This Sunday, 12 November, the Newport Beach Triathlon will return for its 39th year, continuing as ‘the longest running triathlon in the world’. In 2017, Hoag Orthopedic Institute has been confirmed as the official medical sponsor of the event. This partnership brings a strong local connection with the triathlon, as does the official Medical Director of the event, Hoag’s own Dr Emilia Ravski.
Dr Ravski’s connection to the Newport Beach Triathlon extends beyond her work with Hoag, as she was a member of the UC Irvine women’s crew team. UCI Men’s and Women’s Crew has been a longstanding official charity of the triathlon. Ravski said “It’s an honour to serve as the medical director for this longstanding event, and to be entrusted to organize and manage the care of this year’s participants. I am looking forward to this triathlon and I am very excited about my involvement in ensuring its safety.”
She continued, “Participating on UC Irvine’s women’s crew for four years, it significantly shifted my collegiate experience and impacted my career choice. I love rowing! My teammates to this day are some of my closest friends. I became interested in learning more about sports injuries because of my rowing experience, and that led me down the path of becoming a sports medicine physician.
“My words of encouragement to the younger UCI Crew members is to enjoy each day of rowing, no matter how early or gruelling it is. Your college years will go by really fast but just know you are building relationships and skills that will last you a lifetime.”
Race Director and CEO of Pacific Sports Jack Caress added “We’re very excited to have Hoag Orthopedic Hospital as our medical sponsor this year. Hoag Hospital is an institution in Orange County and a perfect connection for the Newport Beach Triathlon. To have Dr Ravski, along with her association with the UCI Crew program as our official medical director, it adds to the strong local ties this event has held for decades. We couldn’t be more pleased.”
For nearly four decades, triathletes from throughout California and across the US have travelled to the oceanfront town to compete in the Newport Beach Triathlon. The event, steeped in history, has been seen as a constant as the sport of triathlon has evolved over the decades.
The course along the Newport Beach Back Bay has offered an accessible area for both participants and spectators to enjoy. The event’s host hotel, the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, is immediately adjacent to the race site and allows participants the ability to roll-out-of-bed to the starting line. The Hyatt also hosts the pre-event Expo on Saturday 11 November . Convenient parking at the Newport Dunes and a short walk to the Back Bay Bistro for post-triathlon food and beverage also expands the location for the Newport Beach Triathlon.
California-based retailer Triathlon LAB will offer bike support for triathletes at the event, and gift cards to all award winners. ROKA, the official swim sponsor, provides custom Newport Beach Triathlon swim caps for all participants. Arts And Letters Signs & Graphics is the event branding and design partner. ACTIVE Network will also continue as the event’s technology partner, and Arrowhead Water is once again the official water of the triathlon. Pacific Sports notes that a host of other sponsors and vendors will be supporting the Newport Beach Triathlon in 2017.