USA Triathlon has announced the start of the first-ever National Triathlon Week, an initiative to celebrate multisport and all its constituency groups. National Triathlon Week takes place from 17 July through Sunday 23 July, both on social media and in communities across the United States.
The emphasis of the week is on celebration, education and participation in the multisport lifestyle. Each day is centred around a different theme, starting with a spotlight on each discipline of triathlon:
- Monday, July 17: Swim Day
- Tuesday, July 18: Bike Day
- Wednesday, July 19: Run Day
- Thursday, July 20: Recovery Day
- Friday, July 21: Member Appreciation Day
- Saturday, July 22, and Sunday, July 23: Race Weekend
The complete schedule – including ideas for how to participate from just a few minutes to a full day – are available at usatriathlon.org/triweek. #TriWeek is largely a social media-based initiative, as aspiring triathletes, age-groupers and elites are all encouraged to share their multisport experiences online. Prize packs will be awarded each day to randomly selected participants who share questions, advice or inspiring stories on social media using the hashtag #TriWeek.
In addition, triathletes can submit stories of how they got started in the sport by using #WhyDoYouTri and #TriWeek on social media or by emailing communications[at]usatriathlon.org. On Member Appreciation Day, USA Triathlon Staff will select one of the #WhyDoYouTri participants to receive a USA Triathlon Lifetime Membership.
The week culminates with Race Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, in which first-timers and experienced triathletes alike are encouraged to complete a race, register for their next event, or simply volunteer to staff an on-course aid station. The fourth weekend of July typically boasts one of the highest participation rates in multisport events across the US, with more than 160 USA Triathlon-sanctioned races taking place this year, including 55 youth races.
National Triathlon Week is seen not only as a celebration triathletes and paratriathletes of all ages, genders and ethnicities, but also a chance to recognize those who play an active role in fuelling the multisport lifestyle – from race directors and officials to coaches and race-day volunteers. In addition, this week is seen as a valuable opportunity for individuals new to the sport to glean information and inspiration from current triathletes both in their local communities and across the country.
USA Triathlon’s certified clubs, regions, volunteer leadership structure (e.g. Board of Directors, committees and councils), and the USA Triathlon Foundation will all play an active role in celebrating and promoting National Triathlon Week. USA Triathlon partners, including Training Peaks, Roka, KT Tape and MPA Event Graphics, will also participate by offering training resources, prize giveaways and select discounts throughout the week.