First-Ever National Triathlon Week Launches Today

By USA Triathlon | July 17, 2017, 11 a.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Triathlon today announced the start of the first-ever National Triathlon Week, an initiative to celebrate multisport and all its constituency groups. National Triathlon Week will take place from today through Sunday, July 23, both on social media and in communities across the country.

The emphasis of the week is on celebration, education and participation in the multisport lifestyle. Each day is centered around a different theme, starting with a spotlight on each discipline of triathlon:

Monday, July 17: Swim Day
Tuesday, July 18: Bike Day
Wednesday, July 19: Run Day
Thursday, July 20: Recovery Day
Friday, July 21: Member Appreciation Day
Saturday, July 22, and Sunday, July 23: Race Weekend

The complete schedule—including ideas for how to participate from just a few minutes to a full day—are 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. Prize packs will be awarded each day to randomly selected participants who share questions, advice or inspiring stories on social media using the hashtag #TriWeek. 

In addition, triathletes can submit stories of how they got started in the sport by using #WhyDoYouTri and #TriWeek on social media or by emailing communications@usatriathlon.org. On Member Appreciation Day, USA Triathlon Staff will select one of the #WhyDoYouTri participants to receive a USA Triathlon Lifetime Membership.

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. The fourth weekend of July typically boasts one of the highest participation rates in multisport events across the country, with more than 160 USA Triathlon-sanctioned races taking place this year, including 55 youth races. Click here to find a race near you this weekend.

National Triathlon Week is not only a celebration triathletes and paratriathletes of all ages, genders and ethnicities, but also a chance to recognize those who play an active role in fueling the multisport lifestyle—from race directors and officials to coaches and race-day volunteers. In addition, this week is 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.

USA Triathlon’s certified clubs, Regions, volunteer leadership structure (e.g. Board of Directors, committees and councils), and the USA Triathlon Foundation will all play an active role in celebrating and promoting National Triathlon Week. USA Triathlon partners, including Training Peaks, Roka, KT Tape and MPA Event Graphics, will also participate by offering training resources, prize giveaways and select discounts throughout the week.

Get Started: Kick-off the week by celebrating Swim Day today!

If you have 5 minutes:

  • Share your favorite tip for improving your swim.
  • Share a photo from a favorite swim.

If you have 30 minutes:

  • Has your swim improved recently? Thank your coach by sharing your story on social media and nominating him or her for a chance to win a National Triathlon Week Swim Day Prize by using the hashtag #TriWeek.
  • Need to cut some time off your swim? Check out our Find a Coach tool today and take the first step toward improvement.
  •  Not a swimmer? No problem! Celebrate today by checking out the other multisport disciplines.

If you have an hour or more:

  • Go for a swim and share with us! Pictures, video, and distance are all encouraged.
  • Share photos from your favorite swim training locations.

For more information about National Triathlon Week, including a detailed explanation of the seven themed days, frequently asked questions and prize pack giveaway information, visit usatriathlon.org/triweek.

About USA Triathlon
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).