Inaugural Trek Women Triathlon Series - Change of Date in Seattle to the Weekend of September 19th-20th
New York, NY – May 2009 – Pending final approval from the Special Events Committee of the City of Seattle, the 2009 Trek Women Triathlon Series will be moved to the weekend of September 19th - 20th at Genesee Park. The inaugural Trek Women event was originally scheduled for the weekend of July 4th, however due to recent City budget modifications, the necessary Seattle safety personnel required to support the event will not be available for the July 4th weekend.
“We absolutely understand and appreciate the need to move the race to September 20th,” said Maggie Sullivan, Executive Director of the Trek Women Triathlon Series. “Our team has successfully worked with the City of Seattle in running women’s triathlons for more than 15 years, and we wholeheartedly agree with the need to maintain the highest possible standards of safety for both our participants and their families.”
One terrific benefit to the change in date is that it gives women an extended period of time to prepare for the race, with an added two months for training and conditioning. In addition, the new September date also gives the opportunity for additional women to participate, who otherwise might not have been able to attend the July 4th holiday weekend event.
“The September weather should make for ideal race conditions, with the summer heat warming what can often be chilly Lake Washington swims!” explains Sullivan. “The change was unforeseen, but we are certain the participants will be a part of a rewarding and enjoyable event.”
Race Registration in Seattle Now Open
The Seattle Race will take place on Sunday, September 20th, 2009 at Genesee Park with race distances consisting of: ½ mile swim, 12 mile bicycle ride, and 3.1 mile run/walk. Participants are encouraged to go to
www.trekwomenstriathlonseries.com to register as soon as possible, as space is limited. For further information, call toll free at 1-877-221-9665 or send your questions to
Just Because the Economy is Bad Doesn’t Mean Women Should Stay Home
The women behind the Trek Women Triathlon Series understand that times are tough. Entry fees are set at $75.00, with a variety of promotions leading up to Race Day.
The Trek Women Triathlon Series also wants to help women who have recently lost their jobs. “The unemployment rate in this country is now 7%,” says Sullivan. “There are a lot of women who really need support from other women as they struggle to reassess their lives and their careers, or just get by. We have allocated 7% of our entries for each race for those women who have lost their jobs to race for free.” (Participants must show evidence of current unemployment for a complimentary entry and pay $10.00 for USAT one day insurance.)
A Race That Fits Every Women’s Comfort and Experience Level
The Trek Women Triathlon Series will feature an unprecedented seven official entry categories including: Age Groups (separated by five-year increments), Mixed Age Group (so you can do the race with family and friends), Athena (150lbs +), Women in Uniform (military or government), Physically Challenged, Elite and Relay as part of a continuing effort to provide the best possible race experience for all women. Selected cities within the Series will also include "youth focused" triathlons.
Charities Benefit Too -- Trek Women Triathlon Series partners with The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and The National Association of Team Survivor
On the charity front, the Trek Women Triathlon Series is partnering with The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and The National Association of Team Survivor, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization for women who have a present or past diagnosis of cancer. Team Survivor provides women with free group exercise, health education classes and support programs. The Trek Women Triathlon Series and Team Survivor allow women in the program to train, receive complimentary race registration for their first triathlon and benefit from special race day support.
On Race day, the women of Team Survivor stand together at the starting line, with the support of the thousands of other women in the race.
100% of money raised through the Participant Pledge Program benefits these two charities.
In addition to these National Charities The Xxtra Mile (owner of the Trek Women Triathlon Series) has unveiled the “I Want to Tri for My Cause,” a program where the Series owner will contribute a portion of the registrant fee to the charity of choice for any group of women – from six to fifty-nine – or more!
Trek Women, the Series’ title Sponsor, is proud to partner with Platinum Level sponsors MassMutual Financial Group and BIC® Soleil, as well as Jelly Belly Sport Beans® and Helzberg Diamonds in the Silver Level category.
2009 Trek Women Triathlon Series markets will also include:
- Austin, Texas
- Denver, Colorado*
- Disneyland® Resort - Duathlon
- Mount Snow, Vermont
- New York Metro
- Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin
- Seattle, Washington
- Walt Disney World® Resort (FL)
In addition to her role as Series Spokeswoman and Chief Inspiration Officer with the Trek Women Triathlon Series, Sally Edwards is also CEO of HeartZones USA, an inspirational speaker and a best-selling author of 22 books on triathlon and fitness training. HeartZones is the Official Training Programs of the Trek Women Triathlon Series.
For information on the Trek Women Triathlon Series, and/or to be added to the Series mailing list, go to
www.trekwomenstriathlonseries.com or, for further information, call 877-221-9665 (toll free).
The Trek Women Triathlon Series is a property of The Xxtra Mile LLC, a women's and girls' active lifestyle company based in New York City. Its properties currently include the Trek Women Triathlon Series, Team Future™, a mentoring and training program for women and girls, and BRAIDS™, a think tank for women's and girls' active lifestyle initiatives. Trek and Trek Women are trademarks of Trek Bicycle Corporation.
* Indicates Tentative Location
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