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Press Release

 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- USA Triathlon has announced the picturesque city of Burlington, Vermont, will host the 2011 and 2012 USAT Age Group, Sprint and Elite National Championships.

 

The date of the events has not been determined, but organizers expect the events to be held in August in both 2011 and 2012 at a venue near Lake Champlain and Battery Park.

 

"On behalf of USA Triathlon, we are thrilled to be bringing our National Championships to Burlington in 2011 and 2012," said USA Triathlon CEO Skip Gilbert. "The athletes will face a very difficult course putting their athleticism to the full test. On a more personal note, as a graduate of the University of Vermont, I can't say enough great things about Burlington, the community and I'm confident that our members will find this a championship weekend they won't want to miss."

 

The USA Triathlon Age Group and Sprint National Championships feature the top amateur athletes in the U.S. competing for national titles in their age groups as well as spots on Team USA to compete in the 2012 ITU World Championships in London. The 2010 Age Group, Sprint and Elite National Championship events will take place in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

 

Course distances for each event:
Age Group National Championship -- 1.5k swim, 40k bike, 10k run
Sprint National Championship -- 750m swim, 20k bike, 5k run
Elite National Championship -- 1.5k swim, 40k bike, 10k run; conducted in the Olympic-style format of racing -- draft-legal with multiple loops

 

Burlington is located on the eastern shore of Lake Champlain against the backdrop of the Green Mountains and is the largest city in the state of Vermont. Climate for the month of August is mild with an average high of 78 degrees and an average low of 58, according to the National Weather Service.

 

The city offers athletes the convenience of Burlington International Airport, a 15-minute drive from the venue. Area attractions include the Church Street Marketplace, downtown Burlington's open air mall featuring historical architecture, dining, shopping, year-round festivals, street entertainers, music and more. Burlington also is home to the University of Vermont.

 

The USAT National Championship weekend will include a Health & Fitness Expo to be held at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center where athletes, spectators and the general public will be able to browse through the offerings of dozens of exhibitors, all in the comfortable surroundings of the host hotel. The expo will feature a variety of items needed to enjoy an active lifestyle and it will also offer a number of homegrown Vermont products.

 

USAT is pleased to partner with the Burlington community and RunVermont, home of the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon, to bring this prestigious event to the shores of Lake Champlain.

 

"We are pleased to be the first course in the Northeast to host this event," said Rick Milliken, the General Manager of the Doubletree Hotel Burlington and past Chairman of the Vermont State Sports Council. "Burlington's combination of Lake Champlain scenery in an urban setting provides a spectacular landscape for the competition."

 

In the summer, the Burlington region offers outdoor activities like kayaking, fishing, sailing, hiking, cycling and more.

 

More information:


USA Triathlon National Events

 

Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce

 

Battery Park

 

RunVermont

 

About USA Triathlon
USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the national governing body for triathlon--the fastest growing sport in the world--as well as duathlon, aquathlon and winter triathlon in the United States. USAT sanctions 3,100 races and connects with more than 130,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work with athletes, coaches, and race directors on the grassroots level, USAT provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including World Championships, Pan American Games, and the Olympic Games.

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Press Release

 

Now in it's 27th year, the tradition of fun, elite competition continues when online registration for the 2010 St. Anthony's Triathlon opens Tuesday, December 1, at 9 a.m. EST, at satriathlon.com. One of the largest and most competitive Olympic-distance triathlons in the United States, St. Anthony's Triathlon, sponsored and produced by St. Anthony's Hospital, is once again expected to host some of the world's most elite professional and age-group athletes April 23 to 25. Athletes are encouraged to register early as last year's registration closed in less than 10 hours.


Known for its scenic course along the downtown St. Petersburg waterfront, St. Anthony's Triathlon attracts more than 4,000 individuals and 150 relay teams from more than 45 states and 17 countries. The weekend of events, which features one of triathlon's largest Sports & Fitness Expos, kicks off Friday, April 23, from noon to 7 p.m., in Straub Park with Athlete Check-in. Athlete Check-in and the Sports & Fitness Expo continue Saturday in Straub Park from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mandatory bike check-in for Sunday's participants is from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday.


Competition begins Saturday, April 24, at 7:30 a.m. with the Meek & Mighty Triathlon supported by Bank of America at North Shore Pool. A field capacity of 1,000 applications will be accepted for the Meek & Mighty Triathlon, a shorter-distance race for youths ages 7 to 10 (swim: 100 yards, bike: 3.6 miles, run: .5 miles), youths ages 11 to 14 and novice adults (swim: 200 yards, bike: 5.6 miles, run: 1 mile).


The events wrap up Sunday, April 25 with St. Anthony's Triathlon beginning at 6:50 a.m., followed by a post-race party at 9:30 a.m. and an awards ceremony at 12:30 p.m. A professional category of more than 60 triathletes carries a $65,000-prize purse, and more than $10,000 in prizes will be awarded to the top male and female competitors in the Elite Amateur division. Awards go to the top 10 athletes in each division.

 

About St. Anthony's Hospital
St. Anthony's Hospital is a 395-bed hospital founded in 1931 as a ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany and is the first and only faith-based hospital in Pinellas County. In 1997, St. Anthony's became part of BayCare Health System, a joint operating agreement between the Tampa Bay area's leading not-for-profit hospitals. St. Anthony's has a rich history dedicated to improving the health of the community by providing high-quality, innovative and compassionate care. St. Anthony's also is comprised of the following health care facilities: St. Anthony's Imaging Center and St. Anthony's Outpatient Center.

 

About BayCare Health System
BayCare Health System is the largest community-based health system in the region, providing expert medical care for a patient's lifetime. Composed of hospitals and numerous affiliated services, the system connects patients to a complete range of services throughout the Tampa Bay area. Together, BayCare organizations seek to advance the health of their patients and their communities.
Member hospitals are Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony's, St. Joseph's, St. Joseph's Children's, St. Joseph's Women's, St. Joseph's Hospital North (opening 2010) and South Florida Baptist.

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Press Release

 

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Don't miss the 2009 St. Anthony's Triathlon national television special on Versus Network, airing Sunday, Oct. 11, at 3 p.m. EST. Relive all the excitement of one of the most popular triathlons in the country.

 

From its humble beginnings in 1984 with only 600 athletes, St. Anthony's Triathlon has become an integral part of the St. Petersburg community, bringing in thousands of spectators, participants and volunteers for a weekend focused on fitness and fun.

 

Now in its 27th year, St. Anthony's Triathlon has a reputation as one of the premier multisport events in the world. Known for its scenic course along the downtown St. Petersburg waterfront, St. Anthony's Triathlon attracts more than 4,000 individuals and 150 relay teams from more than 45 states and 17 countries.

 

In its 27-year history, St. Anthony's Triathlon has hosted some of the top champions from around the world, including Simon Lessing, Michellie Jones, Andy Potts, Tim Deboom and Spencer Smith.

 

St. Anthony's Triathlon, sponsored and produced by St. Anthony's Hospital, is held the last weekend of every April. The weekend of events includes one of triathlon's largest sports and fitness expos, a shorter-distance Meek & Mighty Triathlon, and the Olympic-distance St. Anthony's Triathlon. Online registration for the 2010 St. Anthony's Triathlon opens Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 9 a.m. EST, at satriathlon.com.

 

About St. Anthony's Hospital

St. Anthony's Hospital is a 395-bed hospital founded in 1931 as a ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany and is the first and only faith-based hospital in Pinellas County. In 1997, St. Anthony's became part of BayCare Health System, a joint operating agreement between the Tampa Bay area's leading not-for-profit hospitals. St. Anthony's has a rich history dedicated to improving the health of the community by providing high-quality, innovative and compassionate care. St. Anthony's also is comprised of the following health care facilities: St. Anthony's Imaging Center and St. Anthony's Outpatient Center.

 

About BayCare Health System

BayCare Health System is the largest community-based health system in the region, providing expert medical care for a patient's lifetime. Composed of hospitals and numerous affiliated services, the system connects patients to a complete range of services throughout the Tampa Bay area. Together, BayCare organizations seek to advance the health of their patients and their communities.

 

Member hospitals are Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony's, St. Joseph's, St. Joseph's Children's, St. Joseph's Women's, St. Joseph's Hospital North (opening 2010) and South Florida Baptist. On the Web: BayCare.org.

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Press Release

 

The World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) continues its expansion of the Ironman 70.3 Series with the announcement of two additions to its 2010 event series.

 

The former Lone Star Half and Mooseman Half Triathlons boast new names as official Ironman 70.3 events. The races, now known as Ironman 70.3 Lone Star and Ironman 70.3 Mooseman, will continue to be produced by race director Keith Jordan and Endorfun Sports and become part of a series that includes nearly 40 races worldwide.

 

Each Ironman 70.3 race features qualifying slots for the Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3 taking place each November in Clearwater, Florida.

 

Registration for both events is now open:

 

Two other 70.3 events produced by Endorfun Sports, Ironman 70.3 Timberman and Ironman 70.3 Longhorn, will open registration on October 1 and November 1, respectively.

 

Additional triathlons during these event weekends include:

 

 

Keith Jordan and his team at Endorfun Sports have been producing events for the last 10 years. Jordan shares his excitement, "Our goal is to offer athletes the best triathlon experience in the world. We look forward to working with the Ironman team and building upon the success of these events."

 

Ironman 70.3 Lone Star -- Taking place on April 25, 2010, athletes will experience historic Galveston Island, located on the Texas gulf coast. Situated among 242 lush, tropical acres, the Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa & Convention Center will play host to the event. With amenities including a living rainforest, an IMAX 3D Theater, aquarium and four-diamond full-service resort, there is something for the entire family.

 

The swim will be in saltwater in the protected waters of the Offats Bayou, while the bike course will lead athletes on a flat and scenic ride along the coastline. Athletes will also see a flat run course, as it meanders through tropical gardens and towering glass pyramids.

 

Ironman 70.3 Mooseman -- Set in Newfound, New Hampshire on June 6, 2010, this event will be the most scenic 70.3 event in New England. The swim will utilize the pristine and fresh waters of Newfound Lake. With average water temperatures hovering around 62 degrees year-round, wetsuits will be permitted. A picturesque bike course will include rolling hills and views of sprawling farmland, quaint villages and the Newfound Lake shoreline. The run course that passes by the majestic Granite Ledges will be an out-and-back format with rolling hills similar to the bike course.

 

At both events, professional athletes will compete for a $30,000 prize purse. A total of 50 slots for the 2010 Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3 will be awarded to top age group and pro finishers.

 

The addition of these events to the Ironman family builds on the acquisition earlier this year of the 5430 triathlon series. Those events, also now open for registration, include:

 

 

For additional information on these events, visit www.ironman.com. Athlete questions can be directed to mooseman70.3@ironman.com, lonestar70.3@ironman.com, timberman70.3@ironman.com or longhorn70.3@ironman.com.

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In addition to our 23 daily trivia contest winners, we also gave away some great prizes to five lucky contestants:

 

Third Prize: Custom Apparel From Pearl Izumi

Roland Moreno of San Antonio, Texas, will be able follow the Garmin-SlipStream squad in style by sporting Pearl Izumi's custom National Champs Jersey on the bike and ultra swank après ride Track Jacket and Hoodie. He'll also get a Dave Zabriskie 100 percent organic cotton t-shirt. www.pearlizumi.com

 

Second Prize: Two Team Garmin-Slipstream Club Memberships

Ashraf Abdu of McKinney, Texas, and Donald Chung of Holbrook, New York, are two of the newest members of the Argyle Club. They'll receive official 2009 Garmin-Slipstream team kits, casual wear, sponsor discounts and access to exclusive team events. www.slipstreamsports.com

 

First Prize: A LOOK Team Cofidis 595 Frameset

Wayne Griffin will soon be riding around his hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana, on a new LOOK 595 frame. Compressed carbon dropouts, butted and multishaped tubes, Nanotube infused lugs, the forged carbon bottom bracket, and the integrated seat tube and E Post make this a razor blade on two wheels. www.lookcycle-usa.com

 

Grand Prize: A Trek Travel Trip for Two to Wine Country

A big congratulations goes to Joey Mahurin of Aspen, Oklahoma. He and a guest will experience some of the world's best cycling as they tour Northern California's famous Wine Country. From challenging hills to leisurely loops, each day's ride offers a sensory experience like no other. After spending time in the saddle taking in the panoramic views, riders are presented with exquisite cuisine specially pared with the region's world-class wine--all under the expert eyes of the Trek Travel guides. www.TrekTravel.com

 

Thanks for playing, and be sure to check back next year for more coverage of the world's biggest bike race from Active.com.

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Press Release

 

Ironman 70.3 Branson will be the latest addition to the Ironman 70.3 Event Series. On September 19, 2010, the inaugural race will take place in the vacation destination of Branson, Missouri. Ironman 70.3 Branson will serve as one of 34 worldwide qualifying events for the 2010 Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3 in Clearwater, Fla. Professional athletes will be competing for a $25,000 prize purse.

 

The 1.2-mile swim will be held in the crystal clear waters of Table Rock Lake in the shadow of the host hotel, Chateau on the Lake Resort, Spa & Convention Center. Athletes will enjoy the ease of walking from the host hotel to the swim start on race morning.

 

Water temperatures are expected to be 70 F. The transition area will be located on the grounds of Moonshine Beach. Following the swim, athletes will cover a challenging 56-mile bike course through the rolling hills of the Ozark Mountains. Athletes will then transition to a flat, spectator-friendly, two-loop run course that will encompass 13.1-miles.

 

"As the host city for Ironman 70.3 Branson, we are pleased to welcome these world-class athletes and their friends and families," said Ross Summers, president of the Branson Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce & CVB. "It is a tremendous opportunity for us to show the world what Branson has to offer."

 

Branson, Missouri, is one of America's top vacation destinations and hosts over eight million visitors each year. Branson offers more than 50 performance theaters and is known as the "Live Music Show Capital of the World." It also is surrounded by three pristine lakes and the rolling terrain of the Ozark Mountains. Additionally, recently-opened Branson Airport offers direct flights from a variety of major cities across the country.

 

"I look forward to working on another great Ironman 70.3 event and appreciate all the efforts from the City of Branson and the Chamber of Commerce," said Ryan Robinson, co-race director for Ironman 70.3 Branson. "The new race site is on-par with other great Ironman venues around the world."

 

"Branson's reputation as a popular travel destination, coupled with Ryan Robinson and Tom Ziebart's expertise in delivering high-quality events, will contribute to Ironman 70.3 Branson quickly developing into a showcase event in the 70.3 Series. The challenging course will serve as an ideal tune-up for November's world championship in Clearwater and for athletes with a late-season Ironman on their race calendar," said Ironman's Chief Operations Officer, Steve Meckfessel.

 

Registration for Ironman 70.3 Branson is now open and will be limited to 2,000 athletes. For more information on the race, visit IronmanBranson.com. Athlete inquiries can be directed to info@ironmanbranson.com.

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Press Release

 

Jarrod Shoemaker of Sudbury, Massachusetts, clocked his first win of the Dextro Energy Triathlon - ITU World Championship Series as he surged away from a strong field during the run to cross the line in 1:44:06, eight seconds ahead of Australia's Brad Kahlefeldt in Hamburg, Germany.

 

The home crowd had plenty to support with Steffen Justus coming home as the top German in fourth and Maik Petzold moving to the top of the Dextro Energy Triathlon - ITU World Championship Rankings following a sixth place finish. The full race from Hamburg is available to watch on demand at www.triathlon.org/tv

 

The opening 1,500-meter swim saw three packs form early on as Petzold tried to escape with Canada's Paul Tichelaar and Aurelian Raphael from France at the head of the race. His efforts were short lived as the chasers reeled the trio back in on the second of the eight 5k laps.

 

Disaster struck the 2007 ITU triathlon world champion, Daniel Unger, who had taken victory in Hamburg two years ago and also won last year's Hamburg ITU Triathlon World Cup. A puncture on the second bike lap left him riding alone and losing time following a wheel change, however he chose to battle on, buoyed by home support.

 

Halfway through the cycle another breakaway involving Tichelaar was successful in pushing off the front of the main pack as Mark Fretta from the United States, Dominik Berger from Austria and Christian Prochnow from Germany managed to open up a gap. The four worked hard and shared the effort to carve out a 1:20 minute lead coming in to second transition.

 

Prochnow quickly hit the front as the excited crowd considered the possibility of a German winner, however it wasn't to be. Further behind the Beijing Olympic medalists of Jan Frodeno from Germany, Simon Whitfield from Canada and New Zealand's Bevan Docherty spearheaded the chase, but they couldn't stop Shoemaker who surged at 2km and pulled away.

 

Shoemaker caught and passed Prochnow at the 5km mark and was able to stay strong in the closing stages, despite being put under pressure by Kahlefeldt. Further behind the leading pair, European Triathlon Championship bronze medalist, Alexander Brukhankov from Russia, took third, just ahead of Justus and Docherty.

 

"I had a lot of fun out there today," said Shoemaker. "It was an unbelievable race, and I just wanted to come out and do well. I actually wasn't planning on racing in Hamburg but two weeks ago at the last round in Kitzbühel I dropped out in the cold conditions and then decided to come up here. I really had to work in the swim, but felt great on the bike and then just opened up on the run. This race is the race other races look up to, and with such an awesome crowd and 9,000 age-group triathletes competing in the morning it's a special place. I decided that today I would just run all out, I've sat in the pack too much this year so to pull off the win is great!"

 

"I was so sick of coming second in sprint finishes after Tongyeong and the Hy-Vee Elite Cup that I wanted to take it on today," commented Brad Kahlefeldt. "It was going well but Jarrod (Shoemaker) came over the top of me and pushed on very hard. On the final lap I was concerned with the guys catching me up from behind but I pushed on. I knew with one kilometre to go that I couldn't catch Jarrod, but I gave it everything, so I'll reluctantly have to settle for another second place."

 

Dextro Energy Triathlon - ITU World Championship Rankings After Race Five of Eight

1. Maik Petzold (GER) 2,493 points

2. Alistair Brownlee (GBR) 2,400 points

3. Javier Gomez (ESP) 2,368 points

4. Brad Kahlefeldt (AUS) 2,276 points

5. Jarrod Shoemaker (USA) 2,145 points

 

Hamburg DC Dextro Energy Triathlon - ITU World Championship

1.5km swim, 40km bike, 10km run

 

Elite Men - Official Results

Gold - Jarrod Shoemaker (USA) 1:44:06

Silver - Brad Kahlefeldt (AUS) +0:08

Bronze - Alexander Brukhankov (RUS) +0:10

4th - Steffen Justus (GER) +0:15

5th - Bevan Docherty (NZL) +0:19

6th - Maik Petzold (GER) +0:23

7th - Kris Gemmell (NZL) +0:23

8th - Dmitry Polyansky (RUS) +35

9th - Simon Whitfield (CAN) +43

10th -  Jan Frodeno (GER) +49

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Press Release

 

U.S. Elite Triathletes Welcome Competitors From the Americas, Caribbean

 

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (May 5, 2009) - Elite athletes from the Americas and Caribbean nations will gather in the heartland of the United States for the 2009 ITU Pan American Triathlon Confederation Championships in Oklahoma City, Okla., on May 16.

 

The elite draft-legal Olympic distance championship races are part of the weekend of activities at the Boathouse International Triathlon. Sprint distance junior and age group races are also on the schedule. A total prize purse of $30,000 will be awarded in the elite division.

 

The race also kicks off the five-race USA Triathlon Twenty-12 Elite Series, the first year in a build up to the 2012 London Olympic Games.

 

"This is a great opportunity for athletes from all of the PATCO countries to come together and compete and form new friendships," said USA Triathlon Sport Performance Director Scott Schnitzspahn. "We look forward to hosting this event where PATCO athletes can earn valuable points for the ITU World Cup and World Championship Series entries down the line."  

 

The participant list for U.S. athletes includes several from the USAT National Teams program, including Sara McLarty, Julie Ertel, Jasmine Oeinck, Becky Lavelle, Jillian Petersen, Hunter Kemper, Matt Reed, Brian Fleischmann, Ethan Brown, Matt Chrabot, and Tim O'Donnell. Petersen and Chrabot are the defending PATCO champions. The junior races will feature some of the top up-and-coming U.S. and international competitors.

 

The U.S. athletes will serve as proud hosts to athletes from Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Argentina, Dominican Republic, Honduras, and other Pan American countries.

 

The race begins off the docks of Chesapeake Boathouse with a one lap, 1.5k swim in the Oklahoma Rivers. Athletes will then bike 40k, four laps north and south up Lincoln Boulevard circling the Oklahoma State Capitol. The race ends with a 10k, four lap run along the River Trails west of the Boathouse.

 

The Oklahoma River

More than $56 million was spent to create what is now known as the Oklahoma River. Completed in 2004, the seven miles of river offers one of the best aquatic sports venues in the country. Since its conception, the Oklahoma River has hosted international Olympians in the USA Rowing World Challenge and the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Flatwater Sprint.

 

Find out more about the venue.

 

About the Twenty-12 Elite Series

 

 

The Series follows the highly successful four-year Haul to the Great Wall Series. Twenty-12 will give triathlon fans a chance to see athletes who are looking to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games. The series will include U.S. and international competitors, some who have competed in past Olympic Games and others who are beginning to make names for themselves on the international triathlon circuit.

 

2009 Twenty-12 Series Race Schedule

 

 

Boathouse International Triathlon

Location: Oklahoma City, Okla.

Date: May 16

Prize Purse: $30,000

Details: PATCO Championship

 

CapTexTri

Location: Austin, Texas

Date: May 25

Prize Purse: $10,000

 

Hy-Vee Triathlon

Date: June 27

Location: Des Moines, Iowa

Prize Purse: $1,000,000

 

San Francisco Triathlon at Treasure Island

Date: July 11

Location: San Francisco, Calif.

Prize Purse: $20,000

 

Elite and U23 National Championship

Date: August 22

Location: Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Prize Money: $30,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

About USA Triathlon

USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the national governing body for triathlon - the fastest growing sport in the U.S. - as well as duathlon, aquathlon and winter triathlon in the United States. USAT sanctions 2,500 races and connects with more than 115,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work with athletes, coaches, and race directors on the grassroots level, USAT provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including World Championships, Pan American Games, and the Olympic Games.

 

 

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SAN RAFAEL, Calif. - April 23, 2009 - Trips for Kids (TFK) today announced it has taken 50,000 underserved urban youth on mountain bike rides since its inception more than 20 years ago. 

 

"I'm proud that our efforts have helped thousands of young people experience the world's natural beauty and the excitement of completing a physical challenge--and so many more still need our help," said Marilyn Price, founding director of Trips for Kids.

 

"There are more young people than ever who need to get outside, understand how to take care of our environment, spend a day with caring, supportive adults, and get tired from good, enjoyable exercise."

 

More than 60 chapters advance the TFK mission. Located in a variety of communities, the groups identify at-risk youth and work through local youth services agencies to help them. Chapters are formed by a variety of individuals and organizations including environmental centers, schools, public health agencies, after-school learning centers, bike advocacy clubs, and non-profits like the YMCA, Boy Scouts, and Girls & Boys Clubs.

 

In many cases the kids they serve have never visited the nearby parks and outdoor areas. TFK provides the bicycles, helmets and other equipment, along with a trained ride leader and adult volunteers.

 

The children who participate in the rides receive safety instructions and are paired with adult ride buddies. Throughout the ride they learn environmental awareness as well as nutrition and fitness tips. Many of the participants report that the TFK mountain bike rides teach them to set goals and achieve them.

 

It takes TFK chapter leaders, volunteers, bicycle industry sponsors and individual donors to make TFK rides successful. Visit the TFK website, www.tripsforkids.org, to learn more about the program and to find a local chapter.

 

About Trips for Kids

 

Trips for Kids is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization based in Marin County, California. With 60-plus chapters operating in the United States, Canada and Israel, Trips For Kids opens the world of cycling to at-risk youth through mountain bike rides and Earn-A-Bike programs. Trips for Kids started in 1988 as a grass roots effort by avid mountain biker, environmentalist and Mountain Bike Hall of Fame inductee Marilyn Price to provide inner-city youth a way to enjoy the outdoors and gain much-needed life skills.

 

Fueled by success in the San Francisco Bay Area, the national organization was launched in 1999 with the expanded mission to open as many chapters as possible in order to provide kids with lessons in personal responsibility, achievement and environmental awareness through the development of practical skills and the simple act of having fun through mountain biking.

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For a seventh consecutive year, World Triathlon Corporation will conduct its annual Ironman auction with eBay, designed to benefit a variety of charitable organizations worldwide. The Ironman Foundation has raised more than $2,500,000 through the initiative since its inception in 2003.

 

This year's auction will include four slots to the 2009 Ford Ironman World Championship taking place on October 10 in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. The auction will begin on Sunday, April 19 and will incorporate four phases with one slot available per week. The minimum bid for slots to the event will begin at $10,000.   In 2008, Ironman recognized a multitude of groups that lent their support in each of the event market in addition to those organizations located in the two World Championship host cities. For example, a donation of $50,000 was extended to Clearwater for Youth (CFY), an organization that celebrated 40 years of service last year. With a mission of building character through sports, CFY provides support to area youth programs and participants in need, allowing children from all levels of society to play and learn together. 

 

Grants and donations were also made to the West Hawaii chapters of the following national organizations: The Ronald McDonald House, Boy Scouts of America, American Cancer Society and the Special Olympics, among others. Additionally, more than $40,000 in cash and supplies will be provided to The Hospice of Kona, PATH (Peoples Advocacy for Trails Hawaii) and Kamakana Children's Playground in Kailua-Kona. Details on the organizations are below:
    • The Hospice of Kona will receive gear and apparel for Camp Erin, a bereavement retreat for children who have lost a parent or sibling.

    • PATH, striving to promote active living in a healthy community, will be acquiring a cargo van for use with camps and clinics that promote a bicycle education program to local families.

    • Kamakana Children's Playground, located at Higashihara Park was created in 1997 and is in desperate need of repair. The children's area is now being refurbished and will include 2,200 sq. ft. playground.

In addition to the opportunity to compete at the 2009 Ford Ironman World Championship, winners will also receive private athlete registration in Kona and four VIP packages, including race-day passes and invitations to race-week functions. Funding for the eBay auction does not have to be generated through one source, as fundraising efforts are acceptable. According to World Triathlon Corporation's President and CEO, Ben Fertic, all funds are tax-deductible and all proceeds go to The Ironman Foundation, which will in turn make donations to the organizations. Ironman covers all administrative costs to ensure all monies raised will directly benefit the selected charities.       To place a bid in this year's auction beginning on April 19, 2009, visit www.ironman.com .  All athlete inquiries can be directed to kona@ironman.com.
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Tune in Sunday, April 12, 2009, as NBC showcases the 2008 Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3, presented by Ford, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. EDT.

 

Shot on location on November 8, 2008, in Clearwater, Florida, one of the world's top beach destinations, the broadcast leads viewers on a fast-paced journey consisting of a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike and a 13.1-mile run. The swim takes place in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, while the bike and run portions cover the picturesque areas throughout Pinellas County as well as the beaches of Clearwater.

 

Watch as New Zealand's Terenzo Bozzone and U.S. athlete Joanna Zeiger claim World Championship titles.  After taking first place at three 70.3 events in 2008, Bozzone battles some of the sport's bestincluding 2007 World Champion Andy Potts, Chris Legh, Oscar Galindez and Fraser Cartmellto claim his first World Championship title with a time of 3:40:10. 

 

Zeiger, also celebrating three 70.3 wins in 2008, dominates the half-marathon and beats a competitive field consisting of 2007 World Champion Mirinda Carfrae, Erika Csomor and Becky Lavelle to finish in 4:02:49. Both Bozzone and Zeiger set world records, eclipsing 2007 course times in more than two and four minutes, respectively.

 

In addition to a competitive professional field, nearly 1,200 age group athletes, ranging in age from 18 to 79 years old, crossed the finish line at the 2008 Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3. Among them were inspirational athletes such as:

 

• Brian Boyle, 22, who was in a car accident that almost took his life.  He died eight times on the operating table and was told he may never walk again. Boyle, a talented collegiate swimmer, recovered and went on to challenge himself by participating in the 2007 Ford Ironman World Championship in Hawaii. Boyle earned another World Championship finish at the 2008 Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3. With a goal of returning to Kona in 2009, Boyle plans to continue participating in Ironman and 70.3 events across the country.

 

• Team Hoyt, a father-and-son team that has completed nearly 1,000 athletic events, including Hawaii's Ironman World Championship and the Boston Marathon, continued to inspire viewers as they cross the finish line in 8 hours, 14 minutes and 36 seconds.

 

• Ricky James, 20, who was involved in a motocross accident four years ago that left him paralyzed.  After bike modifications, he has continued racing on the motocross scene. In 2008, James not only finished the Ford Ironman World Championship, but also added to his long list of accomplishments by completing the Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3 in 5 hours, 30 minutes and 27 seconds.

 

Also in the spotlight are Kate Conklin and Robert MacLachlan. Conklin, 33, reaches the finish line despite her debilitating condition, Erythromelalgia. MacLachlan, 70, participates alongside his son in an effort to improve his quality of life.

 

For the second consecutive year, viewers will have the unique opportunity to view the 2009 Ironman Lottery winners. All 150 U.S. winners of coveted slots to the world's most challenging endurance event, the Ford Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, will be displayed at the end of the show. The sneak peek comes just days before the official announcement goes live on Ironman's website, www.ironman.com on Wednesday, April 15 at 12:00 p.m. EDT. 

 

The NBC broadcast of the Ironman World Championship has received numerous accolades throughout the last two decades, including more than 50 Emmy nominations, 15 Emmy awards, three prestigious CINE Golden Eagle awards and five International Monitor Awards for Global Excellence.

 

For more information on the Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3, visit www.ironman.com.

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March, 2009 -- World Triathlon Corporation is pleased to announce that select Ironman 70.3 races will feature entry spots for Ironman events in North America.

 

In addition, Ironman Community Foundation slots are still available for Ford Ironman Coeur d'Alene , Ford Ironman Lake Placid , Subaru Ironman Canada , Ford Ironman Louisville , Ford Ironman Wisconsin , Ford Ironman Florida and Ford Ironman Arizona . All of these events have already reached capacity and are closed to general entry for 2009.

 

At this year's Ironman 70.3 California, Ironman 70.3 Florida, Ironman 70.3 Hawaii and Ironman 70.3 Boise there will be 25 entries available to participating athletes for Ford Ironman Coeur d'Alene, Subaru Ironman Canada, Ford Ironman Louisville, Ford Ironman Wisconsin, Ford Ironman Florida and Ford Ironman Arizona. 

 

Additionally, each of the events will encompass 50 entry slots for the 2009 Ford Ironman Lake Placid. Amica Ironman 70.3 Rhode Island will have the same number of entry slots to all events except Ford Ironman Coeur d'Alene.

 

There are a limited number of general entry slots available to Ironman 70.3 Florida, Ironman 70.3 Hawaii, Ironman 70.3 Boise and Amica Ironman 70.3 Rhode Island

 

Ironman Community Foundation Slots are available for all Ironman events in the U.S. and Canada. The number of remaining slots can be found on the Community Fund homepage

 

Funds raised from Ironman Community Foundation Slots are directed to The Ironman Foundation, offering contributions to local and national organizations. Since its inception in 2001, The Ironman Foundation has distributed more than $3.5 million to community groups and various non-profit organizations.

 

For all Ironman and Ironman 70.3 details, visit www.ironman.com .  Athlete-related inquiries can be directed to Brittany Dunning at Brittany@ironman.com.

 

 

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Press Release

 

World Triathlon Corporation Announces Finish Line Policy

New Finish line policy to take effect at Ironman 70.3 California

 

Published Wednesday, March 11, 2009

 

World Triathlon Corporation will implement a new finish line policy for all domestic Ironman and Ironman 70.3 events. Beginning with Ironman 70.3 California (April 4, 2009), friends and/or family members will no longer be permitted to cross the finish line or enter the finish chute with participating athletes.

 

"Safety is paramount at all Ironman and Ironman 70.3 events. Allowing non-participants to cross the finish line compromises event security, serves as a distraction to other finishers and disrupts our secure finish line operations. Family and friends are encouraged to reunite with their athlete in the photo/post-race area just beyond the finish line," said Steve Meckfessel, Ironman's Chief Operating Officer.

 

In response to ongoing athlete feedback, Ironman has chosen to adopt this policy to ensure the safety of all participants, volunteers and fans. As with other sporting events, Ironman strives to provide a competitive and memorable event, one that allows all parties to enjoy the entire Ironman Experience.

 

This policy will allow each competitor adequate time to celebrate their accomplishment without interfering with other finishers. Athletes who choose not to respect the new policy will receive an automatic disqualification (DQ).

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March 3, 2009 (Tampa, FL) -- World Triathlon Corporation, owner of the Ironman and Ironman 70.3 brands, announces the launch of the Ironman Executive Challenge (XC)

 

The program targets top-level executives and provides its members with the opportunity to compete at the following sold-out events in 2009: Ford Ironman Coeur d'Alene, Frankfurter Sparkasse Ironman Germany, Ford Ironman Lake Placid, Ford Ironman Louisville, Ford Ironman World Championship (by qualification only) and Ford Ironman Arizona.

 

The mission of the Ironman Executive Challenge (XC) is to provide the ultimate Ironman experience for the world's top business leaders. This exclusive, member's-only program offers privileges such as guaranteed entry into select Ironman events, VIP treatment for athletes and their families, first-class accommodations, personalized coaching, interaction with Ironman icons and much more. Members of Ironman XC will also have the opportunity to win multiple coveted slots to the renowned Ford Ironman World Championship, in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. 

 

"We are pleased to announce this new program, one that showcases the synergies of today's most passionate business leaders and the unique qualities of Ironman. We look forward to providing a group of select athletes with a one-of-a-kind experience, while allowing them with the opportunity to compete among their peers at the world's most challenging endurance event," said Ironman Executive Challenge Director, Troy Ford.

 

To kick-off the program's inaugural year, all participating members of Ironman XC will be eligible for the Kona Personal Record (PR) Challenge. One Ford Ironman World Championship slot will be awarded at each event to the athlete who has most significantly improved his or her PR time. 

 

Additionally, Ironman will establish customized age divisions at each event to determine distribution of Ford Ironman World Championship slots. Every group will be allocated with one World Championship slot and it will be awarded to the winner of each age group. If a particular age group exceeds five XC Series participants, an additional slot will be added, totaling two for that group, and a second slot will be awarded to the second place finisher within that age group. Each event within the XC Series will award a minimum of two Ford Ironman World Championship slots (in addition to the Kona PR Challenge slot). 

 

XC Series' athletes awarded a Ford Ironman World Championship slot through standard qualifying procedures are ineligible for the aforementioned programs. World Championship slots are non-transferable and may not be deferred to another year. Athletes who are awarded slots to Kona must participate in the XC Series' Ford Ironman World Championship package and compete for title of Ironman XC Series' Athlete of the Year.

 

Click here to submit an application for membership to the Ironman Executive Challenge (XC). To learn more, visit IronmanXC.com or contact Troy Ford at Troy@ironman.com.

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The ITU recently announced the that the 2009 Team World Championships are coming to Des Moines, home of the Hy-Vee Triathlon. This is shaping up to be one of the most exciting weekends in triathlon!

 

The team relay format sounds pretty exciting and spectator friendly. Taken to the age-group level, there could be some really cool races designed around this concept. Read the full release below:

 

 

 

Press Release

 

February 25, 2009 -- The International Triathlon Union (ITU) is pleased to announce the location for the 2009 ITU Triathlon Team World Championships will be in West Des Moines, Iowa, USA on June 28 in conjunction with the Hy-Vee ITU Triathlon Elite Cup. This is the first time a team world championship has been held on U.S. soil and the first time in ITU history that the teams will be mixed. In total, the weekend will boast $1 million USD in prize money.

 

"The team world championships are crucial in ITU's quest to have a team event on the Olympic programme," said ITU Secretary General Loreen Barnett. "Recently the IOC Executive Board approved the mixed relay for the Youth Olympic Games, signifying the IOC's support of the concept. It also represented an important step forward for the team relay's inclusion in future Olympic Games"

 

The ITU Triathlon Team World Championships will consist of a 4 x mixed relay. Each federation will enter a team consisting of two women and two men. Each member will complete a super sprint triathlon (250m swim, 7km bike and 1.8km run) in succession, with the first team across the line representing the top triathlon nation in the world. A $70,000 USD prize purse will be available for the top three teams (1st - $40,000, 2nd - $20,000, 3rd - $10,000).

 

"We would be delighted to be the first to stage the mixed relay format at a world championship level. The quick pace of the race makes it especially exciting to watch. It's a real crowd pleaser," said Andy McCann, Hy-Vee Triathlon co-chair.

 

The Hy-Vee ITU Triathlon Elite Cup will be staged on Saturday, June 27, and the ITU Triathlon Team World Championships on Sunday, June 28.

 

The million dollar weekend will continue to be showcased in 2009 with U.S. national television coverage on NBC.

 

For more information, visit triathlon.org .

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