Age Group, Collegiate Nationals honored at Triathlon Business International Annual Conference
Two USA Triathlon-owned National Championship events – Age Group Nationals and Collegiate Nationals – were honored as the best events of 2013 at the Triathlon Business International (TBI) 2014 Annual Conference on Monday night in Marina del Rey, Calif.
USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships, held in Milwaukee, Wis., were named the Best Urban Triathlon. Considered the organization’s marquee event, athletes have the option of competing for national titles in Olympic-distance or sprint races. The 2013 event, held near Discovery World and the Milwaukee Art Museum, drew a record field of more than 4,000 competitors from all 50 states, ranging in age from 15 to 89. Participation in the event has more than doubled since 2010.
The two-day event returns to Milwaukee in 2014. Registration for Sprint Nationals is now open atusatriathlon.org/agnc14sprint. Athletes who have qualified for Olympic-Distance Nationals will receive an email with registration instructions. Qualifying information is available atusatriathlon.org/agnc14oly.
New in 2013, the sprint-distance USA Triathlon Draft-Legal Collegiate Championships were named the best Draft-Legal Triathlon. The event, part of the USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championships weekend in Tempe, Ariz., showcased up-and-coming collegiate triathlon talent in the draft-legal format contested on the International Triathlon Union circuit and in the Olympic Games. Registration is now open for 2014 Collegiate Nationals, set for April 4-5 in Tempe. Visit usatriathlon.org/usatcn14 for more information.
The 10 winners of the Triathletes’ Choice: Best Events of 2013 were announced at the TBI/ACTIVE Network Awards Celebration dinner, held as part of TBI’s fourth annual conference on Jan. 26-28 at the Marina del Rey Marriott. The conference is the triathlon industry’s premier networking event and in 2014 covered anti-doping policies, water safety, the state of multisport retail, marketing best practices, sponsorship and more. Visit triathlonbusinessintl.com to learn more about TBI and the annual conference.
Triathletes’ Choice: Best Events of 2013
Best Large Triathlon (1,000+ participants) – Ironman Mont-Tremblant (Mont-Tremblant, Quebec)
Best Small Triathlon (<1,000 athletes) – Patriot Half (East Freetown, Mass.)
Toughest Triathlon – Ironman World Championships (Kailua-Kona, Hawaii)
Best Urban Triathlon – USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships (Milwaukee, Wis.)
Best Triathlon Race for Beginners – Pumpkinman Triathlon (South Berwick, Maine)
Most Scenic Triathlon – Ironman Lake Placid (Lake Placid, N.Y.)
Bucket List Triathlon – Ironman World Championships (Kailua-Kona, Hawaii)
Best Triathlon Race Swag – Pumpkinman Triathlon (South Berwick, Maine)
Best Triathlon Race Series – Sun Multisport
Best Draft-Legal Triathlon – USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championships (Tempe, Ariz.)