2017 Inaugural GRAND PRIX USA Summit

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Join us Sat, Oct 28 and enjoy a comp entry at 2017 Trick or Tri.  Enjoying racing for a change!  Then the 2017 GRAND PRIX USA Summit on Sun, Oct 29 which convenes from 8 am- 1 pm at the Hilton Garden Inn, Arcadia. Registration includes breakfast, a loaded SWAG bag and comp race entry.  We keep costs low and conversation high!

2017 Grand Prix Summit Agenda

8:00am – Opening remarks, Introductions - Thom Richmond

8:30am – 1st speaker: Todd Brewer “USA Triathlon – Supporting our Race Directors  - 30 min/10min Q&A

9:15am – 2nd speaker: Ben Collins - 30 min/10min Q&A

10:00am – 15 min break

10:15am – 3rd speaker: Dave Babson -“More than registration - managing your event” - 30min/10min Q&A

11:00am – 4th speaker: Steve Tomboni - The 5 Most Important Issues Impacting Race Directors Today - 30min/10min Q&A

11:45am – 40 min breakout session - round table with Race Directors.  To derive solutions how USAT can help them more, how to attract participants, etc.

12:30pm – Roundtable discussion of solutions with race directors led by Thom Richmond

12:45pm - Closing remarks - Thom Richmond

1:15pm - Post Summit Lunch at restaurant TBA

The purpose of the weekend is for grassroots race directors to participate in an organized industry round table and network with their peers and industry leaders.   The weekend also includes the option of competing in Trick or Tri, California Triathlon’s home race in the beautiful Los Angeles. Our goal is to gather race directors together in an effort to help independent 70.3 races thrive- and have some fun racing together!

The GRAND PRIX Summit is primarily for independent race directors who operate 70.3 mile distance races.  Our research shows that 1H17 WTC 70.3 mile finishers were down 10% year over year and grassroots races are experiencing a 20% decline.  Learn how nimble race directors are adapting and growing their businesses in an environment where flat is the new up.

The Grand Prix Race Director Summit will include a collection of race directors from around the country.

Contact Kate@CaliforniaTriathlon.org for more information.

Thom Richmond USA Triathlon Certified Coach, California Triathlon Founder
Thom grew up playing a myriad of team sports and started a 22 year rugby addiction as a freshmen at the University of Maryland. From 2004-2006 he was on the coaching staff of the USA Rugby Collegiate All-Stars [South] which produced a number of All-Americans and U.S. National Team Eagles. While still having his knees relatively intact he transitioned to triathlon and in 2010 co-founded California Triathlon. He is a 4x Ironman/Long Course Finisher and a Level 1 USA Triathlon Coach.

In 2014 he was a Triathlon Business International Conference Keynote Speaker, Race Director for 2013 Girls On The Run LA, 2012-2015 Ironman California Athlete Check-In/Bike Out Captain and is currently the co-Race Director of TRIck or Tri.

Summit presentation: They Zig & You Zag: Positioning and Marketing Your Grassroots Race

David Babson CEO and Founder, Race Reach

A career high tech entrepreneur, Dave has started and sold three venture backed companies. Dave oversees the product development and daily operations of RaceReach.

Summit Presentation: More than registration - managing your event

Todd Brewer, Event Services Coordinator – USA Triathlon

Todd has been with USA Triathlon for the last 4 and a half years providing support and insurance knowledge to sanctioning race directors. This past year Todd has taken over the Race Director Certification program at USA Triathlon providing education to professional race directors on best practices for the sport of triathlon. Todd is eager to be back in Southern California having grown up there and going to college at nearby University of Redlands.

Summit Presentation: USA Triathlon – Supporting our Race Directors

Ben Collins, Professional Athlete & Entrepreneur, Owner of Ben’s Muffins

Ben Collins is a professional athlete and entrepreneur who strives to help people unleash their inner superpowers. He is a 3x New York City Triathlon Champion, the 2007 Amateur World Champion Triathlete, and competed in the 2016 Paralympic Games piloting a tandem bike in the visually impaired category. He started Ben’s Muffins (bensmuffins.com) out of the belief that anyone can be a superhero with the right fuel. Ben also serves on the board of USA Triathlon, and is passionate about making triathlon accessible to everyone in America.

Steven N. Tomboni,  Founder/CEO America Multi-Sport, Inc.

Steve finished more than 300 triathlon/multi-sport and road races since 1983 including Ironman Florida in 2002 and the 1st Powerman Alabama in 1996, The Chicago, Indianapolis and Columbus marathons as well.

His resume includes currently 111 Sprint/Olympic/Half triathlons as race director and also the Race Director of the 1996 ITU/Muncie Long Course World Championship & 2002/2003 USAT Long Course National Championships. He was the 5 time race director of the Muncie Endurathon.  In 2010 him and his wife; triathlete Tammy, founded America Multi-Sport, Inc. to continue that success.  During the last 6 years they have produced the MidEast Collegiate Regional Championships 4 times, 2 Powerman Muncie Duathlons, the June 7, 2014 Muncie triathlon is part of the 2014/2015 Retro USAT Series and we are proudly owners of America’s Half Iron Triathlon/Duathlon/Aquabike. America Multi-Sport is also a proud member of Triathlon Business International and US Track & Field. 

Summit presentation: The 5 Most Important Issues Impacting Race Directors Today