Webinar: The Evolution of Endurance Events
Topic: The Evolution of Endurance Events
The world is an ever changing place. As the environment changes, the living things within that environment also must evolve and change to avoid the ultimate penalty of extinction. Do triathlons and endurance based events fall under this same biological rule? As triathlon event directors we certainly hope this is not the case. However, today’s “endurance events on the rise” look different than the events of the not so distant past.
As professional event directors who have ridden the wave of triathlon’s popularity over the past two decades, it might be prudent to take a look at the history and evolution of endurance sports. From the running boom of the 1970’s to the MOB (Mud/Obstacle/Beer) events which are becoming more popular than ever today, by looking at the picture of historical change over the years, a better understanding of which types of endurance based events will thrive in the future can be attained. This understanding can help us as race directors mold our current and future events into ones which will be embraced by our potential customers for many years to come. Our society and its attitudes toward health & fitness are ever changing. If we want our events to remain viable and popular, we must take the necessary steps to evolve them to embrace these changing attitudes and expectations.
Russ Pugh is a USAT Certified race director. He directed his first multi-sport event in 1985 and has been involved in the production of more than one hundred endurance events since. In 1990 he founded the Vineman Triathlon, which at the time was the only “ironman distance” triathlon in the continental United States. He has worked with Ironman (what is now WTC) as a licensee since 1994, which is longer than any current employee of Ironman has worked for Ironman. As the sport of triathlon has evolved, Vineman has been along for the ride. In 2000 the “Half Vineman Triathlon” became a charter member of the Ironman 70.3 series. In 2001 Vineman added a Women’s Only event, Barb’s Race. In 2005 Vineman added AquaBike events. Much of Vineman’s success has been the result of embracing evolutionary changes which the sport of triathlon has undergone.
Event Type: National
Entry Fee: $14.99 USAT Member or Race Director (0 CEU); $24.99 USAT Certified Race Director (1 CEU); $29.99 Non-USAT Members (0 CEU)
Event Date: Dec. 10, 2013
Start Time: 3:00 PM MST
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