Matt Russell badly injured during IRONMAN World Championships

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    Michael H
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      Holy smokes!! And this happened at Kona?!? How in the heck?!? This is the Super Bowl of Tri. Wow!!

      Thom…THANK YOU for providing a CLOSED-COURSE triathlon!!

      http://www.slowtwitch.com/News/Matt_Russell_badly_injured_during_IRONMAN_World_Championships_6616.html

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      Thom
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        You have to feel for Matt Russell and his family.

        From a safety POV there is a startling lack of data available to athletes relative to course safety. USAT race directors are required to send a report to USAT 15 days after the race but that information is kept confidential from the USAT members. There are 4,300 events USAT sanctions and it would be good to know which ones have historically had minimal safety issues and vice versa.

        California Triathlon will continue to push for transparency in this information and any other information that allows athletes to make safer choices.

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        Michael H
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          Thom,

          I had no idea USAT keeps safety info secret from the broader membership. Do you have any insight as to the rationale behind that policy?? WTH?!?

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            As a race director, we have to submit incident reports within 15 days. This would be invaluable data for the membership to have when making informed decisions. It could also potentially catch any race director who underreported their numbers.

            I was told by a top person at USAT that the information was not made available to the USAT membership. Assuming one of the reasons is that transparency might scare off some races from sanctioning with USAT. With safety being the #1 priority it is hard to justify hiding this information from the USAT membership.

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            Carlos OBrien
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              This is another BIG issue race directors complain about all the time, USAT will NEVER disclose or share any information about races, athletes, race directors etc to their members (including safety reports or incidents)… but you as a race director are REQUIRED to send them every single piece of information about your race and your athletes (names, addresses, emails, DOBs, etc. etc) and this is not optional, but mandatory. And the reason is very obvious, USAT sells that information to companies and makes a lot of money out of this (have you ever wonder why after a race you suddenly start receiving a lot of emails about products and services in the triathlon industry?) If USAT starts sharing this info with their members they will no longer be able to make money of it. years ago there was a formal request from the race directors group for information about Incidents and accidents data, with the intention of using it to improve safety and limit liability in our races, and as you can imagine USAT said NO, they DO NOT disclosed ANY information about races to anybody, period (unless you are willing to pay for it)

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