The Week In Tri: Alcatraz + getting high in Bolivia + Challenge paychecks episode #010

This episode of THE WEEK IN TRI we take in the latest triathlon news from around the globe review the races from last weekend and look forward to this weekend.

New options for athletes who can’t afford the 2016 Alcatraz entry fee. Then details about the 2016 PRO prize funds for Challenge Family events in Europe next year. Then how the ITU encourages young athletes to get high in Bolivia.

All this and more in this week’s episode.


In the middle of November and triathlon news is very thin on the ground.

As most of you know, the Escape From Alcatraz triathlon were forced to drastically increase their entry fees from $450 to $750 for 2016. I covered this a couple of weeks ago pointing out the nightmare of water safety and permit costs that the event organizer needs to face. The good news for triathletes in the San Francisco area is that Tri-California – known for their iconic Wildflower Triathlon Festival – has decided to re-launch the San Francisco triathlon as a simplified version of Alcatraz. By collaborating closely with a number of triathlon clubs Tri-California has managed to keep the entry fee down to $395 for the first 500 entries.

The world of XTERRA is in “sleep mode” till February 2016.

Two news items coming out of the ITU are:
Triathlon growth in Cuba is looking good. The ITU long distance series event and the Iboamerican championship will take place in Havana, Cuba on 13 to 14 February 2016.
The second piece of news is that the ITU president has been attending IOC commission meetings in Lausanne Switzerland. How this will benefit triathletes remains to be seen.

Last weekend in ITU:
15 Nov (Sat):
American Triathlon Cup Final, Buenos Aires, Argentina: Beatriz Neres (BRA) and Reinaldo Colucci (BRA)

This weekend in ITU
21 Nov (Sat):
Junior American Cup, La Paz, Bolivia:

The Challenge Family have announced their PRO prize structure for events across Europe in 2016. Not only on a per event prize fund but also the prize fund for the top 5 ranked men and women at the end of the season.

Last Weekend in Challenge:
15 Nov:
Shapparton Australia: Half: Rebekah Keat (AUS) and Luke Bell (AUS)

This Weekend in Challenge:
No Challenge Family events this weekend.

IM news is limited to their online store launching a range of IM branded Christmas merchandise to tempt dollars out of your wallet.
As a side note IM Switzerland and IM South Africa have made changes to their courses for 2016.

Last weekend in IM
14 Nov:
Langkawi, Malaysia: 140.6: Diana Riesler (DEU) and Mike Aigroz (CHE)
15 Nov:
Tempe, Arizona, USA: 140.6: Meredith Kessler (USA) and Lionel Sanders (CAN)

This weekend in IM
No IM events this weekend either!