Tucson, AZ August 26, 2011: Marisa McGilliard, Executive Director of the Council for Responsible Sport (CRS), announced the launch date for a new program area for the four-year-old nonprofit, whose mission is to encourage and create a model of environmental stewardship and social responsibility in the sports sector. Beginning Tuesday, September 13, 2011, the Council’s Sports Events Community of Practice (COP) will embark upon a yearlong exploration of best practices of sustainability in sport.
According to McGilliard, “When the Council for Responsible Sport was founded, our niche was the certification of sustainable events. To date, 31 different triathlons and running races worldwide have met our certification standards, with another six events in the queue to be certified or recertified by the end of the year. Now we are ready to take the next logical step by bringing major players in the sports event industry together through a peer-to-peer learning forum to share best practices, spur innovations, leverage procurement opportunities and develop recommended sustainability goals we hope will be adopted by key stakeholders in the sports industry. Ultimately, we hope this Community of Practice will inspire other members of the sports industry to reduce their environmental footprint.”
“TriSports.com is excited to become a Founding Member of the Council for Responsible Sport’s Community of Practice,” said Debbie Claggett, Vice President of TriSports.com. “The values of the Council closely mirror the Core Values of TriSports.com, number one on the list being Sustainability. CRS is working to bring together the industry through this COP to help ensure the future of sports is a strong and sustainable one. As a sponsor of the CRS Silver Certified Deuces Wild Triathlon Festival, we’ve seen firsthand the benefits of CRS Certification. We look forward to working with CRS as a partner in this innovative collaboration!”
“TriSports.com epitomizes the level of commitment we are looking for in a Founding Member of the Events Community of Practice,” McGilliard added. “Their Deuces Wild Triathlon achieved CRS Silver Certification in June of 2010, and their day-to-day commitment to a sustainable business model is exemplary.”
In addition to TriSports.com, the list of Founding Members for the Sports Events Community of Practice includes the LIVESTRONG Austin Marathon, Big Sur Marathon Events, Lilac Bloomsday Run, Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run, Flying Pig Marathon, Atlanta Track Club, Williams Route 66 Marathon, ING Hartford Marathon, USRowing and Portland Triathlon.
Event directors and/or sponsors do not have to be certified by the Council for Responsible Sport to apply for membership in the Sports Events COP. They must, however, be committed to sharing resources, experiences and tactics in the pursuit of organizing more sustainable sports events.
The format for the COP is based on 90-minute monthly conference calls with COP members. Calls are scheduled for the second Tuesday of each month, and will be moderated by Keith Peters, author of Road Race Management’s Guide to Greener Running Events, and a running industry veteran for over 30 years. Each month, COP participants will explore a different topic, such as community engagement and education in recycling, or equipment and materials – innovations in going green. In addition, there will be two workshops scheduled to explore these topics more fully: energy and waste, and how to track and publicize your sustainability initiatives.
About TriSports.com TriSports.com is an industry leader in triathlon, swim, bike and run retail, starting out of the home of Seton and Debbie Claggett in April 2000. Eleven years and two moves later, TriSports.com occupies 32,000 square feet of retail, warehouse and office space with 50+ employees. TriSports.com is more than just a retail presence, however; the company is also very involved with growing the sport through partnerships with races, clubs, teams and other endeavors, as well as being actively involved in the local Tucson community. TriSports.com has been recognized as one of Outside Magazines Best Places to Work (April 2009 & 2010), by Triathlete magazine as one of Triathlete’s Best Places to Work (2010), as one of the top 100 bike shops in the US by the National Bicycle Dealers Association (2010), as a top 10 triathlon store by Triathlon America (2011) , by Comerica Bank as one of Arizona’s 50 Companies to Watch (October 2008), Seton and Debbie Claggett were recognized as one of BizAZ’s Top 35 Entrepreneurs Under 35 (June 2008), and by Wells Fargo with their Copper Cactus Award for Business Growth (October 2005). Learn more about TriSports.com online at www.trisports.com/info.html.
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About the Council for Responsible Sport The Council for Responsible Sport is about inspired innovation and unprecedented collaboration. As a Council, it was founded in 2007 to empower producers of sports events with a valuable roadmap and the resources necessary to incorporate tenets of social and environmental responsibility into their organizations. The mission of CRS is to partner with and empower stakeholders in the sports industry as catalysts for sustainable change. From half marathons to football games, lacrosse to snowboarding, the Council believes athletes and spectators alike have the opportunity to encourage sports to adopt sustainable practices. In addition to administering a certification for sports events, CRS also offers peer-to-peer learning communities and access to online tools, case studies and strategic partnerships to assist the myriad of leaders and businesses actively engaged in the sports industry with their efforts in going green. CRS Certified races range in size from the NSKS Run for Food and Shelter in Nashua, New Hampshire, with just 816 runners, to the Lilac Bloomsday Run in Spokane, Washington, with over 55,000 runners. To date, 31 different events have achieved certification from the Council for Responsible Sport. A complete listing of CRS Certified events can be found at: www.councilforresponsiblesport.org/certification/certified-events/.
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Outside Magazine Names TriSports.com as One of America's Best places to Work in 2010
April 5, 2010 - Tucson, AZ: TriSports.com today was named to Outside magazine's (www.outsideonline.com) third annual "Best Places to Work" list. The full list and related story will be published in the May issue of Outside magazine, available on newsstands April 13, 2010.
"We are thrilled to be selected as a "Best Place to Work" for the second year in a row," says company founder Seton Claggett. "This recognition means a lot to us because it reinforces that our efforts to provide our employees with a quality work environment are successful, and their happiness when they come to work is what makes us the company we are today." Susan Meeker, HR Manager, commented "We really strive to provide a comprehensive benefits package, which of course includes the usual medical, dental, 401K, profit-sharing, etc; but also incorporates some more unique benefits that we felt were important to our culture - a bike demo program, massage, race reimbursement - these are things that really set us apart to our employees."
"These 50 companies come from a vast array of industries but they're all following the same enlightened path," said Michael Roberts, Executive Editor of Outside. "They're successful businesses in a challenging economy precisely because they support a proper work-life balance. They know that benefits like on-site gyms and fitness classes, reimbursements for ski passes and sports racing fees, and support for community service efforts during work hours make their employees happier and thus more productive."
Early on, Seton and Debbie Claggett decided that they wanted TriSports.com to be more than just another place to buy gear. They began by sponsoring clubs, teams and races, then moved on to sponsoring individual athletes. Over the past 3 years, TriSports.com has given back over $650,000 to the multisport community in an effort to help grow the sport. TriSports.com sponsors clubs, teams and races all over the world, and has a team of 80 athletes wearing the colors and spreading the word about the company. These athletes are not chosen by athletic prowess alone; many are average athletes who simply love the sport and are very involved, a requirement of sponsorship. They all must volunteer at races and a lot of them are involved in coaching other athletes, working with children to get them involved in the sport or putting on events. TriSports.com recently added some well-recognized pros to their crew of sponsored athletes - World Champions Andy Potts and Leanda Cave - as well as UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team.
Most important to TriSports.com is the culture that has been created over the years. The vast majority of employees commute to work on their bicycles, so a commuter program was developed to assist with the gear needed for their bikes by issuing store credit for every mile ridden to and from work. Another great part of the culture is the Fun Squad. The idea behind this was that people need to have fun at work to really be happy, so the Fun Squad plans and executes activities meant simply to be fun! From HORSE basketball competitions to water balloon tosses to game nights, it gives the employees a chance to unwind and have fun together. So much more encompasses the culture, including the company-wide commitment to the environment by reducing energy usage, reusing paper and packing materials (over 96% of in-bound packing material and 70% of in-bound boxes are re-used in the company's Green Box program), collecting and donating old shoes to Soles for Souls, collecting old bike parts for Resource Revival, and many other recycling efforts.
About TriSports.com TriSports.com is an industry leader in triathlon, swim, bike and run retail, located in Tucson, AZ. TriSports.com is more than just a retail presence, however; the company is also very involved with growing the sport through partnerships with races, clubs, teams and other endeavors like spearheading the effort to declare Tucson as the "Winter Training Capital" for cycling and endurance sports. TriSports.com has been recognized by Wells Fargo with their Copper Cactus Award for Business Growth (October 2005), by Comerica Bank as one of Arizona's "50 Companies to Watch" (October 2008), by BizAZ as a "Top 35 Entrepreneurs Under 35" (June 2008), and as one of Outside Magazine's "Best Places to Work" (May 2009). Learn more about TriSports.com online at www.trisports.com/info.html.
About Outside Magazine Outside is America's number-one active-lifestyle magazine, with more than two million readers a month. For 30 years, we've been dedicated to covering travel, sports, adventure, health and fitness, as well as the personalities, the environment, and the style and culture of the world Outside. Along with many other accolades, Outside is the only magazine ever to receive three consecutive National Magazine Awards for General Excellence. Please visit us at www.outsideonline.com.
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The League of American Bicyclists Announces TriSports.com as a Silver Level Winter 2010 Bicycle Friendly Business
March 9, 2010 - Washington, DC: The League of American Bicyclists is proud to announce TriSports.com as a Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB), in an impressive group of 51 new BFBs. The official announcement was made at the 10th Anniversary National Bike Summit in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, March 9. The announcement, the fourth time BFB winners have been named since the program's inception in 2008, marks the ongoing success of the program and continued momentum amongst businesses to provide a more bike-friendly environment. "The League is especially excited to recognize TriSports.com as a 2010 winter BFB winner at the 10th Anniversary National Bike Summit. TriSports.com is making simple changes to their transportation policies to encourage biking to work. They are setting a community-wide example," said Andy Clarke.
Businesses that apply for the award are contributing to a more bicycle-friendly lifestyle for their employees. TriSports.com serves as an example for best practices and innovations in bicycle friendliness at the workplace, making bicycling an easy option for transportation and providing amenities such as showers and a locker room and incentives such as credit for miles commuted. "This Bicycle Friendly Business is making a difference for employees, customers, and communities," said Bill Nesper, Director of the Bicycle Friendly America Program. "TriSports.com promotes bicycling as a viable form of transportation and gives their employees choices and options that make biking to work easy and fun." The staff and management at TriSports.com were very excited to learn about their designation as a Silver Level award designee. "Being a bicycle retailer, we feel that we have even more of a responsibility to our employees and our community to be a Bicycle Friendly Business. At TriSports.com, we strive to offer our employees as many opportunities as possible to encourage them to ride their bikes to work. As a company, we commuted over 35,000 miles to work in 2009, so we will continue to develop new strategies and incentives to increase participation and grow that number," stated Debbie Claggett, Vice President of TriSports.com.
There are a lot of very simple, effective and creative ways that companies are finding to get people back on their bikes, and the League is proud to recognize the efforts of working America to make our nation a more bike-friendly place. Companies across the country are realizing that getting their employees biking - either to or from work, in course of work, or even in their own time - is good for business. When bicycling is infused in a company's culture, great things happen: reduced health care costs; more productive employees; improved worker and customer satisfaction; smaller carbon footprint; and increased corporate social responsibility.
Applying for BFB recognition is easy and free. Applicants receive technical assistance from the League staff as well as tools to evaluate and assess their bicycle friendliness through the application process. The BFB application is available online at www.bicyclefriendlybusiness.org.
The Bicycle Friendly Community and Bicycle Friendly Business programs are generously supported by program partners Bikes Belong and Trek Bicycle's One World, Two Wheels Campaign.
The League of American Bicyclists promotes bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation, and works through advocacy and education for a bicycle-friendly America. The League represents the interests of America's 57 million bicyclists, including its 300,000 members and affiliates. For more information or to support the League, visit www.bikeleague.org.
TriSports.com is an industry leader in triathlon, swim, bike and run retail, located in Tucson, AZ. TriSports.com is more than just a retail presence, however; the company is also very involved with growing the sport through partnerships with races, clubs, teams and other endeavors like spearheading the effort to declare Tucson as the "Winter Training Capital" for cycling and endurance sports. TriSports.com has been recognized by Wells Fargo with their Copper Cactus Award for Business Growth (October 2005), by Comerica Bank as one of Arizona's "50 Companies to Watch" (October 2008), by BizAZ as a "Top 35 Entrepreneurs Under 35" (June 2008), and as one of Outside Magazine's "Best Places to Work" (May 2009). Learn more about TriSports.com online at www.trisports.com/info.html.
Tucson Proclaimed Winter Training Capital
February 9, 2010 - Tucson, Arizona: Mayor Bob Walkup proclaimed Tucson as the "Winter Training capital" last night at the "evening with the Pro's" reception honoring the Unitedhealthcare Pro Cycling Team presented by Maxxis at the TriSports.com retail store.
TriSports.com and the Tucson Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau have partnered to celebrate and reward the City of Tucson and local athletic community in its efforts to accommodate and encourage winter seasonal training, by proclaiming Tucson as the "Winter Training Capital". The designation will be used by local event promoters, athletic coaches and other tourism-based businesses to increase awareness and interest in selecting Tucson as a destination venue for winter training.
The proclamation ceremony was held in conjunction with a reception hosted by TriSports.com welcoming the domestic professional cycling team Unitedhealthcare Pro Cycling Presented by Maxxis to Tucson for their winter training camp. TriSports.com is a second-year sponsor of the team (formerly known as Team OUCH). The selection of Tucson for the team's annual training camp has allowed the entire team roster to train together under sunny skies and mild temperatures. Tucson's legendary climbs and miles of uninterrupted roads make for optimal training ground for cyclists.
As promotion of the proclamation, and to provide infrastructure support for visiting athletes, a new website www.wintertrainingcapital.com has been launched. The website is cooperative effort between multisport entities serving as a collective resource for potential visitors to learn about the training and racing opportunities in the Tucson area, as well as a guide to accommodations and related leisure activities.
About TriSports.com TriSports.com is an industry leader in triathlon, swim, bike and run retail, starting out of the home of Seton and Debbie Claggett in April 2000. Nine years and two moves later, TriSports.com occupies 22,000 square feet of retail, warehouse and office space with 50+ employees, with expansion plans in the works. TriSports.com is more than just a retail presence, however; the company is also very involved with growing the sport through partnerships with races, clubs, teams and other endeavors. TriSports.com has been recognized as one of Outside Magazines Best Places to Work (April 2009), by Comerica Bank as one of Arizona's 50 Companies to Watch (October 2008), Seton and Debbie Claggett were recognized as one of BizAZ's Top 35 Entrepreneurs Under 35 (June 2008), and by Wells Fargo with their Copper Cactus Award for Business Growth (October 2005). Learn more about TriSports.com online at www.trisports.com/info.html.
About UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team Presented by Maxxis The United Healthcare Pro Cycling Team Presented by Maxxis carries on the tradition and legacy of one of the most successful U.S. racing programs ever. The 2010 team blends a core of veteran riders with younger, up-and-coming talent, all with the same goal: to win every race they enter. The 2010 15-rider roster includes six former and current national champions Chris Baldwin, Adrian Hegyvary, Max Jenkins, Tim Johnson, Andrew Pinfold and Rory Sutherland.