2017 USA Triathlon Race Director Symposium

Dallas, Texas

Jan. 20 - 22, 2017

2017 Race Director Symposium

Dallas, TX - Fairmont Dallas Hotel
Dates: Jan. 20-22, 2017

Pricing increases Dec. 9

2017 Race Director Symposium

USA Triathlon Race Director Symposium is the industry leading opportunity for race directors to meet and network with peers across the country, engage with the USA Triathlon staff, speak one-on-one with the risk management team from ESIX, and interact with regional, national and industry trend-setters. Attendees will participate in sessions designed for the new world of triathlon, and How to Turn Everything You Know about Race Directing Upside Down to Grow and Future-Proof Your Business will be one of the featured sessions. 

As part of a series of events that brings together multisport race directors and industry leaders, Triathlon Business International (TBI) will also host its seventh Annual Business Conference presented by ACTIVE Network® from Jan. 22-24. With the theme Profitability & Success in Triathlon - Sharing Solutions to Shape the Future of Multisport, attendees will get the latest information, tools and solutions to help optimize business efforts and be successful. USA Triathlon and TBI will host a joint session for both events on Sunday, Jan. 22. Costs are outlined below.

The 2017 Race Director Symposium will be held Jan. 20-22 in Dallas, Texas, in collaboration with the Annual Business Conference from Triathlon Business International (TBI), the industry organization dedicated to promoting the sport and the business of triathlon. 
The conferences will be held at the Fairmont Dallas Hotel in Dallas, Texas, from Jan. 20-24, 2017. USA Triathlon’s Race Director Symposium will run from Jan. 20-22, and TBI’s conference is set for Jan. 22-24, with a dual session planned for Sunday, Jan. 22.

For those race directors attending both USA Triathlon Race Director Symposium and the TBI Annual Conference, you must book your hotel reservations for each conference separately.

Rooms for Race Director Symposium are available Tuesday, Jan. 17 through Sunday Jan. 22.

Rooms for TBI are available Saturday, Jan. 21 through Tuesday, Jan. 24.

Room reservations should not be made for the entirety of both conferences under one hotel block, two separate reservations are required. USAT and TBI staff will contact attendees to correct overlapped registrations before arriving at the hotel.

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Terri Schneider

Few athletes surpass Terri Schneider’s consistency, durability, longevity and charisma in endurance sports. As a pioneer in several sports, she has blazed a path through the endurance world that combines a zeal to experience new cultures and remote landscapes, with a hunger to push her physical and mental limits. Terri’s passion is to share these experiences with others as a motivational speaker, author, coach and consultant.

As an adventure racer, triathlete, ultrarunner and mountaineer, Terri has raced and adventured in over 70 countries. Through the hundreds of events in which she’s excelled she’s established herself as one of the most diversely experienced multi-sport endurance athletes and coaches in the world. As a world-class professional triathlete for 10 years—specializing in the Ironman distance—and elite international adventure racer for eight, Terri has been featured on the Discovery Channel, USA Network, high profile talk shows, news segments, and popular outdoor publications highlighting her personal experiences and success in triathlon, ultrarunning and arguably the most grueling sport on the planet: adventure racing.

Terri earned her Masters of Arts in Sports Psychology with a research emphasis on team dynamics and a thesis on risk taking, and her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology. She brings her advanced scholarship as well as her extensive athletic experience to her speaking and writing, creating dynamic, informative, and often life-changing presentations and prose. Terri is author of Triathlon Revolution: Training,Technique and Inspiration, co-author of Triathlete’s Guide to Mental Training and has contributed to two additional books. In addition to her speaking and writing she offers coaching, online training, sport psychology consulting and co-directs a few events.


In 2002, Melissa graduated from the University of Colorado and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army as part of the Transportation Corps. In March 2004, she deployed with the 1st Cavalry Division to Baghdad, Iraq. On April 13, 2004, she was on a routine convoy when her HUMVEE was hit by a roadside bomb. The blast resulted in the amputation of her left leg above the knee and she became the first female to ever lose a limb in active combat. After a year of rehab at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, she went on to swim in the 2008 Beijing Paralympics and turned to the sport of triathlon in 2009. She is a 3x Paratriathlon World Champion and a bronze medalist from the 2016 Rio Paralympics. Melissa loves giving back to the  multisport community and is the co-founder of the Chicago based Dare2tri Paratriathlon club and serves on the USAT Womens Committee and is a trustee with the USA Triathlon Foundation.

Melissa has been a motivational speaker since 2005 and her speaking resume continues to grow. She speaks to both smaller local groups and large corporations around the nation. Companies such as General Motors, BP, the Chicago Bears, Coldwell Banker, Deloitte and many more, have praised Melissa’s speech as “inspirational, unforgettable and leaving the audience wanting to better every aspect of their life.” In 2015, Melissa gave a TEDx talk in Vail and brought the crowd to their feet. Melissa’s talk about her journey from Baghdad to Beijing and Beyond will leave you motivated and believing that anything IS possible. 

Bob Merrill
Bob Merrill is the Senior Vice President of Team in Training (TNT) at the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). Bob joined LLS in October 2015 bringing significant executive experience in sales, marketing, business development and global management in the energy, retail, and lubricant industry. He is an active endurance athlete with two Ironman finishes, numerous half, Olympic, XTERRA and sprint distance finishes, multiple marathons, and currently spends time road cycling and mountain biking. He attended Colorado School of the Mines and earned a MBA at North Central College and currently resides in The Woodlands, TX.

Team In Training is the largest and most successful endurance sports training program for charity and in its nearly 30 year history has had more than 650,000 teammates compete in events such as marathons, triathlons, cycling and hiking, while raising over $1.5 billion to the mission of LLS. TNT provides participants with experienced coaches, training resources, and supportive community and fundraising tools. LLS exists to find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients. Our mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

Free Custom Banner

From MPA Event Graphics and USA Triathlon, all registered attendees will receive, a custom, fully finished, 36" x 24" commemorative fabric banner featuring your company or event logo.

Send your logo to eventservices@usatriathlon.org by Dec. 28, 2016, and we'll have your banner ready for pickup at the MPA Booth in Dallas! Banner are finished with sewn hems and grommets at the corners, so they're ready to display.

Details: Logos must be sent in line art which is most likely an .ai or .eps file.  Sorry, image files (jpegs, tiffs, png, psd files, etc.) won't work. If you do not have the logo in proper format, MPA has a great art department who can convert your logo for $150. They will also send you the eps. file so you will have it for future use.

Tri Tank

Based on the popular Shark Tank reality TV show, USA Triathlon is calling on all race director entrepreneurs to pitch their innovative event ideas in hopes of winning an investment opportunity for their organization and/or event at the 2017 USA Triathlon Race Director Symposium presented by ACTIVE Network.

We want to know, what would it take for your event to go from good to great? No idea is either too small or too crazy to consider, we want to hear them all!

First place = $2,000
Second place = $1,000
Third place = $500

Proposals must be submitted via email to eventservices@usatriathlon.org by 5 p.m. MT on Wednesday, Dec. 21 with a subject line of 2017 RD Symposium Tri Tank.
  • Three race directors will be chosen by the selection committee to present their ideas at Symposium to all attendees on Saturday, Jan. 21
  • The finalists will give a 10-minute verbal presentation of their idea -- props and a maximum of three power point slides are permitted
  • Only one proposal can be submitted per race director/organization
  • Proposal must include your idea, the projected impact and how success will be measured
  • Must be registered to attend symposium

The winner will be selected by a panel of esteemed triathlon community colleagues and announced on Saturday, Jan. 21.


Thursday, January 19, 2017 
3- 6 p.m. Registration & Packet Pick-Up
  Expo Area Opens
LOCATION - Regency Ballroom Foyer
Friday, January 20, 2017
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Registration and Packet Pick-up
LOCATION - Regency Ballroom Foyer
1- 1:45 p.m.
How to Turn Everything You Know about Race Directing Upside Down to Grow and Future-Proof Your Business
USA Triathlon CEO Rob Urbach
1:45- 2:30 p.m.
Opportunities & Inspiration - Triathlon Race Directing in 2017 and Beyond
USA Triathlon Board of Directors President Barry Siff
Staci Brode, USA Triathlon Board of Directors
3- 3:30 p.m.  Keynote
Transforming Triathlon and Galvanizing Women's Participation
USA Triathlon Staff
3:45- 4:45 p.m.  Active Insights
The Active Network
4:45- 5 p.m.  Judy Flannery Award
Therese Bynum and Faye Yates
5- 6 p.m.  Friday Night Reception
Saturday, January 21, 2017
7- 8 a.m.  Fun Run
8- 8:30 p.m.  BREAKFAST
8:30- 10 a.m.  Keynote
Insight On Doing Amazing: Who YOU Are for Your Clients

Terri Schneider
10:15- 11:15 a.m.  SOS - Sunday September 11, 2016 - A Day in the Life
Eric Opdyke, Kathy Matejka and others
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.  Emotional Intelligent Leadership
Steven Tomboni
12:15- 1:30 p.m.  LUNCH
Striking Paratriathlon Gold
Amanda Duke Boulet
1:30- 2:15 p.m.  Tricks to Creating and Sustaining Loyal Volunteerism
Andy Vidro
2:30- 3:30 p.m.  Marketing the Gold - Local and National Synergy for Youth Growth
School and Community Based Programming
Kim Levin
3:45- 5 p.m.  Tri Tank
Sunday, January 22, 2017
7- 8 a.m.  BREAKFAST
8- 9:15 a.m.  ESIX - WhoDunnit? Wild West Mystery Theatre
9:30- 10:15 a.m.  Fundraising Platforms - Value Propositions and Approaches
Bob Merrill, Senior Vice President, Team in Training
10:30- 10:45 a.m. USA Triathlon Foundation
Staci Brode, USA Triathlon Board of Directors
10:45- 11:15 a.m.  USA Triathlon Race Director Committee Q&A
11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Regional Breakout Sessions with Council Chairs
12:30- 1:45 p.m.  LUNCH
sponsored by Dallas Sports Commission
2- 2:15 p.m. Joint Welcome To 1st Collaboration Of TBI & USA Triathlon
Rob Urbach and Richard Adler
LOCATION - Venetian Room
2:15- 3:15 p.m.  From Baghdad to Beijing and Beyond
Melissa Stockwell, USA Paratriathlon Medalist
LOCATION - Venetian Room
3:15- 3:45 p.m.  2017 Confidence Survey
Gary Roethenbaugh, Multisport Research
LOCATION - Venetian Room
4- 5 p.m. Speed Networking - TBI
5:30- 7:30 p.m.  Welcome Reception - Championship Football, Food/Beverage & FUN hosted by the ACTIVE team
LOCATION - The Active Network Office

All locations are in the GOLD ROOM unless otherwise noted

*schedule subject to change

Price Breakdown

USA Triathlon Symposium and Certification Registration Fees:
  • Race Director Symposium - Individual Race Director = $735
  • Race Director Certification - Individual = $450
  • Race Director Certification & Symposium - Individual = $1,160

Symposium + TBI Annual Conference Registration Fees:

  • Race Director Symposium + All of TBI = $1,185
  • Race Director Symposium + TBI - Monday & Tuesday Sessions = $1,010
  • Race Director Symposium + TBI - Monday Night Awards Dinner ONLY = $910
  • RD Certification + Symposium + All of TBI = $1,610
  • RD Certification + Symposium + TBI - Monday & Tuesday Sessions = $1,435
  • RD Certification + Symposium + TBI - Monday Night Awards Dinner ONLY = $1,335
Sanctioning Status: Sanctioned Event