused efforts on SafeSport, and clean sport.• Support Olympic/Paralympic Performance. Establish the best Olympic and Paralympic high-performance triathlon programs in the world by providing resources focused on sustained competitive excellence and identifying and supporting the best athletes to attain podium finishes, and a comprehensive career transition program for elite athletes.• Establish International Impact. Foster meaningful relationships as an influential leader with the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC), U.S. National Governing Bodies (NGBs), United States Olympic and Paralympic Properties (USOPP), LA 2028 Organizing Committee, World Triathlon, and other National Federations (NFs) for the sport.• Optimize Organizational Performance. Promote an organizational culture that is people-first and data and results-driven. 

What We Will Measure (2028 Target Outcomes)• Develop the top high performance program in the world as measured by best overall podium finishes in LA2028• Continue to act as the prominent leader and influencer for the sport nationally and establish USA Triathlon as the primary leader for the sport internationally• Strive to become the best place to work in sports and earn a 90% overall employee satisfaction annually 

ENSURE FINANCIAL STRENGTH

How We Will Do It (Strategies)• Inspire Philanthropic Growth. Create an industry leading major gift program and establish an endowment to support strategic priorities.• Expand Corporate Partner Engagement. Develop mutually beneficial partnerships with organizations that can lend expertise, exposure and resources to USA Triathlon and to the sport.• Maximize Revenue Streams. Expand existing sources of revenue and develop new revenue-generating opportunities.• Ensure Fiscal Stewardship. Prioritize sound financial management and organizational effectiveness to achieve strategic priorities. 

What We Will Measure (2028 Target Outcomes)• Secure $4,000,000 annually in donations for the foundation and develop an endowment• Grow marketing related revenue to $6,000,000 annually• Ensure cash reserves equal to six months of operating expenses and exceed $20,000,000 in annual revenue 

USA Triathlon Elevate 2028 Working Group

  • Ann Bailey, Government Relations, Executive Director at Morgan Stanley & Team USAAge Group Athlete
  • Victoria Brumfield, USA Triathlon Chief of Staff
  • Rob Canales, ROKA Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
  • Dave Deschenes, USA Triathlon Foundation Executive Director
  • John Farra, USA Triathlon High Performance General Manager
  • Marcus Fitts, GRIT USA Founder and Owner
  • Dirk Friel, Peaksware and TrainingPeaks Co-Founder
  • Gabriela Gallegos, USA Triathlon Board of Directors, President and Race Director at Race El Paso
  • Rocky Harris, USA Triathlon Chief Executive Officer
  • Jacqueline McCook, Past President, USA Triathlon Board of Directors
  • Chuck Menke, Former USA Triathlon Chief Marketing Officer
  • Joel Rosinbum, President, USA Triathlon Board of Directors and Elite Paratriathlete
  • Erin Storie, USA Triathlon Elite Athlete
  • Kenneth Shropshire, Global Sport Institute Chief Executive Officer
  • Nellie Viner, USA Triathlon Senior Counsel
  • Earl Walton, IRONMAN Global Director of Training and Coaching
  • Katie Willemarck, USA Triathlon Controller
  • Tim Yount, USA Triathlon Chief Sport Development Officer 

Facilitators

  • Avery Wilson, U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee
  • Jace Coston, USOPC
  • Danielle Lopez, USOPC
  • Kelly Stone, USOPC
  • Davis Tutt, USOPC
  • Liz Browne, USA Triathlon

USA TRIATHLON ANNOUNCES 2021 TOYOTA U.S. PARATRIATHLON NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER

From USA Triathlon

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Triathlon today announced the 16 members of the 2021 Toyota U.S. Paratriathlon National Team, the group of athletes who will represent the U.S. at the highest levels of elite paratriathlon competition during the 2021 season. 

The talented group, which includes four Paralympic triathlon medalists and six world champions, will compete at World Triathlon Para Cup events, World Triathlon Para Series events and the World Triathlon Para Championships throughout 2021. Select athletes will also represent Team USA at the postponed Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, which will take place this summer from Aug. 24-Sept. 5. 

“USA Triathlon is proud to honor the 16 paratriathletes who will represent us on the world stage this season,” said Amanda Duke Boulet, USA Triathlon Paralympic Program Director. “The 2021 roster includes both veterans of the sport and relative newcomers, but all have the potential to win medals against fierce international competition. Our athletes have adaptability and resilience at their core, and they are eagerly awaiting the opportunity to qualify and compete at the Tokyo Paralympic Games this summer.”

The Toyota U.S. Paratriathlon National Team is supported by Toyota, USA Triathlon’s Exclusive Mobility & Automotive Partner. Toyota has shown unparalleled commitment to the paratriathlon program, serving as the title partner for the Toyota USA Paratriathlon National Championships and in 2019 combining with the Challenged Athletes Foundation and USA Triathlon to offer the first-ever professional prize purse for the event. Toyota also directly sponsors select Team Toyota paratriathletes.

Read the rest of the entire article, including the complete team roster HERE.

Endurance Exchange Silent Auction benefitting the USA Triathlon Foundation

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Looking to support a great cause? Check out the Endurance Exchange Silent Auction benefitting the USA Triathlon Foundation. Proceeds from the auction will support the Foundation’s mission to transform lives through sport for all, to include supporting our Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls and athletes competing at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

The auction will close at 12:00PM EST on Sunday, January 31st. Packages are available for all interests and budgets starting out at Cases of Vice Wine all the way up to VIP Spectator Package for the IRONMAN World Championships in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

Have questions about the auction items or want more information about the Foundation? Please contact Dave Deschenes at Dave.Deschenes@usatriathlonfoundation.org.

A Weight Lifted: Paratriathlete Hailey Danz Shares Her Coming Out Story

From USA Triathlon
By Hailey Danz

In November, 2020, I did one of the most terrifying things I’ve ever done. In this social media post, I came out as gay.

I think I’ve known I was gay since college, but I fought it for a long time. I already fell into one minority group having lost my leg to cancer, and I guess I didn’t want there to be one more thing to make me different. Even as I began to accept this piece of my identity, I was ambivalent toward the idea of coming out publicly. On the one hand, it felt like something I shouldn’t be obligated to do. While my sexuality is a part of me, it’s certainly not the most significant part. I didn’t want to make a big deal about being gay because in the grand scheme of who I am, it’s not a big deal. 

(It’s my hope that one day people won’t feel like they have to “come out” as we know it, because acceptance of differences in sexuality is the norm. And for the record, I think we’re close to this being the case.)

But the reality is, we’re not there yet. And in our current world, if you’re a gay professional athlete who’s not publicly out, you’re hiding something. 

And let me tell you, hiding a part of yourself is exhausting. The weight of that burden is not unlike the weight of a chronically high training load. When you carry it around long enough, fatigue becomes your baseline, and you stop noticing how much effort you’re using just to stay afloat. You get really good at convincing yourself that everything is fine, ignoring that extra edge of irritability or the racing mind that keeps you up at night. And so you power through, believing you’re doing what’s best, until one day you wake up and realize you can’t possibly spend one more second pedaling your bike … or pretending to be someone you’re not. 

This is where I found myself in November. It had been months in the making, but I was finally able to admit to myself that the weight of hiding was too heavy to continue carrying. I decided I had too much to offer this world, and the energy I was using to filter myself needed to be devoted to greater things.

That was when I decided to share the most difficult — and most liberating — thing I had ever written.

Read the rest of the entire article here

Get ready: National Triathlon Week is coming!

Are you ready for National Triathlon Week? Starting June 22, join the multisport community in celebrating the sport of triathlon by sharing your experiences, inspiring stories, advice and support on social media using the hashtag #TriWeek.

From USA Triathlon

National Triathlon Week is a nationwide initiative to celebrate the sport of triathlon and all of the members of the multisport community. It is taking place from June 22-28, 2020. This week is geared toward education, celebration and participation in the multisport lifestyle. The schedule for the week features a new theme each day, with a spotlight on all of the components that make this sport so great. National Triathlon Week, or #TriWeek, is a celebration of not only triathletes, but all members of the multisport community — including officials, coaches, race directors, families and friends of triathletes and more.

There are many ways to get involved in National Triathlon Week! Whether you have 5 minutes or a full day, you’ll find a way to join the celebration. Check out the Get Involved page for ideas on how to share your excitement for the sport of triathlon, and be sure to use the hashtag #TriWeek on social media. This is your chance to share your story and compete against friends and triathletes across the country for daily prizes.

New to triathlon? Visit mytimetotri.com to get started today! Triathlon is an amazing sport, and we want to share it with you.

National Triathlon Week is for everyone, and we want to celebrate with everyone! We look forward to hearing your best stories and advice, seeing your favorite photos and sharing the multisport lifestyle all week long!

Follow and like us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for special feature content throughout the week and details on you can be eligible to win some amazing prizes from our partners. 

National Triathlon Week Prize Giveaways and Discounts

Winners selected June 22-28, 2020, unless otherwise noted. Check out our social pages and engage with our giveaway posts to be entered to win one of the day’s special prizes, listed below. You can also find discounts on your favorite triathlon gear all week long at the USAT Store

Monday, June 22: Time to Tri Day

USA Triathlon-branded Newton Running Shoes, Training Peaks 6-month subscription (4)

Tuesday, June 23: Olympic & Paralympic Day

Hyperice Hypervolt, Wahoo TICKR Heart Rate Monitor

Wednesday, June 24: Swim Day

ROKA goggles, KT Tape Pro Extreme Black

Thursday, June 25: Bike Day

Rudy Project Defender Sunglasses, Rudy Project Strym helmet

Friday, June 26: Run Day

Science in Sport $50 Gift Card (3), CURREX RunPro Insoles, CURREX BikePro Insoles

Saturday, June 27: Race Day

Hand & Stone Massage and Facial $110 Gift Card (3), Amp Human PR Lotion Starter Kit, Pilates for Sports Free 3-month Trial

Sunday, June 28: Community Appreciation Day

2XU Triathlon Prize Package, featuring a pair of 2XU MCS Run compression Tights, a pair 2XU Power Recovery Compression Tights, a pair of 2XU Recovery Socks, a pair of Full-Length 2XU VECTR Socks, a pair of 2XU Vectr Socks and a 2XU Run Belt


New this year, National Triathlon Week will also include a #TriWeek Virtual Challenge presented by TOWER 26, as well as a #TriWeek Triathlon Tournament to determine the best all-time moment in U.S. triathlon history. The complete schedule, along with ideas for how to participate are at  usatriathlon.org/triweek. Get pumped!

USA Triathlon, CHALLENGE North America and PTO Team up for $1 Million Prize Purse at Daytona Tri Festival

It was announced today that USA Triathlon and the Professional Triathletes Organisation have joined forces with CHALLENGENORTHAMERICA to be part of its iconic CHALLENGEDAYTONA race at Daytona International Speedway on December 4th, 5th and 6th.  The three-day triathlon festival will attract athletes from around the world to compete at the “World Center of Racing ®” and will feature an array of different events, including age-grouper sprint and middle-distance events, junior challenges, a Pro-Am relay and will culminate with a PTO Middle Distance World Championship Race with a $1,000,000 prize purse for the world’s top professional triathletes.

William Christy, CEO of CHALLENGENORTHAMERICA shares, “In often a divided world, triathlon has been a unifying force for athletes across the globe. We come together to compete as a family of global athletes. The global pandemic has displaced athletes and cancelled races and now more than ever, our world needs to unite. Our festival allows us to cheer and compete for a shared cause.”

“The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our daily lives and routines in dramatic ways. As we adjust and adapt to these changing circumstances, we also know that our entire multisport community is eagerly awaiting the day we can safely and responsibly race again,” said Rocky Harris, USA Triathlon CEO. “USA Triathlon is proud to support CHALLENGENORTHAMERICA and the PTO by sanctioning a world-class event in December that will showcase the camaraderie of our sport.”

Charles Adamo, PTO Chairman, stated “The PTO is pleased to be able to work with the USA Triathlon and CHALLENGEDAYTONA to support the triathlon community to provide race opportunities for athletes. Since many professional events have been cancelled and some races rescheduled without a professional prize purse, the PTO is committing $1,000,000 of prize money for the PTO Middle Distance World Championship.”

In addition, the PTO Championships on December 6th, the CHALLENGEDAYTONAFestival weekend will include a wide array of events catering to athletes of all ages and abilities. The event weekend is anticipated to host the following events:

·       PTO Middle Distance World Championships

·       Sprint and Middle-Distance Triathlons

·       Junior Challenge kids’ race

·       Pro Am Relay Race

·       5K/10K run/walk events

·       Relay categories

·       Duathlon and Aquabike events


The top six male and female finishers in each Middle-Distance Triathlon age group will qualify for entry in THECHAMPIONSHIP, to be held in May 2021 at the x-bionic sphere in Samorin, Slovakia.

Zibi Szlufcik, CHALLENGEFAMILY President of the Board, commented, “While there is still uncertainty associated with the effects of the global pandemic, we know that planning, preparation and hope must continue for the triathlon community. Our teams are busy making the necessary preparations for what we all hope will be a tribute to our sport.”

Triathlon and Wine – Like Peas and Carrots

Triathletes tend to have many vices including spending way too much money on bikes, signing up for a handful of races year after year, and we’d like to venture to say that drinking wine in copious amounts can be added to the list.

Triathlon and wine apparently go hand in hand like peas and carrots.

Yesterday the USA Triathlon Foundation announced a partnership with The Vice Wine. For USA Triathlon members, The Vice Wine is offering a 25% discount on all orders. Use the discount code USAT25. Check out the press release below on how you can give back to the sport and add to your current wine collection!


USA TRIATHLON FOUNDATION PARTNERS WITH THE VICE WINE, MAKERS OF “THE TRI BLEND”

Proceeds from luxury limited edition batch will benefit the Foundation’s mission

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The USA Triathlon Foundation today announced a partnership with The Vice Wine, a luxury winery based in Napa Valley, California, and operating out of California and New York, through 2022.

Proceeds from The Vice Wine’s triathlon-inspired luxury limited edition batch The Tri Blend will benefit the USA Triathlon Foundation and help to support its mission, which is to transform lives through sport by providing opportunities to swim, bike and run. The Vice Wine is co-founded by Malek Amrani, a multi-year member of USA Triathlon’s amateur Team USA, and his wife, Torie Greenberg.

“Pursuing a partnership with The Vice Wine is a unique opportunity for the USA Triathlon Foundation,” said David Deschenes, Executive Director of the USA Triathlon Foundation. “We’re able to provide our athletes with a high-quality, one-of-a-kind product, while also offering a unique way to give back to the sport by supporting the mission of the foundation.”

“Elite and amateur triathletes alike have an ongoing quest for improvement in sports, while maintaining a clean and healthy diet, which is a pillar of the triathlete lifestyle,” Amrani, Founder and Winemaker of The Vice Wine, said. “In 2017, triathlon became a healthy vice for me and helped me tremendously thrive in my field of winemaking. I’m proud that the simple pleasure of enjoying a glass of The Vice Wine can now help the USA Triathlon Foundation achieve its mission.”

The Tri Blend is available exclusively at The Vice Wine’s online shop at thevicewine.com. Based on triathlon’s three disciplines, the blend includes three distinctive grapes and is ultimately comprised of 16 percent Petite Sirah, 54 percent Malbec and 30 percent Cabernet Franc. The inspiration behind the precise blending is the percentage of total race time spent on each discipline — swim, bike and run — by world champion Katie Zaferes en route to her victory at the 2019 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Lausanne, Switzerland.

“In triathlon, you have to consistently train for a long season and excel at all three sports during a race to score a victory,” Amrani said. “As in triathlon, I’ve worked very hard for the past three years to craft three unique wines from three vineyards of Napa Valley to blend this winner.”

“When I found out the inspiration behind The Vice ‘Tri Blend’ was my win at the ITU Grand Final 2019, I was both honored and excited,” Zaferes said. “It’s such an original and neat way to celebrate that day. I love that the blend of the wine is based on each component of the race, which really makes it all the more meaningful. This type of specialty wine has me looking forward to both savoring it and holding onto it just as I wanted to do with that moment in Lausanne last year. I just can’t wait for the moment when we can reunite with family and friends again and celebrate with such a meaningful wine that brings back many happy memories as we start a new journey to get back to racing, while being able to support the mission of the USA Triathlon Foundation.”

The Vice Wine will continuously craft dedicated batches for the triathlon community in support of the USA Triathlon Foundation. The Vice Wine will be available in the expo area for athletes over 21 years of age* at the Legacy Triathlon in Long Beach, California, and the Toyota USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships in Milwaukee. USA Triathlon annual members may use the code USAT25 to receive 25 percent off of all The Vice Wine products through May 30, and The Vice Wine will communicate additional member-exclusive offers throughout the year.

*Note: Advertising for The Vice Wine will not be included in materials or content targeted to USA Triathlon’s youth or under-21 audience.

The Vice Wine is a result of passionate labor, sustainable farming, a long expertise of the wine industry and a current understanding of the consumer’s wine trend. The luxury brand sources small-batch, single-grape varietals from hand-selected vineyards in Napa Valley. The wines contain no added chemicals, are low in sulfites and are certified vegan. The Vice Wines have received ratings of 90+ points in leading publications such as Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast and James Suckling.

For more information about The Vice Wine, visit thevicewine.com.

To donate to the USA Triathlon Foundation, or to learn more about the foundation and the programs and individuals it supports, visit usatriathlonfoundation.org.


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).

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 The Vice Wine
The Vice Wine is a Napa Valley luxury wine brand made in small batches. Each batch is crafted from single grape varietals sourced from hand selected vineyards that best express the grape varietal and the region that it comes from. The Vice wines is a result of passionate labor, sustainable farming, a long expertise of the wine industry and a current understanding of the consumer’s wine trend. The Vice wines is about as personal of a brand as it gets. Everything is done by the founders. We drive the truck to get our fruit, we crush, bottle, label; we do everything by hand when possible. We design the labels, work the market, and sell the wine. We believe that the best wines in the world aren’t the most expensive ones. We thrive at providing the best quality wine at the best value. For more information visit thevicewine.com and follow on @thevicewine

USA Triathlon, IRONMAN U Collaborate on First-Ever Coaching Education Partnership

From USA Triathlon

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Triathlon and IRONMAN U today announced a first-of-its-kind partnership that will enable multisport coaches in the USA Triathlon Coaching Certification Program to earn USA Triathlon Approved Continuing Education Units (CEUs) by completing the IRONMAN U online coach certification course. 

The USA Triathlon Coaching Certification Program was established in order to provide aspiring coaches with the tools to develop athletes effectively, help them set and reach their goals in multisport, and maintain safe environments for training and racing. The program also enables coaches nationwide to network and share best practices through in-person and online clinics and educational events. The USA Triathlon coach development pathway starts with an online learning course called Foundations of USA Triathlon Coaching, then progresses through increasingly advanced coach certifications to educate and support triathlon coaches of all levels.

IRONMAN U is a 100 percent online, interactive 11-module course that covers topics such as IRONMAN history and coaching philosophy; principles of exercise science; the science of swimming, cycling and running; sports nutrition; strength and conditioning; developing training plans; the art of coaching; event preparation and execution; and coaching business. The innovative online education and coaching certification platform offers instruction for coaches and endurance athletes of varying skills and abilities. 

“USA Triathlon is proud to collaborate with IRONMAN U to offer a variety of coaching education pathways and expand the collective knowledge and expertise of coaches across multisport,” said Tim Yount, USA Triathlon Chief Sport Development Officer. “Through this partnership, coaches will be better able to earn recognition and credit for the time and investment they have put into their professional development. We are always looking for ways to provide our certified coaches with more opportunities to learn and grow to better serve their athletes and the broader triathlon community.”

The IRONMAN U certification will be worth 10 USA Triathlon Approved CEUs for USA Triathlon-certified coaches. Coaches recertify every two years. CEU requirements for USA Triathlon coaches vary based on certification level (I, II or III), but for Level I coaches, the requirement is 15 CEUs per two-year recertification cycle. 

“The most valuable asset a coach has is their knowledge of the sport,” said Earl Walton, Global Director of Coaching and Training at The IRONMAN Group. “Working with USA Triathlon to create more opportunities for coaches to learn is critical to the success of our sport at every level. This is the first part of a more unified focus from USA Triathlon and IRONMAN to collaborate to build great coaching programs for triathlon coaches.”

USA Triathlon and IRONMAN are exploring a more expanded coaching education collaboration in the future, with an emphasis on providing mutual benefits for coaches across both platforms. 

For more information about the USA Triathlon Coaching Certification Program, click here. To learn more about IRONMAN U, visit u.ironman.com. To find a triathlon coach for you based on specific expertise, location and level of certification, visit usatriathlon.org/findacoach.


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).

About The IRONMAN Group
The IRONMAN Group operates a global portfolio of events that includes the IRONMAN® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN® 70.3® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN® VR™ Series, 5150™ Triathlon Series, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series®, IRONKIDS®, ITU World Triathlon Series, premier running events including the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon™ and The Sun-Herald City2Surf® presented by Westpac, Ultra-Trail® World Tour events including Tarawera Ultra and Ultra-Trail Australia™, mountain bike races including the Absa Cape Epic®, road cycling events, and other multisport races. The IRONMAN Group is the largest operator of mass participation sports in the world and provides more than a million participants annually the benefits of endurance sports through the company’s vast offerings. Since the inception of the iconic IRONMAN® brand and its first event in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE® by crossing finish lines around the world. Beginning as a single race, The IRONMAN Group has grown to become a global sensation with more than 235 events across 50+ countries. For more information, visit www.ironman.com

Time To Tri Virtual Triathlon, Still Jump In!

The past weekend The Time To Tri Virtual Triathlon kicked off and there is still time to catch up. Here are some details on the program and how to start,

The #DreamingSeason Time to Tri Virtual Triathlon starts Friday Jan. 31! Click the green “Join Challenge” button below to get started.

This FREE and convenient triathlon allows you to be a triathlete on your own time at your own pace. 

Indoors or outside. Day or night. On a stationary bike and a treadmill or on a trail. All at once or broken into one leg per day. You decide. That’s the beauty of virtual racing – swim, bike and run where you want and when you want. 

Regardless of your familiarity with triathlon or your fitness level, anyone can participate in the #DreamingSeason Time to Tri Virtual Triathlon.

Sprint Triathlon distances:

  • Swim: 500 meters
  • Bike: 20 kilometers
  • Run: 5 kilometers

VIRTUAL TRIATHLON 101 FAQS

About the #DreamingSeason Time to Tri Virtual Triathlon

The FREE #DreamingSeason Time to Tri Virtual Triathlon is an entirely online swim, bike and run event that allows you to seamlessly sync your workout devices to the #DreamingSeason Time to Tri Virtual Triathlon results and leaderboard. Virtual triathlon allows for anyone — with any level of experience — to compete in a triathlon at their own pace.

What is a virtual triathlon?

Athletes have the convenience of swimming, biking and running the distance of a sprint triathlon on their own schedule anywhere in the world — indoors or outside. Do the distance all at once like a traditional triathlon or break it into one leg per day. The beauty of a virtual triathlon is the flexibility.

Who is virtual triathlon for?

Anyone! Whether you’re looking to do your first triathlon or have done hundreds, anyone can participate. To be considered a finisher, you simply need to complete the required distance for swimming, cycling and running before the end of the event.

Where should I participate?

Wherever you can safely swim, bike and run! Swim in a pool or open water. Ride on the trainer or outdoors. Run on a treadmill, track or trail. As long as you can measure your time and distance via a smartwatch, GPS-enabled device or phone, you can sync to the Time to Tri Virtual Triathlon platform.

What equipment do I need?

A GPS-enabled device, phone or smartwatch to record your workout is encouraged, but you do not have to have a tracking device. Basic swim, bike and run gear or access to a stationary bike, pool or treadmill is all you really need to participate. Visit mytimetotri.com/gear-checklist to learn more about triathlon equipment. You can link compatible devices to your Time to Tri Virtual Triathlon profile and it will track and upload for you. The platform supports Apple Health, Apple Watch, Fitbit, Garmin devices and more! Learn more about how to connect your device and if it is compatible at https://www.fitrankings.com/connect.

Cost

None. This virtual triathlon is 100% free!