USA Triathlon yesterday announced the start of the third annual National Triathlon Week, an initiative to celebrate multisport and all its constituency groups. National Triathlon Week will take place through Sunday, June 30, 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, June 24: Swim Day
Tuesday, June 25: Bike Day
Wednesday, June 26: Run Day
Thursday, June 27: Time to Tri Day
Friday, June 28: Member Appreciation Day
Saturday, June 29, and Sunday, June 30: Race Weekend
The complete schedule — including ideas for how to participate from just a few minutes to a full day — is 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. Contests will be held each day of the week, as participants are asked to share their questions, inspiring stories and advice with the wider multisport community.
In addition, triathletes can enter a contest to win a USA Triathlon Lifetime Membership by emailing marketing[at]usatriathlon.org or posting on social using #TriWeek and #WhatsYourFinishLine with a description of how the sport has helped them reach a personal goal. All award winners will be announced on Monday, July 1, and will receive prize packs from USA Triathlon corporate partners.
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.
National Triathlon Week is not only a celebration of 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 positioned 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. For the first time, National Triathlon Week will feature ‘Time to Tri Day’ on Thursday, June 27, in which USA Triathlon and the entire multisport community will team up to offer beginner-friendly training tips and advice to aspiring triathletes nationwide.
USA Triathlon’s certified coaches, race directors, officials, clubs, Regions and volunteer leadership structure (e.g., Board of Directors, committees and councils), as well as the USA Triathlon Foundation, will all play an active role in celebrating and promoting National Triathlon Week. USA Triathlon partners will also participate on social media throughout the week.
Former Major League Baseball outfielder, current MLB Network Analyst and IRONMAN triathlete Eric Byrnes is serving as a National Triathlon Week Ambassador for the second consecutive year. Byrnes completed a ‘Triathlon Across America’ in 2018 — swimming, biking and running a total of 3,200 miles to raise money and awareness for the Let Them Play Foundation, which supports youth physical education and after-school programs. This year, Byrnes will launch a documentary about his journey.
“Triathlon has changed my life in more ways than I could have ever imagined,” Eric Byrnes said. “The physical benefits are obvious — but to be totally honest, it’s what the sport does for me psychologically that has kept me in the game. Most importantly, I am forever grateful for the incredible relationships I have been able to build, and the overall go-hard community that continues to inspire me to keep charging.”