October 5, 2018

Outspoken: Women in Triathlon Summit Announces Partnership with Women For Tri

Women For Tri joins forces with the Outspoken: Women in Triathlon Summit to support women Triathletes

Denver, CO – October 4th, 2018 – The producers of the Outspoken: Women in Triathlon Summit are proud to announce a partnership with Women For Tri® , an initiative of the IRONMAN Foundation® launched by IRONMAN® to bring more women into the sport of triathlon. Women For Tri will be hosting a lunch at the Summit and will provide a full-ride scholarship to a selected applicant. IRONMAN Vice President of World Championship Events Diana Bertsch will also be presenting at the Summit.

IRONMAN Foundation Acting Executive Director Sarah Hartmann will take the lead at the Women For Tri Luncheon on Saturday, December 1st by introducing keynote speaker Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema. In addition to leading the IRONMAN Foundation (IMF), Hartmann works to create impact through Team IMF, IMF in Service, and Women For Tri.

“On behalf of our Women For Tri community, we are excited for the opportunity to be part of the conversation and momentum generated by the Outspoken Women in Triathlon Summit,” says Hartmann. “We are especially pleased to provide one woman with the opportunity to attend on a full-ride scholarship, adding her voice to the passionate leaders in the room.”

Arizona Congresswoman and Senate Candidate Kyrsten Sinema is a dedicated runner, triathlete, and IRONMAN competitor. Sinema, whose family struggled to make ends meet and was even homeless for a time, has overcome adversity and obstacles. This has motivated her to serve and give back to her communities, which includes her service as chair of the Women For Tri Committee of Advisors.

Diana Bertsch first got involved with the iconic IRONMAN World Championship Race in Kailua-Kona when she signed up to be a volunteer more than 20 years ago. Bertsch has been involved in the race ever since, racing it herself in 1995 and rising in the ranks to Race Director in 2003. Bertsch now oversees both the IRONMAN® World Championship and IRONMAN® 70.3® World Championship events, which serves thousands of triathletes.

“It has been truly special for me to see the role of women in triathlon expand the sport to new heights since I first began my journey with IRONMAN over 20 years ago,” said Bertsch. “IRONMAN is a special brand that lends itself as a medium to find and showcase inner strength and has provided me with the opportunity to be a dream maker to hundreds of thousands of athletes who chase their personal finish line. We are fortunate to have had some incredible female pioneers in the sport and I am humbled and honored to join this summit as we collectively work to bring more women into the sport of triathlon so that they too might enjoy the many benefits and inspire the next generation.” 

Women For Tri is also creating opportunities for women to attend the Summit by providing a full-ride scholarship which includes registration, lodging, and transportation. Registration assistance and homestays are also available. The scholarship application is available at https://goo.gl/forms/EUj79m3XANhmjkk43

The 2018 Outspoken: Women in Triathlon Summit will take place Friday, November 30-Sunday, December 2, 2018 in Tempe, Arizona. Register now at outspokensummit.com

About Outspoken Summit

The Outspoken Summit is a partnership between Live Feisty Media and Shift Sports. Live Feisty Media produces the IronWomen and If We Were Riding podcasts, hosts written content at livefeisty.com and provides live video coverage at numerous triathlon events in North America. Shift Sports is dedicated to assisting triathlon organizations, teams, and events in initiating and sustaining inclusive practices by looking beyond participation numbers alone. Register for the 2018 summit at outspokensummit.com.

About Women For Tri

Women For Tri®, a program of the IRONMAN Foundation launched by IRONMAN in 2015, works to increase female participation at all levels of triathlon. The program seeks to identify and diminish primary barriers to entry and mobilize triathlon advocates to encourage and engage female athletes across all race distances and representing all athletic abilities. Since inception, over $248,000 in grants have been awarded to triathlon clubs supporting female participation initiatives. Women For Tri embodies the heart and soul of what makes the sport so rewarding: testing your ability, overcoming challenges, and realizing the full depth of your potential in the most widely recognized test of endurance – triathlon. Learn more at www.womenfortri.com and join the Women For Tri online community of 50,000+ female triathletes at www.facebook.com/groups/WomenForTri.

Media, Sponsorship and Partnership Inquiries: Outspoken Summit

Dr. Sara Gross, Cofounder, sara@livefeisty.com

Dr. Lisa Ingarfield, Cofounder, info@shiftsports.org

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