Olympian Sarah True put a call-out on Twitter to help age-group athletes get involved in triathlon.
The accomplished former ITU and now 70.3 athlete offered to pay for some athletes’ race entries for their first triathlon in an effort to help get more people into the sport.
Have you always been interested in doing your first triathlon but have needed a little push to get over your fear?
Respond with which race you’d like to do, what scares you & I’ll pay for the entry fees for a few of you! (Sprint or Olympic distance only)
— Sarah True (@sgroffy) March 9, 2018
True’s generous initiative comes shortly after Ironman and USA Triathlon announced their Time to Tri program, with its goal of introducing 100,000 new participants to the sport of triathlon by 2020.
“I love the
#TimetoTri initiative,” True says in her tweet. “This sport has given me so much that the idea of new people taking the plunge fills me with joy.”
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Most of the time, it’s just sport. Sometimes, however, being an athlete reminds us how freaking resilient we are. 2017 was both a year of pain and healing for me and triathlon was an indelible part of both. I’m so grateful that being an endurance athlete has taught me patience. No matter how dark things get, know that it can and will get better. Surround yourself with kindness and love. Taking a step back and being more than an athlete would have been hard if it weren’t for the people around me. I have so much gratitude that @wearedynamo guided me back to a love for the sport. Anything I do in 2018 will be because of that renewed appreciation for my sport and for myself ❤️. 📷: @talbotcox #tbt #triathlon #ironman
It’s always nice to see the professional athletes engaging with the age-groupers in an effort to promote the sport we all love. Recently, 2016 Ironman 70.3 World Champion Holly Lawrence started a similar effort, opening up her weekly Sunday long run to anyone and everyone interested in joining her, hoping to help more athletes get excited about the sport and come out and enjoy it together.