British Triathlon, the three home nations and the Triathlon Trust have announced a partnership with the Professional Triathletes Organisation (PTO) to launch a Triathlon COVID-19 Relief Fund.
Donations contributed to the Triathlon COVID-19 Relief Fund will be used to support those in the global triathlon community who have been affected most from the pandemic. The details and criteria for UK applications to the Fund will be released by the Triathlon Trust early in the New Year.
The two ways that money will be raised for the Fund will be through the pay per view for the CHALLENGE DAYTONA race and a global prize fund. Money raised from the UK will go back into the UK’s fund to support the people in the country that need it most.
World famous triathletes from past and present including Jan Frodeno, Dave Scott, Daniela Ryf, Mark Allen and Lucy Charles are donating their time and merchandise in a global prize draw called “10 Days to DAYTONA ®” which will offer over fifty triathlon prizes in aid of the Triathlon Covid-19 Relief Fund.
Five unique prizes will be up for grabs with the five lucky winners of each day’s prize draw selected at random. In addition to once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to engage directly with legends like Frodeno, Scott and Ryf, tens of thousands of dollars of unique prizes—from bikes to VIP Race experiences—have been donated by PTO Professionals, sponsors, British Triathlon, USA Triathlon, Challenge Family, Challenged Athletes Foundation, Active.com and many more. For more information on how to take part in the raffle click here
Fans will also have the opportunity to donate to the Triathlon Covid-19 Relief Fund as part of the live stream broadcast. The PTO 2020 Championship CHALLENGE DAYTONA ® will be the highlight of the year and will see the world’s top triathletes competing for a $1,150,000 prize purse. The race will be available for viewing on a number of worldwide broadcast platforms, which the PTO will be announcing shortly.
Funds raised in the UK will be distributed to eligible members of the multisport community in the UK. More information on how the fund will be distributed will be available in due course.
Andy Salmon, British Triathlon Chief Executive, said: “We have seen our sport impacted in ways we never expected due to Covid-19 and we’re really pleased to be able to work with the PTO and our global partners to offer support for those that need it most. It’s a fantastic example of partnership working benefitting all aspects of the sport and ensuring that we can continue doing what we love into the future.”
Charles Adamo, Executive Chairman of PTO commented, “The PTO and our PTO Professionals have united around the world to support our global triathlon community in these difficult times. We have worked with National Governing Bodies as well as race organisers to find ways to help. With many races cancelled, the PTO has reached out and supported over 14 local races in 11 countries. Many sports rely on major events like the US Open or Wimbledon to fund grassroots activity. While that is the long-term vision of the PTO, given the impact of the pandemic on our triathlon community, we wanted to use the PTO 2020 Championship as a platform to provide much needed assistance. The PTO 2020 Championship is a great opportunity to bring our worldwide triathlon family together and support one another.”
Entry for the prize drawing will open Tuesday, 24 November at championship.protriathletes.org