USA Triathlon Announces National Triathlon Week
24 Jun, 2019
USA Triathlon announced the dates for the third annual National Triathlon Week, a nationwide initiative to celebrate the sport of triathlon and all its constituency groups. The largely social-media-based campaign brings the multisport community together from June 24-30 — not only to swim, bike and run, but also to share experiences, inspiring stories, advice and support.
The complete schedule, along with ideas for how to participate — some of which can take as little as five minutes — are available on the official landing page for National Triathlon Week: usatriathlon.org/triweek. Throughout the week, athletes are encouraged to get involved and celebrate the sport by posting on social media with the hashtag #TriWeek.
The emphasis of the week is on celebration, education and participation in the multisport lifestyle. A different theme will be featured every day, starting with a spotlight on each discipline of triathlon:
Monday, June 24: Swim Day
Tuesday, June 25: Bike Day
Wednesday, June 26: Run Day
Thursday, June 27: Time to Tri Day
Friday, June 28: Member Appreciation Day
Saturday, June 29, and Sunday, June 30: Race Weekend
Themed video and editorial content will be published on USA Triathlon’s website and social channels each day. Featured videos will highlight 86-year-old triathlon star Molly Hayes, as well as elite paratriathlete Amy Dixon and her guide (and age-group legend) Kirsten Sass.
New for 2019, “Time to Tri Day” is an opportunity for experienced triathletes to offer their beginner-friendly advice, motivation and resources to first-timers both on social media and in their communities. Time to Tri is an industry-wide initiative, launched by USA Triathlon and IRONMAN last year and housed at mytimetotri.com, that aims to grow triathlon participation in the United States by the end of 2020.
The week culminates with Race Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, when first-timers and experienced triathletes alike are encouraged to complete a race, register for their next event or simply volunteer to staff an on-course aid station.
Individuals will be invited to participate in #TriWeek in a variety of ways, from amateur and elite athletes sharing stories and photos on social media to certified coaches, officials and race directors offering their expertise. USA Triathlon will also suggest training activities that fit that day’s theme.
Prize packs will be awarded to select participants who share their experiences on social media using the hashtag #TriWeek, with one prize pack awarded for each day of the week. In addition, triathletes can enter to win a USA Triathlon Lifetime Membership by sharing how the sport has helped them reach a personal goal. Submissions must either be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or shared on social media using the hashtags #TriWeek and #WhatsYourFinishLine. All award winners will be announced on Monday, July 1.
“National Triathlon Week is an opportunity for triathletes, coaches, clubs, race directors, officials and industry members to share their collective knowledge and passion for the sport — not only with each other, but with aspiring triathletes as well,” said Rocky Harris, USA Triathlon CEO. “We look forward to sharing unique and engaging content during this week-long celebration of our sport, and we encourage the wider multisport community to get involved.”
During National Triathlon Week in 2018, social posts about #TriWeek garnered more than 11 million impressions. Triathletes from across the country engaged on social media, including former NFL quarterback Brett Favre and wife Deanna Favre, former MLB outfielder Eric Byrnes and U.S. Senator (then-Congresswoman) Kyrsten Sinema.
Byrnes, now an MLB Network analyst and IRONMAN triathlete, will serve as an official National Triathlon Week Ambassador for the second consecutive year. He completed a “Triathlon Across America” in 2018 — swimming, biking and running a total of 3,200 miles to raise money and awareness for the Let Them Play Foundation, which supports youth physical education and after-school programs. This year, Byrnes will launch a documentary about his journey.
Who can get involved? Anyone can participate in National Triathlon Week! The week’s activities promote sharing of stories and training tips by current triathletes — making it an ideal opportunity for prospective triathletes to learn more about the multisport lifestyle. As part of a fully collaborative launch, USA Triathlon is working with its certified clubs, Regions, corporate partners, the USA Triathlon Foundation, and volunteer leadership structure (e.g., committees and councils), as well as industry partners such as IRONMAN, to play an active role. Finally, National Triathlon Week is a celebration of not only triathletes and paratriathletes of all ages, genders and ethnicities, but all members of multisport — including race directors, coaches, officials and even families and friends.
Where does National Triathlon Week happen? With an emphasis on social media, #TriWeek is primarily an online initiative. At the same time, National Triathlon Week will take place across the country as triathletes find new inspiration to swim, bike and run with others in their communities.
How can I find out more? Visit usatriathlon.org/triweek to learn more about National Triathlon Week. This online hub features a detailed explanation of all seven themed days, ideas on how to participate both online and in your community, frequently asked questions, contest information and more.
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).