TUCSON, AZ (September 20, 2016) — TriSports.com has partnered up with SmileTrain Team EMPOWER to support its camp and group in training for IRONMAN Arizona. The camp offered athletes three days of training, with the option of a fourth day racing in the Lifetime Tempe Triathlon to apply the racing concepts and tactics the campers had learned.
SmileTrain Team EMPOWER is the official charity partner of IRONMAN Arizona for 2016. Smile Train operates globally as the world’s largest cleft charity. The charity offers cleft lip and palate surgeries, and care to children in developing countries free of charge. Smile Train Team EMPOWER has helped more than 9,600 children since first partnering with IRONMAN Arizona in 2013.
Dr. Cappie Baker, Smile Train athlete said, “It’s always a joy to add meaning to my athletic endurance triathlon efforts. I have joined SmileTrain Team EMPOWER.”
TriSports.com created a two year partnership with SmileTrain Team EMPOWER in September of 2016. The camp was the first opportunity to interact with the athletes who are racing for Smile Train. TriSports supplied the athletes with bike tubes and CO2 for training rides and race day, as well as use of rental bikes during the event. In addition, TriSports provided goodie bags with water bottles, TriSports EcoLips lip balm, stickers/tattoos, and nutrition to all the campers, support staff, QT2 coaches, and SmileTrain organizers.
The campers represented the full spectrum of triathlon ability, with varying experience, all committed to one goal; racing IRONMAN Arizona this November. TriSports’ Pam Kallio, Sponsorship Coordinator, attended the entire camp to offer direct support. Kallio spoke to campers one evening, educating athletes with a presentation titled “Optimize Your Performance.”
Kallio explained, “We are thrilled to be partners with SmileTrain. SmileTrain Team EMPOWER is giving triathletes a bigger purpose to race for and we want to reward that. TriSports is more than an online triathlon retailer; we support our global community through charity support like SmileTrain Team EMPOWER’s mission. Through our sponsorship program, we are able to support causes, races, and athletes to assist them in achieving their charitable objectives.”
TriSports.com is the premiere triathlon, swim, bike, and run retailer. The company began out of the home of Seton and Debbie Claggett in April 2000. Sixteen years and two moves later, TriSports.com occupies 32,000 square feet of retail, warehouse, and office space. TriSports.com is dedicated to the growth of triathlon through its partnerships with races, clubs, teams, and athletes, as well as with USA Triathlon as their Official Retailer. The company is devoted to the industry’s development through participation as a founding member of Triathlon Business International. The company is committed to maintaining an environmentally-friendly business and is actively involved in the local Arizona community, as well as global charities. TriSports.com has been recognized nationally and internationally for its continued excellence as a retailer, employer, and sustainable business.