Ironman TriClub Changes for 2017

Hi All,

Ironman TriClub has moved us from Div II to Div I, as well as some other clubs, including One. They have altered all the division sizes to try and equalize the number of clubs in each.  Since there will always be big differences in club size and participation, they are changing how the club competition works.  Obviously, there have been many complaints by clubs who feel they will never be able to compete because the points are awarded for participation and performance, so bigger an/or national clubs get more participation. (Our point differential over other D II clubs came mostly from performance points.)  Anyway, there will no longer be Global Champions, only regional champions, determined at a regional championships.  For example, our next opportunity to be the American Champ will be Florida 70.3 next April.  To qualify for that, we'll have to finish in the top 3 clubs in a designated race (for us, Tempe 70.3 should work).  Then, at the championship race, the points from our top 5 finishers would determine our place.  To win, ideally, a club would have 5 people win their age groups.  So, we would probably have to pick up to 10 possible winners to compete for TriScottsdale.  


In the overall point standings for the year, they will likely do what they do with the AWA athletes, and have three levels for the award benefits they give the clubs.  These still are not the greatest, like club racks, VIP passes, articles in the race handbooks, and videos at events.

IMPORTANT:  Every year you can only declare your club affiliation once, and it remains for that year, so check yours to make sure it is correct.

The good news is that we are the last World Champs, so the title stays with us forever (unless next year they change again).

Preston Miller

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Founded in 2006 by local triathletes Preston Miller, Lewis Elliot and Marc Rubin, Tri-Scottsdale is a non-profit organization and triathlon club, dedicated to helping athletes of all levels reach their potential, from beginners to elite to professional triathletes, through daily workouts, beginner clinics, and athlete mentoring. Our annual Tri for the Cure AZ brings all members together to support a great cause, having raised over $300,000.00 for cancer research.

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