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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Triathlon today announced the start of the fifth annual National Triathlon Week, a nationwide initiative to celebrate the sport of triathlon and all its constituency groups. #TriWeek will take place from today through Sunday, June 27, both on social media and in communities across the country. The annual event brings the multisport community together to swim, bike and run, but also to share experiences, inspiring stories, advice and support.
The complete schedule, along with ideas for how to participate, are available on the official landing page for National Triathlon Week: usatriathlon.org/triweek. Throughout the week, athletes are encouraged to get involved and celebrate the sport by posting on social media with the hashtag #TriWeek and tagging @usatriathlon.
With this summer’s Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 quickly approaching (the Olympics are scheduled for July 23-Aug. 8, and the Paralympics from Aug. 25-Sept. 6), this year’s National Triathlon Week will include ample Olympic- and Paralympic-themed content.
Fans can look forward to athlete features and a behind-the-scenes look into the lives of Tokyo-bound triathletes as part of USA Triathlon’s #TokyoUnited campaign. USA Triathlon will join in the global celebration of Olympic & Paralympic Day on Wednesday, June 23, and will also open registration that day for the Power Within Virtual Tri to Tokyo presented by MANSCAPED.
A different multisport-related theme will be featured each day of National Triathlon Week, with daily prizes from USA Triathlon’s corporate partners offered on the @usatriathlon social media channels:
Monday, June 21: Time to Tri Day
Tuesday, June 22: Community Appreciation Day
Wednesday, June 23: Olympic & Paralympic Day
Thursday, June 24: Swim Day
Friday, June 25: Bike Day
Saturday, June 26: Run Day
Sunday, June 27: Race Day
On Race Day, U.S. hopefuls for the Tokyo Paralympic Games will compete in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, at the 2021 Americas Triathlon Para Championships. The race is a key selection event (not an automatic qualifier) for the 2020 U.S. Paralympic Triathlon Team. For more information about the Pleasant Prairie event, click here. The full U.S. Paralympic Team for Tokyo will be named in July.
Individuals are invited to participate in #TriWeek in a variety of ways, from amateur and elite athletes sharing stories and photos on social media to certified coaches, officials and race directors offering their expertise. USA Triathlon will suggest activities that fit each day’s theme, encouraging members to join the celebration by sharing photos on their own social media channels of themselves training and racing, using #TriWeek.
Video and editorial content is being shared daily on USA Triathlon’s website and social channels, including inspiring age-group features showcasing the multisport community’s #PowerWithin. USA Triathlon will also share content that promotes diversity, equity, inclusion and access in multisport as part of the organization’s Together We Thrive campaign — including a video feature on Clarice Lorenzini, the only currently competing Asian-American female professional triathlete.
Power Within Virtual Tri to Tokyo Presented by MANSCAPED
Registration opens Wednesday, June 23 (Olympic & Paralympic Day) for this team-based virtual event that runs from July 19-Sept. 12. The Power Within Virtual Tri to Tokyo challenges participants to complete a total of 5,843 miles of swimming, biking and running — the distance from the Training Center in Colorado Springs to Tokyo’s Odaiba Marine Park, which will host the triathlon competitions this summer.
Lifetime Membership Contest
For the fifth consecutive year, athletes can enter to win a USA Triathlon Lifetime Membership by sharing their multisport journey and demonstrating how triathlon has helped them discover their Power Within. Submissions must either be emailed directly to email@example.com (subject line: “#TriWeek Power Within”) or shared on social media, tagging @usatriathlon and using the hashtags #TriWeek and #PowerWithin. Previous Lifetime Membership winners have included Sue Reynolds (Bloomington, Ind.), Stephanie Van Bebber (Fairfax, Va.) and Kyle Roberts (Aiken, S.C.), and Megan Tuncer (Kensington, Md.).
How Can I Find Out More?
Visit usatriathlon.org/triweek to learn more about National Triathlon Week. This online hub features a detailed explanation of all seven themed days, ideas on how to participate both online and in your community, frequently asked questions, Lifetime Membership Contest information and more.