US triathlon and paratri world champions Gwen Jorgensen and Melissa Stockwell are highlighting two special events hosted by the USA Triathlon Foundation, set to take place on 12-13 November in New York City.
The Foundation will celebrate Jorgensen and Stockwell with two events planned to honour US athletes in the lead-up to the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games next August and September in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
A reception will be held on Thursday 12 November from 18:00-19:30 ET at the New York Athletic Club, located at 180 Central Park South. On Friday 13 November at 06:00, Jorgensen and Stockwell will lead a 25-mile bike ride through Central Park, beginning at the New York Athletic Club.
Eligible attendees will have access to the events based on donation levels, beginning at US$500. Higher donation levels will also receive autographed memorabilia and photos. All proceeds from the event will be used to continue the USA Triathlon Foundation’s position of supporting youth, paratriathletes and Olympic hopefuls through assistance and opportunities that may not otherwise be possible.
Through the Foundation, funding and other means of support will help athletes get started in the sport, ‘instilling a lifetime of fitness and potentially leading to achieving Olympic and Paralympic dreams.’
To learn more about support levels to attend one or both of these special events, and to make a donation, visit usatriathlon.org. For additional information and to RSVP, contact Steve Whisnant at Stephen[at]whisnantstrategies.com or +1 202 416 4735.
Gwen Jorgensen (St Paul, Minnesota) won her second world title last month in Chicago, finishing her 2015 ITU World Triathlon Series season with a perfect score of 5,200 points. Jorgensen, a 2016 US Olympic Triathlon Team qualifier, has won 15 career ITU World Triathlon Series titles and maintains a winning streak that began in May 2014.
Melissa Stockwell (Chicago, Illinois) is a three-time ITU Paratriathlon World Championships winner and an Iraq War veteran who lost her leg in the line of duty in 2004. Stockwell competed in the Paralympic Games in 2008 as a swimmer, and finished on the podium in all six ITU World Paratriathlon Events she competed in 2015, her first season back after the birth of her son. Stockwell is a 2016 Paralympic hopeful.
“We are proud to host this event with Gwen and Melissa to honour their accomplishments from this season and celebrate their preparations for next year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games,” said Jacqueline McCook, USA Triathlon Foundation President.
“Gwen and Melissa embody the spirit of the Foundation and represent an athlete – and aspiring triathlete – population we are serving through our efforts to make athletes’ dreams a reality. We are looking forward to welcoming others to this event who are passionate about our sport, and eager to help us open pathways to triathlon.”