Home USA Triathlon News Articles Follow Along as the ...

Follow Along as the Toyota U.S. Paratriathlon Resident Team Rides Across Colorado

By Nick Hehemann, USA Triathlon | June 19, 2020, 4:54 p.m. (ET)

The Toyota U.S. Paratriathlon Resident Team is riding all the way across the state of Colorado to raise money for COVID-19 relief efforts, and you can follow along as the athletes journey from the Utah to Kansas border. 

Nine U.S. elite triathletes training for the postponed Tokyo Paralympic and Olympic Games, along with USA Triathlon CEO Rocky Harris, will cycle a combined 483 miles across Colorado starting tonight at 6:30 p.m. MT in a 24-hour relay challenge dubbed “Operation CO>COVID.” 

You can see their progress and cheer them on here, thanks to a live tracker from our friends at Wahoo Fitness! 

For more live coverage, follow USA Triathlon's Instagram Story and Live Twitter account for behind the scenes content courtesy of elite paratriathletes Hailey Danz and Melissa Stockwell. 

The ride, which is supported by Toyota vehicles, was fully planned and executed by members of the Toyota U.S. Paratriathlon Resident Team including Kyle Coon, Hailey Danz, Kendall Gretsch, Allysa Seely, Melissa Stockwell and Howie Sanborn (Sanborn will not participate in the ride due to injury). The squad normally trains out of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, but the training center’s athletic facilities have been closed since mid-March due to COVID-19. 

The event is designed to drive awareness and donations for the USA Triathlon Foundation, which will then distribute proceeds equally between two causes: the USA Triathlon Foundation COVID-19 Relief Fund, which provides grants to members of the multisport community impacted by the pandemic, and the Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado. Donations are being accepted at usatriathlonfoundation.org. The team has set a goal to raise $20,210 in reference to the postponed Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, which will take place in 2021.

In addition to the paratriathlon resident team and Harris, participants in the challenge also include U.S. Olympic hopefuls Kevin McDowell and Renée Tomlin; up-and-coming 17-year-old paratriathlete Jack O’Neil; and elite triathlete Alex Libin. Libin will serve as a sighted guide for Kyle Coon, who is visually impaired.

View this post on Instagram

It'ssssss RACE DAY!!!!! Tonight at 630pm we will start riding from the Utah/ Colorado border starting our race against the sun. Team 1 is @hailstormusa, @k.gretsch and @mstockwell01 and they will ride the first 95 miles before meeting up with the rest of the riders. The 3 sets of 3 riders will leap frog the rest of the way. You can get live updates on the @usatriathlon Instagram story, @USATLive on Twitter and here! Please follow our journey and if you haven't already, we would love your financial support as we are riding to raise money for the @usatfoundation USA covid relief fund and the @careandsharefb. You can donate at the link in the profile, thank you! #smallchangebigdifference

A post shared by CO>COVID (@colorado_over_covid) on

View this post on Instagram

It'ssssss RACE DAY!!!!! Tonight at 630pm we will start riding from the Utah/ Colorado border starting our race against the sun. I am on team 1 with Hailey Danz and Kendall Gretsch and we will ride the first 95 miles before meeting up with the rest of the riders. The 3 sets of 3 riders will leap frog the rest of the way. You can get live updates on the @usatriathlon Instagram story, @USATLive on Twitter and @colorado_over_covid. Please follow our journey and if you haven't already, we would love your financial support as we are riding to raise money for the @usatfoundation covid relief fund and the @careandsharefb. You can donate below, thank you! https://usatriathlonfoundation.org/pages/operation-cocovid

A post shared by Melissa Stockwell (@mstockwell01) on