Triathlon Australia and USM Events are pleased to announce an agreement that will provide annual members of Triathlon Australia with a priority entry period to events managed by USM Events, including Ironman and Ironman 70.3 races.
The arrangement, which will apply for events that are about to go on sale, will provide annual members with an opportunity to enter events at least 48 hours before they go on sale to non-annual members.
Triathlon Australia Vice-President David Ferrier acknowledged that: â€œNegotiation of this multi-year agreement signals a giant step forward in the relationship between our national triathlon association and Australia’s largest organiser of triathlon events.
â€œMembers have consistently told us they value priority entry to events that sell out quickly,â€ Mr Ferrier said. â€œThey have urged us to extend the member priority to a broader range of events, particularly Ironman events that often sell out in minutes and we have responded to this feedback.â€
USM Events CFO Daryl Herbert acknowledged that: â€œThe arrangement is recognition of the effort the National and State associations have been prepared to commit over the past two years to build relationships with the key event organisers.â€
In addition to the member only priority period, the agreement between TA and USM also ensures a closer collaboration between the two organisations in promoting and increasing the profile of triathlon and triathletes in Australia.
â€œWe acknowledge the mutual benefits of working together and are pleased to offer a proportion of entries across our race portfolio to Triathlon Australia members on a priority basis,â€ said Geoff Meyer, CEO of USM Events.
Events where between 25 percent and 40 percent of all individual entries will be available to annual members at least 48 hours before general sale include:
Gold Coast triathlon
Mooloolaba Olympic Distance
Noosa Olympic Distance
Geelong Olympic Distance
Geelong Long Course
Port Macquarie 70.3
Ironman Western Australia
Ironman New Zealand
In addition to priority entry for events that are yet to go on sale, USM Events have agreed that any additional places that become available for some of their key events that have already been sold will be made available to annual members of Triathlon Australia. These include the Mooloolaba Olympic Distance event (event not sold out at this stage), Cairns Ironman and Ironman 70.3 events, Ironman Australia and the Ironman Asia-Pacific championships in Melbourne.