The USA Triathlon Hall of Fame serves to recognize, honor and commemorate those individuals, groups and entities that have demonstrated excellence in every aspect of multisport and inspire others to elevate their performance, participation and involvement in multisport in their communities.

Founded in 2008, the USA Triathlon Hall of Fame has recognized the best performances and contributions in the sport’s 41-year history. Information on the 37 inductees can be found on the left hand navigation.  

2018 Hall of Fame Banquet

Join USA Triathlon in recognizing the ninth class of Hall of Fame inductees at the Hall of Fame banquet on August 9, 2018!

Inductees will be celebrated at an induction banquet on Thursday, Aug. 9 at 5:30 p.m. EST at Windows on the River in Cleveland as part of the Age Group National Championship weekend. Tickets are available online here. Tickets will be available until Wednesday, August 1, 2018 or the 250 attendee limit is reached.

Age Group National participants will receive a discounted ticket price through June 30, 2018 which will be communicated via race emails.

Corporate or sponsor tables (10 seats) are also available for $1,000, which includes a $250 donation to the USA Triathlon Foundation. The purchase of a corporate or sponsor table also includes the company’s logo featured in the event program and registration platform, as well as an emcee mention during the ceremony. More information and registration questions should be directed to Ellis.Davis@usatriathlon.org.

Cleveland local Olympic wrestler Matt Ghaffari will speak as guest of honor. Born in Tehran, Iran, Matt Ghaffari grew into a true American hero and set the standard by which all future U.S. Greco-Roman wrestlers would be judged. Ghaffari is holder of three American Records; the only USA Greco- Roman wrestler with total of four World and Olympic Medals, plus four-time World Cup Champion, also nine-time Pan-American Champion! All three are USA Wrestling Records. Matt was seven-time USA National Wrestling Champion and 2-time USA Olympic Committee Greco-Roman Athlete of the Year. About the ninth induction class of the USA Triathlon Hall of Fame:

Hunter Kemper — Elite Athlete (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Hunter Kemper is the most decorated U.S. male triathlete in history. He is the only American and one of only two male triathletes in history to have represented his country at the first four Olympic triathlon competitions. He placed 17th in the sport’s debut in Sydney in 2000, ninth in Athens in 2004, seventh in Beijing in 2008 and 14th in London in 2012. Kemper also represented the U.S. at two Pan American Games, taking home silver in 1999 and gold in 2003. He earned a record seven USA Triathlon Elite National Championship titles and is one of only two American men to be ranked No. 1 in the world, which he accomplished in 2005. He won the 2007 Haul to the Great Wall Series, was named the 2005 U.S. Olympic Committee Sportsman of the Year, and is a five-time U.S. Olympic Committee Triathlete of the Year. Kemper continues to be involved in the multisport community, volunteering and promoting youth triathlons across the country and appearing at Olympic-themed community events in his hometown of Colorado Springs. 

Mike Reilly — Contributor (San Diego, Calif.)

Through nearly 40 years of service, Mike Reilly has become the world’s most famous endurance sports announcer. Best known as the “Voice of IRONMAN,” Reilly has called the finishes of more than 160 IRONMAN triathlons, 1,200 races and more than 2 million athletes. Reilly was a leading representative of Saucony shoes throughout the 1980s and supplied the Saucony product line to Road Runner Sports in Del Mar — now the largest running store in the country. He participated and announced some of the first triathlons ever held on Fiesta Island in San Diego in the ‘80s. His passion for triathlon and announcing grew, and in 1989 he announced his first IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. He went on to spend the next 30 years announcing millions of athletes at the finish line of IRONMANs worldwide, and continues to do so today.

Donna Smyers — Age-Group Athlete (Adamant, Vt.)
Donna Smyers has competed in triathlon since 1985, topping age-group podiums for several decades and in all disciplines. Her resume includes four USA Triathlon Age Group National Championship titles, two ITU Age Group World Championship titles, six age-group IRONMAN World Championship wins and an IRONMAN 70.3 age-group world title. She was named USA Triathlon Masters Triathlete of the Year in 1998 and 2002. Smyers suffered a quad tendon rupture and repair in late 2012, but was back on the podium at the national and international levels — including world titles at the ITU Age Group Sprint World Championships and IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship — by 2014. Off the race course, Smyers practices physical therapy in Adamant, Vermont, with a focus on athletes of all levels. 

James Ward (Posthumous) — Age-Group Athlete (Seminole, Fla.)

James “Jim” Ward was an icon in the USA Triathlon age-group community, winning six USA Triathlon Age Group National Championship titles and three age-group world titles. He began competing in triathlon in his late 60s — an inspiration to many older athletes — and won his age group as the most senior competitor at the 1994 IRONMAN World Championship at 77. In addition to his success in racing, he also contributed to the multisport community as chair of the Senior Task Force of the USA Triathlon Age Group Commission. A retired U.S. Army Colonel and World War II veteran, Ward passed away in 2000 at 83 years of age. He was training for his next triathlon.

Nominations

Nominations are no longer being accepted for 2018. 

ONLINE NOMINATION FORM (completed online) 

CATEGORIES OF ELIGIBILITY

Elite athletes

An athlete shall be eligible for nomination in this category if he or she, while licensed as an elite athlete by USA Triathlon or its predecessors, competed with great success in national or world events over a period of years; demonstrated outstanding sportsmanship, and contributed in other ways to the betterment of multisport. Achievements in all disciplines governed by USA Triathlon may be considered, including but not necessarily limited to those in triathlon, duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, paratriathlon, off-road and winter triathlon. To be nominated, an elite athlete must have not competed as an elite athlete for at least three years prior to consideration or have reached the age of 40. Nominees must be a U.S. citizen at the time of achievement.

Age-group athletes — men and women

An athlete shall be eligible for nomination in this category if the athlete, while licensed as an age group athlete by USA Triathlon or its predecessors, competed with great success in major national or world events over a period of years; demonstrated outstanding sportsmanship; and contributed in other ways to the betterment of multisport. Achievements in all disciplines governed by USA Triathlon may be considered, including but not necessarily limited to those in triathlon, duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, paratriathlon, off-road, and winter triathlon. Nominees must be a U.S. citizen at the time of achievement.

Contributor

This category is intended to encompass a broad array of people and activities associated with the disciplines governed by USA Triathlon. Nominees must be a U.S. citizen or be a U.S. national (someone who has resided in the U.S. for three consecutive years) at the time of contribution.A contributor shall be eligible in this category:

A. If he or she has made significant contributions to the growth, reputation, character, and/or success of any of the disciplines governed by USA Triathlon. Contributions in a wide variety of categories may be considered, including, but not limited to sport pioneer; event organizer; event official; inventor of equipment processes, or systems; member of the media; coach; trainer;volunteer; and/or service to the governing body;

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B. If a person made a single or brief, but significant and unique contribution to the any of the disciplines governed by USA Triathlon.

ONLINE NOMINATION FORM (completed online)