COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Paratriathlon, a program of USA Triathlon, and the Chicago-based Dare2tri Paratriathlon Club have formed a partnership for the 2015 USA Paratriathlon Development Race Series to provide top-level competitive opportunities for the nation’s emerging paratriathletes.
The USA Paratriathlon Development Race Series presented by Dare2tri is the premier national-level racing circuit for up-and-coming paratriathletes in the United States. Created to add domestic racing options on the paratriathlon calendar, this series features four races between May and August beginning with the 2015 USA Paratriathlon National Championships on May 25 in Austin, Texas. Other series events include Pleasant Prairie Triathlon on June 21 in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, Nantucket Triathlon on July 18 in Nantucket, Massachusetts, and the Tri Santa Cruz on Aug. 9 in Santa Cruz, California.
“With the ever-growing paratriathlon landscape, USA Triathlon has identified the need to offer a mid-level competition platform for emerging paratriathletes in the United States,” said Amanda Duke Boulet, USA Triathlon Paratriathlon Program Manager. “Paratriathlon will make its debut in the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and this domestic series is a vehicle where emerging talent can assess potential success on the ITU circuit and upcoming Paralympic Games.”
The series events in Pleasant Prairie, Nantucket and Santa Cruz will each offer a $5,000 prize purse to be paid by Dare2tri and distributed evenly between men and women in each of the five sport classes ($500 per sport class per event). Dare2tri will also award $500 in prize money to overall series winners in each sport class.
“Dare2tri Paratriathlon Club is proud to be the Presenting Sponsor of the USA Paratriathlon Development Series,” said Keri Serota, Executive Director of Dare2tri. “As the sport continues to grow, it is a logical step to have a dedicated paratriathlon race series, and Dare2tri looks forward to inspiring many through the series. We are excited about creating more opportunities for paratriathletes through a great culture of competition and providing a prize purse for top athletes.”
Athletes must compete in at least three series events to be considered for awards and prize money. Additionally, athletes must race in the paratriathlon division, hold a valid USA Triathlon annual license and have a “C”, “R” or “P” sport class status from USA Triathlon or ITU. Athletes who hold an elite paratriathlete membership are not eligible for prize money or awards.
More information on USA Paratriathlon and its programs is available at usaparatriathlon.org.
Launched in 2011, Dare2tri Paratriathlon Club serves youth, adults and injured service members who have a physical disability such as amputation, spinal cord injury, stroke, spina bifida and cerebral palsy, as well as those with visual impairments or blindness. Dare2tri serves athletes of all ability levels, from beginners to elites. The club is committed to providing adaptive equipment, training opportunities, qualified coaching and support for athletes through access to trained handlers and guides, ensuring that athletes are fully prepared to Dare2tri and inspire others to do the same. Learn more at dare2tri.org.
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 races and connects with nearly 500,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work with athletes, coaches, and race directors on the grassroots level, 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 Committee (USOC).