GO TRI, Triathlon England’s new low-cost and short-distance triathlon event and training program, has been piloted successfully throughout 2014 and is getting ready to inspire the country to take part in the fast growing sport of triathlon in 2015.
Thanks to support and funding from Sport England, GO TRI, a project to help grassroots participation was created. This project consists of informal, easy-to-access events and a triathlon training element that offers bespoke support for those looking to take their first multisport challenge. The project was branded GO TRI and the first official GO TRI event was successfully piloted in the summer of 2013.
During 2014 over 150 GO TRI events were delivered by event organisers and clubs nationwide, alongside scores of leisure centres offering triathlon-specific training sessions. The delivery packages underwent further development during this time and a dedicated website was built and is now fully operational.
The training sessions can be enjoyed independently or used to enable new participants to feel ready for their first GO TRI event, which have distances starting from 100m swim, 2.5K bike and 1K run.
Within gotri.org athletes can search for GO TRI events and training sessions as well as have access to a range of useful guides giving handy tips for first-timers. There is also an area where athletes can log triathlon training, earn reward badges and share experiences socially. Registration and use of these services is free.
Rob Bishop, Triathlon England’s GO TRI Events Manager said “Triathlon England recognised the need to introduce an entry level option for the sport and GO TRI is the answer. I must pay a big thanks to all the hard work from the clubs and organisers who have helped us get this far and am looking forward to welcoming record numbers of individuals into triathlon during this important year for the project.”
GO TRI’s Training Manager, Giles O’ Brien added “Having access to triathlon training was identified as challenging for many, with joining a club perceived as the only route to getting started. The key to GO TRI training is offering a new way for people to feel prepared, motivated and confident to enter a novice event by attending sessions at a leisure centre or a sports facility convenient to them.”
As part of Triathlon England’s 2015 commitment to bring GO TRI and triathlon to the masses, the GO TRI team will be joining Triathlon England Membership staff at the Triathlon Show: London on 12-15 February where show visitors can find out everything they need to know about the new initiative.
GO TRI is planning a national triathlon participation weekend named the ‘GO TRI 1000’ on 25-26 April with the aim of inspiring 1,000 new triathletes into the sport across one dedicated weekend.
Duncan Hough, Triathlon England’s Director Events, Rules and Technical summed up how GO TRI compliments Triathlon England’s current offer. “From our new GO TRI events and training sessions, that support grassroots entry into triathlon, to the 2015 Triathlon England – National Championships series, we can provide a wide range of excellent opportunities for both new and existing triathletes to discover, enjoy and achieve in our sport.”