Entering into the triathlon community is the first step toward becoming a real triathlete.Find resources for joining the online triathlon community and finding a triathlon club.

Online Triathlon Communities Following is an overview of some top triathlon websites that play a big role in getting a sponsorship: USA Triathlon – – http://www.usatriathlon.org/ USA Triathlon is the US National governing body for triathlons. If you plan on racing in the U.S., then you will need to create a membership with them (membership is usually required for races). I recommend registering for an annual account if you are shooting for a sponsorship and will be actively racing this season. By default, when you create an account you are given a ranking within your age group nation- wide. This rank can be improved through earning competitive race results. Participating in USA Triathlon’s Athlete Ranking System is beneficial for sponsorships because it shows companies how devoted and competitive you are within the sport. The Active Network http://www.active.com/triathlon/ The Active Network is another great site to join because it provides a search tool for local events. It also has very useful blog posts written by some big names in the sport. One of its greatest features, however, is that if you join Active.com you will earn discounts when registering for most races.

How to Find a Triathlon Club Following are some recommended websites for finding a local triathlon club near you: http://trifind.com/Clubs/FindATriathlonClub.aspx http://www.usatriathlon.org/audience/clubs/contents.aspx Most local triathlon clubs have an online website or Facebook page that will provide information about upcoming training sessions and events. Another easy resource is to visit your local bike shop and running shop, which usually have information about local events and groups. http://www.latriclub.com/ is a great example of an active Tri Club website. Some clubs have sponsors for the group so this is a quick avenue towards getting your own sponsorship. I recommend testing out several different clubs if possible. Also, companies will usually ask if you are involved with a Tri Club when you are seeking a sponsorship.

Article written by: Trenton Kennedy you can find him on twitter.

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