What a summer it's been at Austin Triathlon Club! We just wanted to take a minute to share a few of the exciting landmarks --
Rookies No More (May): We kicked off May with 54 club members racing the Rookie Tri, including 18 racing as Rookies. We couldn't be more proud of our triathletes, new and old, for supporting one another across the finish line. It was a wonderful way to start the local race season!
First Place at Cap Tex (May): This past Memorial Day, Austin Triathlon Club took home 1st place in the co-ed Olympic Team division and 2nd place in the co-ed Sprint Team division at the Cap Tex Triathlon. It was a truly a team effort as 20 club members raced as Austin Tri Club and helped us take home bling, prize money, and beer! Just as important, club members were everywhere on the race course. We were volunteering, we were cheering, and we were celebrating at the finish!
USAT Grant Award (June): Austin Triathlon Club is proud to announce that we have been awarded a $1,000 grant from USA Triathlon to expand programming for new triathletes here in Austin. With this money, the club will be able to reinvest these funds directly in the Austin community, so that more members of the Austin community can complete their first triathlon. In upcoming weeks, we will be announcing details of our new triathlete programming and how you can get involved!
Volunteers and Community Service (June): Austin Tri Club showed up big time at the Lake Pflugerville Triathlon. Our team of volunteers manned water stations, handled packet pickup, coordinated race setup and breakdown, and more. We had over 10 club members volunteer at the race -- thank you for being amazing stewards of the Austin community!
Club Happy Hour Expansion (June): It was only a matter of time before we doubled up our club happy hours! June saw our first "north" happy hour at the Brass Tap at the Domain. We had a wonderful time hanging out and making new friends. We can't wait for the next happy hour on Thursday, August 2nd!
Hot! Wind! Hot! (June): A small band of tough-as-iron club members made the journey to Lubbock for Ironman 70.3 Buffalo Springs Lake. We are proud to say every club member who started the race finished race, battling 105 degree heat and 30 MPH winds. We came home 3rd in our club division, earning Austin Triathlon Club our first podium at an Ironman event in this, our first year of the club.
New Club Tent: Earlier this month, we were honored to premier our brand new club tent at the Marble Falls Triathlon. Scraping together our prize earnings at Cap Tex and a portion from member dues, we were able to purchase the first ever Austin Triathlon Club tent, ensuring that no one will have a hard time finding our Austin Tri Club green tent.
501(c)(3) Non Status: Earlier this month, we learned that the club had officially been awarded 501(c)(3) charitable status. Already a Texas nonprofit, the club spent hours preparing our application for 501(c)(3) status -- it is by no means any easy process. 501(c)(3) status guarantees that the club will fulfill its commitment to the Austin community for years to come.
200 Members on the Horizon: As we approach the turn of the calendars from July to August, the club is approaching 200 members. We cannot be more proud, enthusiastic, and honored that so many local triathletes have come together to help build this community triathlon club!
Thank you to everyone for making this such a great summer!
Austin Triathlon Club is a non-profit social and training club that promotes triathlon across the Austin area. Our members include triathletes of all abilities, from beginners to experienced Ironman athletes. We are a welcoming and inclusive club, meaning that you can be a member of Austin Tri Club, and still be a part of another team or train with a personal coach. The Club is an all-volunteer, member-run community. For more information and to join, please check out our membership page.
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