Industry News 8/30/2016

TBI and USA Triathlon Collaborate on Annual Business and Race Director Conferences

Triathlon Business International (TBI), the industry organization dedicated to promoting the sport and the business of triathlon, and USA Triathlon, the national governing body of the sport, today announced a collaboration to consecutively present their respective annual conferences: TBI's 7th Annual Business Conference and USA Triathlon's  Annual Race Director Symposium, both presented by ACTIVE Network┬«. The conferences will be held at The Fairmont Dallas Hotel, starting Friday, Jan. 20 through Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. The joint endeavor eliminates the need for participants to go to two locations on different weekends, with an exponential cost of two separate trips.  More learning, one location.

The annual USA Triathlon Race Director Symposium is an opportunity for race directors to gain extensive knowledge from top professionals in event planning and execution, as well as gain important continuing education units to enhance their professional status. The USA Triathlon symposium will run from Jan. 20 to 22, with check-in/registration on Jan. 19.

"The entire USA Triathlon staff looks forward to this inaugural collaboration and to welcoming our race director family to Dallas in January," said Kathy Matejka, USA Triathlon Event Services Director. "The business and industry of triathlon are evolving rapidly, and the competitive economic climate requires this type of collaboration. We feel it is important to our members and industry constituents that we provide the best opportunities for knowledge and growth. The conference partnership with TBI provides both."

TBI's conference addresses the business aspects of the swim-bike-run industry focusing on topics such as trends and predictions in retailing, equipment, technology applications, international expansion, new concepts, risks, legal issues, customer service, event management, and more.  The check-in/registration for the TBI Conference is Sunday, Jan. 22 with programming through Jan. 24.

"We are looking forward to this endeavor and believe it will clearly expand the breadth and depth of information sharing," said TBI president Richard Adler. "On behalf of TBI, I hope this is just the first of our collaborative efforts with USA Triathlon to improve and grow the sport of triathlon."

USA Triathlon and TBI will present joint programming on Sunday, Jan. 22 leading off with an "A List" keynote lunch speaker, with both conferences, individually and jointly, presenting optimum opportunities for networking with peers, meeting new colleagues and learning about the latest happenings in the sport.  ACTIVE Network will be hosting a reception Sunday night at their headquarters for attendees of both conferences.

"The combination of these two conferences will benefit both organizations as well as the sport itself," said Sam Renouf, General Manager, Sports, ACTIVE Network. "Strategic partnerships like this have significant potential for everyone involved. Having partnered with USA Triathlon and Triathlon Business International for more than five years now, we are pleased to support both organizations in an even greater capacity and to welcome them to our home office in Dallas."

Registration will open next month through ACTIVE, and be announced by each organization through multiple communications channels.

Companies interested in conference sponsorship or Expo space should contact Matthew Stone, for USA Triathlon, and Jan Fambro, for TBI.

About Triathlon Business International

Triathlon Business International is an industry organization dedicated to promoting the sport and the business of triathlon. Founded by a coalition of industry leaders, Triathlon Business International advocates for the interests of triathlon businesses, provides educational and informative programs, and encourages increased participation in the sport. For more information, please visit

About USA Triathlon

USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon, as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,300 races and connects with nearly 500,000 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 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.