USA Triathlon has announced that Toyota, title sponsor of the 2019 Toyota USA Paratriathlon National Championships, will contribute to the event’s professional prize purse unveiled last month. Toyota will match the US$12,250 each provided by USA Triathlon and the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF), bringing the total prize purse to US$36,750.
The National Championships will be held on July 20 in Long Beach, California, in conjunction with the inaugural Legacy Triathlon. The course is centred at Alamitos Beach, the proposed site of the triathlon competitions for the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The prize purse is the first in USA Paratriathlon National Championships history. Winnings will be awarded to podium finishers in each of six paratriathlon sport classes, and guides for athletes with visual impairments will also receive equivalent winnings.
“As a company committed to inclusivity through mobility, there was no question these athletes should be offered a prize purse at the Toyota USA Paratriathlon National Championships,” said Dedra DeLilli, Group Manager, Olympic and Paralympic Marketing, Toyota Motor North America. “These athletes have overcome incredible challenges throughout their careers; and as a partner of USA Triathlon, Toyota wants to ensure that they are recognized for their achievements.
“We look forward to supporting the upcoming Toyota USA Paratriathlon National Championships and cheering on all of the participants as they compete for a national title.”
Chuck Menke, USA Triathlon Chief Marketing Officer added, “USA Triathlon is proud to have a partner in Toyota that truly demonstrates its commitment to the professionalization of our elite paratriathletes. This is an extension of the invaluable support Toyota already provides to the US Paratriathlon National Team program, enabling us to further raise the profile of our US athletes in the lead-up to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
“We are grateful for the generosity of both Toyota and CAF to make this historic prize purse a reality.”
National champions will now receive US$1,500 each, runners-up will receive US$750, and third-place finishers will receive US$375. Prize purse recipients must hold a current paratriathlete or elite paratriathlete USA Triathlon membership valid through July 20. In addition, they must be either a US citizen or US National able to represent the United States at International Triathlon Union (ITU) competitions immediately.
Toyota became the Exclusive Mobility & Automotive Partner of USA Triathlon in January. The company is directly supporting USA Triathlon’s top elite athletes leading into the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
In addition to sponsoring Paratriathlon Nationals, Toyota is also the title partner of the US Paratriathlon National Team; US Paratriathlon Development Team; US Paratriathlon Resident Team based at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs; and the 2019 and 2020 Toyota USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships.