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Giving back to volunteers in Roth

Challenge Roth had about 6,000 volunteers this year and these fans are fully involved. The Challenge family thanks the volunteers with a big shindig called Helferfest.

The Wild Pickle Chew!

Nutritional companies fall over each other making products that all perform a similar function. Meanwhile, there is a necessary function for which there is not yet any product.

The Goodness I'm Surrounded By

Two things happened during my week that don't attach to each other; puzzle pieces entirely unlike except for a keyway they share on one edge.

TriEqual did not Doom Lottery

In our Reader Forum I conflated an overheated atmosphere associated with the TriEqual movement with (if I can be permitted) "Lotterygate." Upon reflection I was wrong; I now see no evidence of any ...

Pro Athlete Race Calendar

Recent statements from Life Time and Challenge echo similar comments from RDs: Absent significant advance notice of who's coming to our races, a pro purse is of limited use.

The Crucible

With the accident of Sjaan Gerth on my mind, I found myself serendipitously coming across several quotes that struck a deep chord. For Sjaan, and for everyone else, I wanted to share them.

The Fight for a Fuller Discussion

Outside Online published a guest editorial by Triathlete Magazine editor Julia Polloreno on The Fight for Gender Equality. There are just one or two things missing from the debate.

Womens Access

It should be obvious to anyone that access begets prosperity. The success of the U.S. women in Olympic-style triathlon is a story about access. Let's talk about how this impacts Ironman.

What Happens When Errors and Values Collide?

Over the last year our publisher (me) used an inappropriate reference to those of Islamic faith; then we hosted a video insensitive to Native Americans; and we stepped in it again yesterday. How ...

An error admitted and regretted

Late last night our editor-in-chief uploaded an interview with a female pro triathlete and while he regrets a question asked.

A look at Ironman 70.3 Oceanside

This weekend marks the official start of the North American triathlon season with the popular Ironman 70.3 Oceanside and the field is very stacked.

Focus on Ironman South Africa

Another big long distance event this weekend is the Standard Bank Ironman South Africa and Frederik Van Lierde and Jodie Swallow are favorites.

Tributes to Steve Tarpinian

A memorial for Steve Tarpinian was held today and we collected various tributes from friends, competitors and people who will keep him in their hearts.

Loving that 20 meter draft rule

At the inaugural Challenge Dubai our editor-in-chief observed the 20 meter draft rule for pros and came away impressed.

The little race that should

We all have a beloved small race near us, but some of these events are struggling to stay alive. That is also true for the 36 North race near our editor-in-chief.

The 50 Women To Kona letter

While Pro prize money in Kona is equal for men and women, the starting spots are not, and an open letter has been drafted and signed by many to address this issue.

The hunt for equal Kona slots

There is a strong push to increase the number of female pros qualifying for Kona to 50 - for parity, and here is the opinion of our editor-in-chief.

Inside the heart of Ultraman

Author Jim Gourley has written a tale of the small group of founders, guardians and remarkable athletes who keep the original spirit of triathlon alive in the 3-day, 320-mile Ultraman.

RD Takeaways at TBI '15

One of our TBI Conference panelists scared the living Jeebus out of listeners and rightly so. Here's a smattering of what race directors heard at TBI '15.

Felix's Grand Opening

Imagine a big heart, with a head, leg and arms protruding. Valerie Silk was all heart and Felix Walchshöfer is the male version; he's what makes it a fair fight between Challenge and Ironman.

What's the deal between Ironman and Life Time Fitness?

Ironman realizes its brand leverages down to 70.3. Life Time admits its brand leverages up to Olympic distance. But it's much more than that.

Coming clean seems really hard

Another doper has been caught in the dragnet of the WTC but somehow I am left wanting to see and hear more. But is it too hard to come really clean?

2014 Tri Talk of the Year

Favorite rants, soliloquies, meditations, screeds. sermons and one-liners found in blogs, newspapers, magazines, books, and online commentary regarding the sport and lifestyle of triathlon in 2014

17 excellent gifts of joy

It is the time of the year when we think about gifts for loved ones or ourselves and our editor-in-chief has a few thoughts along those lines.

The Steve Hed I Knew

Steve Hed eagerly shared time with the geeks, the bicycle engineers, executives heading other brands; and a steady stream of pros. But it was the geeks and engineers he most loved.
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