2011 Special Olympics State Summer Games — Unified Sports Triathlon is Wednesday!

SPECIAL OLYMPICS UNIFIED SPORTS® TRIATHLON
A Unique Special Olympics Summer Games Event
7:30 to Noon ● Wednesday, May 11 ● Montana State University

A special shout out to all Triton Special Olympics Ambassadors — thank you for volunteering! We ask that all Triton Ambassadors report to the MSU Fitness Center at 7:30 AM on Wednesday morning, May 11th. Be ready to go, to help register and support your designated Unified Sports Triathlon team. We should have a table adjacent to the Sports and Recreation office counter, located immediately north of the MSU Pool next to the treadmills. As a reminder, the Unified Sports Triathlon is a team event, and conducted as a “broken” triathlon. Each team has a member participating in one leg of the triathlon, and there are no transitions or handoffs. We will conduct the swim event, allow the swimmers to change their clothes and teams re-group, then walk over to the MSU track for the separate bike and run events. See you on race day, and thanks again for supporting the Special Olympics Unified Sports Triathlon!

BRIEF HISTORY
The Tritons started volunteering and partnering with Special Olympics in 2008. Entering our third year, the Club has served as the race director for the Bozeman-based Special Olympics State Summer Games Unified Sports Triathlon since 2009. Triton members host and produce this unique, “Made in Montana” event. As an official USA Triathlon Club, the Bozeman Tritons are passionate about the sport of triathlon, and excited to deliver our sport to all members of our community. Teaming up with Special Olympics on race day is super rewarding — for the triathletes, their unified partners, their coaches, and our volunteers. The growth in the Unified Sports Triathlon parallels the spectacular growth of our sport, and from its 1990s Montana roots, the event will now be a demonstration sport at the 2014 Special Olympics USA National Games.

WHY IS THE UNIFIED SPORTS® TRIATHLON SPECIAL?
The triathlon is virtually the only Special Olympics Unified Sports event at the 2011 Summer Games. Additionally, the event was founded right here in Montana, and will now serve as a demonstration sport at the 2014 Special Olympics USA National Games in Princeton, NJ. Team sports are about having fun, promoting physical health and bringing people together. Special Olympics Unified Sports teams do all of that – and shatter stereotypes about intellectual disability in the process. In communities around the world, Special Olympics athletes and their teammates without intellectual disabilities, their Unified Partners, practice and play together on Unified Sports teams. Unified Sports is a moving and exciting Special Olympics initiative for higher ability athletes of all ages. Mixed teams provide the public direct opportunities to experience first-hand the capabilities and courage of Special Olympics athletes. By having fun together, Unified Sports athletes and their unified partners improve their physical fitness, sharpen their skills, challenge the competition and help to overcome prejudices about intellectual disability.

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You can now find the Bozeman Tritons on Facebook.

The Club welcomes you to visit us at the “Bozeman Triathlon Club”. You can do so simply, by clicking on the Facebook widget to the right of this post.

We invite you to be a member of our Facebook circle of friends. Stay updated on the Triton news feed by just clicking on the “Like” our page button.

Recent wall posts cover the Bozeman Tritons Triathlon and the upcoming Special Olympics Unified Sports Triathlon on May 11th.

A handful of Triton photographs and events are now uploaded, too. If you’re attending any of these Bozeman Triathlon Club events, whether racing, supporting, or even spectating, please feel free to click on the “I’m Attending” buttons for those events.

Members and the public can make wall posts, add photos, and start a discussion.

Let’s build our triathlon community. Keep the Club threads going, stay in the loop, and have fun.

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Triton Mixer — Friday, January 14th, What’s your 2011 Triathlon Resolution?

TRITON MIXER
Stop by Anytime, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM, Friday, January 14th
The Big Table @ Sola Cafe

This fun “open house style” mixer is open to all current and prospective Triton members, and informally serves as the Club’s annual meeting. Join the Club. Get psyched for the 2011 Triton training program and area races. Bring your questions, suggestions, and other ideas. Additionally, if you are interested in volunteering to serve the Club in some capacity, please bring it on. Support the Club. Train, race and volunteer. We hope to see you at Sola Café!

2011 TRITON PROGRAM – DRAFT

2010 Bozeman Tritons Triathlon
Long Course Event – Bridger Canyon Ride

Triton Programs
MultiRider Indoor Cycling – Starts January 18, http://bit.ly/fAwdmH
Powder Hound Winter Triathlon & USA Triathlon Pacific Northwest Region Winter Triathlon Championship – January 30, http://bit.ly/euLhGt
Special Olympics Unified Sports Triathlon – May 10, www.somt.org
Bozeman Tritons Triathlon – Sprint, Long Course, Junior, Youth Races – July 30, 31, http://bit.ly/er3l5X (soft launch, work-in-progress!)

2009 Triton Triathlon Camp
USA Olympic Coach Michelle Blessing
Yellowstone National Park Group Ride

Triton Partner Programs
Bozeman Masters Swim Club – Ongoing, www.bozemanmasters.org
Big Sky Wind Drinkers (Bozeman Running Company) – Tuesday @ Track (awaiting confirmation from BRC), www.bozemanrunningcompany.com
Gallatin Valley Bicycle Club – Thursday TTs (New this year, still tentative, awaiting confirmation from GVBC), www.gallatinvalleybicycleclub.org

Grizzly Triathlon is only 16-weeks away!

Triton Team Racing
Grizzly Triathlon – April 23, Be sure to register at 8:00 AM on January 10!. Race filled in 3-hours in 2010, www.grizzlytri.com
Spring Meadow Triathlon – July 10, http://bit.ly/fgjDJR
Coeur d’Alene Triathlon & USAT PNW Region Championship – August 13, www.cdatriathlon.com

Bozeman Triathlon Club (Bozeman Tritons)
Over 50-members strong and now entering its fifth season in 2011, the Bozeman Triathlon Club is an official USA Triathlon Club, a first for Bozeman and the Gallatin Valley region. The Club welcomes athletes of all ages and abilities to this growing sport and healthy lifestyle. According to USA Triathlon, no matter what level of experience, from newbie to pro, your triathlon experience will be enhanced by joining a USAT club. Members will train smarter, harder and have more fun with people of a like mind. USAT Clubs are where fun happens, where you can get together to train and party. USAT actively promotes clubs. www.bozemantritons.org.

USA Triathlon (USAT)
Fueling the Multisport Lifestyle
USA Triathlon is the sanctioning authority for more than 3,000 diverse events, ranging from grassroots to high-profile races nationwide. The organization works to create interest and participation in a variety of programs, including camps, clinics, races and educational opportunities. USA Triathlon’s 130,000-strong membership is comprised of athletes of all ages, coaches, officials, parents and fans striving to strengthen multisport. Triathlon participation in the United States is at an all-time high, following unprecedented growth over the past decade. USA Triathlon can easily track the surge through its membership numbers, which approached 135,000 annual members in June 2010. To put that into perspective, annual membership hovered between 15,000 and 21,000 from 1993-2000. www.usatriathlon.org.

Cycling Starts Thursday, It’s a SwimFest!

QUICK NEWS UPDATE
Outdoor Cycling Starts Thursday! A SwimFest of Opportunities!

Triton Outdoor Cycling – 5/6, Bogert Park. Starts this Thursday! Meet at Bogert Park @ 5:45 PM. Every Thursday, thru 6/24. Check the Club Twitter channel on ride afternoon for possible session changes.

Special Olympics – 5/12, MSU. Unified Sports Triathlon program is now available on the Triton blog. Special Olympics volunteer meeting is set for this Thursday, 5/6. MSU Student Union Building, Ballroom D. 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM.

Bozeman May Swim Classic – 5/14-16, Bozeman Swim Center. Great time trial opportunity on Friday evening. 1500 meter freestyle. Other events, too! Entry form deadline is tomorrow.  Entry form is available here – http://bit.ly/dkItyz.

Open Water Swimming – Starts 6/2, weather permitting, the Pond. BOZE Open Water Swim training season. Mondays & Wednesdays, 6:00 PM. East Gallatin Recreation Area.

AquaRoc 5K – 6/13, Bozeman Swim Center. Test your long distance swim endurance. Solo, or share this fun experience with a team. Entry forms should be available on the BOZE blog soon.

Triton Ironman CDA BBQ – 6/25, Coeur d’Alene, ID. A Triton tradition is cooking. Chat with Carrie & Lawrence Sampson.

Triton Uniform Order – Be Incredible! We have about a half dozen orders for these top shelf Sugoi tri unis. Need 12. Final deadline this Sunday, 5/9. Check out the unis here – http://bit.ly/dx6UG6.

Triton Running – Every Tuesday, 6:00 PM, MSU Track. Rain or shine. Program available here — http://bit.ly/9cOS8l.

Triton Indoor Cycling – Back-up plan only. Tritons can MultiRide indoors in the event of inclement weather. Open to all Tritons. $5 per session drop-in. $20 per month. Scheduling available here — http://bit.ly/dkzSxY.

Congratulations – To Tritons Jeremy leFeber, Ben Fisher & David Ellenberger on their recent races! Awesome. Check the Triton Tweets to learn more.

STAY UP-TO-DATE VIA THE TRITON NETWORK
Website — www.bozemantritons.org.
Blog – For current news and information, https://bozemantritons.wordpress.com.
Opt In, Triton Email News – Email subscriptions to the blog are now available. Sign up via the Club blog.
Twitter — Follow the Tritons for the absolute latest news! Tweets at http://twitter.com/BozemanTritons.
Email — bozemantritons@yahoo.com.

TRAIN ON

2010 Special Olympics State Summer Games – Unified Sports Triathlon Program

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SPECIAL OLYMPICS UNIFIED SPORTS® TRIATHLON PROGRAM – 4.30.2010 Preliminary Draft
The Uniquely Special, Special Olympics Summer Games Event
7:30 to Noon ● Wednesday, May 12 ● Montana State University

Hi Triton Special Olympics Ambassadors!

UNIFIED SPORTS TRIATHLON PROGRAM OVERVIEW
Click on the link below for a copy of the detailed, preliminary program for the Special Olympics Unified Sports Triathlon. We ask that all Triton Ambassadors report to the MSU Fitness Center at 7:30 AM on Wednesday morning, May 12th. Be ready to go, to help register and support your designated Unified Sports Triathlon team. Please bring your photo ID. We should have a table adjacent to the Sports and Recreation office counter, located immediately north of the MSU Pool next to the treadmills. As additional background, the Unified Sports Triathlon is a team event, and conducted as a “broken” triathlon. Each team has a member participating in one leg of the triathlon, and there are no transitions or handoffs. We will conduct the swim event, allow the swimmers to change their clothes and teams re-group, then walk over to the MSU track for the separate bike and run events. We are estimating event start times as follows — swim start time of 8:30 AM, bike start of 9:30 AM, and run start of 10:15 AM. We will add all three leg times to obtain a final official team score. After the race, please plan to escort your team over to Shroyer Gym for their awards and lunch.

2010 Special Olympics Triathlon Preliminary Program

WHY IS THE UNIFIED SPORTS® TRIATHLON UNIQUELY SPECIAL?
The triathlon is the only Special Olympics Unified Sports event at the 2010 Summer Games. Additionally, we believe the event was founded right here in Montana, and we’re currently trying to track down the event’s history. Team sports are about having fun, promoting physical health and bringing people together. Special Olympics Unified Sports teams do all of that – and shatter stereotypes about intellectual disability in the process. In communities around the world, Special Olympics athletes and their teammates without intellectual disabilities, their Unified Partners, practice and play together on Unified Sports teams. Unified Sports is a moving and exciting Special Olympics initiative for higher ability athletes of all ages. Mixed teams provide the public direct opportunities to experience first-hand the capabilities and courage of Special Olympics athletes. By having fun together, Unified Sports athletes and their unified partners improve their physical fitness, sharpen their skills, challenge the competition and help to overcome prejudices about intellectual disability.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS VOLUNTEER TRAINING MEETING – Thursday, May 6, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM, MSU Student Union Building, Ballroom D
You are welcome and invited to the Special Olympics “Day of Event” Volunteer Training Meeting on Thursday, May 6, from 6:30 PM -9:00 PM in the Student Union Building, Ballroom D. Special Olympics is gathering together all volunteers for a general briefing, and to answer questions. Volunteer T-shirts (to be worn on the day of the event) will be distributed, along with the triathlon event “venue in a box,” complete with clipboards, stopwatches, etc. If you cannot make it, don’t sweat. I’m sure you have previously been involved in other races and events in some manner, likely as participants or race directors. Think on your feet, and you’ll do great on race day. If you cannot make it, please get your T-shirt size to Sherri, sw1078@hotmail.com.

THANKS AGAIN FOR SUPPORTING THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS UNIFIED SPORTS TRIATHLON!

Triton Unis, Cycling, Running & Special Olympics

QUICK NEWS UPDATE
Triton Uniforms, Indoor Cycling, Outdoor Cycling, Running & Special Olympics

Triton Uniform Order – Last call. Now really teammates, how can you race this summer, and not don the uber cool Triton outfit? Get connected, have more fun, show your team spirit. Rumor has it you’ll race faster, too. Right now, without your support, the minimum order size is in jeopardy.

Triton Indoor Cycling – Go ahead, flip off old man winter (sorry!), I did, and continue MultiRiding. Thanks to sponsor CrossFit 4800, Tritons can now ride indoors during inclement weather. Open to all Tritons. $5 per session drop-in. $20 per month.

Triton Outdoor Cycling – Starts next Thursday, May 6th. Meet at Bogert Park @ 5:45 PM. Every Thursday, thru 6/24. In the event of inclement weather, the session will shift to CrossFit 4800. Sorry, 9 riders max at CrossFit, drop-in fee required. Check the Club Twitter channel on the afternoon of the ride for possible outdoor cycling venue and scheduling changes.

Triton Outdoor Running – The Club is supporting and training with the ZPT Interval Training Group. 8 Tritons running at the last session. 20+ runners total. Every Tuesday, 6:00 PM, MSU Track. Rain or shine.

Special Olympics – The Club is solid on the volunteer front. Thank you. Preliminary triathlon program will be published any day now. Any Triton still interested in volunteering, please let me know. The more, the merrier.

STAY UP-TO-DATE VIA THE TRITON NETWORK
Website — www.bozemantritons.org.
Blog – For current news and information, https://bozemantritons.wordpress.com.
Opt In, Triton Email News – Email subscriptions to the blog are now available. Sign up via the Club blog.
Twitter — Follow the Tritons for the absolute latest news! Tweets at http://twitter.com/BozemanTritons.
Email — bozemantritons@yahoo.com.

TRAIN ON

Countdown – 16 Days to Special Olympics Triathlon!

THANKS FOR VOLUNTEERING FOR THE UNIFIED SPORTS TRIATHLON EVENT!
Bozeman Triathlon Club Will Host 2010 State Summer Games Triathlon Competition
Schedule & Venue ● 7:30 to Noon ● Wednesday, May 12 ● Montana State University

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The Excitement is Building! Give It Up for Bango!

Here’s a quick volunteer update, as the event is rapidly approaching and there has been a recent flurry of activity and questions. The Club received the all-important athlete heat sheets on Friday. We are now able to really start our efforts, and are currently coordinating with Special Olympics, reviewing the heat sheets, preparing a draft program, etc. Tomorrow, Triton Sherri Pearson will represent the Club at a Special Olympics committee meeting and obtain even more information for the Unified Sports Triathlon event. Hopefully, we will pull together all of this data and distribute a draft event program to all volunteers by the early part of next week.

The event format and approach will be similar to our successful race last year. Triton Ambassador volunteers will team-up with another Triton Ambassador AND one of the seven Special Olympics triathlon teams. Regarding responsibilities, the Club will adhere to official Triton “chief cook and bottle washer” policy. For four hours on Wednesday morning, the Triton Ambassador team assigned to each Special Olympics triathlon team will serve as its registrar, host, concierge, liaison, coordinator, escort, lap counter, timer, scorer, comic, cheerleader, awards assistant, etcetera, basically doing whatever it takes for that team to have a really successful, positive, and fun experience. Triton Ambassadors  should view themselves as an integral member of their respective triathlon team! We want to have some fun during the competition, too, so yes, in response to one Ambassador’s question last year, if you want, you can bring your pom-poms, jock jam accessories, or dress up and perform like Bango in the video, etc.

To confirm, below is the list of Triton volunteers for the 2010 Special Olympics Unified Sports Triathlon event. Unless notified otherwise, this week, we will assign your name, alongside another Triton Ambassador, to a Special Olympics triathlon team. Thanks for giving your time, your energy, and your enthusiasm to Special Olympics. We are 16 days away from the largest sporting event in Montana for 2010. It will be fun. It will be rewarding. The excitement is building!

2010 TRIATHLON RACE DIRECTORS
Laurie Thatcher
Sherri Pearson
Art Thompson

2010 TRITON AMBASSADORS
Tony Thatcher
Furry Fulton
Jon Wirth
Becky Hochstein
Chris Martin
Megan Miller
Mary Robbins
Matthew Parks
John Stites
Minde Erickson
Martin Coleman
Teri Kassens
Ben Fisher
Suzie Peters
Brenda Hegel
Alanna Sherstad
Kara Damon

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