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TBI calls for ‘Triathletes Choice’ best-of events nominees


Triathlon Business International (TBI) is scouring the world looking for triathlon events that are the ‘Triathletes Choice’ best-of races in four categories: large event; small event; scenic course; and best first-timer event.

Triathletes Choice event winners will be honoured at the 2019 Annual TBI Conference, on January 25-27, 2019 in Tempe, AZ. The winners will share the spotlight with the Ron Smith and Steve Hed Award winners, plus the best triathlon published article and photograph, influential coach, impactful triathlon club, and event videos.

The ‘Triathletes Choice’ award criteria encompasses events around the world that… ‘challenge, inspire or bring out the best in participants; create an atmosphere of fun, excitement and energy; go beyond the ‘call of duty’ when it comes to customer service, participant safety, great organization and information, reasonable fees, coaching/advice, race day assistance, great volunteers; and/or, raises money for charitable causes.’

Triathletes Choice categories are:

Best Large Race (1,000+ registrants) – races with the same name in multiple cities must include the city along with the race name.

Best Small Race (less than 1,000 registrants) – races with the same name in multiple cities must include the city along with the race name.

Best Scenic Course – can be rural, including forests, mountains, meadows, creeks, rivers, pastoral, etc., or urban, including downtown streets and city landmarks).

Time to Tri Best First-Timer Event – the event must focus on first-timers with an event goal of increasing participation in the sport by making is more accessible to kids, women, paratriathletes and other athletes who have never tried the sport. Preferably a first-time event, or an addition to an existing portfolio of events so that kids, women, paratriathletes and first-timers have an enjoyable first-experience.

Individuals can nominate an event online at: surveymonkey.com/r/2018TriathletesChoice

Triathletes Choice nominations must be submitted through the Triathletes Choice Survey Monkey form no later than December 20, 2018. The top five nominated events in each of the categories will be announced on January 1, 2019; and triathletes will have one week to vote on the top event in each category. Voting will close at midnight January 8, 2019.

9th Annual Conference
TBI Conference registration is now open; details and online registration are available online.

Check-in for the 2019 conference begins on Friday morning in the lobby of the Palms Ballroom at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel, with the first General Session slated to start at 13:00 MT. Registration for TBI members is US$475 and US$575 for non-members through December 9. On December 10, both prices increase US$50.

Of the seven general sessions – research, social media, State of the State: USAT, graphically recorded brainstorming, a conversation with the co-founders of one of world’s leading shoe manufacturers, and hot topics – one of the most popular is Speed Networking. Here, TBI adds that ‘Attendees will be talking fast with colleagues and trading business cards as the last session on Friday.’

The Speed Networking session will be followed by a convivial networking reception in the courtyard of the hotel. A second networking reception at a nearby hotspot, Cabin Tempe, will be held on Saturday evening. ‘The speedy contacts made during Speed Networking can be delved into while enjoying the balmy evening air of Tempe.’

Ten awards also will be given throughout the conference: Best Published Article of 2018, Best Published Photo of 2018; Best Event Video; the Jason Kilderry Influential Coach Award; the Fastest Growing Tri Club; the Steve Hed Award; and four categories of Triathletes Choice ‘Best-of’ Events.

Current TBI Members

  • US$475 through December 31, 2018 (This is an ‘all-in’ fee; no additional charges will be added at checkout); member number required
  • US$575 from January 1, 2018 to the conference date


  • US$575 through December 31, 2018 (This is an ‘all-in’ fee; no additional charges will be added at checkout)
  • US$675 from January 1, 2018 to the conference date

Conference partners include: ACTIVE (technology); Headsweats (headwear); Endurance Sportswire (media); MPA Event Graphics (corporate); Ashworth Awards (corporate); FinisherPix (corporate).

Sponsorship and expo opportunities can be received by contacting Triathlon Business International via its website.



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