COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — More than 1,500 women, many of them first-time triathletes, will take part in the second annual Hand & Stone Women’s Philadelphia Triathlon on Sunday, July 7 at the Kelly Outdoor Pool in Philadelphia. The beginner-friendly event aligns with Time to Tri, an industry-wide initiative launched by USA Triathlon and IRONMAN last year to increase triathlon participation nationwide.
The inaugural Women’s Philadelphia Triathlon in 2018 was widely viewed by the industry as a huge success. It was named the Best Time to Tri First-Timer Event by Triathlon Business International and was a finalist for TBI’s Best Scenic Course award. At the 2018 event, about 600 women in a field of 1,300 participated in their first-ever triathlon. The 2019 course once again features a 300-meter pool swim, 9-mile bike on closed roads, and a scenic 5-kilometer run through West Fairmount Park.
In addition to the race itself, event weekend also includes panels led by Women for Tri and instructional sessions geared toward novice triathletes, covering topics such as “What New Triathletes Need to Know” and “Super Newbie Transition Set-Up.”
“When USA Triathlon and IRONMAN unveiled Time to Tri last year, we challenged the entire industry, including race directors, to do their part to welcome newcomers to the sport,” said Rocky Harris, USA Triathlon. “The Hand & Stone Women’s Philadelphia Triathlon is an example of the impact that beginner-friendly resources and race formats can have on aspiring triathletes — which is what Time to Tri is all about. This innovative event provides camaraderie, an inclusive atmosphere and an approachable race course, all of which help to introduce our sport to new people. USA Triathlon is proud to support DelMoSports and Hand & Stone as they gear up for another successful race weekend.”
“The energy surrounding the Women’s Philadelphia Triathlon is absolutely electric,” said Stephen DelMonte, Race Director of the Women’s Philadelphia Triathlon. “We’re lucky to work with amazing partners in Hand & Stone and USA Triathlon. Our goal from day one has always been to create world-class events, and we firmly believe as a result of our collaboration this all-women’s triathlon ranks among the very best in the U.S.”
“Our partnerships with USA Triathlon and the Hand & Stone Women’s Philadelphia Triathlon reflect our ongoing outreach to providing athletes, endurance and otherwise, massage services which are widely recognized to be a critical part of training and recovery programs,” said Todd Leff, Hand & Stone President and CEO. “The Philadelphia event is particularly important for us as it aligns with our empowerment message for women and is fast becoming the premier event in our home city of Philadelphia.”
Hand & Stone will offer sports massages for race participants onsite, as well as having its own team participate in the race. For registration information, course maps and a detailed schedule for the Hand & Stone Women’s Philadelphia Triathlon, click here. The event was sold out earlier this year, but DelMoSports has opened up 100 additional spots for a limited time.
DelMoSports, LLC is a boutique race company founded in 2004, specializing in elite destination events along the southern New Jersey shore and Greater Philadelphia Area. Their unique and award-winning events include IRONMAN 70.3 Atlantic City, the Atlantic City Triathlon, Tri the Wildwoods Triathlon, and Escape the Cape Triathlon and Open Water Swim Classic, which was voted the Best Triathlon in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Regions by Competitor and the Crest Best Run Fest in Wildwood Crest, NJ. Known for high quality, athlete-centered productions with an emphasis on community involvement, DelMoSports events provide challenging courses, spectacular scenery and amazing vacation opportunities for athletes and their families. www.delmosports.com. For media contact, please email Rachel Leal Rachel@delmosports.com or call 609-849-8908.
About Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa
Hand & Stone is a 400-plus unit massage and facial spa franchise with a mission to bring massage and facial services to the masses. Launched in 2004, Hand & Stone now has locations in 33 states and Canada. The brand has been named number #1 in the spa category by Entrepreneur Magazine for 2019 and is the fastest growing spa concept in the country. For more information on Hand & Stone, visit handandstone.com.
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 events and connects with more than 400,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work at the grassroots level with athletes, coaches, and race directors — as well as the USA Triathlon Foundation — 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).