USA Triathlon teams with USA Swimming and US Masters Swimming

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Triathlon today announced a three-way partnership with USA Swimming and U.S. Masters Swimming to host open water swim races as part of two USA Triathlon-owned events this year, the inaugural Legacy Triathlon and the Toyota USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships.

The alliance was forged as a way for the organizations to collectively grow the sports of swimming and triathlon. The open water swim competitions will introduce single-sport swimmers to the multisport community, while offering a valuable racing option for triathletes who wish to hone their open water skills.

USA Triathlon, USA Swimming and U.S. Masters Swimming share many of the same members, making the partnership a natural fit. Athletes are not required to be members of any of the three organizations in order to compete in the open water swim events.

“Since the launch of the Time to Tri growth initiative last year, USA Triathlon has operated under the philosophy that a rising tide lifts all ships,” said Rocky Harris, USA Triathlon CEO. “This partnership is a perfect example of working with two peer organizations who share our goals as well as our values. Triathletes across the country have found community and camaraderie through USA Swimming and U.S. Masters Swimming programs. At the same time, we believe there is an opportunity we haven’t fully realized to reach aspiring triathletes from the swimming community.” 

The organizations will also collaborate on marketing and promotional efforts, while encouraging participation across their respective membership bases.

“Swimming is a lifelong sport, and finding ways for our membership to experience it in new ways, develop new skills and have fun is definitely a winning proposition,” said Joel Shinofield, Managing Director of Sport Development at USA Swimming. “Partnering with like-minded organizations such as USA Triathlon and U.S. Masters to continue to engage the membership and to get more athletes in the water is important to our respective long-term successes.” 

“We’re excited for the opportunity to partner with USA Triathlon and USA Swimming on these events,” said Dawson Hughes, CEO of U.S. Masters Swimming. “Providing more opportunities for our members to participate in open water swimming, as either a fitness challenge or competitive endeavor, is a goal for all three of our organizations. We hope these initial events serve as a platform for further collaboration.”

The races are open to all skill levels, and each participant will receive a swim cap and event-specific t-shirt.

At both events, the open water swim will be held the day before triathlon racing begins. 

The Legacy Triathlon open water swim will take place July 19 at 6 p.m. PT off the coast of Alamitos Beach in Long Beach, California. Both 750-meter and 1,500-meter options are available, and registration is now open at thelegacytriathlon.com. The action continues July 20 with the Legacy Triathlon age-group sprint-distance race, followed that same day by the Toyota USA Paratriathlon National Championships.

The open water swim at the Toyota USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships is set for Aug. 9 at 11 a.m. ET in Cleveland’s Lake Erie. The distance is 750m, and registration is now open at usatriathlon.org/agnc2019. (The open water swim is not considered a national championship event.) Triathlon racing gets underway Aug. 10 with the USA Triathlon Age Group Olympic-Distance National Championships, followed by the Sprint National Championships on Aug. 11. 

At Age Group Nationals, a bundled discount is available to athletes who register for the open water swim in addition to the sprint- or Olympic-distance race the same weekend. Visit the Age Group Nationals and Legacy Triathlon event websites for complete pricing details.  

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

About USA Swimming
As the National Governing Body for the sport of swimming in the United States, USA Swimming is a 400,000-member service organization that promotes the culture of swimming by creating opportunities for swimmers and coaches of all backgrounds to participate and advance in the sport through clubs, events and education. Our membership is comprised of swimmers from the age group level to the Olympic Team, as well as coaches and volunteers. USA Swimming is responsible for selecting and training teams for international competition including the Olympic Games and strives to serve the sport through its core objectives: Build the base, Promote the sport, Achieve competitive success. For more information, visit www.usaswimming.org.

About U.S. Masters Swimming
U.S. Masters Swimming encourages adults to enjoy the health, fitness, and social benefits of swimming by providing more than 2,000 adult swimming programs and events across the country, including open water and pool competitions. USMS’s nearly 65,000 members range from age 18 to 99 and include swimmers of all ability levels. USMS, a nonprofit, also trains and certifies coaches and provides online workouts, a bimonthly member magazine, monthly newsletters, and technique articles and videos at usms.org.

Why NOW is time for Youth Triathlon!


By Sarah Morrison, USAT Level 1 Certified Coach, Cheetah Running & Triathlon

Run through any given park across the Front Range and you’ll see hundreds of kids out playing in soccer leagues and baseball games. Go into any local recreation center on a weeknight and you’ll see dozens of kids playing basketball, doing gymnastics, or practicing for swim team. What you likely won’t find are opportunities for kids and teens to get involved with triathlon – and what many kids and parents don’t know is that youth triathlon is an emerging sport and is providing unique opportunities unavailable in other sports.


Modern triathlon in the United States only dates back to the year of 1974; obtaining governing only in 1982. It is an extremely new sport if you look at its history compared to other popular American sports like soccer (1820s), baseball (1839), and football (1876). This means for most adults competing in triathlon today, it’s likely that triathlons weren’t even taking place in or around our hometowns when we were growing up, so it only follows that there were no youth programs or races to get involved in.


For today’s youth – especially around the Boulder area – triathlon for adults is now highly visible in the community especially since Ironman started holding the Boulder Ironman race in 2014. For all kids under the age of 18, triathlon has also been in view as an Olympic sport for their entire lifetime since its inclusion in the games in 2000. However, despite this there are very few opportunities for youth in the Boulder area to engage with multisport and begin an early track to high performance at the collegiate or even the Olympic level. Many people don’t know that in 2014, the NCAA approved triathlon as an emerging Women’s Division II and Division III sport, which means that scholarship opportunities are now available at the collegiate level and athletes might be significantly more likely to access this financial support than in sports like basketball, soccer, or football.


The introduction and evolution of the sport at a younger age is where we can expect to see the future of triathlon rapidly changing. USA Triathlon is actively promoting and supporting more and more youth development and collegiate programs. In return the sport is gaining momentum at younger ages nationwide. Which brings up the question, where and how can local youth get introduced to and involved with triathlon?


Local youth programs in the Boulder area are still few and far between, but some great programs are starting to emerge and will continue to grow as more youth become engaged. Cheetah Running & Triathlon will host its Cheetah Youth Triathlon Camp at the Louisville Recreation Center June 17-21 to give kids the opportunity to learn more in-depth about the sport and gain the skills and confidence to try a race. In fact, the camp even finishes the week with their own exhibition triathlon race. The Boulder YMCA at Mapleton has also started a recurring 4-week training program for youth that will continue during the months of June, July, and August. These are both great opportunities for youth to experience multisport and for programs to gain momentum to create more triathlon teams, races, and opportunities.


For those in South Denver and Colorado Springs, there are already some great teams and youth training programs happening like Bob Seebohar’s eNRG Performance Triathlon Team out of Littleton and Ken Axford’s Peak Multisport Program out of Colorado Springs. Those areas in turn have more youth race opportunities like Ordinary Mortals (Pueblo, May 11), Tri the Rock (Castle Rock, May 19), Kids TRY-athlon (Parker, July 21), Rocky Mountain State Games (Colorado Springs, July 28), and HRCA Splash, Mash, Dash (Highlands Ranch, August 4).


The Boulder and North Denver areas have less to offer in terms of youth triathlon race opportunities. A few of those are the Longmont Kids Only Tri on June 1, YMCA of Boulder Valley’s Strong Kids Tri on July 27, and Greeley Kid’s Triathlon on August 10. With the Cheetah and Boulder YCMA programs now underway, hopefully we’ll see more race opportunities soon!
Learn more:
Cheetah Youth Triathlon Camp
Boulder YMCA at Mapleton

USA Cycling and USA Triathlon Join Forces

Exciting news from Colorado Springs, triathlete cyclists can rejoice in the partnership between USA Cycling and Triathlon!

From USA Cycling

USA CYCLING AND USA TRIATHLON ANNOUNCE NEW PARTNERSHIP

The Partnership will serve to collectively grow the sports of Cycling and Triathlon in the U.S.

Colorado Springs, Colo. – USA Cycling and USA Triathlon have announced a new partnership, offering joint programs and promotions to better serve existing members while attracting new participants to both sports. The U.S. Olympic National Governing Bodies are both headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado — allowing for frequent collaboration around the shared goal of growing the endurance sports community.

The first-of-its-kind partnership is highlighted by a joint annual membership option that provides access to all USA Triathlon- and USA Cycling-sanctioned events. The organizations will cross-promote their respective National Championships and select sanctioned races to each other’s members in an effort to expand racing opportunities for both groups.

The joint membership is now available for purchase for $99, a $31 savings versus purchasing the two memberships separately. More details and a registration link can be found at usacycling.org and usatriathlon.org.

In addition, USA Triathlon and USA Cycling will work together on promotional and educational programs benefitting athletes who compete in both sports. Landing pages will be created on usacycling.org and usatriathlon.org offering content specific to cyclists who want to become triathletes, and vice versa.

“As we see our members expand their interests and look for new challenges, the partnership with USA Triathlon is a great way to further service our members who are looking to build additional strength, endurance and spark their training,” said Rob DeMartini, USA Cycling CEO. “Triathletes will benefit from the partnership by having access to cycling coaches and bike-handling skills clinics to help them through the longest leg. As draft-legal triathlons become more popular among age-group athletes, learning to ride safely in a crowded field of athletes will become increasingly important.”

“Most triathletes in the U.S. come to us from a single-sport background such as swimming, cycling or running. Triathlon provides a unique challenge, a change of pace while cross-training and the opportunity to learn new skills — all of which can complement a single-sport focus,” said Rocky Harris, USA Triathlon CEO. “USA Cycling is an ideal partner in this initiative, as triathletes can also significantly improve their fitness and technical skills with cycling-specific training and racing. We are proud to align with a fellow U.S. National Governing Body to grow both sports while providing valuable perks to our members.”

For more information:

The joint membership option at $99 is now available for purchase here: https://endurancecui.active.com/event-reg/select-race?e=62166551

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Several Coloradans named Athletes of the Year by USA Triathlon

It is no surprise that a handful of Coloradans have landed on this list. Many triathletes and duathletes call the Centennial State their home, and we just want to recognize their accomplishments.

  • Men’s Junior Triathlete Honorable Mention: Graham Tuohy (Lakewood, CO)
  • Men’s Masters Triathlete Honorable Mention: Bob McRae (Arvada, CO)
  • Women’s Masters Triathlete Honorable Mention: Kelly Phuah (Littleton, CO) and Steph Popelar (Elizabeth, CO)
  • Women’s Off-Road Age-Group Triathlete of the Year: Deanna McCurdy (Littleton, CO)
  • Women’s Off-Road Age Group Triathlete Honorable Mention: Sharon McDowell-Larsen (Colorado Springs, CO)
  • Men’s Overall Age-Group Duathlete Honorable Mention: Keith Jackson (Loveland, CO)
  • Women’s Overall Age-Group Duathlete Honorable Mention and Women’s Junior Duathlete of the Year: Cassidy Hickey (Parker, CO)
  • Men’s Masters Duathlete Honrable Mention: Kevin Konczak (Boulder, CO)
  • Women’s Grand Masters Duathlete Honorable Mention: Valerie Eipper (Longmont, CO)
  • Women’s Great Grand Masters Duathlete Honorable Mention: Phyllis Yester (Golden, CO)
  • Men’s Olympic/ITU Triathlete of the Year: Eli Hemming (Kiowa, CO)
  • Men’s Elite Rookie of the Year: Morgan Pearson (Boulder, CO)
  • Men’s Elite Off-Road Triathlete of the Year: Josiah Middaugh (Vail, CO)

From USA Triathlon

About Athlete of the Year
Each year, elite and age-group multisport athletes are honored for their performances over the past season. USA Triathlon’s Age-Group Athletes of the Year for triathlon and duathlon are selected by the USA Triathlon Age Group Committee and USA Triathlon Duathlon Committee, respectively. USA Triathlon’s Elite Triathletes of the Year, Elite Paratriathletes of the Year and U-23 and Junior Elite Athletes of the Year are selected by the USA Triathlon Athlete Advisory Council.

Check out the full list here

USAT Off-Road Triathlon National Championships

Waco, TX

 

USA Triathlon is headed to Waco, Texas for the 2019 USA Triathlon Off-Road National Championships! Hosted at Cameron Park on June 8, the 2019 Off-Road National Championship will take your breath away as you go up and down climb after climb, in and out of cedar breaks and into dark bamboo forests. From rocks, roots, limestone ledges, tight twisty turns and short power climbs, to narrow bridges and fast descents, this course has got it all and is often considered one of the most unique courses in the country.

 

Event details and registration here

2019 Duathlon National Championships

Greenville, SC

 

USA Triathlon is pleased to offer three races in Greenville. On Saturday, April 13, the Draft-Legal Sprint National Championship will take place and on Sunday, April 14, Non-drafting Sprint and Standard National Championships will be awarded. Details on Team USA qualification for all races can be found here. Whether you are looking for the opportunity to become a national champion or simply participate in the most competitive duathlon in the U.S., this race is for you.

Nestled into the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Greenville, South Carolina has combined traditional southern charm, stunning natural beauty and an unexpected contemporary cool to create one of America’s hottest emerging destinations and fastest growing cities. Greenville boasts a revitalized, walkable downtown ranked among “America’s Ten Best” by Forbes Magazine. With a world-class collection of museums, restaurants, and theaters to some of the most beautiful lakes, rivers and mountains in the world, Greenville, South Carolina is everything you hear and more. It’s not just any Greenville, it’s Yeah, THAT Greenville!

As in past years, you can race in all three championship events. No qualification is required to participate in any of the three events.

 

Event details and registration here

Collegiate Club National Championships

Tempe, AZ

 

USA Triathlon is excited to return to Tempe, Arizona for the Collegiate Club and High School National Championships in 2019. USA Triathlon was last in Tempe for Collegiate Nationals in 2013 and 2014. High School Nationals (non-drafting) and the Collegiate Club Draft-Legal Championships will occur on Friday, April 5. The Collegiate Olympic-Distance and Mixed-Team Relay races will occur on Saturday, April 6. Collegiate Club and High School Nationals will also take place in Tempe in 2020.

 

Event details and registration here

USAT Age Group Nationals

Cleveland, Ohio

 

USA Triathlon is heading back to Cleveland, Ohio, the “Rock ‘n Roll Capital of the World!” The Olympic-Distance Age Group National Championship will take place on Saturday, Aug. 10 while the Sprint National Championship will occur on Sunday, Aug. 11. Athletes will swim in Lake Erie and bike and run along the lake shore overlooking downtown Cleveland. Participants of both races have the chance to compete for Age Group National Titles as well as spots on Team USA in 2020.

 

Event details and registration here

Lavaman Waikoloa Triathlon

Waikoloa Beach Resort, Hawaii

2019 Registration is Sold Out.

The 2019 Wait List is now closed – All slots from the wait list have been filled. Thank you for interest in the race. We hope to see you at the starting line for the 2020 race. Race date is April 5th, 2020 and registration will open up in May, 2019.

Aloha, The Lavaman Race Staff

 

Event details and registration here