News & Notes
U.S. Olympic gold medalist Gwen Jorgensen announced on Nov. 7 her plans to officially transition from professional triathlon and pursue a medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in the marathon.

Jorgensen, who last year in Rio de Janeiro earned the United States’ first-ever Olympic gold medal in the sport of triathlon, makes the announcement after not competing in the 2017 season to give birth to her first child in August.

“Gwen will be forever remembe red crossing the finish line in Rio to claim the gold medal at the 2016 Olympics, a true watershed moment in the history of USA Triathlon,” said Barry Siff, President of the USA Triathlon Board of Directors. “But she has also personified the ultimate role model for all athletes by continually giving back to the sport through efforts like the Gwen Jorgensen Scholarship. On behalf of every triathlete in the U.S., I wish Gwen — as well as her husband Patrick, and their new son Stanley — great joy, success and happiness in every possible way.”

“USA Triathlon brought me into this sport, and now I’m incredibly privileged to step away at the top, with an Olympic gold medal. Though my near-future training will be focused on winning gold in the marathon in Tokyo, I will always be a part of the USA Triathlon family and look forward to embracing every opportunity to help grow the sport of triathlon. In fact, I hope this new adventure in running will play a big part in doing exactly that,” Jorgensen said.





USA Triathlon announced that age-group athletes can now receive credit for the cost of up to three one-day memberships to put toward upgrading to a USA Triathlon annual membership. Races for the one-day memberships must have occurred within the past year. Previously only a single one-day membership could be used each year toward the purchase of an annual membership.

Annual memberships are $50, and one-day memberships are $15 each. Either membership is required for athletes to compete in USA Triathlon-sanctioned events. The new policy allows athletes to apply up to $45 in one-day member fees toward the cost of an annual membership.

“By crediting up to three one-day memberships, we encourage athletes who typically race just a few times per year to take the next step and become USA Triathlon Annual Members,” said Rocky Harris, USA Triathlon CEO. “This new inclusive approach lowers the barrier of entry into the multisport lifestyle while advancing USA Triathlon’s goal of increased engagement and participation.”

The new pricing structure applies to adult age-groupers only, and is not applicable to youth or elite memberships. Annual membership is offered on a 12-month rolling basis, versus a calendar year.

USA Triathlon Annual Memberships come with a host of benefits, led by the opportunity to be part of a vibrant, national community over 400,000 strong. Member-ship fees also help to instill healthy, active lifestyles across the nation by supporting programs for youth, paratriathletes and Olympic hopefuls, and by training and supporting USA Triathlon-certified coaches, race directors and officials.

Only annual members are eligible to compete in USA Triathlon’s four owned National Championships. Members are included in the USA Triathlon National Rankings with the chance to earn All-American Honors, and are eligible to compete for a spot on Team USA for the ITU Age Group World Championships.





Earlier this fall, USA Triathlon supported IRONMAN’s fundraiser for victims of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. The groups eclipsed their $25,000 fundraising goal to help support local recovery efforts and service projects.

In addition, USA Triathlon waived the registration fee for the Age-Group Open race at the Sarasota-Bradenton Triathlon Festival in an effort to give back to the Florida triathlon community. USA Triathlon, in conjunction with the Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates, asked that participants donate to Hand in Hand’s Hurricane Relief Fund.

“We wanted to remove the registration fee in an effort to help Florida triathletes regain a sense of normalcy following the statewide impact of Hurricane Irma,” said Rocky Harris, USA Triathlon CEO.


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