Race Directors

2014 RD Meeting

 2015 5th Annual Race Director Symposium

December 5th, 2015

Chicago, Illinois



The 5th Annual USA Triathlon Mideast/Midwest Race Director Symposium will be in downtown Chicago just steps away from the Magnificent Mile at the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel, December 5th. The Symposium is a great opportunity for race directors and coaches to meet and network with peers across the Regions, engage with USA Triathlon personnel, speak one-on-one with various multisport vendors, and become informed on various issues and trends facing the multisport industry.

The 2015 Symposium will include a keynote presentation from Robbie Ventura, Vision Quest Coaching, as well as presentations from Jim Flint (150 Sports), Justin Trolle(Vanguard Endurance), Tara Gearhart(Hubspot), and Jesse Kropelnicki.  The agenda will also include a structured panel with experienced race directors from across the region.

Breakfast and lunch are included along with continuous snack and beverage breaks throughout the day.  To celebrate our 5th Anniversary, a small reception will follow at the conclusion of the Meeting.

Registration: $50 by November 4th! Meeting space is limited! REGISTER ONLINE NOW
To pay by check, please download our flyer and mail registration and payment as indicated.

Hotel group rate: $149/night. Reserve by before November 4th to secure hotel reservations at our special group rate for Friday, Dec 4th and/or Saturday, Dec 5th. Room availability is limited. BOOK HOTEL RESERVATIONS

Parking: Valet – $64/day or Self-park $45/day

Agenda – subject to change
USAT Certified Race Directors – 2 CEU’s
USAT Certified Coaches – 3 CEU’s

7:00 AM FUN RUN – Meet in hotel lobby.
8:30 AM Check-in, Coffee, and Continental Breakfast, Meet and Greet
9:00 AM
Introductions and Overview
Mike Groaning
9:15 AM
“Taking Care of Often Ignored Details”  
Jim Flint, 150 Sports
10:15 AM
 Aligning Race Directors, Coaches and Athletes “Better Together” 
Justin Trolle, Vanguard Endurace
11:15 AM
“Inbound Marketing”
Tara Gearhart, Hubspot
12:00 AM LUNCH
1:00 PM
“Building Credibility For You and Your Brand”
Jesse Kropelnicki
2:00 PM
Keynote Speaker – “Lessons Learned in My Racing and Coaching Career”
Robbie Ventura, Vision Quest Coaching
3:15 PM Break
3:30 PM Panel Discussions
4:45 PM Final Closure and Action Items
5:00 PM Meeting Adjourns

Questions, email us at usatmideast@gmail.com



-Find Volunteers: Are you interested in passionate triathletes and community oriented volunteers at your races and expos?  Team Red, White & Blue is eager to connect with you and your race, as their local Chapters & Communities develop Triathlon specific programming and increased volunteer opportunities for their Veterans and Community Members.

CONTACT: Zack Armstrong, Team Red, White & Blue, Midwest Regional Director, Zack.Armstrong@teamrwb.org

Team RWB’s mission is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity. Check out these videos describing what Team RWB is all about and the impact of this organization.

Real Stories: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8w0vg0Yd5mY

Team RWB: Our Impact http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUIEk_6-lU0


Viewpoint – Article by Council member, Maggi Wettstein, discussing the challenges of race directing