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Announcing the Outspoken: Women in Triathlon Summit

First-Ever Women in Triathlon Summit Gives Athletes, Coaches, Race Producers, and Industry Leaders the Tools to Help Make Triathlon a More Inclusive Sport


Triathlete Magazine, the world’s #1 triathlon resource, will present the Outspoken: Women in Triathlon Summit this fall, a partnership between Live Feisty Media and Shift Sports. The summit will bring together amateur and professional triathletes, coaches, industry professionals, race organizers and members of the media to discuss the past, present, and future of gender equity in triathlon. The ultimate goal of the summit is to create a vision for the future of women in triathlon, develop leadership skills, and foster meaningful connections amongst attendees. Attendees will hear from leaders on the state of gender equality in triathlon today, coaching and mentoring women athletes, supporting entrepreneurship and leadership, advocacy and activism, and how to empower the next generation of female triathletes and sports leaders. Outspoken: Women in Triathlon Summit will take place November 30th through December 2nd at the AC Marriott in Tempe, Arizona. To learn more and register, visit outspokensummit.com.

“Over my 12-year career as a professional triathlete, I saw many opportunities for women just beginning their triathlon journey,” said Dr. Sara Gross, cofounder of Outspoken and CEO of Live Feisty Media. “But what’s missing is the next level: industry leadership roles, more women coaches, and equality at all levels of racing. To create the next generation of women triathletes, we must first push the boundaries of the sport itself and by working with Triathlete, the Outspoken Summit will kick off that conversation.”

“For 35 years, Triathlete magazine has been the mouthpiece of the sport,” said Erin Beresini, Editor-in-Chief. “This partnership with Outspoken will bring our message of inclusivity to life. It will also give a voice to an integral part of the triathlon community that traditionally—as in many other sports and businesses in general—has not been included in decision-making positions of power.”

The Outspoken Summit will span three days and include keynote speakers from across triathlon as well as sessions geared to consider triathlon’s history of inclusion, where the sport should head, and how attendees can help effect positive change. Summit and Shift Sports cofounder Dr. Lisa Ingarfield said, “One key reason women are underrepresented in endurance sports leadership is that the conversation stagnates. The Outspoken Summit will go deeper to consider the roots of the problem. This partnership will break down the silos, deepen the dialogue, and create lasting change for all triathletes.” Panel discussions will look at triathlon’s past participants, check in with the present demographics and trends, and describe a more inclusive version of the sport’s future. Summit attendees will also enjoy coached morning workouts, networking sessions, and a variety of smaller breakout sessions to tackle specific topics.

The two-year partnership between Outspoken Summit and Triathlete includes advertising and editorial support from Triathlete and Women’s Running magazines. “The issues of equality and inclusiveness go deeper than just triathlon,” said Rob Wood, Chief Revenue Officer for the publisher Pocket Outdoor Media. “Women are the future for endurance sports. Bringing more voices to this conversation will only help the industry succeed. We are proud to be leading this initiative with the Outspoken Summit founders and we invite other brands to join us this November in bringing more women into our sports.”

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Jimmy Archer

Founder and Editor at DirtTRI.com. Jimmy has been a professional athlete for over 18 years as a runner, cyclist, mountain biker, cross country skier, and primarily, triathlete. Jimmy has a degree in exercise science from the University of Colorado and is a USA Triathlon and USA Cycling certified coach. Jimmy became a freelance writer in 2000 while competing and covering the ITU Winter Triathlon World Championship. Since that time Jimmy has been head editor at two magazines, been published in numerous publications within the endurance sport, recreation, and travel segments. Currently Jimmy is competing professionally in off-road multisport. In his spare time Jimmy passionately follows Formula 1, Moto GP, and is an avid cook.

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