COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The #TriWeek Virtual Challenge presented by TOWER 26 came to a close Sunday, drawing more than 1,388 participants from 48 states and the United Kingdom over a two-week period. The online run-bike event, which started June 22 (the first day of National Triathlon Week) and ran through July 5, was designed to connect and inspire multisport athletes of all skill levels.
Collectively, participants covered a total of more than 153,000 miles on roads, trails, trainers and treadmills — including 125,000-plus cycling miles and 28,000-plus running miles.
The virtual event, housed on the FitRankings platform, featured both competitive and non-competitive divisions. The non-competitive division was free to enter with the option to purchase a $50 #TriWeek Package, which included a USA Triathlon Annual Membership ($50 value), finisher’s medal and the chance to win more than $20,000 in prize giveaways. The #TriWeek Package was required to participate in the competitive division.
Using a cumulative format, participants tallied their total miles completed in the bike and run over the course of two weeks, rather than completing a set distance in one workout. In the competitive division, athletes earned recognition for completing various distance “benchmarks” as they went and were able to compare times and mileage with fellow participants on the leaderboard. In the non-competitive division, the goal for all participants was to complete a total of 40 kilometers on the bike and 10 kilometers on the run.
The event also featured four daily challenges — a 40k bike, a 10k run, a 20k bike and a 5k run — in which competitive division athletes recorded their time over a set distance on a designated day. The male and female winners of each daily challenge received prizes from USA Triathlon partners.
Daily Challenge winners included Erin Ray and Jeff E. (40k bike), Kasandra Rosenbum and Rich Grandelli (10k run), Lindsey Bauman and Lars Heise (20k bike), and Christina Grandelli and Rich Grandelli (5k bike). Over the entire two-week challenge, Dan Tun completed the most cumulative bike-run distance for men with 1,012.24 miles, and Shawna Carter covered the most distance for women with 813.77 miles.
The #TriWeek Virtual Challenge was presented by TOWER 26, a triathlon coaching organization that provides customized training for multisport enthusiasts of all levels across the globe. TOWER 26 offered a prize giveaway for one participant to receive a year’s worth of personalized one-on-one triathlon coaching with USA Triathlon-certified head coach and professional triathlete Jim Lubinski, along with one year of swim-specific training designed by TOWER 26 Founder and world’s leading open water swimming coach, Gerry Rodrigues, worth $5,500. TrueForm, an Official Supporting Partner, offered a giveaway of one USA Triathlon-branded TrueForm Runner Trainer treadmill valued at $4,795.
In total, USA Triathlon partners combined to offer an unprecedented $20,209 worth of prize giveaways for challenge participants who selected the #TriWeek Package. Along with TOWER 26 and TrueForm, participating partners included 2XU, AfterShokz, Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa, Newton Running, Rudy Project, USATStore.com and Wahoo Fitness.
The #TriWeek Virtual Challenge marked USA Triathlon’s fourth virtual race, after the organization successfully hosted the world’s first entirely online swim, bike and run event — the Time to Tri Virtual Triathlon — last November; the #DreamingSeason Time to Tri Virtual Triathlon in February; and the USA Duathlon Virtual Run-Bike-Run in May.
TriWeek Virtual Challenge Results
Complete results from the competitive division and all daily challenges are available at usatriathlon.org.
40k Bike — June 25
Female Winner: Erin Ray, 48 minutes, 43 seconds
Male Winner: Jeff E., 54 minutes, 35 seconds
10k Run — June 26
Female Winner: Kasandra Rosenbum, 44:54
Male Winner: Rich Grandelli, 36:47
20k Bike — July 2
Female Winner: Lindsey Bauman, 31:03
Male Winner: Lars Heise, 26:38
5k Run — July 4
Female Winner: Christina Grandelli, 19:12
Male Winner: Rich Grandelli, 17:24
Female Winner: Shawna Carter, 813.77 total miles
Male Winner: Dan Tun, 1,012.24 total miles
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 & Paralympic Committee (USOPC).
About TOWER 26
TOWER 26 provides customized triathlon coaching to enthusiasts of all levels. With over 35 years of professional coaching experience, Gerry Rodrigues founded the entity based in Los Angeles, California. USA Triathlon-certified coach and professional triathlete Jim Lubinski leads the triathlon coaching division. Consistently and with purpose, TOWER 26 successfully trains and prepares athletes across the globe, from beginner to professional, to “Be Race Ready”.