Mortar shop in a very large geographical area – a situation that seems ideal on the surface but not without it challenges. A handful of teams have dissolved over the years too, and coaching businesses have folded up or found other ways to supplement their income.
Hang on – is Triathlon in trouble? Is our sport sliding down the slippery slope created by a lack of enthusiasm and excitement? Are we being left behind in the mud left behind by Tough Mudder and extreme adventure events? I’m going to go out on a very wide, sturdy limb here and say NO WAY.
RTB data geeks have looked at participation numbers over the last 5-6 years and while many races have indeed fallen away, most that remain grew in 2016. Our own RTB events saw great growth, as did Budu’s Bonney Lake and Lake Stevens, and the Lake Wilderness Tri. Seafair exploded with an impressive increase of 18%! And what about the incredible phenomenon of the Coeur d’Alene 70.3?? The finishers of this first-time event numbered around 2500 – including an army of our own RTB athletes.
While I raced in San Francisco and a few other spots this year, I was a little overwhelmed – again – of how blessed I am to be able to participate. And how blessed we are at RTB to be part of the journey of so many local triathletes. If you’re a member of our team or have participated in our training programs or events as an athlete or volunteer this year – here's to you and Thanks!
Triathlon is indeed strong and well - and while we make plans at Raise the Bar for our 2017 team and events, I find myself thinking ahead to what events I’ll squeeze in. Maybe you're doing the same. Or maybe you’re asking yourself the question for the first time, “Could I be a triathlete?” I hope you find that answer to be ‘Yes’ and if you do, our paths will cross.
Athlete & Event Wrangler at Raise the Bar & Happy Triathlete
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