OKLAHOMA CITY (Sept. 19, 2013) – USFT returns as Presenting Sponsor of the 2013 Redman Triathlon, as this premier multi-sport event greets athletes from all over the country and abroad. In its eighth year, and with Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City once again the backdrop, the Redman has reached destination status for both first-time triathletes and elite competitors. The Redman continues to bolster its impressive list of credentials in the multi-sport world, as its resume now includes a strong bid to host the long course World Championships in 2016.
Dave Wood, executive race director of Redman Triathlon, defines the importance of USFT's participation in this year’s event as two-fold.
“Along with 25 GPS trackers that add an invaluable level of logistical expertise to our on-course support staff, this year’s partnership with USFT allows for a tracking computer at our home base that facilitates movement of management and staff on the bike course in case an athlete experiences an equipment problem, or more importantly, a medical issue,” says Wood.
USFT's live GPS trackers and technology have implementation in a variety of sports venues, including the previous six Super Bowls, 2010 Winter Olympics, and 2012 Summer Olympic games.
“The implementation of these tracking devices also gives the Redman ability for statistical capturing, invaluable in the world of live sports events,” adds Wood. “USFT's cutting-edge technology, along with strong financial backing, brought our event to new heights last year, and allows the Redman Triathlon to continue growing as a prime destination site for anyone aspiring to the goal of triathlon.”
Oklahoma City’s Convention and Visitors Bureau estimates the Redman’s economic impact on the city will exceed $2.4 million in 2013, a figure Wood attributes to the growing national exposure the Redman now enjoys in the triathlon world.
“The reception from the City, evidenced by over 1,100 volunteers and growing numbers of competitors and supporters alike, is instrumental to the race and a major factor contributing to the positive experiences we hear of each year from hundreds of athletes,” says Wood. “The race committee is made up largely of athletes, and we’re all committed to offering an athlete-friendly event that we ourselves would want to come back to. It also showcases our city, and USFT is absolutely instrumental in furthering this effort. We couldn’t hope for a better Presenting Sponsor.”
Oklahoma’s success in pushing toward becoming a more health-conscious state is often reflected in USFT's sponsorships as well. Also Presenting Sponsor of the Project Life Run, an inaugural 5K taking place in October, CEO Jerry Hunter identifies how the Redman Triathlon fits perfectly with that company focus. “We place a premium on health and wellness-driven events at our company, and Redman continues to be at the forefront of Oklahoma’s drive to be a fitter state,” says Hunter.
The Redman schedule offers a full and half Ironman distance race, along with full and half Aquabike event, with total registration numbering 1,000 athletes. USA Triathlon, America’s official governing body of triathlon, recently awarded the 2016 International Triathlon Union Long Distance World Championships to Redman and Oklahoma City, should America be chosen the host. If this designation becomes a reality, says Wood, an unprecedented level of talent-and worldwide exposure-would greet the city for the spectacle.
USFT is the leader in live vehicle and asset tracking, providing groundbreaking sub-ten-second live tracking. In addition to expertise in tracking commercial vehicles, the company has provided tracking services to high-profile, large-scale public venues. These include the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, 2012 Republican National Convention, Super Bowls XLI through XLVI and the 2010 Winter Olympics. For more in-depth details, and to access a live demonstration of USFT's system while in motion, visit https://www.usfleettracking.com.