Community. It’s what the SD triathlon landscape has lacked for some time. Saturday afternoon, the SDTA solidified their role a little more in helping to connect triathletes, create a community, and grow the sport even more.
The first annual SDTA Banquet went off without a hitch on Saturday, October 25. In addition to handing out wads of cash to season age-group winners and overall winners Matt Decker and Brigitte Setness, SDTA also unveiled several new initiatives for the 2015 season, including:
- Moving from a for-profit to a non-profit status.
- A kids tri series for kids ages 9-11 and 12-14.
- Tiered support packages that will allow benefits and other perks to supporters who would like more than just the basics from the triathlon series.
- The desire to move west: SDTA is working towards adding at least one race in the series west of the river.
- Discounts up to 60% off XTerra Wetsuits thanks to a sponsorship opportunity for 2015.
- Try a Tri program: a program that will allow anyone who has never done a triathlon the opportunity to do one for free.
SDTA President Marc Satter also announced South Dakota’s Premiere Triathlon as voted on by participants in the SDTA race series. The Outland Challenge received the honor this year due to their safe course and plentiful, well-trained volunteers. “I don’t think I saw a car even once on the bike,” stated SDTA President Marc Satter.
The highlight of the afternoon without a doubt came from the last part of the event when Ironman Champ Greg Taylor took the podium. His enthusiasm filled the room with his exuberant spirit and inspirational advice. Taylor shared his experiences from his 24 times he’s raced in Kona at the Ironman World Championships. He shared from the wealth of his time in triathlon with a sense of humility, encouraging attendees to consider a simple formula for their own success in triathlon. Motivation, according to Taylor, equals Belief times Reward. A person’s motivation to a big goal depends directly on two things: the reward a person receives, and an individual’s understanding of what he needs to do to achieve that reward–his belief.
We’re confident everyone went away encouraged and enlightened from this year’s inaugural event. In short, SDTA accomplished one major objective for the year by bringing triathletes together and celebrating those who work so hard in our sport.
Who knows what else the future will bring for triathlon in South Dakota?