COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Triathlon, in conjunction with the International Triathlon Union, has launched TRIFECTA, a new triathlon fantasy game that allows multisport fans to predict the elite men’s and women’s podium finishers at each ITU World Triathlon Series event.
Triathletes, fans and multisport enthusiasts can create an account now at trifecta.usatriathlon.org and select their podium picks for this weekend’s ITU World Triathlon Series opener in Auckland, New Zealand. TRIFECTA players can follow the events live on triathlonlive.tv and points will be awarded for correctly predicting podium finishers. Players who select all three podium finishers in the correct order will receive a 20 point TRIFECTA bonus. Individual player results will be made available following each race, and players can see how they stack up against others on the Global Leaderboard. The standings will accumulate throughout the season, with an overall winner being crowned following the ITU World Triathlon Series Grand Final in Edmonton, Canada.
“TRIFECTA is a fun and exciting way for American triathlon fans to engage in the World Triathlon Series, and for all triathlon enthusiasts worldwide,” said Marisol Casado, ITU President and IOC Member. “USA Triathlon’s initiative to develop the fantasy game is a phenomenal example of how National Federations can use the World Triathlon Series to engage their membership in the sport of triathlon.”
“The level of competition at the ITU World Triathlon Series is unmatched and we wanted to create general awareness for each of the eight events and the very compelling triathlonlive.tv broadcasts,” said Rob Urbach, USA Triathlon CEO. “TRIFECTA enables the greater triathlon community to engage in the World Triathlon Series, which features fiercely competitive swims, mastery of the chaos of transition, tight draft-legal bike racing and sprint finishes.”
The ITU World Triathlon Series kicks off with the elite women scheduled to start at noon local time on April 6 in Auckland, New Zealand, and the men set to start at 3 p.m. local time. With the time difference, the events will start at 8 p.m. ET and 11 p.m. ET on April 5 and will be broadcast live on triathlonlive.tv. USA Triathlon annual members receive a 20 percent discount on the Triathlon Live TV season pass and can login at usatriathlon.org to access the discount code.
About the International Triathlon Union (ITU) The International Triathlon Union is the world governing body for the Olympic sport of Triathlon and all related Multisport disciplines including Duathlon, Aquathlon, Cross Triathlon and Winter Triathlon. ITU was founded in 1989 at the first ITU Congress in Avignon, France. It has maintained its headquarters in Vancouver, Canada since then and also has offices in Lausanne, Switzerland and Madrid, Spain. It now has over 167 affiliated National Federations on five continents and is the youngest International Federation in the Olympic Games. Triathlon was awarded Olympic Games status in 1994 and made its Olympic debut in Sydney 2000. Triathlon is also featured in the Asian Games, Pan American Games and Commonwealth Games. Paratriathlon was accepted into the Paralympic Games in 2010 and will make its Paralympic debut in Rio 2016. ITU is proudly committed to supporting the development of the sport worldwide through strong relationships with continental and national federations, working with its partners to offer a balanced sport development program from grassroots to a high-performance level. For more information, visit triathlon.org.
About USA Triathlon Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon – the fastest growing sport in the U.S. Olympic Movement – as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,300 races and connects with more than 550,000 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).