Following on from the recent announcement of Para Tri’s partnership with Ottobock, the UK’s first ever mass-participation event dedicated to people with disabilities welcomes three official suppliers to its series.
Para Tri founder and Paralympian Sophia Warner said “We are delighted to have Huub, The Primal Pantry and Robie Robes on board for our first event, a triathlon, on 9 August. We are working closely with each brand to raise the profile of Para Tri and provide a world-class experience for all our participants on the day.”
The inaugural Para Tri event is at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic rowing and canoeing venue Dorney Lake in Windsor. It builds on the legacy of the Paralympics, but with one fundamental difference – it isn’t just for the elites. As the organisers point out, it gives the 9.4 million disabled people in England alone the chance to come together, compete and have fun on a dedicated playing field for the first time.
There are seven races on the day designed for all disabilities and fitness levels, whether physical or intellectual, including three relays that let disabled and non-disabled friends, family and colleagues face the challenge together.
Para Tri is the first of a number of mass-participant events for the disabled in the pipeline. A Para Run/Push and a Para Swim will be added to the series from 2016 onwards.
Para Tri’s official wetsuit partner Huub is a long-term supporter of paratriathlon. “This series is a great opportunity for us to help open up one of the world’s fastest growing sports to a whole new audience,” said Huub CEO Dean Jackson. “We want to ensure all participants feel comfortable and confident in the water.”
As part of its partnership Huub will be giving away 50 pairs of Huub Varga Race Goggles to the next 50 Para Tri event sign-ups.
Changing robe company Robie Robes’ partnership with Para Tri marks its entry in the triathlon arena and it will be awarding a lightweight changing robe to the ‘performance of the day’ in each of the six amateur races, and one each to the first three elite participants to cross the line.
“We’re very excited to be part of a whole new market in mass-participation sport,” said Robie Robes founder Martyn Tarplee.
Paleo snack company The Primal Pantry will be giving every participant a complimentary nutritious bar as part of its partnership. Nutritionist and The Primal Pantry founder Suzie Walker said, “We are local to Dorney Lake and very proud to support this innovative event.”