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2012 Race Director Symposium Recap

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2012 Race Director Symposium.  It was great meeting and reconnecting with everyone. The Event Services team is looking forward to working with you throughout the year.  We hope you enjoyed your stay in Colorado Springs at Cheyenne Mountain Resort.

We would like to especially thank all of the presenters as Symposium would not have been such a success without your significant input.  Symposium is a great opportunity to network with fellow race directors and we hope you were able to reconnect with old friends, as well as meet new ones.

USA Triathlon would like to thank the Active Network for sponsoring the 2012 Race Director Symposium.

Dave Scott

Six-time Ironman World Champion, Dave Scott stopped by the Active Network's booth on Friday for autographs and pictures.  Dave Scott works as a triathlon coach and fitness consultant.  Scott has also been inducted into the USA Triathlon Hall of Fame in January 2011.

Pictured above: Dave Scott

Friday Night Reception Sponsored by Active Network

Race directors enjoyed hors d' oeuvres Friday evening as they let loose from a filled day of networking and presentations.  The reception included raffle prizes and photo sessions with western attire costumes.  Prizes that were given away included an iPod Touch and an iPad2.  Congratulations to those that won.

Above: the Active Network hosts a booth in the 2012 Race Director Symposium Expo

Annual Fun Run

Race Directors who chose to start their day off with our Annual Fun Run were presented with head wear provided by SweatVac. Below, Kathy Matejka, Event Services Director pumps up the crowd for the 3.6 mile run around some of Colorado Springs historic and beautiful residential areas.  A beautiful backdrop of the Colorado Springs foothills could be seen throughout the run.

USA Triathlon would like to thank SweatVac for sponsoring this event.

Above: Kathy Matejka delivers the pre-race speech to participating race directors

Annual T-Shirt Contest

A special thanks to all race directors who participated in the annual T-Shirt contest.  Each entry was unique and had great designs.  USAT appreciates all the great enthusiasm that goes into this contest each year.  Some race directors chose to donate their T-Shirts to USAT staff, which is greatly appreciated!

1st Place: JJ Johnson - Honolulu Triathlon
2nd Place: Stephanie Wertovich - Iron Girl
3rd Place: Gerry Rott - Lavaman Triathlon

USA Triathlon would like to thank Rudy Project for sponsoring this event.

Above: T Shirts on display during the 2012 Race Director Symposium Expo

Gwen Jorgensen

First time Olympian Gwen Jorgensen came by for a quick visit on Saturday for autographs and pictures.  Gwen raced her first competitive triathlon in early 2010 and by August 2011 she had secured a spot on the 2012 U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team.

Above: Gwen Jorgensen signs an autograph for Eric Opdyke

Race Director Resource Guide

The Event Services team is happy to announce the availability of the 2012 Race Director Resource Guide. This guide is a one-stop shop and has been developed to assist in the planning stages of multisport events. The companies and organizations listed in this guide have been recommended by race directors for race directors.

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2012 Race Director Resource Guide

2011 Race Director Resource Guide

For username and password information for the Race Director Resource Guides, please email

If you would like to recommend a company or organization for the next edition of the resource guide, please contact the Event Services Team.

Saturday Night Tailgate at USA Triathlon National Office

All were invited to join USAT staff at the national office for food and beverages while watching the playoff game between the Patriots and the Broncos.  We are happy many of you were able to join us and see our home.  The Event Services team was excited to host a fun-filled evening for everyone to relax and network after a long weekend of Symposium activities.

Above: The Event Services team with Keynote Speaker Tony Pedeferri

Seen & Heard at Symposium

“I think it’s always great to have race directors in one spot so they can talk and renew relationships.  There’s so much value that you can get from it.  I think one thing that’s unique with USA Triathlon instead of some of the other sports that I’ve worked with is the connection to the national governing body, which you guys have by hosting it here.”
-Presenter Katrina Humblet (Portland, Ore.)

“I've learned more this year that I realized I would, because when Rob [Urbach] did his presentation, to look at the explosion of the races from 2010 to 2011, and then to look at the growth – I’ve learned a lot to take home to Buffalo on how to market our own events.”
-Race Director Dan Horan (Buffalo, N.Y.)

“I became a certified race director in May, and put on my first race in September.  Although it was extremely successful, I realized I had a lot to learn.  I figured not only could I learn from the sessions, but I could learn from my fellow race directors, some who have 20 or 30 years of experience.”
-Race Director Kate Gooderham (Fort Myers, Fla.)

“Being a part of the race director community is really important, when you’re putting on events or in the industry in any aspect.  It’s great to meet people who are in this unique industry.  I also like learning about what’s happening with USAT and what the new rules are, what’s up and coming.  It helps when you’re trying to plan events.”
-Race Director Kristi Fitzgerald (Highlands Ranch, Colo.)

Above left: Bruce Dunn speaks to race directors during a breakout session at Symposium.
Above right: Rob Urbach, USAT CEO, talks with J. Ritterbeck after a general session at Symposium.

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