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Triumph Classic dates and cities for
According to the Surgeon General, more than 60 percent of all adult
Americans are overweight or obese. The 50+ population represents the
most sedentary and most obese segment of the adult population. More
than one-third of all people 50+ are physically inactive. With
approximately 80 million people turning 50 over the next decade,
inspiring people 50+ to make a personal choice to live a healthier
lifestyle is something that AARP feels it can and should do.
AARP wants this population to make regular physical activity a
priority. As part of their campaign to promote physical fitness, AARP
developed the Triumph Classic, a challenging but achievable mini
triathlon targeting the 50+ population of all body types and fitness
Last year, the Triumph Classic drew hundreds of beginner and
seasoned triathletes in each of the six event cities. Because of the
event's success and the importance of physical activity in
maintaining good health, AARP is expanding the event this year to
fifteen cities. This year it kicks off in Henderson, Nevada in
- To make this swim-bike-run sprint triathlon (400M swim, 20K
bike, 5K run/walk) less daunting to the uninitiated, athletes can
form relay teams of three people, so each can tackle one aspect of
- AARP and USA Triathlon are offering participants the chance to
train with certified coaches in the months leading up to the
event. The cost for the eight-week training program is included in
the $30 race admission. The hands-on training consists of four
classroom sessions to discuss heart rate and correct form, and
four bike/run/swim sessions.
- A number of participants who also are attending the training
program are first-time triathletes and make for excellent examples
of making health and exercise an important part of their lives. We
can set up interviews with these participants as well as AARP
Several of last year's first-time triathletes are gearing up to
"Triumph" a second time. These individuals are a great example of how
busy people have worked to make health and exercise an important part
of their lives. We can set up interviews with these participants,
triathlon coaches as well as AARP spokespeople. All have great
stories about the support they gave one another throughout their
training and the special friendships they developed.
"The Triumph Classic is unique for several reasons: it's the only
national triathlon series for people 50+, and it's geared towards
people of all athletic abilities. We applaud AARP for providing the
50+ population the chance to be involved in a multi-sport event
designed especially for them," said Bill Burke, President of Premier
Events Management (PEM), the company that orchestrates the race
Triumph Classic dates and cities for
Henderson, NV, May 5, 2002
Pinehurst, NC, June 2, 2002
Nashville, TN, June 23 , 2002
San Dimas, CA, June 30
Naperville, IL, August 4
Rochester, NY, August 11
Madison, WI, August 25
Salt Lake City, UT, September 7
San Diego, CA, September 15
Metro Atlanta, GA, September 29
Irving, TX, October 6
Richmond, VA, October 27
St. Petersburg, FL, November 17
Phoenix, AZ, December 8
Honolulu, HI, December 15
- Sanctioned by USA Triathlon (USAT), are challenging but
achievable, even for first time triathletes.
- Includes a 400 meter (1/4 mile) swim, a 20K (12.4 mile) bike
ride and a 5K (3.1 mile) run/walk.
- To help participants of all fitness levels prepare for the
event, AARP is providing eight-week training programs led by USAT
certified coaches that include both classroom and on-site practice
- AARP also provides a 12-week self-paced training manual to all
- The price for the training is included in the race entry fee
of $30 per person or $15 per person on a three-person relay team.
An additional $7 one-day fee will be required for non-USAT
- A portion of the Triumph Classic proceeds will benefit the
National Park Foundation, the nonprofit partner of America's
For more information on the Triumph Classic or to register, go to
or call 800.424.3410.
- The CDC reports that in the United States, only 28.3 percent
of adults 55+ are doing the recommended amount of activity, 62
percent are doing less than the recommended amounts of exercise
and 33.7 percent of adults 55+ are physically inactive.
- Science shows that regular physical activity will improve the
heart, lungs and circulatory system, increase stamina, decrease
stress and help prevent or delay some diseases.
- "Ninety percent of last year's participants said they would
complete the event again. The Triumph Classic demonstrates to the
50+ population that it is possible to have fun while getting fit
and healthy. We're thrilled to offer the events in 15 cities in
2002, allowing more people to become physically active in a
peer-supportive, non-intimidating atmosphere," said Margaret
Hawkins, AARP's Campaign Manager, Health.
- "Approximately 80 million people will turn 50 over the next
decade. For those who continue living sedentary lifestyles, their
lack of physical activity will lead to aging-related health
problems, rising healthcare costs and, ultimately, increased
insurance rates that will affect society as a whole," said
Margaret Hawkins, AARP's Campaign Manager, Health. "Inspiring
people 50+ to make a personal choice to live a healthier lifestyle
is something that AARP feels it can and should do."
- Last year, participants were thrilled to "triumph" with AARP,
and some even completed multiple Triumph Classic events. Comments
from participants included: "This was just the type of
'no-pressure' event to help me get back into shape," "I feel both
a strong sense of relief and accomplishment after competing and
completing this Triathlon!" "I'm ready to do another one, now that
I know I can do it."
- AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership
organization for people 50 and over. We provide information and
resources; advocate on legislative, consumer, and legal issues;
assist members to serve their communities; and offer a wide range
of unique benefits, special products, and services for our
members. These benefits include AARP Web place at www.aarp.org
Modern Maturity and My Generation magazines, and the
monthly AARP Bulletin. Active in every state, the District of
Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP
celebrates the attitude that age is just a number and life is what
you make it.
- USA Triathlon is the national governing body for the
multi-sport disciplines of triathlon and duathlon in the United
States. For more information on this and other stories related to
USA Triathlon, please contact Communications Director B.J.
Hoeptner Evans at 719.597.1013 or at BJ@USATriathlon.org
- Premier Event Management is a National Multi-Sport
Production Company based out of New Orleans, Louisiana.
Established in 1993, Premier Event Management has produced over
100 sporting events from road races to triathlons and duathlons.
Specializing in national multi sport production, Premier Event
Management presently produces the seven city Dannon Duathlon
Championship Series, theAbitaman Triathlon Series, the New York
City Triathlon, the 2002 ITU World Duathlon Championships and the
2002 AARP Triumph Classic Series.
- The National Park Foundation, chartered by Congress,
strengthens the enduring connection between the American people
and their National Parks by raising private funds, making
strategic grants, creating innovative partnerships and increasing
public awareness. NPF's web site is www.nationalparks.org.
For more information, contact Jen Larson or Liz Klein at
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