Yesterday, USA Triathlon (USAT) released a report entitled “USA Triathlon Fatality Incidents Study.” The report details the experience with race-related fatalities at USAT-sanctioned races and events from 2003 through 2011.
While the report may leave some questions unanswered and might stimulate further investigation, this represents the most detailed look yet at this issue. The facts are presented along with recommendations for improved race safety, centered around a theme of “shared responsibility”–where athletes, race directors, and USAT all play an important role.
The report is worthwhile reading. I hope that you’ll read the report and share the findings with your family members and fellow athletes.