Splash & Dash, Retro Tri Series Return in 2016 to Encourage Multisport Participation

By USA Triathlon | Feb. 09, 2016, 3:42 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Two USA Triathlon series — the Splash & Dash Youth Aquathlon Series and the Retro Tri Series — will again feature beginner-focused events in cities across the United States with the aim of increasing participation in multisport.

2016 Splash and Dash

The Splash & Dash Youth Aquathlon Series was first launched in 2012 with 30 events, expanding to 52 in 2016. More than 2,000 athletes ages 7-15 are expected to participate, with events taking place in nine of USA Triathlon’s 10 Regions. The 2016 series kicks off at the beginning of March and runs through October. USA Triathlon partnered with race directors, community centers, coaches, clubs and parks and recreation departments to solidify the slate of more than 50 events for the year. The USA Triathlon staff will also host one of the events in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Aug. 21.

Participants ages 7-10 will cover a 100-meter swim and a 1-kilometer run, while athletes ages 11-15 will complete a 200m swim and a 2k run. Visit usatriathlon.org/splashanddash for complete information on the Splash & Dash Youth Aquathlon Series.

The Retro Tri Series showcases the spirit of triathlon with a nod to the sport’s origins in the 1970s. Five events comprise the series in 2016 and will introduce new participants to triathlon, with a focus on camaraderie and enjoying multisport rather than competition. Some of the events are not timed. Participants in the Retro Tri Series are encouraged to wear retro-themed attire.

Geared toward adult and youth competitors ages 13 and older, each race includes a 300- to 400-yard swim, 5- to 10-mile bike and 2- to 5-kilometer run. Registration for the events is open to first-timers, seasoned veterans and anyone looking to stay active through swimming, biking and running. Visit usatriathlon.org/retro for complete information on the series.

2016 USA Triathlon Splash & Dash Youth Aquathlon Series
March 5: UNM Hess Splash and Dash #1, Albuquerque, N.M.
April 17: Kids Splash and Dash at HFFA, Huntersville, N.C.
April 30: USAT Fun 4 Kids Splash and Dash #1, Sebastian, Fla.
April 30: Daemen Splash and Dash, Amherst, N.Y.
April 30: Hamilton Splash and Dash, Hamilton, N.J.
May 1: Westfields Triathlon, Chantilly, Va.
May 1: TriPATHlon Splash and Dash, Atlanta, Ga.
May 15: USAT Youth Splash and Dash, Pompano Beach, Fla.
May 22: San Diego Family Retro Tri and Kids Splash and Dash, San Diego, Calif.
May 22: ODU SuperHero Splash and Dash, Norfolk, Va.
May 22: Water Works Splash and Dash, Denton, Texas
May 24: Houston Spring Splash and Dash, Houston, Texas
May 28: Strive 2 Tri Youth Splash & Dash, Bowie, Md.
June 4: Fayetteville Splash and Dash, Fayetteville, Ark.
June 4: B.R. Ryall YMCA Splash and Dash, Glen Ellyn, Ill.
June 4: Central Florida Sprint Triathlon Series Splash and Dash #1, Clermont, Fla.
June 4: UNM Hess Splash and Dash #2, Albuquerque, N.M.
June 5: Tallahassee YTS Splash and Dash, Tallahassee, Fla.
June 11: Eiffel Tower Splash and Dash, Paris, Tenn.
June 11: Grand Rapids Triathlon, Grand Rapids, Mich.
June 11: Endorphin Fitness Splash & Dash, Richmond, Va.
June 12: USAT Martin County Splash and Dash, Stuart, Fla.
June 12: Epic Kids Splash and Dash, Pinckney, Mich.
June 18: Pfun Tri Splash and Dash, Pflugerville, Texas
June 18: Tri-Oswego Splash and Dash, Oswego, N.Y.
June 22: Quarry Ridge Triathlon Splash and Dash, Sylvania, Ohio
June 25: Norwich Splash and Dash, Norwich, Conn.
June 25: Daniel Boone Splash and Dash, Central Kentucky, Berea, Ky.
June 25: USAT Fun 4 Kids Splash and Dash #2, Indian Harbour Beach, Fla.
June 26: Tri Amphibians Splash and Dash, Long Beach, Calif.
June 26: Columbia Splash and Dash, Columbia, Md.
July 3: Tri Graeagle Splash and Dash, Graeagle, Calif.
July 9: Cohasset Junior Triathlon, Cohasset, Mass.
July 9: Splash and Dash Tri Festival, Gainesville, Fla.
July 9: Central Florida Sprint Triathlon Series Splash and Dash #2, Clermont, Fla.
July 20: MMTT Splash and Dash, Geneva, Ill.
July 30: Sun City Splash and Dash, El Paso, Texas
July 30: Boston Junior Triathlon: Boston, Mass.
July 30: Diversity in Aquatics Youth Splash and Dash 2016, Davie, Fla.
Aug. 13: Central Florida Sprint Triathlon Series Splash and Dash #3, Clermont, Fla.
Aug. 14: XTERRA Syracuse Triathlon, Syracuse, N.Y.
Aug. 20: KidzTri3 South Jersey Splash & Dash, Sewell, N.J.
Aug. 21: Tucson JCC & USAT Splash and Dash, Tucson, Ariz.
Aug. 21: Back to School Splash and Dash, Houston, Texas
Aug. 21: USA Triathlon Splash and Dash, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Aug. 27: Lake Tahoe Triathlon, Lake Tahoe, Calif.
Aug. 28: West Shore YMCA Splash and Dash, Camp Hill, Pa.
Sept. 3: USAT Fun 4 Kids Splash and Dash #3, Melbourne, Fla.
Sept. 9: Best in the West Triathlon Festival, Sweet Home, Ore.
Sept. 10: Central Florida Sprint Triathlon Series Splash and Dash #4: Clermont, Fla.
Sept. 10: Thunderboltz Splash n Dash, North Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Oct. 29: Spooky Splash and Dash, Patagonia, Ariz.

2016 USA Triathlon Retro Tri Series Schedule
April 23: Rio Grande Retro Triathlon, Albuquerque, N.M.
May 22: Old Dominion University Retro Triathlon, Norfolk, Va.
May 22: San Diego Retro Tri, San Diego, Calif.
Aug. 13: USAT Retro Series 5th Summit Lake Optimist, New Castle, Ind.
Aug. 14: Tri Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, Calif.

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USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon, as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,300 races and connects with nearly 500,000 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, USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships, Pan American Games and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the ITU and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).