The South Dakota Triathlon Association has a plan, and it’s a good one.
SDTA began three years ago as a brain child of two individuals, Marc Satter and Mathew Wollmann, with one main purpose: to grow the sport of triathlon in South Dakota. With that thought in mind, SDTA will undergo a few changes that allow the organization to meet this initial objective.
Satter states the association hopes to shift some of the focus and resources from the points series to other initiatives aimed specifically at attracting new athletes to the sport. “The series will continue and most likely expand in the future,” states Satter, “but there are some things we think we can do that are a better utilization of our resources that help us accomplish our goal of growing the sport.”
SDTA will maintain the same schedule as last year’s races with the one slight change. The Wall Lake triathlon will not take place as the organizers of the race have combined forces with Dakotaman and thus one combined race will take place.
In response to member concern, SDTA will also be tweaking their points system once again this year with the goal of making it a simpler and ultimately fairer system for the competitive triathletes in the series. SDTA administration is looking to other points systems for ideas on how to create an even better system than previously used.
In the spirit of simplification, Satter also states the Association will be automating the membership process and also appreciate any suggestions members have for them. The SDTA website currently is undergoing changes, so Satter asks anyone wanting to contact SDTA to use the SDTA Facebook page.