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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — An estimated 2.3 million unique individuals completed a triathlon in 2010, representing 55 percent growth in one year, according to a recent report from the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (SGMA). In addition, USA Triathlon annual membership totals reached an all-time high in excess of 140,000 last year, with another 326,000-plus one-day license holders, continuing to demonstrate the sustained growth of multisport participation in the United States.

According to the SGMA, approximately 2,295,000 individuals completed at least one triathlon in 2010, up from 1,481,000 unique participants in 2009. Additionally, an estimated 1,978,000 individuals participated in an on-road triathlon in 2010, while 929,000 athletes competed in an off-road event last year.

The 1.9-million on-road competitors marked a 63.7 percent increase from 2009 (1.2 million participants) and a 147.9 percent increase since 2007 (798,000 participants). Additionally, the 929,000 off-road participants demonstrated 39.5 percent growth since 2009 (666,000 participants) and 92.3 percent growth since 2007 (483,000 participants).

Additionally, the SGMA estimated that there were 1.2 million core on-road triathletes and another 694,000 core off-road participants in 2010. The SGMA defines core participants as athletes that completed two or more events last year.

Further demonstrating the growth of multisport in the U.S. is the continued expansion of USA Triathlon’s annual membership base and the organization’s varied programs. In 2010, USA Triathlon reached a record total of 140,244 annual members.

By comparison, USA Triathlon had 21,341 annual members in 2000 and totaled 58,073 annual members in 2005. The high-water mark from 2010 of 140,244 annual members represents approximately 557 percent growth since 2000 and 141 percent growth since 2005. Additionally, the 140,244 annual members from August 2010 marked 9 percent growth since yearend 2009 (128,653 annual members).

“This data supports what we are fortunate enough to observe on a daily basis at USA Triathlon — more and more people are flocking to our sport annually because of the incredibly healthy lifestyle it promotes and the exciting and rewarding challenge it presents,” said USA Triathlon CEO Rob Urbach. “We are thrilled to be a part of the consistent and dramatic growth of multisport on a national and worldwide level and we look forward to continuing to help take our sport to new heights in the future.”

In addition to record membership totals, USA Triathlon also reached all-time highs in a number of other programming areas in 2010:

• 37,238 USA Triathlon youth annual members (ages 7-17)
• 3,486 USA Triathlon-sanctioned events
• 326,732 one-day sanctioned event participation licenses
• 1,721 USA Triathlon-certified coaches
• 461 USA Triathlon-certified race directors
• 869 official USA Triathlon clubs

http://www.usatriathlon.org/news/201...4179?ngb_id=12
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So I need to do 2 in a year to become Core. Do I get a sticker for my window?

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So I need to do 2 in a year to become Core. Do I get a sticker for my window?
Yes, for $14.95.

I am surprised Jon that the world is getting fatter yet this is booming too. Weird.
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The US obesity rate has leveled off, Europe's is growing with Britain in the lead.

I would bet that our obesity rate will start to decline somewhat in 15-20 years as the babyboomers start dying and more people of our generation get more active.

I've noticed that each year the damn resolutioners stay in the gym a little longer. They used to all quit by the end of January, now they are in there until end of February/beginning of March. Stupid people wanting to be more healthy!

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Yes, for $14.95.

I am surprised Jon that the world is getting fatter yet this is booming too. Weird.
You know what they say: "The fat are getting fatter and the fit are getting fitter."

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Yes, for $14.95.

I am surprised Jon that the world is getting fatter yet this is booming too. Weird.
Small numbers really. Now if you get to NASCAR fan base size....

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Ken what is good for you is that I read about a few colleges...I think in Colorado...that were offering full ride scholarships for in coming freshman who are triathletes! They basically would train with the Olympic training team and attend the college free. DAMN. Dani is set!
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Ken what is good for you is that I read about a few colleges...I think in Colorado...that were offering full ride scholarships for in coming freshman who are triathletes! They basically would train with the Olympic training team and attend the college free. DAMN. Dani is set!
One of her teammates on the MM tri team just got a full ride in CO for exactly that. That would be nice. Real nice. REAL nice.
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Wow that's awesome. Heck maybe that girl was in the article. I'm all for scholarships athletic or academic especially since I have 3 kids! LOL

Gonna get the 5 month old on the Cervelo soon.
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The most successful kids tri team is right here in Geneva near me. Dani is on the development team (2nd string, if you will) Hopefully she will stick with it, she has the body type and ability. Mental strength and focus is her problem right now.
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