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DIVING INTO AN EXCITING SEASON
By Rob Urbach


In this issue, we’re celebrating the accomplishments of athletes who made the most of their multi-sport seasons in 2014. These individuals are recognized as Athletes of the Year and All Americans in our robust Rankings Issue, but it’s also important to shine the spotlight on the events and programs that helped to elevate our sport.


Where would we be without our dedicated race directors and their teams? We reached a new high-water mark for events in 2014 with 4,397 USA Triathlon Sanctioned Events across the country, and these races set the stage for multi-sport athletes to be part of our community. We hope this variety of event options provided you with choice and convenience.


As spring and this triathlon season begin to germinate, we hope you’re gearing up for another great year of training and racing. Here at USA Triathlon, we’re particularly excited about 2015 for a number of reasons.


Our National Championships season kicks off on April 24-25 with Collegiate Club Nationals. More than 120 collegiate clubs will be in Clemson, South Carolina, to compete and cheer for their teammates in three races: a sprint draft-legal championship, the traditional Olympic-distance championship and our fast and fun mixed team relay. The camaraderie at this event is unmatched and makes for an incredibly enjoyable experience for teams and spectators.


Following Collegiate Club Nationals, we’ll welcome triathletes to our hometown of Colorado Springs, Colorado, for the second annual USA Triathlon Foundation Fantasy Camp on April 30-May 4. Not only will these participants have a one-of-a-kind experience to live and train like Olympians, but they’ll learn from some of the best in the sport: Olympians Greg and Laura Bennett, Jennifer Gutierrez, Barb Lindquist and Susan Williams; two-time Kona champion Tim DeBoom; superb coaches like Bobby McGee and Melissa Mantak; and U.S. mile record holder Alan Webb.


Duathlon Nationals is returning to St. Paul, Minnesota, for the second straight year on June 6. This event promises to be a fast and furious qualifying opportunity for the 2016 ITU Duathlon World Championships, and the passionate athletes who will run and bike along the Mississippi River help to make duathlon one of our fast-growing multi-sport disciplines.


We are also in the midst of planning an event that will host athletes from around the world — the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final and World Championships in Chicago, Sept. 15-20. Approximately 120 nations will participate in age-group, elite and paratriathlon events in Grant Park, with a total of 10 world championship races to be contested. Plus, an age-group open sprint race will be held so athletes of all ability levels can race on the same course as these world-class athletes. What’s more is that Chicago will host Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls in the lead-up to the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Whether you join us as an athlete, spectator or volunteer, the Grand Final and World Championships in Chicago are not to be missed.


In the months ahead of Chicago, we encourage triathletes and multi-sport fans to take part in the second year of TRIFECTA, the only triathlon fantasy game around that allows the fans to feel like part of the action by selecting who they think will be the podium finishers at each of the 2015 ITU World Triathlon Series races. In 2014, more than 1,750 players from 85 countries participated, and the stakes have been raised this year with prizes awarded each race as well as to the overall series winners. Sign up today at trifecta.usatriathlon.org.


Perhaps most exciting for this year is the implementation of the Women’s Triathlon Emerging Sport Grants, a $2.6 million initiative by our organization to help develop, implement, grow and sustain women’s triathlon at the collegiate level. We have a number of institutions dedicated to joining our effort to grow triathlon into a full-fledged NCAA Championship sport, and these schools will be the first to enable triathlon dreams of high school-age young women, inspiring hundreds of girls to be engaged in the triathlon community. The resources made possible through the grant program will be on display this fall when USA Triathlon once again hosts the Women’s Collegiate Triathlon National Championships.


While this is only a small sampling of the initiatives we’re supporting this year, we hope you find multi-sport events near you and make the most of what 2015 has to offer. It’s a great time to be a triathlete, and we wish you the best of luck with your upcoming season.


20 USA TRIATHLON SPRING 2015

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