Seattle/Snohomish county USAT Members and Athletes -- Help support ITU athletes for Tri Monroe
June 4, 2011 by Mitch Horton
Triathlon elite athletes don’t make much money (or any). Most are 19-26 year olds with a dream of the Olympics some day. They have few big sponsors, or support. So when they race the International Triathlon Union qualifying events such as Tri Monroe it’s on a shoestring budget. In the Olympic tradition most are amateur athletes putting many hours of training in and working just to make ends meet in between events.
Local events will help provide athletes a place to stay by finding volunteer host families to put them up for anywhere from 2 days to 5 days. Home stays are usually as simple as a room but sometime may include help with transportation. The measure of quality of a local event is the support from volunteers.
We have close to 70 elite athletes signed up for Tri Monroe. We have had 20 or so requests for home stays -- including one Olympian from New Zealand. If you can help let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org